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Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Internal Medicine - Tenured Academic Track (A258-17CA)

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

Tenured-track full-time academic position in Small Animal Medicine, with Massey University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Location:Palmerston North
Grade:Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor
Applications close:11 p.m. on 22 September 2017
Additional Information:Cost of Living_Manawatu.pdf

Position overview

The Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University, New Zealand invites applications for a tenured academic position in Small Animal Medicine. Working alongside your colleagues, the position involves enabling effective undergraduate and postgraduate instruction in internal medicine by providing an efficient and high-quality internal medicine service for the clients and patients attending the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and providing support for our referring veterinarians. In this position, you will also be expected to develop a programme of research and contribute to the wider scholarly activities of the Companion Animal Group; about 30% of the position is protected for research.

Our AVMA accredited veterinary programme is world-renowned, with a focus on providing quality learning experiences for students. The hospital is staffed by board certified specialists in anesthesiology, internal medicine, diagnostic imaging, emergency medicine/critical care, soft-tissue and orthopaedic surgery. Visiting specialists in neurology, cardiology and ophthalmology also contribute to the clinical fabric of the hospital. In the companion animal hospital, patient care is provided 24/7 by a dedicated team of ER veterinarians and nurses. The Hospital has good diagnostic facilities including digital imaging, ultrasonography, fluoroscopy and a 16-slice CT scanner. Ready access to off-site MRI and PET-CT is available. Diagnostic facilities are provided by an on-site commercial laboratory (New Zealand Veterinary Pathology [NZVP]); an in-house suite of IDEXX laboratory equipment is also available. The veterinary facilities are currently undergoing a major $75M refurbishment, which will provide world-class facilities for all clinical and research activities. There is also a series of dedicated laboratories, tutorials and didactic teaching during the academic year. The medicine team is composed of four faculty: two internal medicine specialists (DipACVIM, 1 current vacancy), one medical oncologist (DipACVIM-MedOnc/ACVR-RadOnc), one specialist in Clinical Nutrition (DipACVN), two medicine residents and two nutrition residents.

To be successful in appointment, you must possess a veterinary degree immediately registerable with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand. You will 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. You must either hold a specialist qualification in small animal internal medicine or be eligible to sit examinations to attain a specialist qualification. Experience in small animal internal medicine at the referral level is essential. 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.

This position is based at the University’s home-base, Manawatu campus in Palmerston North. Enquiries regarding this position should be directed to Associate Professor Nick Cave, via email: or phone: +64 6 9518128).

Job description

Purpose statement

The appointee will be directly involved with all matters relating to the preparation, teaching and administration of general and small animal medicine 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 Veterinary Clinic for their clinical services.

Key accountabilities

  1. Teaching and resident supervision
    Prepare and present lectures, laboratory sessions, seminars, tutorials and clinical instruction for undergraduate, diploma and postgraduate students in small animal medicine. If required and as experience dictates, contribute to the administrative needs of the curriculum by acting as a paper (course) coordinator.

• Resident and intern teaching
Supervision of Resident(s) in an appropriate residency program, and of interns preparing for ANZCVS Membership examinations (when required). The majority of resident and intern teaching is conducted through specific case discussions, direct observation and critique, modelling and demonstration, and through discussion during formal clinical rounds presentations. Other teaching activities include, but are not limited to occasional tutorials or lectures, and participation in journal club and textbook review discussions.

• Formal undergraduate teaching
Undergraduate teaching of BVSc students involves case discussions, assistance and teaching of basic diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, spontaneous tutorials, and daily clinical rounds.
Topics and timetables will be arranged through discussion and negotiation with the group leader, though it is expected that whenever possible, topics will lie within the incumbent’s areas of interest and comfort. Internal medicine staff contribute to formal teaching at all levels (year 1 to year 5) of the BVSc program. In addition, occasional lectures to BVT students and students outside the Veterinary program may be required. Commensurate with those responsibilities is the requirement for participation in the examination process.

In addition, the incumbent will provide advanced level contributions to help develop the content, presentation and scope of subjects to be taught within her/his academic specialist area(s) with particular attention being given to currency of ideas and teaching methods.

  1. Clinical service.
    Providing client-focused clinical service in small animal medicine 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 medicine and supporting the veterinary profession and the public by providing consultations in small animal medicine. It is expected that clinical work is of the highest standard, with attention to all appropriate legal, professional, and ethical limits and guidelines. Referral consultations may require phone discussions with the referring veterinarians, and phone consultations without referral will be attended to by the incumbent within 24 hours of receipt.

  2. After-hours
    Participating in the after-hours roster on a shared basis with other internal medical staff in the team.

  3. 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

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

  2. To engage with all stakeholders of IVABS and the MUVTH (clients, referring veterinarians, veterinary nurses and other general staff, academic staff, students and suppliers) with a customer focus.

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

  4. Contributing to meeting 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.

  5. 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, group Leader or Veterinary Teaching Hospital Director

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

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

Person specification


A veterinary degree immediately registrable in New Zealand. (essential)
PhD (desirable)
Specialist qualification in small animal medicine (ACVIM or ECVIM desirable)


Experience in small animal medicine at the referral level (essential)
Research track record necessary (essential for Senior Lecturer, desirable for Lecturer)

Personal attributes and behaviours

The candidate should be willing to work in a tightly collaborative multi-discipline team.
They should be passionate about teaching and clinical service, and have a fundamental interest in veterinary research.
The candidate must possess excellent communication skills, and be willing and able to foster high-class working relationships with 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 internal medicine service.


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