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Assistant or Associate Professor of Anatomic Pathology Veterinarian

Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine
Amarillo, Texas
Posted Date
Aug 18, 2023

The Texas Tech University School (TTU) School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) is seeking to fill a faculty position to provide instructional, scholarship, and outreach/service needs of our exciting, and innovative veterinary education program located in Amarillo, TX. Texas is a rapidly growing and prosperous state. The purpose of the TTU SVM is to serve the needs of rural and regional communities of Texas.

Position: Tenure-track or non-tenure track position at the rank of assistant or associate professor

Expertise sort: Anatomic Pathology

Timing of availability: Beginning September 1, 2023, and thereafter until position is filled

Requisition number: 34382BR

Applications are welcomed immediately (see below for instructions on how to apply). Application packages will be reviewed semi-weekly and candidates will be invited for interviews when the review of packages indicates that an adequate pool of candidates have applied.

All faculty and staff are expected to foster the Core Values of the School. Contribution to fostering the School’s values will be evaluated as part of your annual performance review.


Background The School and the focus of its comprehensive veterinary medical education program are founded on the following objectives:


  • Graduate practice-ready, competent and confident veterinarians who will serve rural and regional communities across Texas;
  • Provide access to affordable, high-quality veterinary medical education for Texans;
  • Develop a research-intensive School that enhances and complements the strengths of TTU and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), and addresses the needs for research and expertise in veterinary medicine, food- and fiber-animal production, and the health sciences;
  • Provide opportunities for graduate education and research, and advanced clinical training in internships and residencies;
  • Support sustainability of livestock industries as they feed growing state, national, and global populations;
  • Improve human, animal, and ecosystem health by integrating innovative One Health activities into our educational, scholarship, and service activities.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education (COE) granted the TTU SVM provisional accreditation in 2021. The School has enrolled its’ first two classes. Admissions for the third incoming class is complete and the students will matriculate in August, 2023.

The TTU SVM is adjacent the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) regional campus in Amarillo. The TTU SVM maintains populations of domestic animals, and the region is home to large numbers of production animals and wildlife providing further opportunities for field- based research.

Amarillo is a vibrant and growing community in the Texas Panhandle. With a metropolitan statistical area population in excess of 270,000, it offers attractions of a larger city while holding true to its agricultural roots ( Amarillo serves as a center of services for a large, multi-state area and is home to many agricultural associations such as the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and the American Quarter Horse Association.


Responsibilities of the Positions

  • Be a constructive and collaborative third member of the team of faculty that lead Anatomic Pathology instruction.
  • Assist with curricular delivery and related activities. Curricular delivery will focus on the anatomic pathology clinical rotations, the clinical and professional skills laboratories, and the pathology didactic courses. You may also participate in delivery of the Clinical Presentations courses (case based and team based clinical cases), may serve as instructor of record for various courses, and may contribute to lectures in other courses.
    • The curricular framework has been developed based on Competency Based Veterinary Education (CBVE; see, and is designed to be vertically and horizontally integrated.
  • Clinical service, for the purpose of veterinary student clinical instruction, will be provided through specific clinical year pathology rotations. The TTU SVM does not have a teaching hospital and, thus, clinical service may include:
    • Developing the pathology rotation in anticipation of instructing students in their clinical year such as expanding the clinical caseload;
    • Supporting a practice with diagnostics and pathology support;
    • Advancing the education of veterinary practitioners; and
    • Supervising and instructing clinical year students in core and/or elective clinical year rotations.
  • Contribute to the TTU SVM’s instruction, scholarship, and service activities. The distribution of effort toward each activity will be individualized for each faculty member and outlined in the letter of appointment.
    • It is expected that tenure-track faculty members will establish extramural support of their scholarship and this will include support for graduate students and opportunities for involvement of professional students. This expectation is proportional to percentage of effort assigned to scholarship in the letter of appointment.
  • Contribute to activities necessary for accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education, other regulatory or accreditation approvals, and admit and deliver the curriculum to the students of the professional degree program. For tenure-track appointments, participation in the School’s research enterprise and PhD program.
  • Participation on various School committees.
  • Additional comments:
    • The curriculum is focused toward general veterinary practice in rural and regional communities. A central function of subject-matter experts is to provide instruction that prepares graduates to competently and confidently practice veterinary medicine at a distance from referral hospitals.
    • Those with experience in rural and regional community practices will provide important feedback that will inform the admission process, instruction, and continuing education.


Qualifications: A DVM (or equivalent) is required, with training in anatomic pathology.

Preference will be given to:


  1. Candidates boarded or board eligible in the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, and/or a PhD in a related field. Candidates who may work with both large and small animals. Candidates who have a successful track record of or show promise in future teamwork, curricular development, instruction, scholarship, and service. Those with great organizational skills and a team-oriented mindset. Texas Tech is a Hispanic Serving Institution and has a long history of serving first-generation students. Experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students is highly desirable.


Salary A competitive salary and benefits package will be provided commensurate with qualifications and experience, and when applicable, start-up funding will be provided to support research program development. This is a full-time, 12-month, academic appointment. Appointments may be tenure- or non-tenure-track depending on the preference of the successful candidate. When appropriate, non- tenure-track appointments will be at a fitting rank within the Professor of Veterinary Practice title (i.e., Assistant Professor of Veterinary Practice or Associate Professor of Veterinary Practice).


  Application Instructions Applicants must apply online at and should search for requisition 34382BR. Please upload a cover letter and complete curriculum vita that includes a list of publications and any other information reflecting qualifications and professional activities related to academic scholarship, teaching, and service. Please provide the names of three individuals who can provide an evaluation of your qualifications and can be contacted for a reference letter if needed.

Contact the search committee chair with questions:

Michael Cruz Penn DVM, DACVP ( ) Texas Tech University

School of Veterinary Medicine 7671 Evans Dr

Amarillo, TX 79119


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

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