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Veterinarian

Job Title: Veterinarian
Reports to: Corporate Manager
JOB SUMMARY:
The Associate Veterinarian works with the Corporate Manager to define and implement 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 corporate 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.
JOB DUTIES AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Provides compassionate care to patients
Works with owners to set medical policies and procedures; performs all duties in accordance with them
Performs thorough physical examinations; diagnoses physical conditions and presents diagnostic and treatment alternatives to the client being sensitive to their emotional as well financial needs
Performs medical, surgical and dental procedures with hospital standards of care
Interprets the results of laboratory tests and determines the appropriate protocol based on the results; reads radiographs and interprets them
Prescribes medications in accordance with manufacturers label instructions and uses. Understands common side-effects and common drug interactions with other medications
Provides compassionate care to patients
Plans and carries out a significant program of personal medical continuing education
Works with the Corporate Manager 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
Works toward and attains 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
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
Follows state and federal laws regarding the practice of veterinary medicine
Ensures appropriate drug logs are kept for controlled substances and that they are stored and treated in compliance with state and federal laws
Maintains an OSHA compliant work place
May be required to cross train and perform other duties
QUALIFICATIONS:
D.V.M. licensed in the state of operation
D.E.A licensed in the state of operation
Experience as a D.V.M. is desirable
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 veterinary medicine
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
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT:
Ability to lift and carry animals up to 40 lbs (will be assisted by other staff members in lifting animals over 40 lbs)
Ability to sit/stand/walk for long periods of time; frequently works in a bent position.
May be exposed to unpleasant odors, noises and animal feces. May be exposed to bites, scratches and contagious diseases
Good visual acuity and ability to communicate

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