Extension Veterinarian

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Agricultural Sciences
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences


The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an enthusiastic individual who will conduct cutting-edge, integrated extension and applied research programs as a part of Penn State Extension. We are seeking an individual with expertise in one or more of the following “One-Health” areas: antimicrobial resistance, pre-harvest food safety, feed safety and quality, public health, and zoonotic and/or non-zoonotic diseases of animals. The successful individual’s activities will enhance biosecurity for one of more of the major food-animal industries in Pennsylvania by guiding livestock producers, veterinarians, allied industries, government partners, and/or consumers in adaptive management practices to reduce risks to animal and public health from disease-causing infectious and non-infectious agents. The successful individual will also be expected to provide their expertise to the Penn State Extension Food Safety and Quality Team in educating key industries around the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Animal Feed Safety and quality regulations. The successful candidate will join a dynamic and successful team of extension veterinarians based in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at University Park, and participate in conducting state-wide, national, and international programming. As a member of the team, the individual will be responsible for developing and implementing meaningful programs and resources independently and in concert with other extension teams, academic colleagues, and stakeholders. The successful incumbent will obtain extramural funding to support integrated extension, research, and education projects in collaboration with colleagues at Penn State and other institutions. In addition to responding to inquiries and requests for information and field investigation assistance, the successful applicant will proactively plan, conduct and evaluate extension/outreach activities. The successful applicant will also contribute to resident education, including lectures and/or labs in courses related to their area of expertise, and will remain active in relevant organizations, committees, and professional associations. The applied research component of the incumbent will focus on innovative and creative ways to address current and future threats to animal and/or public health. Expected outcomes of this individual’s efforts include improved biosecurity of Pennsylvania’s animal industries, characterized by reduced exposure of animals to infectious and non-infectious disease causing agents, increased resistance to infectious diseases, reduced antimicrobial resistance, reduced incidence of zoonotic and non-zoonotic disease, and improved food and feed safety and public health. We are seeking an individual with a DVM or VMD degree from an accredited college/university, with at least 2, and preferably 5, years of clinical food animal experience. Individuals who also possess an earned PhD are preferred. Candidates must demonstrate effective communication skills, both verbal and written, teaching skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to build effective working relationships with colleagues and clientele. They must be able to effectively use common software such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. In addition to traditional communication and educational modalities, the use of web-based and other cutting-edge technologies is expected. The ability to travel, as well as being legally able to operate a motor vehicle in Pennsylvania is a necessary component of this position. Successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. The ability to speak Spanish is beneficial, but not mandatory. This position provides a unique opportunity to join a leading veterinary extension and research team to make a meaningful impact on food and feed safety, human and animal health, and ecosystem health. This is a fixed-term, multi-year appointment funded for an initial three years from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding. Review of applications will begin July 11, 2016 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088