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TITLE: Associate Veterinarian

Title: Associate Veterinarian

Reports to: Medical Director or Practice Manager

Approved by: CEO, COO, CFO

FLSA Status: Exempt



The Associate veterinarian works with the Medical Director and Manager 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. He/She may assist in supervising staff members in their daily medical duties when the Manager is not in the practice to oversee this important function. This is a leadership position with the important responsibility of ensuring a positive work environment in which the practice can achieves its goals.


Position Requirements:  

D.V.M. License in state of practice.

D.E.A. License in state of practice.

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

Ability to recognize that teamwork is essential for a quality practice; ability to work as a team member as well as a doctor.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

•             Provides compassionate care to patients.

•             Works with Medical Director 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.

•             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.

•             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.

•             Performs physical examinations using preliminary date provided by the veterinary technicians; diagnoses physical condition and presents diagnostic and treatment alternatives to the client being sensitive to their emotional as well financial needs.

•             Performs medical, surgical and dental procedures; provides emergency services in accordance with hospital standards of care.

•             Prescribes medications in accordance with manufacturers label instructions and uses. Understands common side-effects and common drug interactions with other medications.

•             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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