Harris Search Associates to lead Washington State University Veterinary Medicine Clinical Sciences Department Chair search 

Harris Search Associate has been selected by the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine to lead the search for its next Veterinary Medicine Clinical Sciences Department Chair.Washington State University

VetMed Clinical Sciences Department Chair profile

The Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is the fifth oldest College in the US. Located in Pullman, WA, it is a flagship program committed to the mission of a leading land-grant university. It benefits from its location in a state that is home to one of the richest concentrations of major research institutions, private and federal research labs, and industry that span the whole of biomedical sciences and biotechnology, both human and animal. The College is home to five major academic units spanning fundamental science to translational and clinical research, and has a major global impact, primarily through the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. The academic functions of these departments are complemented by two major clinical units, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) and the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab (WADDL). The College is the home institution for the innovative Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah (WIMU) DVM Education program, graduating ~130 new veterinarians each year. Exceptional research programs place the College 3rd among US veterinary schools in Federal research funding, and WSU strongly supports efforts to translate research success into societal benefit through commercialization and outreach. Innovative educational programs, such as the College-wide Teaching Academy, the first of its kind in veterinary medicine, and pedagogical research spanning undergraduate STEM to DVM health professions education are among many points of pride for the College. Outreach and engagement of College faculty have fostered close, productive relationships with the profession and other stakeholders in the region.

The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS) is the largest of the five departments in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The departmental mission is “to educate, serve, and generate new information for the benefit of animal and human health and well-being.” Faculty contribute to the traditional areas of teaching, research, clinical service, and outreach/extension and we value and seek excellence in all four across the department. Numerous clusters of innovative excellence in each of these categories exist within the department. The Clinical Simulation Center, Medical Communication Program, and Veterinary Assessment of Laparascopic Skills (VALS) Laboratories provide innovative simulation-based teaching models, programs, and assessment/documentation of competence across a range of clinical skills. Departmental faculty participate in the Teaching Academy, which is complemented by Associate

Chairs for DVM education provide day-to-day management and planning for the 3rd and 4th year DVM curricula. Research strengths include the Program in Individualized Medicine (PrIMe), which is primarily companion animal oriented, the Field Disease Investigation Unit which focuses research with the livestock industries solving production medicine problems, and the Antimicrobial Resistance cluster which includes faculty from VCS and other departments. Research facilities include traditional “basic” science bench laboratories, several vivaria, and “barns” for housing of large animal research subjects. Numerous opportunities exist for collaboration across the College faculty. The department and College have robust competitive intramural research programs to fund graduate student/resident projects and faculty grants. Clinical service is provided by tenure-track faculty, clinical-track faculty, and clinical instructors with patients referred nationally for pituitary surgeries and megaesophagus evaluation, and cases referred regionally for orthopedic, oncologic, cardiac, internal medicine, and other specialties. These clinical services are provided in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, a state-of-the art facility with advanced imaging capabilities, a linear accelerator, in-house clinical pathology and on-site microbiology and histopathology laboratories. The Veterinary Teaching Hospital operates under the leadership of the Hospital Director, with whom the Department Chair works closely. Department faculty mentor specialty interns and residents in most veterinary specialties. Extension faculty network extensively with producers and associations across the state and region and are held in high regard for their expertise and responsiveness to the needs of regional dairy and beef stakeholders.

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Washington State University is is a premier Tier 1 research university based in Pullman Washington, in the Palouse region of the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1890, WSU is the state's original and largest land-grant university.   The University has a presence across the state and abroad, with five campuses (Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver), three research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county, in addition to the Global Campus Online and international research. WSU’s mission is to drive education and innovation into Washington’s communities to support and grow the state’s economy. The university is well known for its programs in chemical engineering, veterinary medicine, agriculture, animal science, food science, plant science, architecture, neuroscience, criminal justice, and communications, as well as its atmospheric, biological chemistry, shock physics, sleep, and wood materials research laboratories. 

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