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.
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.
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.