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Clinical or Tenure Assistant/Associate Professor, Lecturer or Instructor in Zoological and Wildlife

University of Illinois
61802, Urbana
Based on Applicants Experience
Posted Date
Sep 7, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Veterinary Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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3505 Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building, MC-002 2001 S. Lincoln Ave.
Urbana, IL 61802-6178


Clinical or Tenure Assistant/Associate Professor, Lecturer or Instructor in Zoological and Wildlife Medicine
Full-time, 100% (12-month basis)

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine invites applications for a full- time, 12-month appointment, Clinical or Tenure Assistant/Associate Professor, Lecturer or Instructor depending upon qualifications, experience, and interest, in the Wildlife Medicine Service in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The service has integrated collaboration with the Zoological Medicine Service, in total consisting of 5 onsite faculty, 2 off site faculty, 3 onsite house officers (2 ACZM residents and 1 specialty intern), 2 off site house officers (2 ACZM residents), and 3 dedicated technicians. This collective team delivers core and elective courses across all four years of the professional curriculum, has large and diverse research programs, serves client and institutionally owned animals and the medical needs of injured and abandoned wildlife, as well as delivers educational programs for clients and veterinarians locally, nationally and internationally. The service recently moved into a new clinic with onsite digital radiography, ultrasonography, clinical laboratory space, dedicated examination rooms, surgical suite, dentistry suite, and species-specific wards.

Professional opportunities: The College maintains a full-service 230,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art hospital for farm, companion, and zoological animals that supports, engages, and advances the teaching and research activities of the college. In 2009, the College also established the Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine, which serves as the College’s headquarters for teaching, research, and public engagement initiatives in the Chicago area and in 2020, the College established the South Clinic, where the Wildlife Medical Clinic shares the clinical space with the Primary Care, Urgent Care, and Zoological Medicine services. Over the past 2 years, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital has made large investments in infrastructure including installment of new magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography units, a state-of-the art linear accelerator and integrated anesthetic and surgical suites. The Wildlife Medical Clinic (WMC) embraces a threefold mission to provide veterinary care to sick or injured wild animals, to educate veterinary student and wildlife professionals about wildlife medicine, and to promote conservation initiatives and ecosystem health through collaborative research, dissemination of scientific information, and public education programs. In this effort, the WMC cares for approximately 2,000 native Illinois wildlife, maintains nine non-releasable ambassador animals for outreach and training events, and has a volunteer base of approximately 130 students annually.

We are seeking a candidate who is a strong team player and interested in utilizing and developing their clinical and teaching skills in a healthy, collaborative, busy and vibrant clinical teaching environment. The ideal candidate would be committed to this opportunity for professional development and advancement. Candidates interested in specialization or advanced training opportunities will find a nurturing and inclusive academic environment with notable success in diplomate training.

Personal opportunities: Urbana-Champaign offers the residential advantages of a medium-sized university city, excellent cultural opportunities, and a high quality of life. The candidate will find a richly diverse population, four beautiful seasons, a vibrant arts and entertainment scene, a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, and the excitement of Big Ten sports events. It is an area that features a unique blend of high-tech companies and friendly, small-town hospitality.

The Champaign-Urbana area offers a range of businesses, recreation, and culture unmatched by other communities its size, due in large part to the presence of the University of Illinois. Whether you’re looking to raise a family, enjoy the outdoors, partake in a variety of cultural activities, or become part of the University of Illinois community, Champaign-Urbana has something to offer you.

Requirements: Candidates must have a DVM degree or equivalent. Board certification (or board eligibility) in the American College of Zoological Medicine, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Avian, Exotic, Companion Mammal, Reptile and Amphibian) or European College of Zoological Medicine is preferred. Candidates seeking non-traditional routes towards board certification will be considered.

For more information on the definition of instructor and lecturer at the University of Illinois, see Provost Communication #25.

Duties: This position is a 100% appointment in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine. The appointment will be a full-time academic position. The primary responsibilities associated with this position will be to provide in-house care for wildlife rehabilitation patients, and to serve as Director of the Wildlife Medical Clinic. Additional responsibilities include providing clinical support for the zoological animal collections served by the Zoo Ambulatory service. Engagement in student, intern, and resident instruction in the care of these patients is required. Clinical oversight of hospital patients, occasionally to include zoo companion species, as well as scheduled emergency care on weeknights, weekends and holidays is also expected. Emergency duties will be shared with fellow faculty in an equitable manner and is in support of house officers and veterinary students.

The successful applicant will also be responsible for delivering, in conjunction with the faculty in Zoological Medicine and Clinical Skills Learning Center teams, introductory clinical laboratories in the first and second year of the professional curriculum. In addition, collaborative delivery of instruction in the third-year core didactic and fourth year core clinical rotations will be expected. Faculty members are expected to perform the full range of designated faculty responsibilities including teaching, diagnostic/clinical service, outreach/public engagement and university service. Normal teaching responsibilities can include didactic, laboratory, and clinical teaching of discipline to professional students, interns, residents, and graduate students. Your contact hours of lecture and laboratory teaching can vary depending on the needs of the curriculum. Didactic assignments can occur during either on-clinic time or off-clinic time depending on the scheduling sequence of the four-year professional curriculum.

Salary: Commensurate with applicant’s experience and qualifications. The University of Illinois offers a complete benefits package.

Starting date: Anticipated starting date is as soon as possible after close date.

Application procedures: Please create a candidate profile through In order to receive full consideration, applications must be received by November 30, 2022. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. If you would like additional information on the position, please contact:

Dr. Will Sander Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
University of Illinois 1008 West Hazelwood Drive Urbana, IL 61802-4714


The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

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