Assistant or Associate Professor-Extension Veterinarian
University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Type: Full Time
Salary: commensurate with experience
The University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service, Department of Animal Science is seeking applicants for a new faculty and Extension veterinarian to provide statewide leadership in the development and implementation of Extension veterinary educational programs designed to improve the health, welfare, and bio-security of livestock. The position is 100% Extension with responsibilities in adult (70%) and youth (30%) education programs, within the Department of Animal Science and located at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service State Office in Little Rock. This position is supervised and programmatically reviewed by the Department Head of Animal Science.
The successful candidate will be required to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of Extension faculty, research scientists and others to evaluate and deliver effective, integrated veterinarian/animal welfare educational programs. Educational programs will be directed to practicing veterinarians, producers, and professionals (e.g., animal welfare experts) working with livestock producers and organizations.
The faculty member is expected to provide training, collaboration and support for county Extension faculty and program planning committees for veterinary programs and work with 4-H Program specialists in planning programs related to youth development and volunteer leader training. The candidate will have 4-H responsibilities, and will serve as the content expert and assist the 4-H Youth Livestock Instructor and other 4-H specialists with development of the Arkansas 4-H Veterinary Science Program. The Veterinary Science Program consists of lessons, activities, field trips and camps in county Vet Science clubs, in association with local veterinarians. The candidate will work with veterinarian associations, commodity committees and others to develop youth and adult educational programs and will serve in a liaison capacity between the Division of Agriculture and state agencies and organizations involved with animal health activities.
Required Qualifications:DVM degree and Arkansas Licensure required. The successful candidate must have the ability to work with adults, youth, 4-H leaders, and county Extension agents. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to work with groups as well as with individuals; to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; to obtain and interpret up-to-date information; and to be an effective team player. Experience with or willingness to learn new technology is essential.
Preferred Qualifications: The successful candidate will have practical knowledge of U.S. animal agriculture, enabling him/her to work with public and private entities and agricultural producers in Arkansas. Large animal practice experience is preferred; and USDA accreditation. Ability and interest to effectively contribute to interdisciplinary teams should be a goal. Strong communication skills and the ability to secure extramural funding to support applied research and extension programs are also required.
About University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
The Department of Animal Science program is located in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and has 23 full-time faculty with 300+ majors. The U of A, Fayetteville, is a land grant university with enrollment of more than 27,500 and considered the flagship institution in the state university system. Fayetteville is located in Northwest Arkansas in the scenic Ozark Mountains close to lakes, rivers and national forests. Northwest Arkansas is served by Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, linking the area to nearby international airports. Major cities located within a day’s drive of Fayetteville include: Dallas-Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Wichita, Kansas City, Little Rock, Memphis and Shreveport. For more information on the University of Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas please visit www.uark.edu.
The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons mu...st have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, drug screening, and MVR check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.
Membership is open to individuals, organizations, or firms interested in research and application, instruction, or extension in animal science
or associated with the production, processing, marketing, or distribution of livestock and livestock products.