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The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences is inviting applications for Health Programs (HP) faculty positions in Veterinary Anesthesiology. As we are expanding our anesthesia program to support growth across all clinical services, we seek a candidate to join our collegial team who is committed to excellent patient care, enthusiastic about educating veterinary students, house officers, and technicians, and interested in performing scholarly activities to improve the practice of veterinary medicine. Clinical responsibility will be shared with the other anesthesia faculty and includes providing anesthesia for small animals, equine, and food animal services. Clinical duties will include weekend, holiday, and after-hours consulting that is shared amongst all anesthesia faculty, although the majority of backup on-call duties are provided via phone.

The duties of the successful applicant include participation in the teaching and service missions of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Applicants should have experience and aptitude in delivering excellent anesthesia care to companion animals. The position involves extensive instruction of veterinary students in a teaching-hospital setting, supervision of veterinary and nursing students, and training of veterinary interns and residents. The appointment rank and percent effort for is negotiable and determined by the candidate’s qualifications, expertise, and special interests. Teaching expectations would include clinical instruction of veterinary students on their anesthesia rotation and pre-clinical instruction in didactic and laboratory coursework. Faculty have access to many resources to foster their scholarly and pedagogical endeavors and support their successful development as an academic clinician.

The anesthesia section currently has 3 faculty with ACVAA diplomat status, 1 resident, 1 intern, and 14 highly skilled and experienced licensed veterinary nurses (including 2 credentialed in anesthesia and analgesia), and a veterinary assistant. Department faculty also include specialists in surgery, internal medicine, emergency and critical care medicine, cardiology, neurology, dermatology, ophthalmology, oncology, sports medicine, rehabilitation, and theriogenology. MSU’s veterinary medical center just completed a large renovation project which included the anesthesia department. We are in the process of procuring a new 3T MRI with an enhanced research package. The anesthesia section has both Mallard and Tafonius large animal ventilators, IRadimed MRI monitor, SonoSite X-Porte ultrasound, Mindray anesthesia monitors, Stimpod nerve stimulator, and much more.

Minimum qualifications include a D.V.M. degree (or equivalent) from an AVMA accredited veterinary school and a valid license to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Michigan. Preference will be given to candidates with board-certification with the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) or European College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ECVAA), additional years of clinical anesthesia experience, experience teaching professional veterinary students, training house officers, a record of scholarship, and/or a unique clinical interest that would enhance the work and mission of the anesthesia section and MSUCVM.

Michigan State University is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU and the College of Veterinary Medicine seek to recruit and retain a diverse student body and workforce as a reflection of our commitment to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and leaning. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Michigan State University is located on one of the nation's largest and most beautiful campuses, and the University is home to a diverse international community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists, teachers and leaders. East Lansing’s collegiate atmosphere is complimented by the low cost of living with convenient access to large cultural centers such as Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Chicago. East Lansing and surrounding communities provide excellent public-school systems. In addition, Michigan, the Great Lakes State, with its numerous inland lakes and rivers, state and national parks, national lakeshores, world-class golf courses, and ample snowfall offers a broad variety of seasonal outdoor recreational activities. Visit the Pure Michigan© website for more details.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: The mission of the college is to be inclusive as we learn, discover, heal and protect. We, as a college, aim to identify, attract, and retain talented students, faculty, and staff reflective of the diversity of the populations in our state, the nation, and the world. Our academic, scholarly, and service roles, considered separately and collectively, form the foundation of an inclusive culture that is committed to respecting, nurturing, and advancing all individuals.

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HP appointments are unique to Michigan State University Colleges of Human, Osteopathic, Veterinary Medicine, and Nursing and were created to enhance programs in clinical education, patient care services, and clinical research. HP faculty appointed in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences typically have 50-70% clinical assignments devoted to clinical and pre-clinical instruction, patient care services, and the general administrative efforts of the Department and College. In addition, HP faculty are expected to be active in research and other scholarly endeavors. The HP position is a multi-year renewable appointment. This appointment is available at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank depending on qualifications and experience. A complete description of the Michigan State University HP system is available at:

The College's vision is to be the destination for teaching, innovation, care, and service. Six goals, backed by specific strategies, guide our organization as we move forward. Read more at to learn about the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s goals, strategies, and progress.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Other -DVM Degree (or equivalent)

Minimum Requirements

  • DVM or equivalent, Veterinary Anesthesia
  • Eligible for State of Michigan license to practice Veterinary Medicine
  • Anesthesia and Analgesia diplomate (ACVAA preferred, will consider ECVAA) or certifying examination eligibility within 2023 or 2024

Desired Qualifications

  • Diplomate certification (ACVAA or ECVAA) is preferred over those who are board eligible.
  • Preference will be given to the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia certification/eligibility.

Required Application Materials

Letter of Intent/Cover Letter A letter of intent highlighting specific strengths related to this position, overall related qualifications, experience, accomplishments, and career goals. For tenured and continuing system positions, include research interests and funding history.

Curriculum Vitae/Resume Your most recently updated CV

References Full names and contact information (phone/email) of three (3) individuals to serve as professional references.

Teaching Philosophy

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Statement The MSU College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to enhancing the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) of the College and the Veterinary Profession. Candidates are asked to identify their strengths, experiences, and plans in these areas as it relates to teaching, research and/or service in a DEI statement.

Special Instructions

The positions will remain open until filled. Interested applicants should submit 1) letter of intent; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) the names and contact information of three professional references; 4) statement about teaching philosophy 5) statement about commitment to diversity. Application materials must be submitted by using the University’s online applicant system,

Please direct all inquiries, including requests for detailed position information and candidate nominations in confidence to Dr. Chris Thibault by email, or by phone, 517-214-8804.

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Summary of Health Risks

  • Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue


Department Statement

We believe veterinarians make the world a better place. The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (SCS) is committed to educating the next generation of veterinary professionals, conducting research that improves the lives of animals and humans, and bringing our skills and knowledge together to provide the best clinical services available.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.