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Companion Animal Soft Tissue/Orthopedic Surgery
Michigan State University-College of Veterinary Medicine

Date Posted Mar. 31, 2022
Title Companion Animal Soft Tissue/Orthopedic Surgery
University Michigan State University-College of Veterinary Medicine
East Lansing, MI, United States
Department Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Veterinary Medicine - General
    Surgery/Surgical Sciences
    Small/Lab Animal Medicine

The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, invites applications for a Tenure System (TS) or Health Programs (HP) System position in Small Animal Surgery at the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor rank. This is a hybrid position (Soft Tissue & Orthopedic), with an emphasis on Soft Tissue surgery.

Tenure System appointments typically have 40% or more of assignable time devoted to research and scholarship, with another 40-50% devoted to clinical instruction and patient care services. HP appointments are unique to Michigan State University Colleges of Human, Osteopathic, Veterinary Medicine, and Nursing and were created to enhance programs in clinical education, patient care services, and clinical research. HP faculty typically have 50-70% clinical assignments devoted to clinical instruction and patient care services with the balance of their time devoted to preclinical teaching and scholarship and general administrative service support to the Department. The HP position is a multi-year, renewable appointment. A complete description of the Michigan State University HP system is available at

The successful candidate will join our dynamic small animal surgery team, that includes 4 orthopedic surgeons, 3 soft tissue surgeons, 3 to 6 surgery residents, surgery-specialty-interns, and 9 service-dedicated veterinary nurses. The soft tissue surgery service collaboratively supports the ICU, internal medicine, oncology, and dermatology services. Cases are seen primarily through the soft tissue service as well as through these internal collaborations. The service performs procedures ranging from scheduled prophylactic surgeries to emergent and on-call interventions. The soft tissue surgery team has a strong interest in advanced minimally invasive surgery and has 2 laparoscopic/thoracoscopic STORZ towers to support these efforts. The service has an array of specialty equipment including but not limited to 3 dedicated operating rooms, a surgical fluoroscopy table, surgical C-arm, SUB and stent instrumentation, and an open-air fluorescence imaging system. The orthopedic service supports an all-inclusive array of orthopedic activities ranging from standard elective procedures to a unique comprehensive total joint replacement program including elbow, hip, knee and ankle. The services activity in traumatology covers all aspects of conventional fixation techniques while also offering an advanced minimally invasive and pediatric osteosynthesis program. This program is supported by 3 intra-operative fluoroscopy units and a comprehensive array of implants and their dedicated instrumentations. Our orthopedic equipment includes conventional plates and ESFs as well as a variety of locking plates and interlocking nails. Advanced digital preoperative planning and 3D printing are available within the Veterinary Medical Center (VMC).

The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences comprises 40 faculty and staff, and has an onsite, state-of-the art Veterinary Medical Center (VMC). The VMC provides outstanding patient care with a superb team of highly qualified veterinary nurses to support the specialist services. It is equipped with advanced diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities including 10 operating suites, a wound management suite, operating microscope, minimally invasive laparoscopy/thoracoscopy, 64 slice helical CT, digital cinefluoroscopy unit, intra-operative C-arm, 1.5 Tesla MRI, nuclear medicine, linear accelerator, video endoscopy, renal replacement therapy, ventilator support. We have all the supportive specialty services including 24/7 emergency and critical care, step-down ICU, internal medicine, anesthesiology, neurology, cardiology, dentistry, primary care, interventional radiology, sports medicine and rehabilitation, ophthalmology, oncology, and dermatology.

Both soft tissue and orthopedic surgery services have strong programs with busy caseloads, and experienced faculty. The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include management of referral soft tissue/orthopedic surgery cases, clinical instruction of house officers and students, and a negotiable commitment to scholarly contributions in the candidate’s area of expertise. Participation in the didactic pre-clinical teaching curriculum and committee assignments is also expected. Assignments of clinical service, teaching and scholarly activity are negotiable with the Department Chairperson. Merit evaluations and promotions are based on the faculty member’s performance within the assignments.

Michigan State University has two human medical schools on campus providing unique and exciting opportunities for collaborative activities. Such activities are encouraged at both the Departmental and College level, and support is available for grant writing, locating external funding resources, and processing grant submissions. Internal funding opportunities are also available through endowed research funds. To support our colleagues, the College of Veterinary Medicine has a strong and active faculty development and mentorship program to facilitate career progression.

Michigan State University is located on one of the nation's largest and most beautiful campuses. The University has a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and is home to a diverse international community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists, teachers and leaders. East Lansing's collegiate atmosphere is complimented by low cost of living with convenient access to neighboring cultural centers such as Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Chicago. East Lansing and surrounding communities provide excellent public-school systems. In addition, Michigan, the Great Lakes State, with its numerous inland lakes and rivers, state and national parks, national lake shores, world-class golf courses, and four seasons offers a broad variety of outdoor recreational activities. Visit the Pure Michigan© website for more details.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: The mission of the college is to be inclusive as we learn, discover, heal and protect. We, as a college, aim to identify, attract, and retain talented students, faculty, and staff reflective of the diversity of the populations in our state, the nation, and the world. Our academic, scholarly, and service roles, considered separately and collectively, form the foundation of an inclusive culture that is committed to respecting, nurturing, and advancing all individuals.

CVM Core Value of Diversity: We are committed to promoting the principles of equal opportunity and multiculturalism where all individuals are valued, respected, provided opportunity to flourish and open doors in their pursuit of excellence. We encourage and welcome our community to share ideas with us surrounding opportunities to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The College's vision is to be the destination for teaching, innovation, care, and service. Six goals, backed by specific strategies, guide our organization as we move forward. Read more at to learn about the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s goals, strategies and progress.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Other -DVM or Equivalent

Minimum Requirements

DVM or equivalent in Soft Tissue and Orthopedic Surgery. Eligible for State of Michigan License to practice Veterinary Medicine, Specialty board eligibility (ACVS preferred, will consider ECVS) within first year of appointment.

Desired Qualifications

Strong preference will be given to the American College of Veterinary Surgeon certification though European College of Veterinary Surgical certification would be considered.

Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit electronically on the MSU Careers website: Details - Companion Animal Soft Tissue/Orthopedic Surgery (

  • Letter of intent that addresses specific strengths related to the position, overall qualifications, experience, accomplishments and career goals. Please include research interests and funding history 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Full names and contact information (e-mail and phone) of three references 
  • Statement of interest that addresses the applicant’s teaching philosophy
  • Diversity and inclusion statement: statement on your commitment to diversity.
    Diversity is defined as the state or quality of being different and as individuals we are all uniquely different. To be an inclusive campus is to respect and value differences. We embrace people from all backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints. 

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

Interested individuals desiring more information are encouraged to contact Dr. Nicholas Olivier, Search Committee Chair, by e-mail at or phone at 517-281-5081.

Review of Applications Begins On


Summary of Physical Demands

  • Lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds 

Summary of Health Risks

  • Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue


Department Statement

We believe veterinarians make the world a better place. The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (SCS) is committed to educating the next generation of veterinary professionals, conducting research that improves the lives of animals and humans, and bringing our skills and knowledge together to provide the best clinical services available.

Michigan State University is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU and the College of Veterinary Medicine seek to recruit and retain a diverse student body and workforce as a reflection of our commitment to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and leaning. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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  • All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Nicholas Olivier, DVM
    Small Animal Clinical Sciences
    Michigan State University-College of Veterinary Medicine
    736 Wilson Rd.
    East Lansing, MI 48824
  • 517-281-5081


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