Small Animal Soft-Tissue and Oncologic Surgery Position

University of Wisconsin

Job Summary:

The Department of Surgical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine seeks applicants for a position as a Clinical Assistant or Associate in Small Animal Soft-Tissue and Oncologic Surgery. This position is open to surgeons wanting to focus on both soft-tissue and oncologic surgery or exclusively oncologic surgery. The successful candidate will make up a team of four surgeons providing soft-tissue and oncologic surgical care to patients within the UW Veterinary Care hospital.


This position will be the fourth member of the Soft-Tissue and Oncologic Surgery service. The members of this service will work together as a team to provide excellent patient care and service to our clients. The Soft-Tissue and Oncologic surgery service combined with the Orthopedic surgery service supports 5-6 small animal surgery residents and 1-2 surgical interns. The Soft-Tissue and Oncologic surgery service is typically staffed with one faculty member, one or two small animal surgery residents, one surgical intern, one rotating intern, and 2-6 fourth year veterinary students, and 2-3 dedicated veterinary technicians. Major responsibilities of this position are divided into clinical service, teaching (clinical and didactic), research, and service. Participation in emergency and after-hours clinic duty, didactic and laboratory teaching of veterinary students, and service to the department and school is shared amongst the members of the service.

Clinical responsibilities:

  • Surgical management of soft-tissue and oncologic surgery cases presented to the UW Veterinary Care hospital.
  • Collaboration with other clinical services within the hospital as needed to provide excellent patient care (e.g. Emergency and Critical care, Orthopedics, Diagnostic imaging, Medical oncology, Radiation oncology, Cardiology, Internal medicine, Dermatology, Dentistry, Anesthesia, Special species, and Neurology).
  • Consultation with referring veterinarians regarding follow-up care for patients treated at UW Veterinary Care or for general advice on soft-tissue and oncologic surgery cases.

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Teaching of preclinical veterinary students in various didactic and laboratory courses.
  • Clinical training of fourth year veterinary students when participating on the Soft-Tissue and Oncologic surgery service.
  • Clinical training of surgical and rotating interns when participating on the Soft-Tissue and Oncologic surgery service.
  • Clinical training and mentoring of surgical residents enrolled in the ACVS training program.
  • Consultation with referring veterinarians and providing continuing education at the local, regional, and national level.

Research responsibilities:

  • Conduct research (e.g. basic science, clinical, or teaching related) and publish results of scholarly activities.
  • Establishment of intramural and extramural funding for research.

Service responsibilities:

  • Participation in various administrative committees at the hospital, department, school, and campus level.
  • Participation in various professional organizations and outreach activities.

The approximate allocation of responsibilities:

40-50% in Clinical Practice (22-26 weeks/year of clinic duty)

10-15% Teaching (10-15 lectures/year and 8-12 laboratories/year)

10-35% in Research

10-15% in Service

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Terminal Degree

DVM – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent degree


American College of Veterinary Surgeons Board Certification or Board Eligibility with advanced training in soft -tissue and oncologic surgery at time of start date. We would also consider and individual with European College of Veterinary Surgeons Board Certification or eligibility at the time of start date.



Wisconsin Veterinary License

Must be eligible to obtain and maintain licensure to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Wisconsin at the time of start date.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 01, 2024



ANNUAL (12 months)

Actual pay will depend on experience and qualifications. This position offers a comprehensive benefits package, including generous paid time off, competitively priced health/dental/vision/life insurance, tax-advantaged savings accounts, and participation in the nationally recognized Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) pension fund. For a summary of benefits, please see: 

Additional Information:

UW School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) is a wonderful workplace with enthusiastic students, technologists, residents, and other faculty specialists who work together to provide excellent veterinary medical care. The SVM team provides outstanding programs in veterinary medical education, research, clinical practice, and service that enhances the health and welfare of both animals and people and contribute to the economic well-being of the state of Wisconsin.

SVM is nearing the end of construction on the new facility that will improve instruction space for students, double the size of the school’s small animal hospital and significantly enhance the large animal hospital, expand labs for studying naturally occurring animal and human diseases, and increase and modernize infectious disease research space. The small new animal hospital will include state-of-the-art equipment such as laparoscopy, arthroscopy, flexible endoscopy, Zeiss surgical microscope, interventional radiology, gait analysis facility, ultrasound, CT, MRI, PET-CT, and 3D printing. Read more about the new hospital: 

UW-Madison campus provides an excellent environment which encourages research. The School of Medicine and Public Health and the Wisconsin Institute of Medical Research are within walking distance. Madison consistently ranks as a top community in which to live, work and play. Please see the following link for more information: 

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please click APPLY ONLINE to begin the process. You will be required to upload a cover letter, current CV, and a document listing the contact information for three professional references. This vacancy is being announced simultaneously with PVL 296143; please note only one vacancy exists.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact Jody Silva at [email protected] or 608-263-5633.

Questions about the position or about the Small Animal Soft-Tissue and Oncologic surgery caseload directed to Dr. Robb Hardie, [email protected].

The deadline for assuring full consideration is May 31, 2024 however the position will remain open

and applications may be considered until the position is filled.


Robert Hardie

[email protected]


Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Clinical Associate Professor(IC010) or Clinical Assistant Professor(IC011)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


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