University of California

Assistant/Associate Specialist in Cooperative Extension: Beef Cattle Herd Health & Production

County Locations: Tulare County, Yolo County

Date Posted: February 1, 2017
Closing Date: March 31, 2017

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The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, a statewide program with local delivery, in collaboration with the School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis, are seeking a full time Assistant/Associate Specialist in Cooperative Extension (100%) in the area of beef cattle herd health and production for California’s extensive beef cattle industry that ranges from cow-calf and stocker
operations in our foothill and coastal regions to large feedlots in southern and central California. The candidate will collaborate closely with colleagues in the School, across the University, and within the network of UC Cooperative Extension who work on the health and productivity of beef cattle, pre-harvest food safety and beef quality assurance, and adoption of sustainable livestock production practices. The successful candidate will be in residence at either UC Davis or the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, Tulare, CA.

DVM or equivalent degree is required, with graduate level training and/or board certification in an appropriate discipline preferred (e.g., internal medicine, epidemiology or preventive medicine, theriogenology, nutrition, infectious disease). The successful candidate is required to have demonstrated expertise or appropriate training in beef cattle herd health, welfare and production medicine. Demonstrated ability or potential to develop intervention strategies that promote the profitability of the livestock enterprise is preferred. Documented evidence of research activity or ability in one or more aspects of beef cattle herd health and production (e.g., infectious diseases,
antimicrobial stewardship, food safety, nutrition, internal medicine, reproduction, animal welfare, beef quality assurance, or beneficial management practices consistent with sustainable ranching) is required. A record of acquisition of extramural funding or the potential to do so is required. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work with others in a collegial team atmosphere are required. Evidence of or potential for leadership and initiative is required. Evidence of or potential for extending applied research and conducting outreach education for livestock owners is required.

To receive fullest consideration, applications must be submitted by March 31, 2017; position open until filled. To begin the application process, interested applicants should register online at and submit the following materials: 1) a letter of intent outlining special interest in the position, overall related qualifications and experience and career goals; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) the names and addresses of four professional references; 4) Statement of Contributions to Equity and Diversity (addressing past and/or potential contributions to equity and diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.)

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