Do you love teaching veterinary students? Would you love to have a profound educational impact in the training of a small cohort of veterinary students? Do you love working side-by-side with other members of a faculty team to create a great work and learning environment?
For over a century, the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) has been training veterinary students, and now we are extending our highly-ranked program to the Panhandle and High Plains. The CVMBS is uniquely poised to deliver its top-tier veterinary education program within one of the most productive animal agricultural regions in the world and in support of rural communities.
Developed as part of the Texas A&M University’s land grant commitment to animals and agriculture, VERO represents a dynamic partnership between the CVMBS and West Texas A&M University (WT). The 2+2 DVM Program in addition to impactful research and outreach programs makes the VERO Initiative a unique and highly strategic response to the specific needs of the region.
We’re seeking to build a team of motivated, engaging, and collaborative veterinary educators who wish to contribute to the innovative, experiential education of a small cohort of 18 highly motivated veterinary students. We’re looking for more than 12 outstanding faculty members to work collaboratively with other VERO faculty members to deliver the 2+2 veterinary educational program.
This unique groundbreaking veterinary curriculum will be delivered at the newly constructed $22-million, 22,000 square-foot Texas A&M University VERO facility at WT in Canyon, TX.
VERO is situated in Canyon, Texas, the gateway to one of the most popular tourist attractions in the state – Palo Duro Canyon State Park, an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. With a population of less than 16,000, Canyon offers great schools, affordable and diverse housing options, access to West Texas A&M University, and the neighboring city of Amarillo (population 202,028) with all of its cultural and educational amenities. In 2016, Canyon, Texas, was ranked 9th in a list of 10 best small towns.
The Texas Panhandle and Plains area is home to the highest density of cattle in the country with approximately 30% of the nation’s beef cattle fed or finished in the region, another 2.5 million beef cattle in the area, and over 300,000 dairy cattle at any given time. VERO provides unprecedented opportunities for veterinary education and collaboration with industry partners and stakeholders from the region and across the nation.
The successful candidates will have academic homes in the appropriate department within the CVMBS and will work collaboratively with VERO faculty members as well as faculty members located on the College Station campus to administer the 2+2 veterinary curriculum.
The successful candidates will be expected to devote the majority of their efforts to instruction in the 2+2 veterinary curriculum, with the remaining time devoted to CVMBS department-specific activities, such as clinical service in the fourth year of the program at VERO, graduate instruction, research, and/or outreach.
Applicants must have the appropriate degree related to their area of instruction. In some instances, this terminal degree will be a PhD or DVM degree (or equivalent). For some positions, board certification in a recognized specialty college, including the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners is encouraged. More information may be found within each position description. This is a new program and adjustments in the position design and flexibility in the faculty appointment will be considered.
Teaching responsibilities will include the delivery of discipline-specific courses in the first two years of the DVM curriculum. The recently updated DVM curriculum is based upon well-established pedagogical principles as well as stakeholder feedback from recent alumni, employers, practitioners, current students, and faculty. The updated curriculum, initiated in fall 2017, is outcomes-based with learner-centered focus and content integration across each semester and each pre-clinical year of the program.
Opportunities for students to engage with faculty, to practice serial application of clinical skills, to focus on the relevance of science content, and to develop strong problem solving and decision-making skills are cornerstones of the Texas A&M DVM program.
Individuals with a keen interest in small-group teaching and active learning will excel in this environment and are encouraged to apply. Faculty in the 2+2 veterinary program will be expected to “cross-over” and teach in multiple courses to reinforce content related to their subject matter interest across the 2+2 veterinary program.
About Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine
At the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS), we support collaboration and teamwork that turns today's discoveries into proactive solutions for animals, humans, and the environment.