Canine, Feline, Equine, Bovine, Small Ruminant, Swine
DVM or equivalent
The College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU CVM) is committed to the social responsibility of producing graduate veterinarians that are technically competent, professionally astute, and cognitively adaptive to the future needs of global health security. To that end, WesternU CVM is committed to graduating veterinary professionals who have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of epidemiology and population health. Further, graduates must be skilled in the application of epidemiology in all career settings.
The College of Veterinary Medicine provides a unique environment for a motivated faculty member to contribute their knowledge in epidemiology to help prepare health professionals for the needs of the veterinary profession.
With its founding principle of student centered learning, the curricular design at WesternU is novel and seeks to challenge adult learners with an evidence based approach to scholarship. Epidemiology is delivered in all four years of the curriculum. For first and second year students epidemiology is one of 12 basic sciences integrated into the Veterinary Basic and Medical Sciences course which uses a problem based approach to learning basic concepts in epidemiology with real world application. For third year students, a quarter of this clinical year is dedicated to courses in applied epidemiology, public health, global health and food and feed safety. In the fourth year students are given the opportunity to select from a multitude of national or international externship experiences in epidemiology.
Another founding principle - excellence in clinical training through strategic community partnerships, WesternU CVM is well positioned to provide its epidemiology faculty with multiple career building opportunities. Our location in Southern California provides relatively easy access to a vibrant and diverse general population, a complex and multi-tiered veterinary community, a vast array of animal related non-profit organizations and proximity to multiple public sector agencies. WesternU CVM has fostered strong relationships with veterinary professionals in area county departments of health, as well as with county, state and federal regulatory veterinarians. They are integral partners in the education of our students. Our college is teamed with municipal and privately owned animal shelters, with an expanding shelter medicine curriculum and veterinary community outreach to underserved populations. WesternU CVM faculty are key players on the national and international One Health stage. The college of veterinary medicine is also actively engaged in the university Interprofessional Education Curriculum.
Be responsible for providing content expertise in epidemiology, for scholarly advancement of the science, and for incorporation of this discipline into the curriculum.
Assume various teaching roles, when required, to meet curricular demands and as assigned by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Provide support in the education and training of students at all levels of the DVM curriculum. Serve as a college wide resource in epidemiology.
This position reports to the Dean. Academic activities are supervised by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Research activities are supervised by the Associate Dean for Research. Professional activities are supervised by the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs.
Essential Job Functions
Provide leadership in the delivery of epidemiology content throughout the 4 year curriculum.
Act as content expert (subject matter expert) for epidemiology in Veterinary Basic & Medical Sciences, along with contributions to Clinical Skills, Veterinary Issues and Molecular and Cellular Biology where appropriate.
Provide leadership in epidemiology content for case development in the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Curriculum of Veterinary Basic and Medical Sciences.
Develop and present PBL correlative lectures, exercises and laboratories in epidemiology as determined through curriculum development and the delivery process.
Participate as a facilitator in the Problem-Based learning (PBL) curriculum.
Provide leadership for the curricular design and delivery of clinically applied epidemiology throughout third year as well as through course leadership of Population Health and Production.
Provide oversight of 4th year student education in epidemiology.
Participate in other teaching duties in years 1 through 4 of the curriculum as assigned
Develop and/or support a research program, and participate in graduate program development.
Provide support for and contribute to the Office of Outcome Assessments in its function of assessing and analyzing critical college outcome measures as part of quality control procedures, curricular evaluation, and accreditation.
Serve as a college resource in research and graduate student training.
Participate in local, national and/or international continuing education programs.
Develop and implement programs consistent with the college founding commitments to innovative student self- directed learning, reverence for life, and strategic partnerships and alliances.
Engage in other duties as assigned.
Ancillary Job Functions
Participate in college and university committees.
Represent the college to external persons, committees and agencies, including funding agencies.
Participate in development of college/ university associated international programs.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Individuals must possess the following specific knowledge, skills and abilities, or be able to demonstrate that they can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
Ability to effectively communicate with others.
Ability to effectively interact with administration, faculty, staff, students and outside contacts.
Ability to handle tasks professionally with positive, timely outcomes.
Have organizational skills necessary to prioritize workload and delegate responsibility.
Have knowledge of educational needs for contemporary veterinarians and veterinary practice.
Have knowledge and skills in epidemiology.
EDUCATION: An earned Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree (DVM, VMD or equivalent) and/or MS/PhD in a related field.
CERTIFICTION: Board certification or board eligibility with the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Candidates with a Master of Public Health or Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine will also be considered.
EXPERIENCE: Candidates with three or more years of experience preferred. However, the college is seeking an optimal match between individual qualifications and assessed ability to contribute to the College’s mission. All qualified candidates will be considered.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by any employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, occasionally sit, stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms, and frequently use hands to grasp objects. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. There are no specific vision requirements for this job.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The duties of the Professor of Veterinary Medicine-Epidemiology are normally performed in a typical office, classroom, lecture theater or laboratory setting. The noise level in these settings is usually moderate due to the proximity of business machines and office traffic.
The College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences was established in 1998 as the first new college of veterinary medicine in the United States in more than twenty years, and stands as a new paradigm in veterinary medical education: innovative instructional programs, cost-effective delivery of education, and cooperation with other educational institutions and the private s...ector. On March 3, 2010, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education (COE) granted the College Full Accreditation.
Instruction and clinical opportunities are provided in a wide variety of domestic species, including food animal, equine, and companion animals. The College sustains a vibrant, diverse faculty by encouraging advancement through personal and professional development and research, creating an academic community of competent, caring, ethical professionals, where cooperative learning, public service, and scholarship can flourish.