Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor in Communication, Professional Skills, and Community Practice
University of California Davis, Department of Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology
United States



POSITION AVAILABLE: Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor in Communication, Professional Skills, and Community Practice


SALARY & BENEFITS: Salary dependent on qualifications and experience. The University of California offers a comprehensive benefits package (


QUALIFICATIONS: Veterinarian with a minimum of 4 years’ experience working in primary care small animal practice required. Excellent skills as a primary care veterinarian and in communication are required. Must possess a strong desire to teach and mentor DVM students in classroom and clinical settings. Demonstrated interest and/or experience in veterinary practice management preferred. Excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to work with others in a collegial team atmosphere are required. DVM or equivalent degree required. A valid license to practice veterinary medicine in California is required before employment (California Business and Professions Code Section 4846-4857). Individuals not eligible for a full California license can obtain a University License (California Business and Professions Code Section 4848.1). USDA accreditation will be required within one year of hire.


RESPONSIBILITIES: This full-time position includes: 1) 45% effort assignment to the design, leadership, and delivery of content related to communication and veterinary professional skills in the DVM curriculum; 2) 45% effort assignment as a primary care veterinarian teaching and mentoring DVM students in the Community Practice Service in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH); and 3) 10% effort for professional development, creative work, and university and public service.


Teaching: Responsible for: 1) the design and delivery within the DVM curriculum of content intended to develop fundamental professional and communication skills critical for a successful career as a veterinarian, and 2) development and implementation of appropriate methods to assess DVM students’ mastery of such content.


Clinical: Responsible for directing, instructing, and supervising veterinary students on the Community Practice Service as they learn to provide primary healthcare for small animals and advice to their owners. The individual is expected to demonstrate distinction in clinical practice.


Professional Competence: The individual is expected to advance: 1) the disciplines of communication and professional skills through participation and leadership in the DVM curriculum, and 2) the discipline of Community Practice through participation and leadership in providing high quality patient care in the VMTH. They are expected to work collegially with other services in the VMTH to reinforce the VMTH team environment, including offering referral to the specialty clinic of patients that could benefit from specialist care. The individual must also demonstrate a high level of clinical/diagnostic competence and be recognized for accomplishment in a focused area such as veterinary education, communication, professional skills, clinical, or diagnostic practice.


Creative Scholarship: Faculty are expected to advance their discipline through creative scholarship, which is typically derived directly from clinical and teaching activities and evaluated in the context of a heavy clinical commitment. Contributions to creative scholarship may include publication of scholarly work; contributions to professional clinical education, curriculum, or training development; or contributions to clinical service through program administration, enhanced clinical care, or community outreach.


Service: University and public service through committee work, participation in professional organizations, and/or continuing education is required.


APPLICATION PROCESS: To receive fullest consideration, applications must be received by May 15, 2019; 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) curriculum vitae; 3) a statement summarizing clinical teaching philosophy; 4) a statement summarizing personal perspective of the importance of communication in veterinary practice; 5) a statement summarizing experience and professional contributions in the area of equity and diversity; and 6) the names and addresses of professional references from three veterinary colleagues and one staff colleague. Application materials must be submitted by using the University’s online submission program,


The University of California, Davis and the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology, 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. UC Davis supports family friendly recruitments;





Document requirements
  • Letter of Intent - A letter of intent outlining special interest in the position, overall related qualifications, experience, and career goals.

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

  • Statement of Clinical Teaching Philosophy - A statement summarizing clinical teaching philosophy.

  • Statement of Importance of Communication - A statement summarizing personal perspective of the importance of communication in veterinary practice.

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

Reference requirements
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