Mentored ER Doctor Instructor Position

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Immersion-style training program for new graduates interested in becoming an emergency clinician who want to see a multitude of complex cases, teach veterinary students and perform emergent procedures. 

The Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Service is currently comprised of

  • two full-time diplomates of the ACVECC
  • 4 ECC residents
  • 2 ECC specialty interns
  • 9 rotating interns
  • 32 veterinary technicians.

The emergency service has a robust multitude of complex cases and would like to offer candidates a mentored training program that is tailored to veterinarians looking to become successful emergency clinicians.

We are seeking candidates that want to work in a fast-paced and collegial environment who want to develop or enhance their clinical professional academic experience with mentorship, teach veterinary students and perform emergent procedures. Our mentorship program is designed to give the successful candidate everything needed to be a highly experienced, confident, and capable emergency clinician, including hands-on experiences, immersive clinical and didactic training, and the personal mentorship needed to be successful.

Clinicians will work alongside board-certified criticalists and emergency and critical residents on most shifts. A senior doctor is available to discuss the interpretation of diagnostics, treatment plans, or approaches to client communication.

The successful candidate will be expected to attend the emergency and critical care service’s weekly didactic rounds and journal club, which are aimed toward preparing emergency and critical residents for their certifying examination. There is also an 8-week summer lecture series geared toward new graduates covering commonly seen conditions and disease processes seen in an emergency setting.

This position is a 51-100% appointment in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine. The appointment will be a non-tenured, academic position with a negotiable starting date after the closing date. Emergency duties may include evening and weekend hours.

Our service is supported by board-certified specialists and trainees in cardiology, neurology, oncology (radiation and medical), soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, internal medicine, anesthesia and analgesia, diagnostic imaging, dermatology, and ophthalmology.

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Primary case management of patients presenting to the small animal emergency service
  • Communication with referring veterinarians
  • Collaborative medicine within the Veterinary Teaching Hospital
  • Collaborative participation in the delivery of instruction to professionals veterinary students during their clinical year
  • Attend the emergency and critical care service’s weekly didactic rounds and journal club, aimed toward preparing emergency and critical residents for their certifying examination.


Become a highly experienced, confident and capable emergency clinician.

Applications are Currently Being Accepted.

Please create your candidate profile through and upload application materials, including cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references

Visit or contact Drs. Jenica Haraschak (, or Meghan Fick ( for additional information about the position

We’re Investing in Our Programs

A $12 million hospital-wide renovation and expansion project wrapped 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

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.

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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.