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Clinical Specialist


Department:  Small Animal Clinical Sciences

FTE:  1.0

Status:  Term, one-year beginning July 15, 2017

Competition No.:  17031-M

Salary Information: The current salary range is $77,890 to $129,736 (Specialist Professional Phase 3) per annum for an individual with ACVS board certification. If a qualified candidate with Board certification cannot be found, the successful candidate will be hired at the Phase 2 level (Salary Range $61,618 to $96,279 per annum).  The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.  This position comes with a comprehensive benefits package which includes pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), sick leave, travel insurance, death benefit, dental plan, extended health and vision care plan, employee assistance program and flexible health and wellness spending program.   The successful candidate will be eligible for participation in the Clinical Earnings Supplement of the W.C.V.M. for after-hours work.  Licensing fees for the province of Saskatchewan will be covered.

Primary Purpose: To assist in the delivery of the small animal surgery program at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, to manage surgical patient referrals and consultations, and to provide specialist patient care for animals managed by the service.

Nature of Work: This position will be primarily clinical in nature, providing surgical service to small animals presented to the VMC, but will include some teaching duties.  Teaching will include:  quality clinical teaching for fourth year veterinary students, interns and residents on the Small Animal Surgery service and laboratory instruction in the undergraduate veterinary program.  This position reports to the Head of the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences.


  • Referral patient consultations
  • Case management of inpatient and outpatient surgical patients
  • Ensure accurate and timely patient diagnosis and management; oral and written communication and maintenance of a trusting, professional relationship between the surgical service and referring practitioners
  • Daily phone consultation with clients and referring veterinarians
  • Orientation and instruction of veterinary students, interns and residents on the surgical service and quality instruction in undergraduate surgical laboratories
  • Afterhours emergency service support for interns and residents on a call-in basis


Education:  Candidate must have a DVM degree (or equivalent) and must be eligible for licensure within the province of Saskatchewan.  Advanced residency training in veterinary small animal surgery is required and ACVS board certification is preferred.

Experience:  Candidate must have completed an approved Small Animal Surgery residency training program.  Preference will be given to candidates with ACVS (SA) Diplomate status or those actively working towards board certification.


  • Strong clinical skills in patient assessment and diagnostics
  • Strong surgical skills and surgical judgement
  • Quality patient care; experience with arthroscopy, thoracoscopic and laparoscopic procedures
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality during interaction with referring veterinary professionals, clients and students; initiative, independent decision making and excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to remain focused and accurately carry out case management in a busy work environment
  • Interest in advancing knowledge in the specialty

This position is in scope of the Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association.

Please apply no later than January 31, 2017 at 4:30pm.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Cindy Shmon at (306) 966-7099.  

Be sure to apply online as emailed applications will not be accepted.

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.