The Veterinarian and Assistant Extension Professor faculty position is a 100% Cooperative Extension appointment. This position is responsible for the direction and oversight of the activities of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and provides Extension education. The faculty member will develop and conduct educational programs throughout the State of Maine in animal health. This position is expected to work in partnership with other University faculty, state and federal agencies and practicing veterinarians in addressing high priority animal disease issues through both educational programs and applied research. The faculty member is required to show proof of having passed the United States National Veterinary Board Examinations and is expected to acquire a Maine Veterinary License within one year of the date of hire.
Set priorities and direction for the activities of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. This includes performing necropsies, relevant lab work and supervising case management and providing written reports to clients. Must become Board Certified Pathologist within 3 years of hire.
Work collaboratively with Extension faculty, practicing veterinarians, livestock producers and others to provide educational support regarding animal diseases, promoting farm risk management education and disease prevention.
Work collaboratively with staff of State and Federal agencies; practicing veterinarians and others in the education of Maine farmers and citizens regarding foreign animal diseases, zoonotic diseases and programs such as the Maine Cattle Health Assurance Program (MeCHAP) and working with wildlife species in collaboration with Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Conduct an educational needs assessment to serve as the basis for a Plan of Work that will guide the activities of this position. The assessment will involve program partners, agricultural producers, faculty and others.
Develop, conduct, evaluate and report on educational programs for agricultural producers, citizens, professionals, and co-workers on animal health management.
Develop and manage an annual budget for the Veterinary Disease Diagnostic Laboratory that includes revenue generation with the goal of fully supporting its activities.
Understand and follow SOPs for the Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratories, including the high biosafety level labs, and work collaboratively with other managers within to maintain security.
Maintain the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory facility and equipment. Work closely with extension and academic faculty in addressing animal health education as part of a multidisciplinary team.
Compile reports as requested, such as Civil Rights, Program Impact, and Plan-of-Work. Provide timely and accurate information in response to public requests for information.
Work to involve and serve under-represented clients, according to civil rights laws and objectives.
Hires, trains, and supervises professionals, hourly, and/or student employees as appropriate, including conducting or participating in required performance evaluations, and providing safety and environmental management oversight.
Utilizes coaching and mentoring methods, which provide an environment that is anticipatory, supportive, and encourages constructive feedback on performance.
Develops and maintains professional relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect.
Commits to organizational improvement by identifying opportunities to improve and recommending possible alternatives.
Performs other reasonably related duties as assigned.
Develop and conduct an applied research program that addresses the priority animal health needs of Maine food animal producers. This includes the publication of research findings in peer reviewed journals.
Seek and acquire external funding to support educational programming, applied research and scholarly work. This work requires assuming the principal investigator role for projects currently funded or being reviewed for funding. The faculty member will manage grants and contracts and special funds.
For more than 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land-grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is part of the Cooperative Extension System, a publicly funded educational network. This network is composed of the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 74 land-grant institutions, and 3,150 counties.