• Associate Dean, Veterinary Clinical Affairs/Affiliations

    Location KN-St. Kitts
    Job ID
    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Opportunity at a Glance


    RUSVM is seeking an accomplished, self-driven leader with outstanding interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills to act as our Associate Dean, Veterinary Clinical Affairs/Affiliations. This individual will share a commitment to providing high-quality veterinary education, and a belief in the mission and values of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

    The Associate Dean will be an active member of the senior leadership team of the school, and will spend at least 70% of their time at the RUSVM campus. The Associate Dean's core objective is to oversee and develop clinical programs and training at RUSVM. The postholder will liase with senior colleagues at the affiliate schools regarding student placements, will introduce and implement the optimal system for student matching on placement, and will work with the RUSVM Associate Dean for Academic Affairs on student progression issues. S/he will lead contract negotiations with affiliates, and source and develop new partnerships where appropriate to ensure the best clinical experience for the students. The postholder will also be responsible for meeting all reporting requirements necessary for compliance and accreditation.


    S/he will have excellent academic credentials; a DVM, Board Certification, and/or Ph.D.; academic administration experience; and advanced understanding of veterinary education curriculum and training. S/he will have the proven ability to interact well with University administration, the veterinary education community, faculty, students, and alumni. The Associate Dean will have a proven record of assessing needs, developing, and following through on a multi-faceted plan in an academic setting.


    The Associate Dean will be a member of academic faculty and required to have the credentials commensurate with appointment as a Full Professor (preferred) or Associate Professor. ONLY indviduals that possess these credentials will be considered or contacted.  The Associate Dean will be expected to have an international reputation in their specialist field and to participate in the teaching program in his/her area of expertise. Scholarly outputs will also be expected from the postholder – and may include educational research as part of Center 4.
    Specific Duties include:

    • Allocating and overseeing student clinical placements in their final year. The Associate Dean will be required to travel to clinical affiliates in North America and overseas.
    • Supporting the Dean in RUSVM’s internationalization agenda by expanding clinical affiliate placements, organizing good student support, and ensuring good uptake through communications and incentives
    • Ensuring that mechanisms are in place for distribution of appropriate materials for clinical site educators that detail objectives of the program, expectations of the site coordinators, clinical site educator training materials, and collecting and monitoring feedback to students on progress/deficiencies associated with their site experience, and communicating that feedback to the clinical site.
    • Obtaining feedback from the clinical affiliate on RUSVM students and communicating this to the Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning
    • Collaborating with the Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning to ensure appropriate learning objectives are being applied and assessed, and modified and updated as necessary.
    • Responsibility for developing and managing the specifications for the clinical affiliate agreements to ensure the appropriate number of clinical seats are identified for clinical year students, and maintaining and updating a clinical inventory.
    • Supporting the Dean and in-house legal consultants in ensuring compliance with State Departments of Education, COE, the ED, and State Practice Acts. The Associate Dean will be responsible for reporting any changes to appropriate authorities.
    • In partnership with the Dean's office, ensuring that the implementation of strategic plans appropriately exploits business development opportunities and that operational plans are properly resourced and administratively effective.
    • The Associate Dean will be supported by an administrative assistant and a finance officer. Additional administrative support is provided by Adtalem Global Education, and will be provided locally if necessary.
    • Completes other duties as assigned.




    • Proven record of assessing needs, developing, and following through on a multi-faceted plan in an academic setting.
    • Excellent academic credentials; a DVM, Board Certification or equivalent experience, academic administration experience, and advanced understanding of veterinary education curriculum and training.

    Ideally, the successful candidate will have a combination of the following skills, qualities, and credentials:

    • Successful experience in veterinary school administration with significant involvement in veterinary education;
    • An international reputation in their specialist field;
    • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and demonstrated success in working with diverse communities;
    • Demonstrated knowledge, including academic governance, in pre-clinical and clinical settings; ability to articulate and uphold high expectations for clinicians and scientists;
    • Understanding of the complexities of the clinical placement process;
    • Familiarity with accreditation requirements and reporting;
    • The capacity to develop and enhance mechanisms for student support, and retention;
    • A desire to conduct collaborative research on veterinary education;
    • The ability to work cooperatively and effectively as a member of the School's senior leadership team;
    • Involvement in professional medical education associations, including but not limited to: the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and AAME (American Association of Medical Educators).



    We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. Thank you for applying for this outstanding opportunity today.

    Who We Are

    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) offers a unique program of training on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean.  A cutting-edge curriculum, with innovative use of technologies and simulations, provides the best possible training for tomorrow’s veterinarians.  Students benefit from seven semesters of integrated preclinical and clinical studies at our St Kitts campus, and one year of clinical training at our affiliate veterinary teaching hospitals in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. 


    Our ongoing research focuses on key issues strategically relevant to One Health in tropical and developing countries and includes zoonotic diseases, food safety and security, environmental health, and conservation medicine. We prioritize recruitment of talented faculty and are now seeking a key new member of our team to join us as we develop new programs to best prepare our graduates to face the global opportunities and challenges of veterinary medicine in the 21st century.


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