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Associate Dean for Veterinary Medical Center Operations / Chief Veterinary Medical Officer

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $240,000-$310,000 annually.

Application Window

Open date: March 30, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Dec 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine seeks a strategic, visionary, and effective leader to serve as the Associate Dean for Veterinary Medical Center Operations and Chief Veterinary Medical Officer (CVMO) for the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH). As a national leader in veterinary medicine with a mission to advance the health of animals, people, and the environment, the School has a rich history of educating veterinarians and veterinary scientists, discovering new knowledge through a robust and progressive research enterprise, and setting the standards in animal health care through its clinical programs. Fully accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), the VMTH comprises a Small Animal and Large Animal Hospital, with 40 specialty services, and is home to more than 150 veterinary specialists, 130 house officers, and 335 clinical support staff. With a caseload exceeding 75,000 annually, the VMTH has an operating budget of $80 million and serves the people of California by providing exceptional patient care, outstanding clinical training for DVM students and house officers, a robust Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials, a highly productive clinical research program supported with funding from the Centers for Companion Animal Health, Equine Health, and Food Animal Health, and provides public service programs (Center for Professional Continuing Education) of the highest quality to advance the healthcare and welfare of animals. Beyond the UC Davis campus, the School has clinical programs in Tulare and San Diego, and also manages the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory system and includes Veterinary Medicine Extension. As the School prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary, it is embarking on exciting initiatives in each of its key missions, as well as continued renovation and expansion of clinical space through construction of an expanded Veterinary Medical Center. Reporting directly to the Dean and serving on the senior leadership team, the CVMO plays a vital role in the School’s continued growth, innovation, collaboration, and outreach, and the exceptional quality of its clinical enterprise.

• Leadership and Administration: Working with the Dean, VMTH Directors, and Hospital Administrator, lead and administratively ensure the quality, fiscal integrity, and operational efficiency of the clinical enterprise with outcomes aligned with the Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) strategic plan; shared responsibility for the development and stewardship of resources to support the VMC’s continuing evolution as a premier academic veterinary health center; working with the Dean, champion and cultivate a culture of inclusion in support of diversity that embraces the UC Davis Principles of Community.
• Fiscal Responsibility: Work directly with the Dean, Executive Assistant Dean, and Hospital Administrator to allocate resources in support of clinical training, patient care, and clinical research aligned with the mission and VMC strategic plan. This includes management of the state allocation for the clinical teaching program; to support, sustain, and develop contemporary clinical experiential training and educational programs to prepare entry level veterinarians for clinical practice; and evaluate and make recommendations for cost saving measures, program efficiencies, and opportunities for revenue streams in support of the clinical programs.
• Clinical Education: Responsible for ensuring a robust clinical experiential education program in a nurturing learning environment, including provision of adequate small and large animal primary care experiences to support entry level training of professional (DVM) students to meet American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education accreditation standards, and to provide appropriate clinical material and resources to support academically rigorous graduate clinical training programs including the world’s largest postgraduate veterinary clinical training program (interns, residents, fellows).
• Client and Patient Services: Ensure sufficient personnel to meet the mission of the clinical enterprise, provide outstanding compassionate patient care, and to support the clinical teaching programs while meeting the standards for accreditation by the AAHA reflecting quality and excellence of clinical programs.
• Academic Personnel Management: In consultation with the School’s academic leadership, develop and oversee a clinical faculty recruitment and retention plan to advance the academic and clinical reputation of the VMTH. Provide achievement recognition and performance evaluations of clinical faculty for career advancement.
• Facilities, Equipment, Safety, and Security: In conjunction with School leadership, responsible for the continued maintenance and improvement of the physical plant and acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment to support the clinical enterprise and training of DVM students and house officers. Prioritize funding for equipment purchases and facility renovations; and work with the School’s Development Office to cultivate philanthropic support to provide a sound financial base for the VMTH operations and clinical programs.
• Outreach: Ensure a robust media presence that showcases the clinical programs of the VMTH, provide quality continuing professional education programs and outreach that promote the VMTH to enhance its referral and client base, and monitor the veterinary profession’s needs.

UC Davis is ranked 10th nationally among public universities and its faculty are internationally known for their distinguished academic achievements. UC Davis strives to build a community of change-makers and problem solvers committed to creating a place where people from all walks of life and backgrounds can learn, grow, and discover together. Bordering the city of Davis, a vibrant college town of 70,000, 14 miles west of the state capital, Sacramento (home to the UC Davis Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and UC Davis Health), 72 miles northeast of San Francisco and 110 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe and the Sierras, the region offers a high-quality environment for faculty and staff members and their families.

APPLICATION PROCESS: To receive fullest consideration, applications must be received by May 1, 2023; position open until filled. Interested applicants should submit 1) a letter of intent outlining special interest in the position, overall related qualifications, experience, and career goals; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement summarizing their experience and professional contributions in the area of equity and diversity; 4) names of four references (including addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses); and 5) the Authorization to Release Information form. Application materials should be submitted by using the University’s online submission program at,

The University of California, School of Veterinary Medicine is interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. UC Davis supports family-friendly recruitments:

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first choice candidates for Academic Senate positions eligible for tenure or security of employment. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for associate/full professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for positions with tenure or security of employment will be subject to reference checks.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• The successful candidate will hold a DVM or equivalent veterinary degree and have a distinguished record in teaching, creative work, service, and administration to meet the requirements for a Professorial appointment (Professor [I&R], Professor of Clinical ___, or Health Sciences Clinical Professor series) at Full rank at the University of California in one of the School’s academic departments.
• Demonstrated leadership skills in managing complex organizations and the ability to engage a diverse array of individuals, groups, and organizations, within and outside the School in pursuit of excellence in clinical education, clinical service, and patient care.
• Extensive experience in the business administration and organizational management of a veterinary teaching hospital.
• Extensive experience with contemporary veterinary medical education and clinical experiential training of professional (DVM) students and veterinarians seeking advanced clinical training.
• Demonstrated experience in, or understanding of, the importance of clinical research and serving as an advocate for translational research in a teaching hospital environment.
• Excellent interpersonal, communication, and consensus building skills, required to form productive partnerships and build relationships. Demonstrated ability to work closely with faculty in an environment of shared governance, having sensitivity to the changing dynamics of academic veterinary medicine and ability to command the respect and trust of students, staff, faculty, administrators, department chairs, and institute/center directors. Demonstrated experience in conflict resolution and team building.
• Commitment to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and demonstrated ability to relate effectively to a wide variety of people of diverse backgrounds, including an understanding and respect for cultural, ethnic, gender, and ability differences.
• An acuity and ability for outreach and a willingness to cultivate philanthropic support of the clinical enterprise.

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

Advanced clinical training and board certification in a clinical specialty with national /international recognition preferred.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Letter of Intent - Outlining special interest in the position, overall related qualifications, experience, and career goals

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - A statement summarizing their experience and professional contributions in the area of equity and diversity. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are selected as the first choice candidate. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form:

Reference requirements
  • 4 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Davis, CA