Veterinary Pharmacy Resident

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This position is currently closed. Look for updated opportunities starting in October of 2022. If you have questions about future opportunities in our service, please let us know.

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Our Pharmacy Team is Growing!

Join our collegial team focused on delivering outstanding care, educating future veterinarians and pharmacists, and advancing veterinary pharmacy.

Become the first veterinary pharmacy resident on our outstanding pharmacy team.  We currently have a full-time board-certified veterinary pharmacist that is a Clinical Assistant Professor as well as a full-time clinical staff pharmacist.  Both pharmacists have completed veterinary pharmacy residency training.  Our pharmacists are supported by two full-time certified pharmacy technicians and one advanced certified pharmacy technician holding her CSPT.

In addition to providing pharmacy support to all hospital services, the successful candidate will deliver clinical and didactic instruction to veterinary students, and pharmacy students.

At Illinois, you’ll have opportunities to work with a wide variety of services seeing species from large animal, small animal, zoological medicine and wildlife. The residency includes several opportunities to experience diverse practice settings and apply veterinary pharmacy fundamentals.  These include required rotations at a compounding pharmacy and inpatient hospital pharmacy as well as elective opportunities to experience practice at contract zoos, Medical District Primary Care in Chicago, UIC College of Pharmacy, and Midwest Equine.  For those interested in pharmacy management, there are several opportunities for rotations designed to develop critical management skills.

All application materials or questions regarding the application process can be directed to

For more information on how apply see below.

You’ll find the amenities needed for a modern, innovative pharmacy service at the University of Illinois:

  • USP <797> and <800> compliant cleanroom
  • Large non-sterile compounding room
  • Supportive and collaborative faculty and staff throughout the hospital that are engaged in continuous improvement of pharmacy services and research
  • A hospital administration supportive of both house officer training and well-being as well as the skillset brought to the clinical setting by pharmacists.

Our pharmacy service prides itself on providing exceptional patient care as the medication therapy experts responsible for:

  • teaching the next generation of veterinary professionals
  • assisting with high-quality research through ensuring availability of medications and drug information
  • overseeing legal compliance and best practices
  • performing quality assurance and improvement in a positive, collaborative and proactive manner. 

We’re Investing in Our Programs


A $12 million hospital-wide renovation and expansion project wraps up in 2021. Over the past six years we’ve added:

  • A 9,000 sq ft small animal surgery wing with 8 ORs, including an interventional radiology suite
  • A state-of-the-art linear accelerator and a new 128-slice CT to support its use
  • A 3T MRI
  • A new facility for small animal primary care, zoological medicine specialty service, and our Wildlife Medical Clinic
  • Medication Dispensary: Temperature-, pressure-, and humidity-controlled hazardous drug and non-hazardous drug clean rooms meet USP <800> and <797> standards

We Want You!

The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine values work-life balance and collegiality. We are a friendly and interactive hospital, and we seek new colleagues who excel clinically and academically while having fun at work and building strong relationships with coworkers.


Together we create a workplace culture that fosters respect, inclusion, trust, and support for personal and professional growth. The more diverse our community, the stronger we are. We practice compassion and selfcare. We celebrate successes, knowing that our most valuable assest is our people.

Dr. Lauren Forsythe


A PharmD degree from an ACPE-accredited school will be required for application. 

Participants must be a citizen of the US, Canada, Mexico, US permanent resident (i.e. holding a “green card”), or other foreign national with employment authorization from US Citizenship and Immigration Services valid for and during the program’s period of proposed training without our provision of assistance, support or sponsorship in obtaining employment authorization.

All application materials or questions regarding the application process can be directed to Application materials required are: letter of intent, including career goals, all transcripts, CV, and three letters of reference. Applicants must submit all materials by January 31, 2022 to receive full consideration. 

More About US

  • Boarded clinicians in 16 areas of specialization
  • Innovative approaches to integrated veterinary education, post-graduate veterinary education, and online learning
  • Collegewide research strengths in comparative and diagnostic medicine, conservation medicine and ecosystem health, environmental health and toxicology, infectious diseases, and reproductive biology
  • Part of a top-ranked public, land-grant university
  • Located in a vibrant, diverse and international community that still offers Midwestern friendliness and affordability
  • You will become a member of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine which is currently 94 faculty strong
  • ~ 50 residents and interns
  • > 500 veterinary students

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.