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Director of Animal Cancer Care & Research Center

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061
Veterinary Medicine

Job Description

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech seeks a skilled and focused leader for the position of Director of theĀ  Animal Cancer Care and Research Center. This Center is located in the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute on the Virginia Tech Carilion Health Sciences Campus in Roanoke, Virginia. The facility provides comprehensive cancer care for veterinary patients in the Commonwealth of Virginia and surrounding states with a strong emphasis on comparative oncology research.
Vision: To unify one-health cancer research and be the model for unparalleled care of pets and their families to accelerate cures for all.
The Animal Cancer Care and Research Center occupies 18,680 square feet on the first floor of the recently completed Virginia Tech Carilion Biomedical Research Addition. The center includes client reception and waiting areas, exam rooms, offices and touch-down space for faculty, graduate students/house officers, conference room, research labs, reception/business offices, animal treatment rooms, chemotherapy delivery and chemotherapy preparation rooms, surgical suites, anesthesia induction room, sterile prep room, anesthesia recovery ward, multiple animal holding wards, linear accelerator vault and control room, radiation treatment planning room, radiology suite, ultrasound suite, and a tissue collection room. The center is equipped with a state-of-the-art linear accelerator (Varian Edge radiosurgery system), USP800-compliant chemotherapy suite, and standard imaging modalities (digital radiography and ultrasound with color doppler capability). The center is immediately adjacent to the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute imaging core in order to facilitate shared use of advanced imaging equipment. This imaging core includes a 64-slice CT scanner (Siemens SOMATOM Confidence) for diagnostic and radiation therapy simulation studies, a Siemens Prisma MRI 3.0 Tesla scanner for clinical use, and a 9.0 Tesla MRI and PET/CT for lab small animals.
The Director will have authority for fiscal, administrative, fiduciary, and programmatic functions of the center. She/he will be responsible for ensuring proper business practices and internal controls to ensure compliance with university policies and procedures. This person will be a member of the college's Executive Board and will report to the Dean. The director will also maintain a reporting line to the Executive Director of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute. She/he will serve on boards in the Fralin Biomedical Research Center and the Academic Health Center to facilitate research collaborations and to advance the research mission of the college and the institute. The Director will have a major role in the fundraising efforts of the college and the Academic Health Center to advance the clinical and translational research enterprise. This position will have an academic appointment in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. This position will be approximately 60% administrative with a 40% clinical or research commitment in support of the Center's mission.
The Director will serve as chief medical officer for the Animal Cancer Care and Research Center. The center currently employs one radiation oncologist, two radiation therapists (one is a certified Medical Dosimetrist), and two surgical oncologists, as well as interns. The staff is comprised of a hospital administrator, business office team leader, multiple licensed veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants, and patient care coordinator. There will be a variety of students rotating through the center including DVM students rotating through oncology and surgery, house officers (residents and interns), graduate students, MD students and undergraduate students working on research projects.

Required Qualifications

  • DVM or equivalent degree
  • Diplomate of an AVMA recognized specialty college
  • Demonstrated achievement and national reputation in oncologic teaching, service, and research/scholarship
  • Previous administrative experience, exceptional communication skills, and leadership qualities that facilitate and encourage engagement and professional development
  • Evidence of interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in an academic environment
  • Successful applicant will have scholarly achievement that merits appointment at the rank of associate or full professor

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degrees (MD, PhD)
  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Medical Oncology), American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Surgical Oncology), or American College of Veterinary Radiology (Radiation Oncology)

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Review Date

July 16, 2024

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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