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Clinical Assistant or Clinical Associate Professor of Surgical Instruction and Clinical Skills

University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Aug 17, 2023

Position Summary

The University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking candidates for the role of Surgical and Clinical Skills instructor. The successful candidate will hold a 12-month position as Clinical Assistant or Clinical Associate Professor, depending on experience. The successful applicant will join and work with the Office of Academic Affairs team, including the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, the Assistant Deans for Pre-Clinical and Clinical Academic Affairs, and the Director of the Clinical Skills Laboratory. Additionally, they will work closely with the surgery faculty in the Departments of both Large Animal Medicine and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, and support staff members in the Office of Academic Affairs, including three technicians.

The academic focus for the position is to develop and manage the surgery curriculum in conjunction with the surgery faculty and the clinical skills laboratory director. Applicants must be highly innovative and motivated to advancing surgical and general clinical skills instruction, including learning and assessment. As time permits, the successful applicant will participate in instruction of other aspects of clinical and professional skills. Furthermore, participation in teaching primary care clinical medicine in the Community Practice Rotation in the University Pet Health Center is possible depending on the candidate’s experience. Participation in scholarly activity regarding evidence-based veterinary medical education as a collaborative investigator is encouraged. The successful applicant is expected to possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, be organized and team-oriented, and be adaptable to a wide variety of circumstances. The successful candidate is expected to maintain a valid Georgia veterinary license (regular or faculty) and be eligible for a State of Georgia driver’s license.

The successful applicant will join and work with a clinical skills team comprising three technicians, the clinical skills laboratory director, and the surgery faculty from the Departments of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery and Large Animal Medicine. The faculty and staff in the Office of Academic Affairs will support the position.

Experiences that would contribute to the position’s success include private clinical practice, academic clinical practice, particularly in a clinical skills laboratory, and academic administration. Board certification is not necessary.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Qualified applicants are invited to submit: (1) a letter of intent including professional interests and career goals; (2) curriculum vitae; and (3) name, mailing address, and contact information for three professional references. All application materials must be received by October 17, 2023 to ensure consideration. Please direct any inquiries about the position or application process to Dr. Jane Quandt, or 706-202-5707.

The employment starting date for the successful candidate is negotiable and can be as early as January 2, 2024.

As required by University of Georgia policy, the successful
candidate will be subject to a background investigation.

Posting Details

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Clinical Assistant or Clinical Associate Professor of Surgical Instruction and Clinical Skills


VetMed-Academic Affairs

About the University of Georgia

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( ). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, providing services to animal owners and veterinarians, and conducting investigations to improve the health of animals as well as people. The college benefits pets and their owners, food-producing animals, and wildlife by offering the highest quality hospital and diagnostic laboratory services. Equipped with the most technologically advanced facilities located on a university campus, the college is dedicated to safeguarding public health by studying emerging infectious diseases that affect both animal and human health.

The College is undergoing a major revision of the curriculum, from a traditional “Flexner” discipline-based structure to a systems-based model that integrates content across disciplines as well as between foundational and clinical sciences. Concurrent with the development of systems-based courses are new professional and clinical skills courses that will run in parallel each semester. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in developing these courses at the ground level.

The College has a split campus, with the first- and second-year instruction occurring on the University of Georgia’s main campus, and the third- and fourth-year instruction conducted at the Veterinary Medical Center ( VMC ). The VMC is approximately 2.5 miles from the main campus and is home to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Veterinary Education Center. The majority of clinical skills instruction will occur on the main campus. The main campus location has a dedicated laboratory for teaching surgery, and a dedicated teaching space, including holding areas and housing for large animal species. Additionally, starting in the fall of 2021, a 5000-square-foot building will become available as a dedicated space for conducting different aspects of clinical and professional skills instruction.

The University of Georgia, the nation’s first chartered state-supported university, is a research-intensive land grant and sea grant university in the vibrant college town of Athens. Only an hour from Atlanta, Athens is a progressive university town with a rich history and is centered among beautiful surrounding landscapes. The area abounds in local music, art, literature, and theatre and hosts many performances by national and international touring artists. The cost of living in Athens compares favorably with much of the rest of the country, ranking lower than the U.S. average ( ). Additional information about the Athens area can be found at: .

The College of Veterinary Medicine values all university community members, recognizing that differences in experience and culture can only lead to a more well-rounded, accepting academic environment.

College/Unit/Department website

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Benefits Eligibility

Benefits Eligible


Advertised Salary

Commensurate with Experience

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Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings)

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Job Closing Date

Open until filled


Location of Vacancy

Athens Area

EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

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Additionally, USG supports Freedom of Expression as stated in Board Policy 6.5 Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom found on-line at .

Position Details

Position Information

Classification Title

Open Rank


Faculty Rank

Open Rank

Contract Type

Fiscal (12 mo.)

Tenure Status

Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline.

Additional Requirements

To be considered for the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor (Non-Tenure Track), candidates must have a DVM or equivalent degree and a minimum of 2 years post- DVM experience, 4 years or more strongly preferred. Candidates should show evidence of a high level of competence and demonstrate the promise of moving toward excellence in student instruction and scholarly activity.

To be considered for the rank of Clinical Associate Professor (Non-Tenure Track) the candidate is expected to have at least nine years of post- DVM experience including five years clinical teaching experience in an academic environment. Candidates should have a minimum of five years at the rank of clinical assistant professor or comparable experience. The candidate should have documented excellence in patient care, student instruction, scholarly activities, or practice and service

Guidelines for Appointment and Promotion of Clinical Faculty can be found at UGA_Guidelines_for_Appointment_and_Promotion_of_Clinical_Faculty.pdf

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

Prior history in both private practice and in clinical instruction is desirable. Prior history in academia is advantageous, but not essential.

Furthermore, an advanced degree, particularly in an education-related discipline is advantageous.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

The successful applicant is expected to possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, be organized and team-oriented, and be adaptable to a wide variety of circumstances.

Practical knowledge and ability to perform diagnostic, surgical, and therapeutic techniques commonly used in general practice.
Knowledge of general medical teaching practices including learning and assessment

Physical Demands

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Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?


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Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?


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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)


Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website .

Background Investigation Policy

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including, a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia; confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials (including reference checks) as they relate to the job-based requirements of the position applied for; and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. You may also be subject to a pre-employment drug test for positions with high-risk responsibilities, if applicable. Please visit the UGA Background Check website .



Coordinate surgical laboratories for second- and third-year students

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Instruct in surgical laboratories for second- and third-year students

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Oversee pre-operative and post-operative assessment of animals presented for spays and or neuters

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Communicate with other surgical instructors regarding instructional needs

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Teach DVM students in didactic classes related to common surgical principles and techniques

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Teach clinical skills other than surgical skills in Clinical Skills Lab

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Developing and assessing the impact of models on student learning
Participate through collaboration with colleagues in andragogical research

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References with Contact Information
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