Associate Veterinarian

Job Purpose

The primary purpose and function of the Associate Veterinarian is to ensure the highest quality of veterinary care, unparalleled client service and maximum productivity of the veterinary medical team. This position advocates for pets and their quality of life; builds a long-term bonding relationship with clients; contributes to the development and maintenance of the human-pet bond; educates clients and hospital associates on all aspects of pet health. The Associate Veterinarian partners with the Office Manager (if applicable) to operate an effective and productive veterinary medical team, ensure a safe and engaging hospital environment, and improve both the medical quality and business performance of the hospital.

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Associate Veterinarian Responsibilities

Establish trust and gain the confidence and compliance of clients through effectively delivering appropriate preventive care, performing complete diagnostic workups, developing thorough treatment plans, communicating home care instructions, and planning follow-up visits.

Assimilate information gathered through effective history taking, physical examination and diagnostic workup to arrive at an appropriate and effective clinical decision.

Practice evidence-based medicine, preventive care and urgent care when data or guidelines exist, using sound judgment when they do not.

Practice veterinary medicine in a manner compliant with the State Veterinary Practice Act, Federal and/or State Controlled Substance laws, along with appropriate medical record documentation; ensure the hospital team maintains complete medical records that meet practice quality control guidelines.

Lead the veterinary hospital team through the daily schedule and caseload, delegating tasks to paraprofessionals and improving hospital efficiency.

Provide professional, efficient and exceptional service, including prescribing and administering preventive care for the wellness needs of pets as well as diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries of pets.

Advocate for preventive care and adoption of Preventative Health Plans.

Effectively communicate diagnosis and treatment plan to veterinary medical team and client.

Prescribe, administer and delegate duties such as drugs and vaccines as appropriate.

Perform surgery on pets as necessary for the treatment of pets, using standard medical instruments and equipment.

Promote the safety of pets, clients and team members by ensuring the hospital team is utilizing safe restraining techniques, following standard practice guidelines, and maintaining clean, sterile and organized treatment areas, exam rooms and laboratory areas.

Demonstrate integrity and ethics in all actions and behaviors.

Address and resolve client concerns arising from the medical care of a pet.

Develop strong lasting relationships with clients.

Other job duties as assigned.

Partner with the Office Manager (if applicable) to train the team on Veterinary industry standards and practices and supervise to ensure compliance.

Oversee and train team members on professional, efficient and unparalleled client service (lead by example), to include client education about Preventative Health Plans, preventive care, emergency care, pet health needs, hospital services, marketing campaigns, and other related information; effectively resolve client medical issues.

Hiring Qualifications

Ability to multi-task–Manages multiple tasks at one time; quickly and accurately shifts attention among multiple tasks under distracting conditions without loss of accuracy or appearance of frustration.
Organizational ability–Demonstrates a systematic approach in carrying out assignments. Is very orderly and excels at cutting through confusion and turning chaos into order.
Surgical skills –Proven ability to perform all basic surgeries, including use of all standard medical instruments and equipment.
Emergency/Urgent care skills- Proven ability to juggle critical care cases by identifying problems, stabilize and treat as needed.
Problem solving skills -Demonstrates a strong ability to identify, analyze and solve problems. Translates problems into practical solutions.
Computer skills-Comfortably and confidently uses a computer and specialized software.
Independence–Able and willing to perform tasks and duties without supervision.
Ability to be confident around pets (i.e., dogs, cats, etc.)
Client needs and work volume may often require more than 40 hours per week to complete essential duties of this job. This position requires special hours including working weekends and evenings.
Requires sufficient ambulatory skills in order to perform duties while at hospital.
Associate is routinely exposed to a variety of pets that may bite or scratch, and on occasion, exposed to anesthesia, radiation, biological hazards and medication/controlled substances.
Some travel required.


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM/VMD) or equivalent degree required.

Veterinary license in good standing or eligibility for licensure with the applicable state veterinary board.

One-year clinical experience preferred.

1-2 years coaching and developing teams.

Meets all required clinical competencies.

DEA: Candidate must obtain state-controlled substance and federal DEA within 3 months of employment, unless otherwise required by the state in which working.