Job Details

Western University of Health Sciences
  • Position Number: 4596982
  • Location: Pomona, CA
  • Position Type: Agriculture - Veterinary Medicine

Assistant or Associate Professor of Veterinary Behavior

Posting Number: F00553
Position Status:
Campus: Western University Campus-Pomona, CA
Department: 1701-College of Veterinary Medicine

Function: College of Veterinary Medicine
Family: Instruction
Classification Series Title:

Classification Pay Scale
In compliance with SB 1162, Western University of Health Sciences is providing a pay scale for this position. The pay scale reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for this position. Within this range, the individual pay is determined by a variety of factors, including but not limited to job-related skills, experience, relevant education or training, and work location. Please note that the compensation details listed reflects the base salary only.

Full Salary Range
Minimum: $115,000.00
Maximum $115,000.00

Expected Pay Scale
Minimum: $115,000.00
Maximum: $115,000.00

Job Summary
We invite you to join the innovative and diverse faculty at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine (WesternU-CVM). We are seeking a colleague to contribute to the college's mission to educate veterinary professionals and advance knowledge to address the contemporary needs of society. This team member will:

  • Provide content expertise in fundamentals of animal behavior and its veterinary clinical applications, contribute to scholarly advancement of the science, and incorporate this discipline in the curriculum.
  • Assume various teaching roles, when required, to meet curricular demands and as assigned by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
  • Provide support in the training of students in all levels of the DVM curriculum.
  • Serve on college and university standing committees.

    This position reports to the Dean. Academic activities are supervised by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; research activities are supervised by the Associate Dean for Research; clinical activities are supervised by the Associate Dean for Clinical Services; and professional activities are supervised by the Executive Associate Dean.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    Individuals must possess this knowledge, these skills, and abilities, or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

    1. Ability to orally communicate with others. Ability to effectively interact with administration, faculty, staff, students, and outside contacts.
    2. Ability to handle detail-oriented assignments and maintain confidentiality.
    3. Organizational skills necessary in prioritizing workload and delegating responsibility.
    4. Knowledge of educational needs for contemporary veterinary practice.
    5. Knowledge and skills in his/her discipline.

    Required Qualifications
    EDUCATION: A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, PhD or other advanced degree/experience in Animal Behavior is required. Diplomate status or eligibility for certification examination in Veterinary Behavior is desired.

    EXPERIENCE: The college is seeking an optimal match between individual qualifications and assessed ability to contribute to the Colleges mission. All qualified candidates will be considered.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Posting Date: 10/25/2022
    Closing Date:
    Open Until Filled:

    Special Instructions to Applicants

    Essential Job Duties
    Essential Job Duties

    Job Duty
    1. Contribute to the training of veterinary students in Behavior (40% FTE):
    a. Participate in the curricular activities for Year 1 and 2 students, including but not limited to content expertise in Behavior, facilitation of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) activities, clinical skills laboratories, and other ancillary activities as determined in the curriculum development process. 
    b. Provide leadership and/or instruction for Year 3 and 4 courses and clinical activities.

    Percentage Of Time

    Job Duty
    2. Pursue scholarly endeavors and professional self-development, with opportunities to engage in research, as negotiated (40% FTE if tenure track; 25% FTE if non-tenure):
    a. If tenure track: Develop a self-sustaining research program and participate in the development of post-DVM training programs.
    b. Participate in the research mentoring of veterinary students.
    c. Participate in local, national, and/or international continuing education programs 

    Percentage Of Time

    Job Duty
    3. Clinical services, if appropriate and as negotiated and assigned (15% FTE if tenure-track; 30% if non-tenure), with the opportunity for a Veterinary Behaviorist to develop a clinical program in coordination with the WesternU Pet Health Center.

    Percentage Of Time

    Job Duty
    4. Participate in college and university committees. Represent the college to external persons and agencies, including funding agencies (5% FTE).

    The relative distribution between job functions above is negotiable. The candidate is expected to incorporate the founding principles of the College of Veterinary Medicine of student-centered learning, reverence for life, and strategic partnerships and alliances in their work, and to contribute to development and implementation of programs consistent with these founding commitments. 

    Percentage Of Time

    Describe Work Environment
    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Duties of the Faculty Member are normally performed in a typical office setting, classroom setting, or laboratory setting. Depending on individual professional specialty, curriculum duties may require different environmental settings which may include, but is not limited to classrooms, farms, clinical practices, research and academic laboratories, and other off campus settings. Occasionally the employee is exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in these settings is usually moderate due to telephone calls, office equipment, normal student traffic, and depending on species - animal noises. Some travel is required, and work environment characteristics will change to that of the regional norms. Virtual delivery of the curriculum might be considered based on the characteristics of the needs of the curriculum for this discipline.


    The above description is intended to provide a summary of the typical functions of the position and is not intended to be an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the position. As such the responsibilities, tasks, and duties might differ from those outlined and other duties, as assigned, might be included.

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