Cornell University, Department of Clinical Sciences

Position ID:Cornell-Department of Clinical Sciences-RUFFIANCRES [#17137]
Position Title: Clinical Track Position in Equine Surgery
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Veterinary Medicine / Ruffian
Appl Deadline: (posted 2020/10/09, listed until 2021/04/09)
Position Description:    

Position in Equine Surgery

Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists (CRES) is an elite equine veterinary hospital located in western Long Island, NY. As a branch of Cornell University, we have a reputation of providing the highest level of specialty care. Our clientele is diverse, encompassing Olympic athletes, world-class racehorses, national level performance horses and everyday companions.  CRES is one of the six units of Cornell University Hospital for Animals, the teaching hospital system of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.  Recognized internationally as a leader in veterinary medical education, animal clinical medicine, biomedical research and public health, Cornell is ranked consistently as one of the best veterinary colleges in the nation.  At CRES, veterinarians aspire to assimilate knowledge gained on all fronts – at the track, in the show ring, at the research bench, and in the hospital – to deliver paradigm-shifting veterinary medical care.

CRES provides state-of-the-art surgical, diagnostic, and emergency care to enhance equine health.  CRES is staffed by Cornell University faculty and staff and offers a full complement of advanced orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, regenerative therapies, critical care, lameness as well as advanced imaging (Standing MRI, nuclear scintigraphy, dynamic and high-definition video endoscopy).  The hospital is located across the street from the backstretch of Belmont Park, the world’s premier Thoroughbred horse racing facility.  CRES regularly collaborates with referring veterinarians to meet the needs of New York State racing and the surrounding sport horse communities.  Specialists in internal medicine, dentistry, ophthalmology, and podiatry are routinely consulted as we strive to provide elite level care to our patients. 

We are looking for an Assistant or Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery to be an integral part of a team providing the highest quality of veterinary care, exceptional client service and the optimal engagement to maximize productivity, profitability, and practice growth.  Rank, title and salary will be commensurate with academic credentials and experience.

Candidates must have a DVM or equivalent degree and be board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) or equivalent.  Candidates who will be completing a large animal/equine surgery residency training program in 2021 are also encouraged to apply.

Candidates should possess outstanding clinical skills, excellent communication skills, experience in referral practice, and some prior leadership responsibilities.  Clinical duties will require flexible working hours that include daytime, evening, and weekend responsibilities.  The successful candidate should have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work cooperatively with all staff and clinicians in the Hospital.  They will also be expected to develop caseload by reaching out to referring veterinarians and clients and building those connections.

Specific Responsibilities Include:

  • Provide excellent medical and critical care; be confident and experienced with most equine surgical cases, as well as being able to manage equine emergencies, including colics, fractures, and wounds. Participate in the delivery of a high-quality clinical service in equine surgery, with emphasis on lameness, imaging, and soft tissue surgery.
  • Provide emergency (including after hours) service on a rotational basis and support daytime clinic needs with internal medicine/soft tissue/ophthalmology/dentistry/lameness emphasis with appropriate consultation with local specialists.
  • Provide prompt and informative client communications regarding hospitalized and emergency cases; provide clinical expertise in the areas of colic surgeries, infectious diseases, respiratory issues, neonatology, biosecurity, ultrasonography, and emergency and critical care.
  • Establish a good rapport with referring veterinarians, including timely professional and respectful communication; assistance in their professional growth and education through recommendations and interaction on referred and shared cases; ongoing development of a positive and professional working relationship; participation in continuing education involving the local referral community.
  • Participate in continuing education for trainers, owners, and referring veterinarians, while taking a lead role in intern training and education. 
  • Serve as a role model and mentor to cultivate and motivate a high performing, highly communicative culture where a service-oriented approach, continuous improvement, and team orientation are valued.
  • Foster collaborations and communications with clinicians, staff, and clients at both our Long Island and Ithaca hospitals, in a diplomatic, approachable, mutually respectful and customer-driven environment.
  • Assist in the development and training of the paraprofessional team to ensure the delivery of the highest quality care and exceptional client service.
  • Assist with marketing the services of the hospital through a variety of outreach programs.
  • Uphold and advance the philosophy, mission, vision, and core values of CRES.

For more information, go to: or contact Dr. John Pigott, Chair of the Search Committee at

Electronic application submission is through Academic Jobs Online: 

The required sections of the application include a cover letter including statement of career goals; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy and goals, research interests and plans (as appropriate), and contributions to inclusion and diversity; and email addresses for letter requests of 3 referees who will be invited to upload their letters at this site.

The safety and well-being of applicants and our team members is of the utmost importance. Because of closures and the likelihood of ongoing travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will be conducting virtual interviews with qualified candidates for this position with the intention of scheduling additional in-person meetings as permitted. 

What is a Statement of Contribution to Diversity?

A statement invites applicants to describe their past, present, and/or future aspirations to promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their careers as researchers and educators, and/or to convey how they see these commitments continuing at Cornell. Such articulation can focus on teaching, research, or service, or all of three factors.

Review of applications will begin on November 10, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. 

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

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Further Info:
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Clinical Sciences
930 Campus Road
Ithaca, NY 14853

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