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Assistant/Associate Professor

Animal Health Specialist (Small Ruminant) 

The Department of Agricultural Research at Virginia State University is seeking a broadly trained veterinarian to fill the vacancy in our department as an Assistant/Associate Professor – Farm Animal Health.


The successful candidate will be an integral member of the Animal Science Multidisciplinary Research Team, working closely with other scientists in small ruminant and food science programs enhancing the marketability and profitability of meat-goat and sheep products by small producers in Virginia. The candidate will be responsible for planning and conducting scientific investigations into management aspects of small ruminant animal health problems affecting meat-goat and sheep. The successful candidate will also be responsible for developing independent and externally funded research programs focused on the dynamics of both endemic and emerging infectious diseases affecting meat-goats and sheep in small producer farms alleviating their economic and public health concerns. Studies will also focus on pre-disposing factors to small ruminant health problems related to endo-/ecto-parasites, microbial infections, and nutritional disorders to develop alternative cost-effective managerial strategies for their control in small producer settings. The candidate will be responsible for preparing and submitting scientific articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals and other scientific publications; presenting research findings at professional society conferences and other meetings as appropriate; contributing to the development and implementation of appropriate undergraduate and graduate programs including teaching at Virginia State University; and participating in departmental, school, and University service and outreach activities.


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree with a license to practice in the United States is required. In addition to the DVM, a Master’s degree in Veterinary (MVSc) or Animal Science is required. Research experience, a strong publication record, and evidence of the ability to attract and maintain significant extramural funding and expertise in disease control, biosecurity, and an appreciation for the breadth of issues facing the small ruminant industry in the USA are important. Other requirements include computer literacy, excellent written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to work independently and collaboratively. The appointment will be as an assistant or associate professor, with rank and salary commensurate with experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Virginia State University only accepts applications through the online state Recruitment Management System (RMS). Visit to complete an online application. Resumes do not substitute for a completed online application.  E-mailed, mailed, or faxed applications will not be accepted. Interested persons must attach a letter of interest, a current resume/vita, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses (if available) of three professional references. Please visit our web site at for full position descriptions.

Copies of transcripts and three (3) letters of references must be attached to online application ormailed to: 
Office of Human Resources
Virginia State University
1 Hayden Drive, Box 9412
Petersburg, Virginia 23806-9412
Your name and the position number (FO636) must be clearly identifiable on each item submitted. Official transcripts and three (3) letters of reference will be required prior to employment. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Screening of applications will commence immediately.
The selected candidate will be subject to an extensive and complete background check, which may include fingerprinting. The candidate may be required to complete a Statement of Personal Economic Interest as a condition of employment, if applicable.


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