Utah State University

Adjunct Veterinary Instructor - Principles of Surgery

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/30/2020 7:03 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
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Category (Portal Searching)
Teaching (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
Job Classification
College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Animal Dairy & Veterinary Sciences
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience


In search of a veterinarian to assist in teaching hands on lab instruction. Employee will be under the direction of the course director for Principles of Surgery course. Employee will be responsible solely for teaching one on one and in small groups with students during labs.


  • Assist in class instruction for two Principles of Surgery course sections every Monday, with the following schedule: (7:45AM arrive for last minute set-up, walk-through of lab, class instruction (8:10AM to 11AM), re-set stations and lunch (30 min.), class instruction (11:30AM to 2:30PM), wrap-up and clean-up until 3:30PM, POSx team meeting (3:30PM – 4:30PM) or until finished).
  • Professionally communicate with faculty, staff and students.
  • Be someone who can grow into a productive team member who is pleasant to be around and has a good attitude towards student learning.
  • Be someone who learns what the job is and is able to accomplish what needs to be done for the course with an occasional clarifying question or two, but without needing much micromanaging.
  • Utilize resources such as Course Director, Course Coordinator, videos, books, websites, etc. to acquire knowledge, and use this knowledge to aid with student learning.
  • Ability to utilize or learn to utilize university computer programs to aid in student learning and instruction. Such as Canvas, Principles of Surgery WIMU website, online textbooks, videos, etc.
  • Experience in veterinary surgery.
  • Applicant must be adaptable and teachable in areas where they have previous surgical skills experience and realize that in an academic setting, expectations may be different from private practice. Must be able to discern what information or techniques are appropriate for first year veterinary students, ultimately up to the discretion of the course director.
  • Ability to communicate well with students and help them learn the required course skills and concepts is of utmost importance. Previous teaching experience in this area is ideal but, not required.
  • Ability to work with/around animal cadavers including but not limited to: dogs, cats, rabbits, goats, sheep and calves.
  • Ability to take constructive criticism and make the proper adjustments, for the betterment of the course and student learning.
  • Perform miscellaneous course related duties as assigned.

Time Commitment and Schedule:

  • This position is for a fall semester course and will run from August to December each year, this year's (2020) dates are August 14th to November 16
  • Mondays 7:45 am- approximately 5PM
  • As needed course instructor meetings to be scheduled accordingly

An employee's job performance must support and exhibit the university's core values of

  • Respect for the individual
  • Service to the students
  • Commitment to personal integrity
  • Pursuit of excellence

To perform the job successfully, the employee must demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Problem solving ~ the ability to identify and resolve problems in a time-specific manner
  • Oral and written communication ~ speaks clearly, writes clearly, good verbal communication
  • Planning and Organizing ~ uses time efficiently
  • Professionalism ~ treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position
  • Quality ~ demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; monitors own work to ensure quality
  • Quantity ~ meets productive standards, completes work in timely manner
  • Adaptability/Multi-tasking ~ manages competing demands, able to work as an individual as well as working well with others
  • Attendance/Punctuality ~ is consistently at work and on time
  • Capability to learn new concepts and apply them to hands on skills under pressure
  • Self-sufficient learner and worker ~ important to be able to stay on task without much direction
  • Team player ~ Must have a team player attitude. Have the ability to come into a new situation and adapt old ideas. Have the ability to adhere to current standards and expectations as outlined by course director, all in the interest of creating the best learning environment for students.


  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
  • Clinical experience with surgery
  • Willingness to comply with all university policies, especially as related to COVID-19 adaptations.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

3. Professional references upon request.


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience


The environment and physical requirements may change depending on the specific function of the work each department performs. Incumbents may be in both indoor and outdoor environments. Indoors, in an office space, event space, or public space are protected from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes. Incumbents may nearly continuously sit and often use repetitive hand motion (such as typing).

College/Department Highlights

The School of Veterinary Medicine is part of a consortium with Washington State University. Working in tandem with WSU, the School provides the first two years of a four-year program.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visithttps://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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