Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich Clinic of Reproductive Medicine

SENIOR LECTURER POSITION IN Small Animal Reproduction. Posted: July 2021

Winterthurerstrasse 260 CH-8057 Zürich

The Clinic of Reproductive Medicine at the Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, Switzerland, is offering an 80-100% senior lecturer position in Small Animal Reproduction to commence in September 1st 2021.

Hospital: The Veterinary Hospital of the Vetsuisse Faculty (VSF), University of Zurich, is one of two Veterinary Teaching Hospitals in Switzerland. The campus of the VSF is located at the outskirts of the city, close to the Irchel campus and approximately 15 minutes (by tram) from the central campus of the University. All clinical, preclinical and paraclinical institutes are located in close distance on campus. Therefore, the location provides an ideal environment for clinical service, teaching and research activities, including interdisciplinary research collaborations within the VSF and with groups at the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Science.

The Section of Small Animal Reproduction belongs to the Farm Animal Department, which consists of the Clinic for Ruminants, including the sections Internal Medicine and Surgery, and the Clinic of Reproductive Medicine, including the sections Large Animal Reproduction, Small Animal Reproduction, Bovine Health Service (RGD), Andrology and Assisted Reproduction. Additional Sections of the Department are an Ambulatory Field Service and Herd Health, and Swine Medicine. There is a close cooperation with the Small Animal Departement, consisting out of the Clinic for Small Animal Internal Medicine, Clinic for Small Animal Surgery, Clinic for Zoo Animals, Exotic Pets and Wildlife, Clinic for Diagnostic Imaging, Division of Radiation Therapy and Oncology as well as with the Equine Department, which covers Anesthesiology, Ophthalmology and Cardiology service.

The yearly caseload of the Section of Small Animal Reproduction consists of approximately 1100 cases including gynecological and andrological cases as well as pediatric cases and surgeries of the reproductive tract (i.e. gonadectomies, mastectomy, ovariohysterectomies). The facilities of the Clinical Department are well maintained and equipped with up-to-date medical devices, e.g., in Small Animal Reproduction high-end video-endoscopy equipment, 2 and 3 D-ultrasound machines, Laparoscopy as well as incubators for puppies and/or kittens. Currently, the Section consists of the head of the section, one senior resident, one first year resident, one intern and two assistant veterinarians as well as one board-certified reproductive veterinarian, participating in the night duties. The senior lecturer position will be filled in addition to the above listed positions.

The candidates should fulfill the following qualifications:

  • A professional degree (Dr. med. vet., DVM, or equivalent)
  • Board certification in reproduction will be advantageous
  • An advanced degree (PhD, Habilitation, or equivalent) is not required.
  • The candidate should have adequate clinical experience including surgical skills and be a team-player with excellent communication skills, and a strong desire to provide excellent patient care and to train professional students, graduate students, interns and residents.
  • Knowledge of German and English language is required. At least basic German language skills are necessary to communicate with clients, grooms, and technicians. Also, lectures are generally held in German (although English would be possible as well). If the candidate does not have adequate knowledge of the German language, he/she must agree to acquire it within a reasonable period of time. Communication among clinicians and case discussions on rounds can be done in German or English.


  • Participation in the clinical activities of the Small Animal reproduction section.
  • Contribution to the clinical training and didactic teaching of professional students, interns, residents, and graduate students and participation in continuing education activities.
  • Emergency work after hours, on holidays, and on weekends is part of the basic duties and will be shared with other senior clinicians.
  • The appointed candidate will represent the clinic, in particular the Small Animal reproduction section, through interactions with clients, referring veterinarians, other faculty members and clinicians, colleagues from preclinical and paraclinical institutes, students, external research groups, visitors, and representatives of biomedical companies.

The salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the applicant’s experience and qualifications. The appointment includes 5 weeks of vacation and admission in the obligatory retirement plan. Accident insurance is covered by the employer, whereas general health insurance must be concluded by the employee.

Zurich is a cultural and diverse city and a great place to live. It has recently been deemed the city with the second highest quality of life in the world. Zurich International Airport is located only 8 km (5 miles) from the VSF and can be easily reached by public transportation (30-40 min) or by car (10-15 min).

The position will be filled as soon as an appropriate candidate is identified. The anticipated starting date might be discussed after selection of the candidate.

Candidates are asked to submit a letter of intention that includes their career objectives, alongside with their curriculum vitae, a copy of their transcripts and diplomas, and the names and contact information of 2 professionals acting as references.

Applications must be sent by e-mail to:
Prof. Dr. med. vet. Iris M. Reichler
Abteilungsleiterin Kleintierreproduktion
Klinik für Reproduktionsmedizin
Vetsuisse-Fakultät der Universität Zürich
Winterthurerstrasse 260
CH-8057 Zürich