Record #: 3275

Veterinary Practice Information:

Brian L. Vander Ley
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Practice Name:
Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center
P.O. Box 148
Clay Center    
Zip Code:

Job Description:

  The Great Plains Veterinary Education Center (GPVEC) within the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is seeking applications for a Food Animal Veterinary Fellow at the rank of Lecturer. This 12-month (calendar year), non-tenure track appointment will be located in Clay Center, Nebraska at the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center, with an apportionment of 30% research and 70% teaching. Recognizing that diversity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and GPVEC are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of diversity. Consistent with the University’s N2025 Strategic Plan, every person and every interaction are treated as important to our collective well-being and our ability to deliver on our mission. The Food Animal Veterinary Fellow will contribute to the integrated research and teaching land-grant mission of the home unit and IANR, as an effective scholar and citizen, including supporting student recruitment and IANR science literacy. This position is designed to provide the incumbent with experiences conducive to future high-level food-animal private practice or future pursuit of an academic role, but at a higher pay scale than a traditional residency. It is also envisioned to be a stepping-stone toward ACVPM or ACVP board certification. The incumbent may or may not be able to complete board certification in the time employed, but efforts to do so will be encouraged and supported. Primary Responsibilities (.70 FTE): The successful candidate will be expected to develop clinical teaching skills while participating in teaching and directed service responsibilities which are the primary focus for this position. The incumbent will take an active role in the GPVEC teaching program in clinical food animal medicine and production management, including leadership in classroom and field teaching activities of veterinary medical students through lectures, demonstrations, and other educational efforts. Implementation of innovative teaching methodologies, such as online instruction, is strongly encouraged. The incumbent will participate in the day-to-day clinical care of the cattle, sheep, and swine populations at USMARC with supervision and structured mentorship appropriate to the incumbent. The incumbent shares the responsibility of maintaining good rapport and complementary working relationships with the USMARC administration, scientists, staff, and other personnel. The incumbent will assume routine duties in concert with other staff, faculty, and the herd health veterinarian(s) at USMARC. This work will include occasional evening, weekend, and holiday duty. Veterinary medical clinical service for the USMARC herd includes herd health management as well as routine veterinary medical, surgical, obstetrical, and necropsy practices associated with large herds of cattle, sheep, and swine. Performance of necropsy duties includes recording necropsy findings, collecting and submitting specimens for laboratory tests, interpreting results, preparing final reports, and discussing interpretations with students. Secondary Responsibilities (.30 FTE): The incumbent will be engaged in research and provide support and participate as a team member in other research projects with GPVEC faculty, UNL faculty, USMARC scientists, ISU faculty, and others to support and enhance the GPVEC mission when opportunities arise. In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level. The incumbent will serve as an engaged member of the GPVEC team, including, but not limited to, internal and external functions such as faculty and faculty/staff meetings, open houses, tours, and outreach activities and events. This engagement also includes other responsibilities fitting the expertise of the incumbent and the needs of GPVEC and SVMBS. Employment-based permanent residency sponsorship is not available for this position now or in the future.  
Training Required:
 •DVM degree and license to practice in Nebraska (or eligibility for licensure). •USDA APHIS Accreditation – Type II (or eligibility for accreditation.  
Experience Desired:
 •One year of clinical experience, preferably in food animal clinical medicine, and preferably in the beef sector. •Interest in developing specialized clinical skills relevant to food animal practice.  
 Salary will depend on qualifications and is negotiable. 
 The individual in this position will be eligible for University of Nebraska-Lincoln benefits, including health insurance, retirement, paid leave, etc.  

Species Percentages:

Beef:  75 Dairy:  0  Swine:  10  Small Ruminants:  10 
Equine:  5  Poultry:  0  Exotics:  0  Small Animals:  0 


Facilities provided by the veterinary practice:
 GPVEC is a fully equipped larger animal veterinary facility. Notable features include in-house clinical pathology equipment and support, practice vehicles, and digital radiology equipment. We primarily provide clinical services to the US Meat Animal Research Center, consequently, livestock handling facilities are very good and typically include hydraulic chutes and plenty of help.  
Other Personnel :  The individual in this position will join a team of 3 veterinarians, 1 technician, and 3 support staff located at GPVEC. In addition, the GPVEC team works closely with the US Meat Animal Research Center veterinary care team which includes and additional 2 veterinarians and 2 technicians. the individual in this position will be able to (and encouraged) to take advantage of the many connections available inside and beyond UNL.  
Practice strengths and emphasis of the business:
 GPVEC has a long history of providing food animal veterinary training to veterinarians, both before and after graduation. Current GPVEC veterinarians have interest in ruminant nutrition, integrated livestock production systems, genetics, epidemiology, among many others.  
Practice Area:  GPVEC is located near Clay Center, a small town in south central Nebraska. The area is rural and very focused on agriculture. There are many small towns nearby and also several larger towns and cities in the area (Hastings-20 minutes, Grand Island-45 minutes, Lincoln-1.5 hours).  

Date job was submitted:    1/30/2023 

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