Associate Veterinarian

JOB DESCRIPTION
ASSOCIATE VETERINARIAN

REPORTS TO: Practice Owners

POSITION OVERVIEW

Associate Veterinarians works with the owners to define and implement hospital medical policies and procedures that ensure quality care to the clients. They deliver medical, surgical and dental care to patients, and supervise hospital medical staff members. They have a strong leadership role in that they set the tone and the standards for the practice.

RESPONSIBILITIES

MEDICAL AND SURGICAL

  • Works with owners to set hospital medical policies and procedures; performs all duties in accordance with them.
  • Performs physical examinations using preliminary data provided by the veterinary technicians; diagnoses physical condition and presents treatment alternatives to the client.
  • Performs medical, surgical and dental procedures; provides emergency services in accordance with hospital policy.
  • Interprets the results of laboratory procedures and determines the appropriate protocol based on the results; reads radiographs & ultrasounds and interprets ECGs; prescribes medications.
  • Promptly and accurately updates client records.
  • Plans and carries out a significant program of personal medical continuing education.

HUMAN RESOURCES

  • Supervises veterinary technicians; works with them to assess their current skill level and to plan and implement their continuing education and growth.
  • Delivers in-house medical training to the hospital staff.
  • Is accessible by staff while maintaining doctor/staff professional relationship.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

  • Works toward and attains hospital productivity standards.
  • With the owners, periodically reviews the key performance indicators and plans for changes as indicated.
  • Works with the owners on plans for developing and growing the business.
  • Is active in professional organizations.

HOSPITAL FACILITY

  • Works with the owners to plan for facility maintenance, expansion, redesign to ensure a facility that is not only medically efficient but visually appealing to client and staff.

CLIENT RELATIONS

  • Takes time to communicate effectively with clients, presenting them with treatment alternatives and being sensitive to their emotional as well as financial status.
  • Sets an example for the staff in dealing with clients; promotes the concept of the client-centered environment.
  • Helps to develop new programs and processes that meet clients’ changing needs.

MARKETING

  • Assists the marketing effort by participating in community activities that focus on the veterinary profession.

PRACTICE LEADERSHIP

  • Communicates objectives, motivates staff, builds and maintains morale; maintains core values and standards.
  • Takes an active role in hospital staff meetings.
  • Promotes cooperative working environment among staff members; understands the value of teamwork; shows enthusiasm and willingness to perform as necessary to help the hospital function as a unit.
  • Promotes “CQI” Continuous Quality Improvement for the practice’s success and vision.
  • Attends clinic sponsored events such as client education events, community outreach, pet health fairs and any other events requested by management

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • D.V.M. licensed in current state

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Experience as a D.V.M. in a practice is desirable, but not a requirement.

PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Excellent medical and surgical skills
  • Significant continuing education achievements, beyond licensing requirements.
  • Excellent communication skills with both staff and clients.
  • Ability to recognize that teamwork is essential for a quality hospital; ability to work as a team member as well as a doctor.
  • Working knowledge of and interest in the business aspect of a veterinary practice.
  • Willingness to perform management responsibilities.
  • Willingness to work emergencies or extra hours when essential.
  • Interest in marketing and growth of the practice.