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Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor, Livestock Veterinary Services and Farm Consultancy

Werribee, Australia
$140,433 to $217,805 + 17% super
Closing date
19 Apr 2024

Job Details

Job no: 0061741
Location: Werribee
Role type: Full time; Continuing (part-time will be considered)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department/School: Melbourne Veterinary School
Salary: Level C ($140,433-$161,926), Level D ($169,094-$186,288) or level E ($217,805) + 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.


The Mackinnon Project within the Melbourne Veterinary School is a leader in sheep and beef cattle health and management, with a large footprint across South-Eastern Australia, consulting to commercial farmers. The project offers a unique range of services including flock and herd clinical health services, contract research, and post-graduate training programs. Expanding this important area of research and education within the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), is a core priority for the School and faculty.

The successful applicant will take on a leading role within the Mackinnon Project, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, overseeing and/or providing farm consultancy advice and veterinary services to clients of the project. Applicants will ideally have a veterinary background, but may have an agricultural science background.

The position is based at the University’s Werribee campus but will be expected to travel to undertake farm visits, as well as attend other University sites from time to time. The successful candidate will be appointed at either Academic Level C, Level D or Level E dependent upon the individual’s experience and track record of achievement.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide mentoring guidance and training sessions to earlier-career veterinarians within the Mackinnon Group
  • Provide excellent service to clients, ensuring that clinical services meet the standards of national and international accreditation bodies
  • Conduct research and deliver against research objectives to meet project milestones and reporting schedule
  • Actively participate in the School’s DVM and other teaching programs, including the preparation and delivery of lectures, practical classes, and workshops
  • Build and foster relationships to recruit, service and retain farmer and industry clients

About you

You will have;

  • Proven knowledge of and experience in the Australian sheep and cattle industries, including livestock management and pasture production systems
  • A demonstrated record or willingness to provide consultancy and advisory services to farmers, agribusiness and government clients
  • Demonstrated capacity to attract external funding to support industry initiatives, research projects and/or scholarly activities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and high-level interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with relevant professional and industry bodies and stakeholders to foster collaborative partnerships

Further relevant experience, responsibilities and selection criteria are outlined in the attached Position Description.

About Us

The Mackinnon Project

The Mackinnon Project, based at the University of Melbourne’s Veterinary School at Werribee, is a recognised leader in providing advisory and training services to the sheep and beef cattle industries of south-eastern Australia. It offers a range of services, including farm management consultancy, farmer training programs, applied research and undergraduate and post-graduate education.

Melbourne Veterinary School

The Melbourne Veterinary School is Australia’s number 1 ranked veterinary school with a proud tradition of excellence in research, education, and leadership. The Melbourne Veterinary School has research strengths in animal diseases, zoonotic infectious diseases, production animal systems (including dairy and red meat) and animal welfare. The Melbourne Veterinary School provides the only professional entry veterinary medicine program in Victoria and covers a wide variety of undergraduate and postgraduate subjects across veterinary science with Australia’s premiere graduate Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program, which is nationally and internationally accredited by VSAAC, RCVS and the AVMA COE.

Faculty of Science

Science at Melbourne is a global leader across fundamental and impactful scientific research and education. Science begins with curiosity, and we are dedicated to understanding the universe from the level of sub-atomic particles to the solar system. We aim to be leaders who positively impact the community locally and globally, addressing major societal issues from climate change to disease. Our discoveries help build an understanding of the world around us.

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement. We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.   

Employee Benefits

We offer generous employee benefits to help maximise your work life. These include flexible and family-friendly working conditions, salary packaging, internal School and Faculty grant schemes, including a dedicated scheme for women and generous leave provisions. This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a culturally rich and values-based environment.

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How to apply

Your submitted application should include a cover letter and your CV, along with your responses against the selection criteria, found in the Position Description for the role.

To allow us to consider performance relative to opportunity, we also invite applicants to provide a brief statement (up to 1 page) that describes circumstances that may have affected their career development or progression, including career interruptions or delays, periods of part time work, or forms of bias they have experienced.

Position Description

Applications close: 19 Apr 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

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*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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