Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine seeks a proactive innovator for a key leadership role as Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. The VTH is a full-service, academic hospital providing referral specialty services to the region, food animal and equine ambulatory services to the area, and primary and emergency veterinary care to local small and large animal patients. The VTH supports the teaching, research, and clinical care missions of the College by providing compassionate and cutting-edge veterinary service. The annual caseload is approximately 15,000 cases per year, with revenue of approximately $9 million. Clinical care is provided by approximately 85 academic clinicians, 145 technical and support staff, 33 residents, 8 interns, and 140 veterinary students.
Reporting to the dean, the Hospital Director is a senior position providing leadership and oversight of the strategic vision, financial management, operations, medical care, human resources, communications, regulatory compliance, and infrastructure of the VTH. This includes a key role in the proposed expansion of the VTH physical footprint to meet its clinical, education, and research missions. The Director is supported by an Assistant Hospital Director and a Hospital Administrator. The Director chairs the Hospital Board, serves on the college Operations Board and Executive Board, and works closely with the academic department heads and college leadership.
The Director’s role is to support the clinical education of DVM students through optimization of hospital structure, function, and culture. Specific responsibilities include:
Promoting a positive work culture and a supportive, inclusive environment
Balancing the demands for patient care, clinical research, and experiential education of veterinary medical students, interns, and residents
Ensuring financial sustainability of the VTH through appropriate budgeting, resource allocation, strategic decision making, and financial management
Ensuring clear and efficient communication of important college and hospital matters with clinicians, staff, and house officers
Providing leadership and expertise through long-term strategy planning and implementation to promote and enhance fiscal, operational, and administrative management, as well as alignment with the College’s strategic plan
Working with VTH administration, the Director will foster an environment supportive of the health and wellbeing of staff, clinicians, house officers, and students
Representing the VTH to referring veterinarians, clients of the VTH, and the community, including promotion and further development of the Grateful Client program and marketing of clinical services to facilitate appropriate growth in clinical caseload
Implementing processes for recruitment, on-boarding, training, professional development, and successful retention of clinicians, staff, and house officers
Developing, implementing, and maintaining appropriate hospital policies and procedures
Meeting the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education accreditation standards pertaining to clinical operations
Serving as the Veterinarian in Charge and Chief Medical Officer of the VTH—includes serving as primary contact with regulatory agencies, including but not limited to the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine, USDA, DEA, and FDA.
Ensuring compliance with college and university policies, as well as state and federal laws
Possible direct participation in didactic teaching, clinical service, and research missions of the College
Depending on the qualifications and interests of the successful candidate, a faculty appointment in one of the college’s academic departments is available.
DVM (or equivalent) with eligibility to hold a veterinary license in Virginia
Substantive experience in a leadership role in a primary, specialty or emergency hospital involving five or more veterinarians
A thorough understanding of veterinary clinical education
An appreciation for research in an academic hospital
Experience in organizational finance, budget management, fiscal planning and personnel management
Ability to lead a complex organization towards successful outcomes, using transparent, collaborative leadership
Ability to communicate vision, motivate others, and delegate effectively to facilitate change
Prior employment in a college or school of veterinary medicine
Previous experience in strategic planning and setting expectations for an organization or unit
About Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine is a two-state, four-campus professional school operated by the land-grant universities of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and the University of Maryland at College Park. Its flagship facilities, based at Virginia Tech, include the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which treats more than 40,000 animals annually. Other campuses include the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va., the Animal Cancer Care and Research Center in Roanoke, Va., and the Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Center at College Park. The college annually enrolls approximately 500 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and graduate students, is a leading biomedical and clinical research center, and provides professional continuing education services for veterinarians practicing throughout the two states. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.