The Associate veterinarian works with the medical director/DVM team leader to define and implement practice medical policies and procedures that ensure quality patient care. They deliver medical, surgical and dental care to patients. The Associate Veterinarian plays a key role in building and maintaining client relationships as well as staff relationships. This is a leadership position with the important responsibility of ensuring a positive work environment in which the practice can achieves its goals.
Education and Licensure Requirements
- D.V.M. licensed in Idaho
- D.E.A licensed in Idaho
Experience as a D.V.M. in a practice is desirable, but not required.
- Significant continuing education achievements, beyond licensing requirements.
- Ability to recognize that teamwork is essential for a quality practice; 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 stay after hours or work extra hours when needed.
- Interest in marketing and growth of the practice.
- Display tact and diplomacy with staff members and clients.
- Perform basic computer skills, type 30 words per minute.
- Physical Effort: Work requires lifting and carrying animals (will be assisted by other staff members in lifting animals over 40 lbs). Walks or stands for extended periods or time; frequently works in a bent position.
- Working conditions: May be exposed to unpleasant odors, noises and animal feces. May be exposed to bites, scratches and contagious diseases.
The Associate Veterinary position is paid on commissions only. The production-based salary is 22% of production of veterinary services, 4% of in-house product sales and 1.0% of online store sales allocated to DVM for each month.
- Provides compassionate care to patients.
- Works with owners to set practice medical policies and procedures; performs all duties in accordance with them.
- Plans and carries out a significant program of personal medical continuing education.
- Works with the owners on plans for developing and growing the business.
- Is active in professional organizations and community activities.
- Communicates objectives, motivates staff, builds and maintains morale; maintains core values and standards.
- Helps to develop new programs and processes that meet clients’ changing needs.
- Sets an example for the staff in dealing with clients; promotes the concept of the client-centered environment.
- Delivers in-house medical training to the support staff when asked to do so.
- Works toward and attains practice productivity standards.
- Promotes cooperative working environment among staff members; understands the value of teamwork; shows enthusiasm and willingness to perform as necessary to help the practice function as a unit.
- Maintains positive, cooperative relationships with other employees.
- Performs the medical interview and fear-free exam in accordance with hospital standards. Uses details from the history and physical exam to educate clients and guide them through the decision making process for the care of their pet. Is sensitive to the emotional, mental, physical and financial needs of clients.
- Performs medical, surgical and dental procedures; provides emergency services in accordance with hospital standards of care.
- Interprets the results of laboratory procedures and determines the appropriate protocol based on the results; reads radiographs and interprets EKGs and EEGs.
- Prescribes medications in accordance with manufacturers label instructions and uses. Understands common side-effects and common drug interactions with other medications. Knows when it is acceptable to use off-label medications.
- Promptly, accurately and legibly updates client records in support of the SOAP reporting method.
- Understands and carries out treatment orders from other veterinarians; makes necessary changes in treatment plan when diagnostic results support the decision to do so.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
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