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Instructor in Equine Ambulatory Service

University of Illinois
61802, Urbana (US)
Based on Applicants Experience
Date posted
Feb 1, 2024

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Instructor in Equine Ambulatory Service
Full-time, 100% (12 month basis)

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for a full-time Instructor in Equine Ambulatory Services at Midwest Equine at Illinois (MWE). MWE is a satellite clinic of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH), functioning as a self-sustaining private practice while serving as the primary care service for the Equine Medicine and Surgery (EQMS) section of the department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine. The EQMS section consists of 12 faculty (including MWE faculty), 9 house officers, 9 technicians and works closely with the farrier faculty and apprentices. Our goal at MWE is to provide the horsemen of central Illinois with exemplary customer service, practice medicine in the best interest of the horse balanced with the client’s needs and expectations, expose students to routine cases encountered in a private practice setting that focuses on common presentations with practical solutions and supplement referral caseload to the VTH when appropriate.

Professional opportunity:
Midwest Equine at Illinois is an autonomous equine clinic managed on a private practice model. The clinic is located in Farmer City, Illinois, approximately 30 miles west of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. The receiving consists of 3.5 days of ambulatory appointments, 1.5 days of outpatient clinic appointments with daily, afterhours, weekend and holiday emergency services. Emergency duties are shared by clinicians and house officers on a negotiated, rotating weekly schedule. Ambulatory trucks are stocked to the preference of the clinician and each truck has digital radiography and ultrasound units and dental equipment. Clinicians share access to video endoscopy and extracorporeal shockwave units. Inhouse blood analyzers are available at the clinic in Farmer City, in addition to the necessary equipment for performing basic regenerative therapies.

The demographics of the equine population in central Illinois consist of a diverse mixture of pet horses and donkeys, performance horses of varying levels and from multiple disciplines predominantly represented by Western performance horses, English Sport Horses and Standardbred Harness Racing. Preventative care, dental maintenance, routine lameness evaluations, first opinion medical and minor outpatient and field surgical procedures make up the majority of the services provided by MWE.

We are looking for a candidate who is a strong team player, possesses excellent communication skills, and who is interested in growing a robust private practice. Opportunities for highly self-motivated candidates to develop his/her clinical skills are available.

Personal opportunities:
The cities of Urbana and Champaign offer the residential advantages of a medium-sized university city, excellent cultural opportunities, and a high quality of life. In 2010, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was ranked in the top four research universities by the Harvard University’s Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education in balancing work and home. The practice area is expansive with numerous opportunities for living accommodations located centrally within the practice range. In 2023 Forbes ranked the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as #9 among all US public colleges, on the basis of return on investment, student success, student debt, and alumni leadership and influence. Only one other campus featuring a veterinary college ranked above Illinois.

Candidates must have a DVM degree or equivalent, have completed an equine internship and have a minimum of 1 year of post-graduate equine veterinary experience. The ability to obtain Illinois and DEA licensure and USDA accreditation are preferred for this position.

This position is a 100% appointment in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine. The appointment will be full time and will be a non-tenured, academic position. Clinical practice will occupy up to 85% of your 12-month appointment. It is expected that instruction of veterinary professional students will occur during your clinical engagement. You will also participate in training of graduate veterinarians as needed. At least 15% of your appointment will be available for vacation, attendance at continuing education conferences, professional improvement, scholarship, and participation in academic activities as they present themselves. Attendance of departmental faculty meetings and other scheduled college faculty meetings is encouraged whenever possible. Primary call for after-hours emergencies will be expected and monetary compensation will be provided based on the number of emergency cases covered while on duty.

Salary: Commensurate with applicant’s experience and qualifications. The University of Illinois offers a complete benefits package. A summary explanation of these benefits can be found at

Starting date: Negotiable

Application procedures: Please create your candidate profile through Upload application materials, including your application letter, resume, and names and email contact information for three references by 6:00 pm CST on March 15, 2024. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Should a suitable candidate not be identified, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.If you are interested or would like additional information on the position, please contact:

Dr. Catherine Foreman-Hesterberg
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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