Job Openings


University of Arizona State Extension

Location: Tucson, AZ
Application Deadline: 2023-12-25

University of Arizona State Extension Specialist (Veterinary/Livestock)


Posting Number



Animal&Biomedical Sciences-Ext

Department Website Link


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences and Cooperative Extension at the University of Arizona welcomes applicants for a twelve-month, continuing-eligible Assistant/Associate Specialist (65% extension, 25% teaching (College of Veterinary Medicine) and 10% service) position. The incumbent will focus on diseases that have the potential to impact domestic livestock and human health. This position will be located on the UA Campus within the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences with statewide responsibilities including working with county extension agents, livestock extension agents and the ALIRT (Arizona Livestock Incident Response Team) for the University of Arizona. There is a potential for a small research appointment if the successful candidate requests it.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

1.  The faculty member is expected to provide training, collaboration and support for county Extension faculty and veterinary program planning committees. Additionally, they will work with the College of Veterinary Medicine, School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences and Cooperative Extension Program specialists in planning programs related to large livestock management and beef cattle industry health needs. The candidate will work with veterinarian associations, commodity committees and others to develop youth and adult educational programs and will serve in a liaison capacity between the Division of Agriculture and state agencies and organizations that are involved with animal health activities. 

2.  This position will have collaboration in the development and teaching of the beef curriculum for the veterinary students within CVM, advise veterinary students during their clinical year rotation, and provide them with training opportunities to become engaged with Arizona livestock producers. The successful candidate must demonstrate ability in or be willing to be trained in lesson planning, critical thinking, and enthusiasm for working in a team-based learning curriculum. 

3.  This candidate will also work collaboratively with ACBS faculty towards the OneHealth mission of the University of Arizona and be successful in writing and securing additional funding.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Practical knowledge of U.S. animal agriculture, enabling them to work with public and private entities and livestock producers in Arizona.
  • Ability and interest to effectively contribute to interdisciplinary teams should be a goal. 
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to secure extramural funding to support applied research and extension programs are also required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • DVM degree and Arizona licensure.
  • Five years teaching or mentoring individuals in veterinary related practices.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Large animal practice experience is preferred.


To be Determined

Tenure Information

Continuing-Eligible (CE)



Full Time/Part Time

Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week




Work Calendar


Job Category

Agriculture and Extension

Benefits Eligible

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay

$85,000 - $110,000

Compensation Type

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required:

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies1Target Hire Date


Expected End Date - open until filled

Contact Information for Candidates

Jennifer Gardner Smith,

Open Date


Open Until Filled


Documents Needed to Apply

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and One Additional Documen

Special Instructions to Applicant

Please note documents needed are CV, cover letter, and transcripts.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.