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Department Head, Veterinary Technology

OSU - Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107
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OSU – Oklahoma City, located in the heart of Oklahoma City, is looking for a Department Head, Veterinary Technology


Job Summary:

The incumbent is the first line administrator of the department to which he/she is assigned.  The department head has responsibility for all issues related to the department including, but not limited to:  curriculum, budget, personnel, course scheduling, recruitment and student rights and responsibilities.  Requires interpreting and translating situations and issues to employees and advising them of the appropriate course of action.  The department head will follow generally standardized operating policies and procedures.  On occasion may have to interpret policies and procedures. 

Salary: Commensurate


Essential Job Functions:




  1. Teach 9 credit hours each fall and spring semester, and 4 credit hours per summer session (or equivalent) for laboratory classes, or teach 12 credit hours per semester and 6 credit hours per summer session (or equivalent) for non-laboratory courses.

  2. Supervise and direct all credit courses, degree/certificate granting programs of the department.

  3. Ensure teaching activities are compliant with accrediting bodies and governmental regulations, including but not limited to USDA.

  4. Perform medical and husbandry procedures on various domestic species.

  5. Responsible for coordination or performance of routine surgical and other commonly accepted veterinary procedures on common domestic species as they pertain to the Veterinary Technology curriculum.

  6. Required to maintain strict confidentiality in all matters related to sensitive material.

  7. Has responsibility to make recommendations to the Division Head regarding hiring, training, evaluating, official reprimands and terminating employees.

  8. Coordinate development/distribution of department publications.

  9. Coordinate development of an appropriate and efficient class schedule each semester.

  10. Initiate and coordinate an active student recruitment program.

  11. Coordinate student advising and counseling activities related to program enrollment and degree completion.

  12. Assist in the review of transcripts of transferring students. Conduct degree audits to monitor student performance, and provide preliminary graduation check information to Registrar.

  13. Coordinate with transfer institutions in the articulation of courses being taught.

  14. Develop and manage budget preparations, and oversee program-related expenditures.

  15. Assist with requests for supplies, equipment needs, repairs and similar program-related support.

  16. Coordinate the recruitment, selection and instructional delivery of adjunct faculty.

  17. Coordinate the recruitment, selection and retention of full-time faculty.

  18. Develop and monitor faculty teaching loads.

  19. Evaluate faculty and staff.

  20. Coordinate textbook selection for all courses.

  21. Coordinate and maintain current course syllabi for program-related coursework.

  22. Supervise implementation of the Student Success Model for retention.

  23. Supervise implementation of assessment model.

  24. Develop and maintain an active advisory board to insure courses and programs are meeting current industry requirements.

  25. Establish and maintain effective cooperation and coordination with all other divisions, departments, and support units within the University.

  26. Supervise the planning and development of continuing education courses, workshops, and/or programs.    

  27. Remain current with theory and practice in the profession, coordinate and monitor professional growth activities for faculty and staff.

  28. Participate in professional organizations.

  29. Actively serve on campus committees.

  30. Participate in and support institutional activities.

  31. Effectively perform other assigned duties.



  • Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from an AVMA accredited program.
  • Eligible to become licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Oklahoma.
  • Eligible for DEA licensure.
  • Must have a valid Oklahoma driver’s license and complete OSU – Oklahoma City  on-site training in driving a 15 passenger van upon employment.  

 The duties listed in this job description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.  


Work Experience:

  • Must be qualified to teach and provide leadership in degree program. 
  • Total of three (3) years of college-level teaching, or equivalent experience 
  • Minimum of three years of professional practice.  
  • Minimum of one year of successful management experience.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Minimum of three years of successful administrative experience

  • Five or more years of professional experience in veterinary medicine in a clinical setting.

  • Four or more years of teaching at the post-secondary level

  • Two or more scientific subjects taught at the post-secondary level

  • Comfort level working with all commonly encountered domestic and exotic animal species.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Able to communicate verbally and in writing with clear, grammatically correct English and prepare complex reports on deadline.
  • Must be demonstrably proficient in Microsoft Office (MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) as well as e-mail, internet usage and classroom technologies.
  • Excellent written, oral and business communication skills; ability to make public speeches and/or presentations.
  • Must exhibit proper conduct and appearance at all times.
  • Must possess effective interpersonal interaction and strong communication skills.
  • Strong public relations skills to work with many campus and outside entities. 
  • Ability to train and direct other faculty and staff; provide complex instructions;
    conduct interviews.  
  • Strong supervisory and organizational skills; ability to plan work assignments for
    staff, students and/or volunteers.
  • Ability to prepare and/or interpret written or printed materials such as basic
    instructions, charts, diagrams, maps or instructional material.  
  • Requires interaction with supervisors, colleagues, students, alumni, advisory committee members and the public, using tact, discretion, and independent judgment.


Physical Requirements:

  • Position requires some physical ability - may be required to lift/move animals, instructional materials, file boxes, classroom tables, chairs, etc.  Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted, using proper lifting techniques.
  • Must be able to remain standing for extended periods of time to perform common surgical procedures that pertain to the VT curriculum. 
  • Must be able to perform activities requiring controlled motor skills/fine manipulations related to performance of medical procedures included in the VT curriculum.
  • Must not be adversely affected by formaldehyde odors, common dome
  • Requires creativity, initiative, and effective problem solving.  
  • Ability to work effectively and cooperatively with campus faculty, departments, divisions, and support units, as well as a wide variety of people outside the university, such as advisory committees and representatives of other two-year and four-year institutions.  
  • Ability to work constructively with faculty, staff, and university officials to accomplish essential job functions.
  • Evidences a history of demonstrating ethical and professional behavior


Working Conditions:

  • Individual may be required to work weekends and/or special events outside of normal working hours.
  • Off-campus sites are utilized for many laboratory exercises within the curriculum.  Instructor of these labs is expected to transport students, when necessary, to these sites.  
  • Instruction of required essential skills may involve the use of preserved specimens, radiography equipment, anesthetics, medications, sharp objects and a variety of animal species.  The instructor is expected to be prepared to safely and properly handle all of the above.
  • A minimum of 35 work hours per week are required of full-time faculty.  This means that, after subtracted species or commonly used pharmaceutical preparations, to the extent that job performance would be compromised when the aforementioned are used in accordance with OSHA regulations
  • Must be able to create and present lecture and lab material for presentation in 3-5 hour blocks of time
  • Must be amenable to occasional changes in work schedule for the purposes of participation in public relations, outreach, student advisement, and other campus activities.
  • Position may require working outdoors in inclement weather, under adverse working conditions, in the performance of procedures that pertain to the VT curriculum.


Apply online at http://jobs.okstate.edu

For questions about applying, please call 405-945-3206


Oklahoma State University (OSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, OSU conducts pre-employment background checks on final candidates. Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.




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