OPEN Rank Shelter Medicine faculty

University of Georgia
Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 24, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Medicine, Veterinary Sciences
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Summary

The College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia ( UGA ), invites applications for a clinical track (non-tenure track) position in shelter medicine at the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor.

The major responsibilities for this position are, along with one other faculty clinician, to teach and provide surgical and medical instruction to fourth-year veterinary students at the Athens Area Humane Society ( AAHS ) in Athens, Georgia. The relationship between UGA and AAHS is newly established, and the successful candidate is expected to help develop the program. The successful candidate will contribute to establishing a service that provides a robust clinical experience for students by emphasizing patient care; providing clinical training in spay/neuter techniques, basic surgery, and dentistry; and demonstrating the role of a veterinarian in shelter practice. Additional responsibilities include teaching shelter medicine to preclinical veterinary students, supporting community outreach programs, and participating in continuing education to local and regional groups. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collegially are required. The candidate is expected to participate in scholarly activities related to the College of Veterinary Medicine’s clinical service, research, and teaching missions. Such scholarly activity includes the opportunity for collaboration with colleagues within the Department, College, and other departments on campus. Proportionate assignments for teaching, service, and scholarly activity will be based on the interests of the candidate in conjunction with the missions of the shelter medicine program and the Department.

A full-time UGA -funded veterinary technician will support the UGA shelter medicine veterinarian and students. The successful candidate must work collaboratively with AAHS veterinarians and staff. AAHS employs three veterinarians, two licensed veterinary technicians, and four veterinary assistants. Annually, AAHS has approximately 1600 adoptions, and through collaborative agreements with other shelters and organizations, does approximately 4000 surgeries. The successful candidate will be assigned to and work out of the Athens Area Humane Society, a newly renovated 15,000 square foot facility on Mitchell Bridge Road in Athens. Approximately 7500 square feet of the facility are dedicated to medical operations. The facility is located approximately eight miles from the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

For all candidates, salary and entry rank will be commensurate with the applicant’s experience and qualifications.

Special Instructions to Applicants

The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to enhancing the diversity, equity and inclusion of the College and the Veterinary Profession. Candidates are encouraged to identify their strengths/experiences in these areas as it relates to teaching, research and/or service in their cover letter. Qualified applicants are invited to submit: (1) a letter of intent including professional interests and career goals, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) the name, mailing address, and contact information for three professional references.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to Dr. Ben Brainard, Search Committee Chairperson, by email ( or telephone (706-706-202-5665). All applications received on or before June 30, 2022, will be fully considered; applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. The successful candidate’s employment starting date is negotiable; the position is available July 1, 2022. As required by the University of Georgia policy, the successful candidate will be subject to a background investigation.

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OPEN Rank Shelter Medicine faculty


VetMed-Small Animal Med & Surg

About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( ). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 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 was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 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 Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery consists of 47 faculty members, 47 clinical residents, 10 rotating interns, 7 specialty interns, and 3 administrative staff members. Shared laboratory space and technical support are provided within the Department, and there are 7 dedicated research technicians who assist in the research missions of the Department’s faculty. ‌Other specialties within the Department include anesthesia, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, medical and radiation oncology, ophthalmology, soft tissue surgery, orthopedic surgery, nutrition, radiology, and zoological medicine, as well as a community practice program ( UGA Pet Health Center). The Department participates in the college-wide M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Members of the Department also actively participate in highly successful collaborative efforts with faculty members from other departments within the college and other colleges on campus, including the College of Public Health, College of Engineering, and the Athens campus of the Medical College of Georgia. The Department has a strong track record for teaching, research, and clinical service.

A full-time UGA -funded veterinary technician will support the UGA shelter medicine veterinarian and students. The successful candidate must work collaboratively with AAHS veterinarians and staff. AAHS employs three veterinarians, two licensed veterinary technicians, and four veterinary assistants. Annually, AAHS has approximately 1600 adoptions, and through collaborative agreements with other shelters and organizations, does approximately 4000 surgeries.

The College of Veterinary Medicine values all members of the university community, recognizing that differences in experience and culture can only lead to a more well-rounded, accepting academic environment. We have an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in our Principles of Community ( ).

The University of Georgia, the nation’s first chartered state-supported university, is a research-intensive land grant and sea grant university situated in the vibrant college town of Athens. ‌Only an hour from Atlanta, Athens is a progressive locale 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

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Benefits Eligible


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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 (

UGA Statement

PLEASE NOTE : On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for
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Position Details

Position Information

Classification Title

Open Rank


Faculty Rank

Open Rank

Contract Type

Fiscal (12 mo.)

Tenure Status


Minimum Qualifications

All candidates must have a DVM or equivalent degree.

Additional Requirements

Requirements for appointment for Clinical Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors (non-tenure track) can be found in the Guidelines for Appointment and Promotion of Non-tenure Track Clinical Faculty in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery:‌documents/‌SAMS_‌‌Guidelines_non-tenure_track_Modified_‌Oct_312012.pdf .

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

Preference will be given to candidates with formal training in shelter medicine and experience and skills in teaching spay-neuter surgery.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collegially are required.

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


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


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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.


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