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COVID-19 Guidance: Guidance and operational updates for Cummings School and its veterinary teaching hospitals

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is seeking an enthusiastic, team-oriented, assistant clinical professor in community medicine. The position is based at Tufts at Tech, an innovative primary care teaching clinic located within Worcester Technical High School (WTHS) in Worcester, MA, approximately 20 minutes from the main campus in Grafton, MA. Tufts at Tech is a unique teaching clinic, where fourth year veterinary students from Cummings School act as primary care clinicians under the supervision of faculty veterinarians, and high school students in the WTHS Veterinary Assisting program are empowered to be animal care advocates within their community.  Focused on teaching, Tufts at Tech provides out-patient care for approximately 5,000 canine and feline cases per year, making high-quality veterinary care accessible and affordable to the local underserved population of Worcester.  The clinic manages a large variety of cases ranging from preventative care, urgent care, chronic disease management, emergencies, dentistry, and surgery. It is equipped with in-house laboratory analyzers, a digital radiography suite, a portable ultrasound unit, high-quality dentistry equipment including digital dental radiography, and a surgical suite.  It is a fast-paced clinical environment with a close-knit and supportive team of 2 faculty doctors (one a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners), an American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) resident, a community medicine intern, 3 certified veterinary technicians, 2 certified veterinary assistants, and a receptionist.

The successful applicant will be responsible for directing, instructing, and supervising veterinary and veterinary assistant students. A commitment to student learning is expected, with an emphasis on promoting technical and non-technical clinical skill development and fostering confidence and independence in clinical practice. Clinical faculty are expected to engage in sufficient scholarly activity and continuing education to remain current in their discipline. This position will include approximately 36 weeks of clinical time, 4 weeks for professional development and scholarly activity, 4 weeks for teaching on campus, 4 weeks for administrative service, and four weeks for vacation.

Qualifications: Must hold a DVM or equivalent degree and have a minimum of 3 years of clinical experience. Excellence in primary care small animal medicine and surgery is required. Demonstrated interest and aptitude in clinical teaching is expected.  Previous experience teaching with veterinary students and/or working with high school students is an asset., Experience with dentistry is considered an asset.

The successful candidate must have a commitment to community service and engagement. They must be able to demonstrate and teach conflict management, cultural competency, patience, and general empathy to the veterinary student population as they learn to communicate with a diverse and historically underserved clientele.

Application procedure: The position is available July 1, 2021 or at a mutually agreeable date prior to September 1, 2021. Review of applications will begin June 1st and the search will be continued until a suitable candidate is identified.  Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing their qualifications, clinical interests, scholarly interests, and teaching experience.  The names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references should be provided.  Please address your strengths/experiences in diversity and inclusion as it relates to teaching, research, and/or service in your cover letter.  Applicants should submit materials through the Interfolio link (http://apply.interfolio.com/86886). For questions about the application process please contact Dr. Leslie Sharkey at Leslie.Sharkey@tufts.edu.

The main campus of Cummings School is situated in Grafton, MA on a 600-acre pastoral campus, forty-five minutes west of Boston and next door to Worcester, the second largest city in Massachusetts.  Tufts at Tech is located in Worcester, about a 20-minute drive from the Grafton campus.  There is a regional rail service stop adjacent to campus and easy access to cultural and sporting events. The campus is a short drive from beautiful beaches, mountains, and other unique features of New England. The area is a hub of biotechnology and higher education. The K-12 education system is excellent. Housing is readily available close to campus or in any number of surrounding towns.

Tufts University is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. If you are an applicant with a disability who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by calling Johny Laine in the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 617.627.3298 or at Johny.Laine@tufts.edu.  Applicants can learn more about requesting reasonable accommodations at http://oeo.tufts.edu.