Lecturer in Equine Medicine

Townsville, Australia
21 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
28 Feb 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Overview

This position will teach and assess final year Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) students and postgraduate students while involved in authentic clinical service delivery, in equine medicine, in the University's contracted teaching practice (Townsville Veterinary Clinic). The role also involves teaching and assessment of junior BVSc students in lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, online and in other modes.

The position will also contribute to the management and development of the veterinary science teaching programme, especially in equine medicine and related fields.

The appointee will apply for research funding and devise and participate directly in clinical research activity leading to peer-reviewed publications, while encouraging collaborative research. Time allocated to different aspects of the role will be discussed at least annually during performance management planning interviews

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

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Principal Accountabilities

  1. Contribute enthusiastically, efficiently and effectively to the teaching of equine medicine to undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary students.
  2. Prepare, deliver and mark student assessment items (e.g. examinations, quizzes, and continual assessment pieces) in equine medicine and closely related subjects.
  3. Personally provide high-quality clinical service in equine medicine while teaching final year veterinary students in the context of this authentic clinical service delivery.
  4. Mentor other veterinarians and veterinary nurses in equine medicine. Contribute to the continuing professional development of other veterinarians (for example, referring veterinarians).
  5. Contribute to the management and further development of the James Cook University veterinary science curriculum.
  6. Contribute to the advancement of the discipline of equine medicine by devising, participating in and assisting with clinical research projects and other scholarly activities, with a view to presenting findings at conferences and in peer-reviewed publications.
  7. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  8. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values and the University's policy on Animal Welfare and Ethics.
  9. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.
  10. Supporting the administrative functions of the school, through work on various committees, and organizationally through subject, course or year coordination as indicated in schedule 4 of the Enterprise Agreement.

Generic Accountabilities

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.

  1. The Equine Medicine Academic is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Equine Medicine Academic is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The Equine Medicine Academic is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science, or equivalent, allowing the holder to be automatically registrable in the State of Queensland.
  2. Formal training in equine medicine, with demonstrable progress towards achievement of a specialist-level credential.
  3.  A strong interest in and aptitude for teaching equine medicine with demonstrable commitment to teaching excellence.
  4. Strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to working as an effective, cooperative member of a dynamic clinical teaching team.
  5. Willingness to develop and to participate in veterinary clinical research projects.


  1. A specialist-level credential or evidence of considerable experience in equine medicine.
  2. Experience in teaching equine medicine, particularly to small groups of students where teaching is done in the context of authentic clinical service delivery.
  3. Evidence of research experience in the broad field of equine medicine leading to publications in the peer reviewed literature.

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