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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery (A427-17CA)

Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, College of Sciences

This is a key academic post for a candidate who wishes to establish or maintain an academic career as a member of a progressive surgical team.

Location:Palmerston North
Grade:Lecturer / Senior Lecturer
Applications close:11:45 p.m. on 7 January 2018

Position overview

The Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University, New Zealand, invite applications for a tenured position in veterinary small animal surgery, based at the University’s Manawatu campus, in Palmerston North. In this position, you will be expected to participate in research and contribute to the wider scholarly activities of the Companion Animal Group. As a guide, with four surgeons on the team, the role would comprise approximately 50% clinics, 20% rostered teaching and 30% protected scholarly time.

Our AVMA-accredited veterinary programme is world-renowned providing quality, research-led education. The Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) is a referral center for New Zealand, and is staffed by board-certified specialists in anesthesiology, internal medicine, oncology, diagnostic imaging, nutrition, emergency medicine/critical care, and obviously Surgery. Emergency 24x7 services, and community practice/primary care are also offered at the VTH. The Diagnostic Imaging service manages cases from the companion animal, equine, production animal and the wildlife hospital. This offers a diverse and interesting range of cases, and opportunities for collaborative research activity. The VTH is well-equipped; we perform TTA/TPLO/PAUL/THR(CFX) and have AO & SOP plating quipment/ImexSK ESF/CRF and an ILN system. We have state of the art digital arthroscopy/laparoscopy equipment and intra-operative C-arm fluoroscopy. Our imaging suite is equipped with Eklin DR and a Philips 16 slice helical CT scanner with access to MR off-site. We are also one of the first facilities in the world to have access to a Da Vinci Surgicl robot. The companion animal surgical area includes two specialist surgical theatres, a separate student theatre suite, a large anaesthesia induction and recovery suite, and a state of the art sterile supply facility.

To be successful in appointment to this role, you must possess a veterinary degree immediately registerable with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand, and you must also hold a specialist qualification (FANZCVS/ACVS/ECVS) or be board eligible; however, if you do not hold a higher degree (e.g. PhD), you may be able to undertake a higher degree programme, with the approval of the Management Group Leader and Head of Institute. You will need to have a strong service focus, both towards clients of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and towards our veterinary, veterinary technology, and postgraduate students. In addition, you will show initiative, flexibility, and excellent communication and team skills. Experience in small animal surgery at the referral level is essential.

Enquiries may be directed to the Director, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Paul Cocks, via email to or telephone +64 6 9519227.

Job description

Purpose statement

The appointee will be directly involved with all matters relating to teaching and administration of small animal surgery related subjects, scholarship, clinical service and Institute and University administration.

Responsible to

The appointee will be accountable to the Institute Head through their Management Group Leader for academic matters and through the Director of the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital (MUVTH) for clinical matters.

Key accountabilities

Providing client-focused clinical service in small animal surgery and related fields on behalf of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Helping to develop the quality and scope of the small animal referral service, supporting other staff by consulting in small animal surgery and supporting the veterinary profession and the public by providing consultations in small animal medicine.

  1. Participating in the after-hours roster on a shared basis with other surgeons in the team.

  2. Preparing and presenting lectures, laboratory sessions, seminars, tutorials and clinical instruction for veterinary and veterinary technology students, postgraduate students, interns and residents.

  3. Helping to develop the content, presentation and scope of subjects to be taught in small animal surgery.

  4. Supervision of Resident(s) in an appropriate residency program, and of interns preparing for ANZCVS Membership examinations (when required).

  5. Contributing actively to the advanced academic functions of the Institute by engaging personally in scholarship through:
    • applying for grant funding
    • leading research projects
    • preparing and publishing at least two scientific articles per annum
    • preparing and publishing clinical reviews and case reports in refereed journals
    • contributing to the collaborative research ventures of the Companion Animal Group
    • supervising postgraduate (Masters/PhD) students
    • leading research projects in an area of interest related to small animal surgery

  6. Acting to minimise threats to health and safety of staff and students

  7. Ensuring that all her/his teaching, research and other activities which involve the use of animals or their tissues are conducted according to the law and conform with requirements of the Massey University Code of Ethical Conduct for the use of Live Animals for Teaching and Research.

  8. Contributing to the administrative needs of the University, internally and externally, by participating in Institute, College and University functions as carried out by Boards, Committees, working parties, groups and offices as may be required or approved from time to time by the Institute Head.

  9. Promoting University academic and professional interests by serving government community, professional, educational or other organisations in external capacities which utilise and promulgate specialist academic and technical knowledge, skills and other expertise, as approved from time to time by the Institute Head.

  10. Contributing to continuing education and professional development for veterinarians.

  11. Other reasonable duties as specified by the Institute Head.

Person specification


A veterinary degree which can be immediately registered with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand is essential.
A specialist qualification or board eligible in small animal surgery (FANZCVS, ACVS, ECVS) which can be registered with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand
Evidence of current research activity in veterinary surgery is desirable for those choosing the academic track.
Advanced degrees (MS, PhD), although not required will be favourably considered.

Proof of attainment of veterinary qualification.
Either proof of attainment of specialist level qualification or proof of completion of a residency and eligibility to sit a specialist qualification.


Broad clinical, teaching and scholarly experience will be expected.
A strong track record in the clinical practice of small animal surgery at the referral level is essential.

Personal attributes and behaviours

The candidate must be passionate about clinical service and teaching.
The candidate should be capable of establishing a strong clinical research programme.
The candidate must possess excellent communication skills, and be willing and able to foster high class working relationships with our students, interns, staff, clients and referring veterinarians
The usual hours of the Hospital are 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. While on clinical rotations, the candidate must be available during this time and be flexible outside these hours, depending on workload.
The candidate must be willing to be on-call for the surgery service.


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