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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Clinical Equine Elective Surgery and Lameness, or Health Sciences Assistant/Associate/Full Clinical Professor of Equine Elective Surgery and Lameness.

Position overview

Salary range: The salary range for this position is $163,100 –$307,800. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay (i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step) are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience.

Application Window

Open date: June 12, 2024

Next review date: Friday, Aug 2, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Dec 14, 2024 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 Equine Elective Surgery and Lameness Service is comprised of ACVS Diplomates, supported by 3 additional ACVS Diplomates who provide 24-hour emergency coverage. Dedicated large animal imaging faculty work closely with the surgery faculty to manage the sports medicine and lameness caseload. The
Equine Elective Surgery and Lameness Service frequently collaborates with the other large animal services (internal medicine, theriogenology, ophthalmology, livestock medicine and surgery) on a variety of surgical cases. There are 4 dedicated equine surgery theaters in addition to a standing surgery suite. The diagnostic imaging service has dedicated ultrasonography, radiography and advanced imaging service areas. Our hospital is equipped with equine anesthetized CT, standing MRI and standing PET. The new imaging center scheduled for completion in 2025 will include equine 3T MRI and dedicated equine large bore CT for use both in anesthetized and standing horses.

Clinical: The position includes 70% (clinical track) or 90% (Health Sciences Clinical track) clinical commitment to the Equine Elective Surgery and Lameness Service of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH). Individual will be responsible for directing, instructing, and supervising veterinary students and residents; providing health care and service to patients; managing advanced imaging referrals, and advising and consulting with referring veterinarians and clients.
Teaching: The primary teaching responsibility will be direct daily supervision and instruction of senior students and residents rotating through the Equine Elective Surgery and Lameness Service. Other responsibilities may include: 1) participation in lectures and laboratories in the DVM professional curriculum; 2) clinical teaching in the VMTH; and 3) participation in all aspects of the didactic and clinical (intern, resident) training program of the VMTH.
Professional Competence: Advance the discipline within the VMTH, as well as locally and nationally, through participation and leadership in providing high quality patient care in the hospital environment. Expected to establish reputation for clinical excellence locally, regionally and nationally, depending upon level of appointment. Must demonstrate clinical competence and be recognized for accomplishment in a focused area of clinical practice.
Creative Scholarship: Creative/scholarly activities are required for individuals in both series. Faculty in the Professor of Clinical series are expected to advance the clinical discipline through creation and dissemination of new knowledge with documentation in peer-reviewed publications. The type of scholarly activity may focus primarily on integrating/improving clinical care, conducting clinical research studies, and/or improving veterinary medical education.
Although creative scholarship is an expectation for faculty in the Health Sciences Clinical Professor series, it is typically derived from clinical teaching and professional service activities. Examples of activities qualifying as creative scholarship in this series include participation in the advancement of professional education; publication of case reports or clinical reviews; development of or contributions to administration (supervision) of a clinical service; or development of or contributions to clinical guidelines or pathways.
Service: University and public service through committee work, participation in professional organizations, continuing education and other appropriate means is required.

The salary range for this position is $163,100 –$307,800. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay (i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step) are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience.

A global 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. UC Davis ( is ranked 6th nationally among public universities and its faculty are internationally renowned for their distinguished academic achievements. The School of Veterinary Medicine is ranked 1st nationally and the VMTH has one of the most diverse, robust caseloads of any academic veterinary health center in the world. The campus is adjacent to the city of Davis (population 70,000), 14 miles west of Sacramento (the capital of California), 45 miles northeast of Napa Valley, 72 miles northeast of San Francisco and 110 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra.

UC Davis offers a generous benefit package ( including retirement featuring an optional pension plan (, and several work-life programs (

UC Davis values diversity, equity, and inclusion and has consistently been recognized by Forbes as a ‘Best Employer’ for Diversity and Women (

To receive fullest consideration, applications must be submitted by August 2, 2024. Position is open until filled. To begin the application process, interested applicants should register online at and submit the following materials: 1) a letter of intent outlining special interest in the position, overall related qualifications, experience and career goals; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) the names and addresses of four professional references; and 4) a statement summarizing experience and professional contributions in the area of equity and diversity. For questions about the application process please contact:

Denise Pennington (email:
Chief Administrative Officer
Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California
Davis, CA 95616-8745
Phone (530) 752-9774; Fax (530) 752-6042

The University of California, Davis, and The Department of Surgical & Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, are 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 is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. UC Davis supports family friendly recruitments:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Veterinarian with advanced training in equine elective surgery and lameness. Completion of a residency program in equine surgery approved by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS, ACVS-LA) or European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS) by the appointment date is required. Documented clinical experience and competence in equine elective surgery and lameness is required. Demonstrated aptitude and experience in teaching, particularly clinical instruction, is required. Documented record of creative scholarship or potential to develop a research or clinical program in equine surgery is required for the Professor of Clinical series. Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work with others in a collegial team atmosphere.
Must be eligible for veterinary medical licensing in the State of California (California Business and Professions Code Section 4846-4857). Individuals must obtain a full CA license (California Business and Professions Code Section 4846) or a University license (California Business and Professions Code Section 4848.1) prior to beginning clinical duties.

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

Board certification in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS, ACVS-LA) or European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS) is preferred.

Clinical experience and interest in sports medicine and advanced imaging is desirable.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 4 required (contact information only)
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About UC Davis

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Job location

Davis, CA