Clinical Track or Academic Track in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (Tenured Position)


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Animal Welfare, Education, Healthcare

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New Plymouth, Manawatu / Wanganui 



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Full time

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Position overview

The Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University, Palmerston North, invites applications for a tenured position in veterinary diagnostic imaging. Our AVMA-accredited veterinary programme is world-renowned providing quality, research-led education. The University is situated in Palmerston North, a provincial University town that is ideal for raising a family and for pursuing the great New Zealand outdoors. New Zealand is ranked as one of the best places in the world to live. The air and water are clean, the country is spectacular, the crime rate is low, and the Kiwis are warm and wonderful people. This is a key academic post for a candidate who wishes to establish or maintain an academic career as a member of a dynamic team. This position is especially attractive for anyone who has an interest in wildlife and endangered species. A very competitive remuneration package will be offered.

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) is a referral center for New Zealand and is staffed by board-certified specialists in anesthesiology, internal medicine, diagnostic imaging, emergency medicine/critical care, soft-tissue and orthopaedic surgery. Community practice/primary care are also offered at the VTH and a 24/7 fully-staffed emergency service provides after hours cover for most of the local practices.

New Zealand is a unique place with unique animals. The VTH houses Wildbase which is a center for avian and wildlife medicine and many endangered species ranging from Kiwis (estimated 70,000 remain in the world) to Blue Ducks (estimated 2,000 remain in the world) are commonly presented for CT, ultrasound, and MRI examinations.

The veterinary facilities are currently undergoing a major $118M refurbishment, that will provide world-class facilities for all clinical and research activities. The diagnostic imaging service manages cases from the companion animal, equine, production animal and the wildlife hospital. This offers a diverse and interesting range of cases, and opportunities for research activity.

The VTH is equipped with Eklin digital radiography, Toshiba and Phillips ultrasonography equipment and a Philips 16 slice helical CT scanner equipped with an integrated table for imaging equine skulls and limbs. MRI and radiotherapy are available locally.

Candidates can pursue a clinical track or an academic track career. Clinical track faculty devote at least 70% effort to clinical practice and instruction in the VTH and at least 10% effort to research and other scholarly activities.

Academic track faculty devote at least 50% effort to clinical practice and instruction in the VTH and at least 30% effort to research and other scholarly activities.

Academic appointments of Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor will be commensurate with experience and credentials.

The applicant must be board eligible or a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology, the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging or Fellowship of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Diagnostic Imaging. A PhD is not required but will be favourably considered. If the successful applicant does not have a PhD, there may be an opportunity to study towards a PhD with the approval of the Management Group Leader and Head of Institute.
Enquiries of an academic nature should be directed to Associate Professor Jenny Weston, (telephone 64 6 3569099).

Job description

Purpose statement

Responsible for the clinical delivery of veterinary diagnostic imaging services within the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Responsible for teaching veterinary diagnostic imaging to veterinary science students, veterinary technology students, interns and residents.
Responsible for leading clinical research (Academic Track) with a focus in veterinary diagnostic imaging or related fields and supporting the research activities/scholarship of others within the wider management group (Clinical and Academic Track).

Responsible to

To the Head of Institute through the Management Group Leader, Companion Animals

Key accountabilities

Prepare and present lectures, laboratory sessions, seminars, tutorials and clinical instruction for diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate students in all areas of diagnostic imaging of both small and large animal species.

  1. Help to develop the content, presentation and scope of subjects to be taught in diagnostic imaging in accordance with the curriculum.

  2. Be actively engaged in intern and resident training programmes.

  3. (Academic Track) Contributing actively to the advanced academic functions of the Institute by engaging personally in scholarship through:
    • applying for grant funding
    • leading research projects
    • engaging in collaborative research ventures.
    • preparing and publishing at least two scientific articles per annum
    • preparing and publishing clinical reviews and case reports in refereed journals
    • supervising postgraduate (Masters/PhD) students
    • leading research projects in an area of interest related to veterinary diagnostic imaging
    • be actively involved in research and scholarly activities as per chosen track.

  4. Be a collegial and active member of the diagnostic imaging team whose goal is to provide excellent and creative clinical and didactic teaching programs to the students, interns, residents and the practicing veterinarians of New Zealand.

  5. (Clinical Track) Contributing to the advanced academic functions of the Institute by:
    • preparing and publishing clinical reviews and case reports in refereed journals
    • actively contributing and supporting the collaborative research ventures of the management group

  6. Be a collegial member of the diagnostic imaging team whose goal is to provide excellent diagnostic imaging services to the VTH.

  7. Act to minimise potential threats to health and safety of staff and students particularly in relation to radiation safety.

  8. Ensure that all teaching, research and other activities which involve the use of animals or their tissues are conducted according to the law and conform with the requirements of the Massey University Code of Ethical Conduct for the use of Live Animals for Teaching and Research.

  9. Contribute to meeting the administrative needs of the University, internally and externally, by participating in Institute, College and University functions as carried out by boards, committees, working parties, groups and officers as may be required or approved from time to time by the Institute Head.

  10. Promote university academic and professional interests by serving government, community, professional, educational or other organisations in external capacities which utilise and promulgate specialist academic and technical knowledge, skills and other expertise, as approved from time to time by the Institute Head.

  11. Contribute to continuing education and professional development for veterinarians.

  12. Other reasonable duties as specified by the Institute Head.

Person specification


For all applicants:
A veterinary degree which can be registered with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand is essential.
Diplomate of the ACVR, ECVDI, or Fellowship of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Diagnostic Imaging or be eligible to sit certification examinations.
Evidence of current research activity in veterinary diagnostic imaging is not required but is desirable for those applying for an academic track.
Advanced degrees (Masters & PhD), although not required will be favourably considered.


For all applicants:
Clinical teaching experience across a range of species is essential.
A strong track record in the clinical practice of veterinary diagnostic imaging is essential.
For Academic Track applicants:
Experience in research and scholarship in a discipline related to veterinary diagnostic imaging is essential.
A strongly themed publication record and evidence of research leadership is necessary for appointments at the Associate Professor level.

Personal attributes and behaviours

The candidate should be passionate about clinical service and teaching.
The candidate should be capable of establishing a strong clinical research programme (Academic Track).
The candidate must possess excellent communication skills, and be willing and able to foster effective and collegial working relationships with students, interns, residents, staff, clients and referring veterinarians.
The usual hours of the Hospital are 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. While on clinical rotations, the candidate must be available during this time and be flexible outside these hours, depending on workload.

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Massey University Manawatu,Auckland and Wellington Campus
MW, New Zealand

Phone: 0800 627 739
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