The University of Illinois is seeking applicants to fill the vacant position of farrier. Applications are due Sept. 28, 2020.

The position, which became vacant after its long-time farrier Diego Almeida was named the director of the Montana State University Farrier School, requires that the successful applicant “perform duties related to corrective/therapeutic trimming and shoeing of client and research horses, [and] assist [the] university farrier and resident/school master with assigned duties.” Certified journeyman farrier credentials are preferred.
The duties, knowledge, skills and abilities include:

  • Perform equine corrective/therapeutic trimming and shoeing on conscious and anesthetized horses; including forging, nailing, gluing and application of horseshoes. 
  • In conjunction with veterinarians will perform lameness exams on horses; helps identify the causes of lameness. 
  • Leads and assists in teaching techniques of the farrier trade to students. 
  • Organizes and leads farrier demonstrations for open houses and other special occasions/projects. 
  • Responsible for routine trimming and shoeing of clinic horses used for teaching and research. 
  • Responsible for supply inventory in hospital and trucks.
  • Responsible for cleaning the shop and trucks.
  • Ability to be around horses and other large animals. Guidelines will be both written and verbal. 
  • Ability to multitask, as well as provide complete follow through. 
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision on a daily basis.
  • Have a demonstrated knowledge of equine anatomy and behavior.
  • Ability to move 50 pounds from one location to another.
  • Ability to drive a vehicle and possess a valid driver’s license.

To view the full job description and apply for the position, visit the University of Illinois Human Resources website.
For more information, contact Steve Sermersheim at