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Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Job ID: 21573

Updated: October 27, 2020

Location: Foothills Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

2500 University Drive, NW
Calgary Alberta T2N 1N4

The University of Calgary (UCalgary) is a global intellectual hub located in Canada’s most enterprising city.  

UCalgary is one of Canada’s top comprehensive research universities, with over 6,500 graduate students and 28,500 undergraduate students in 14 faculties, 146 research chairs (75 Canada Research Chairs), more than 50 research institutes and centres, over 1,800 academic staff, and over 3,200 non-academic staff across five campuses.  We recently completed Energize: The Campaign for Eyes High, the third-largest fundraising campaign in Canadian history, surpassing our goal and raised $1.41 Billion.

Unstoppable is our "growth through focus" plan to meet our Eyes High ambitions and strengthen our community. It is built around three big ideas that will differentiate our university and drive growth: transdisciplinary scholarship, integration with our community and future-focused program delivery that will see us expand flexibility and customizability of the UCalgary experience. To learn more about this vision please see:

The University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) was established in 2005 and is comprised of 72 faculty members. Recently we welcomed an expanded class of students to our accredited DVM program.  UCVM is internationally recognized for their innovative curriculum and community-based distributed clinical education model.  Establishing a transdisciplinary One Health focus in both veterinary education and research has enabled UCVM faculty to address the issues that result from the interaction of animals, humans, and their environment.  The UCVM uses its recently acquired W.A. Ranches as a “real life” platform for its research program and is strategically co-located with the Cumming School of Medicine to further enable collaborative opportunities between human and animal medicine.  The UCVM consistently ranks in the top 50 veterinary programs worldwide and are the second ranked veterinary college in Canada.   

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the Dean leads the strategic direction and is the key advocate for the faculty.  As the chief executive officer, this visionary leader is also responsible for faculty and academic professional staff development, budget oversight and planning, fund development, facilities and research, while fostering a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty and staff.  A high-profile and dynamic community leader, the Dean pursues innovative and collaborative partnerships for UCVM across Faculties, with the Alberta community, external stakeholders and organizations, and with the national and international veterinary community.  

The ideal candidate will have a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or recognized equivalent, and an advanced degree PhD (preferred) in a related field, an academic record commensurate with an appointment With Tenure at the rank of Professor and at least five years of experience in academic administration.  Strong candidates also require experience in, or significant exposure to, veterinary clinical practice, undergraduate and graduate student teaching, and externally funded research, with demonstrated success in developing relationships with the local, national and international industry communities, government, and alumni.  This leader will bring established organizational and administrative abilities, extensive financial and budgeting skills, proven fund development experience, demonstrated exceptional interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills with the proven capacity to advocate, build trust, influence and inspire across diverse demographics of stakeholders.  

Recently ranked the 5th most liveable city in the world (2019) by The Economist, and possessing one of the youngest populations of major cities in Canada, Calgary is home to world-class attractions, sporting amenities and public infrastructure that supports a healthy lifestyle, making it a great place to raise a family ( Situated in the sunny foothills of Canada’s majestic Rocky Mountains, Calgary is a major urban centre surrounded by an area of profound beauty with an unspoiled, resource-rich natural environment.
Consistently rated by the United Nations as the world’s best country to live in, Canada is the world’s second largest country by total area and is one of the most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations. Canada ranks among the highest in international measurements of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, and education. 

The University of Calgary’s comprehensive benefits and pension program is designed to promote a productive level of health and well-being to staff members.  The salary range for this position is $175,000 - $284,000 per annum and will be negotiated based on the candidate’s skills and experience.  To learn about our comprehensive benefits package for this Calgary-based, English speaking position, please visit

As an inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here.  In particular, we encourage members of the four designated groups (women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities) to apply.  We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

To explore this opportunity further, please send your CV and Letter of Interest in confidence to [email protected].


Additional Information

To view a listing of all available academic opportunities and to find out more about what the University of Calgary has to offer, please visit our Academic Careers website.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.  


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