Dean, Ontario Veterinary College

The University of Guelph invites applications, nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Dean, Ontario Veterinary College with the appointment to be effective ideally by July 2015.

The University of Guelph has achieved prominence in Canada and around the world for its commitment to student learning and innovative research. It is dedicated to cultivating the essentials for our quality of life – water, food, environment, animal and human health, community, commerce, culture and learning. The University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, an obligation to address global issues and a concern for international development.  Approximately 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend the University of Guelph, with additional students located in campuses across the province. With more than 730 full-time faculty and 1,900 full-time staff, Guelph’s total revenue exceeds $717 million. Further information about the University can be found at

Since 1862, the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) has been dedicated to the advancement of veterinary and comparative medicine as a world leader in veterinary health care, learning and research. OVC works at the intersection of animal, human and ecosystem health: training future veterinarians and scientists, improving the health of our animal companions, ensuring the safety of the food we eat and protecting the environment that we all share. Today, OVC has approximately 133 Faculty and Veterinarians, over 200 staff, about 480 students in its innovative DVM program, and more than 260 graduate students. Its academic departments (Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Studies, Pathobiology and Population Medicine), research centres (Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare, Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses, Equine Guelph, Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation, and the Poultry Health Research Network) and the OVC Health Sciences Centre maximize learning, advance veterinary health care and champion multi-disciplinary research. Please see for more information.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and a member of Guelph’s senior administration, the Dean, OVC will provide strategic direction, academic planning leadership and administrative oversight to achieve the highest possible standards in teaching, research and service. Working collaboratively with a variety of internal and external partners to further enhance OVC’s national and international stature, the Dean will lead in promoting innovative and multi-disciplinary approaches to teaching and research and in increasing funding support.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished veterinarian, academic and visionary leader with a record of building strong teams, fostering academic innovation, managing resources, and promoting multi-disciplinary initiatives. Extensive academic leadership experience will enable the new Dean to relate to a range of internal and external partners and promote excellence, equity, diversity and inclusion among faculty, staff and students. The Dean, OVC will possess an open and collegial style, outstanding management, communication and interpersonal skills, a creative approach to problem solving, and a strong commitment to academic excellence in research and teaching.

The University of Guelph is committed to equity in its policies, practices, and programs, supports diversity in its teaching, learning and work environments, and ensures that applications for members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered under its employment equity policy. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of the University community are encouraged to apply.

The search committee will begin consideration of candidates immediately and will continue until the role is successfully filled.  Applications should include a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without the consent of the candidate), and be submitted electronically, in confidence, to:

Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.

1 Yonge Street, Suite 1801
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1W7

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