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  • Clinical Track Faculty Member in Primary Care Surgery and Community Practice Service
    Clinical Sciences
    Cornell University

    Faculty Position in Primary Care Surgery and Community Practice Service

    The Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, and Cornell University invites applications for a clinical track faculty position in the Section of Primary Care Surgery/Community Practice Service. Candidates must have a DVM or equivalent degree.

    The successful candidate will have principal oversight of the Primary Care Surgery clinical rotation and share supervision of veterinary students in the Community Practice Service. The Primary Care Surgery (PCS) Rotation is a two week rotation that strives to teach basic surgery techniques with hands-on real life experiences. The PCS rotation does this by providing the opportunity for senior veterinary students to spay and castrate adoptable shelter and rescue dogs under faculty guidance. Emphasis is on the development of surgical competence, confidence, and efficiency within the limits of accepted technique. Students alternate roles between surgeon, assistant surgeon and anesthetist and are in charge of the preoperative, operative, and postoperative care of their patients. A licensed technician and anesthesia technician (overseen by the anesthesiologist on service) assist with the day-to-day operations of the rotation. Teaching rounds focus on basic surgical techniques, common clinical situations, pragmatic solutions, ethical issues, and the integration of professional and personal life. Caseload consists primarily of spays and neuters; however, routine dentistry and elective soft tissue surgery on animals brought in through shelters can also be performed. Other surgical opportunities include cases seen through the Shelter Outreach Services (SOS) teaching program and privately-owned animals through the Small Animal Community Practice. The successful candidate should have both a strong interest and experience in general surgery and a drive to teach veterinary students. Patience, interpersonal skills and the ability to work cooperatively with colleagues regarding case management is a must.

    The successful candidate will join three clinical track and one tenure track faculty member working in the new Cornell Small Animal Community Practice. The Community Practice Service provides primary medical, dental, and surgical care for privately owned animals as well as services for shelter animals. Salary and rank will be commensurate with credentials and experience.

    Cornell is located in Ithaca on the shores of Cayuga Lake in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York. Ithaca is a vibrant city with art museums, theaters, and a diverse selection of restaurants. It is within driving distance of several large metropolitan centers, award-winning wineries, and downhill skiing areas. Ithaca is a nature-lover’s paradise with ample opportunities for outdoor activities. Easy campus-to-campus bus transportation allows one to explore or work in NYC while enjoying the “Ithaca is Gorges” lifestyle.

    Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We’re an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. The University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples and has a Dual Career program to assist with dual career searches.

    For more information, go to: or contact Dr. Gillian Perkins, Chair of the Search Committee at

    Electronic application submission is through Academic Jobs Online: The required sections of the application include a cover letter describing your teaching philosophy and clinical interests, a statement of inclusion and diversity, curriculum vitae, and email addresses for letter requests of 3 referees who will be invited to upload their letters at this site. Please ensure the “email notify writer on submit” box is selected upon submission. If you have concerns with submitting your references online, please contact the Chair of the Search Committee.

    What is a Statement of Contribution to Diversity?
    A statement invites applicants to describe their past, present, and/or future aspirations to promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their careers as researchers and educators, and/or to convey how they see these commitments continuing at Cornell. Such articulation can focus on teaching, research, or service, or all of three factors.

    Review of applications will begin on September, 1, 2019.


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