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Associate Veterinarian

Posted on Feb 20, 2021 by Lake Shore Pet Hospital

Pasadena, MD 21122
30 Jan 2021
Annual Salary

Position: Associate Veterinarian


Associate Veterinarians perform various functions to keep client's pets in good health. The Associate Veterinarian is responsible for overseeing the operations of the hospital and the medical care of all patients while on duty. Additionally the Associate Veterinarian may perform spay/neuter and other soft-tissue surgeries. The Associate Veterinarian provides direction and leadership toward the hospital's mission, vision, and values, and operates within the policies and procedures of the lake Shore Pet Hospital.

Essential Functions:

  • Ensure overall health, diagnosis, and treatment of pets. This includes proper intake and screening in accordance with the shelter's operating procedures;
  • Use diagnostic equipment such as In-house laboratory and digital X-ray equipment to identify the cause of an illness;
  • Conduct regular medical examinations of client's pets;
  • Prescribe medications, administer inoculations, and perform surgeries to treat animal health conditions;
  • Neuter animals through spaying operation to prevent them from having offspring;
  • Immunize pets to protect them against various diseases;
  • Ensure that surgical standards are met in accordance with best practices, and that the surgical center runs efficiently and effectively;
  • Insert identification microchips and provide appropriate paperwork for pets;
  • Collect and examine blood, urine, feces, and tissue samples during diagnosis;
  • Realign broken pets bones and apply splints or casts to immobilize a fracture;
  • Execute quarantine processes to prevent spread of disease from one pet to others;

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Proper documentation of pets medical records in a timely manner;
  • Proffer recommendations to pet owners on ways to feed, clean, and care for pets to promote their health;
  • Liaise with other veterinarians and animal care professionals to develop effective treatment plan for pets;
  • Educate the public on ways to avoid diseases that spread from animals to man;
  • Monitor foods pets consume to ensure they are safe and beneficial to health;
  • Other duties as assigned by management.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Guide and direct the activities of veterinarian assistants and technicians

Education and/or Experience:

  • Requires a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Hold and maintain a current Maryland Veterinary License in good standing;
  • Hold and maintain Accreditation, DEA License, Maryland Controlled Substance License;
  • Maintain Professional and Personal Liability insurance.

Mathematical Skills:

  • Must be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

Language Skills:

  • Ability to read, write, analyze, interpret and understand the English language with sufficient proficiency in order to read and understand:
    • Instructions for operating electronic equipment, medical equipment and tools;
    • Short correspondence and memos;
    • Company handbooks, policies and procedures and other written job related documents, including postings on company bulletin boards.
  • Be able to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to clients and staff.

Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in circumstances where only limited standardization may exist;
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in diagram, oral, schedule, or written forms;
  • Be able to apply common sense to understand and carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or in graph/diagrammatic form.
  • Be able to implement treatment plans and effective in addressing animal health problems
  • Be able to determine the best course of treatment for different kinds of ailments.

Computer Skills:

  • The Associate Veterinarian Assistant must have strong computer skills in both hardware and software applications;
  • Must be proficient with MS Office (MS Word, MS Excel, etc)
  • Must be proficient with both PC and Mac based computer operating systems;
  • Must be proficient with Google Chrome and veterinary related software;

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Some requirements may be modified to accommodate individuals with disabilities:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, and use the hands to handle, manipulate, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • The employee must frequently walk, talk or hear, and reach with the hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl;
  • Must have good hearing including ability to distinguish changes in pitch.
  • Veterinarians are able to use various medical instruments to treat animal injuries and perform surgeries
  • The employee must frequently exert or lift and carry up to 50 pounds;
  • Successful performance requires specific vision abilities that include close vision, distant vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus;
  • Have sufficient physical mobility or agility to be able to respond quickly to fire or other emergencies;
  • Must have acceptable sense of touch and smell.
  • Must have good range of motion in joints, especially wrist, knees, elbows.
  • Must have good range of motion in back, for instance twisting.
  • Must have acceptable sense of balance.
  • Must be able to use a ladder and or step stool.
  • Must possess excellent hand-eye coordination.
  • May be asked to move large oxygen tanks.

Emotional Requirements:

  • Must be able to work under stressful conditions and work efficiently and effectively under those conditions;
  • Must be able to respond quickly to a variety of medical situations;
  • Must be able to cope with death either due to surgical complication or euthanasia;
  • Ability to rapidly and accurately process information;
  • Ability to delegate tasks.
  • Ability to recognize a need for assistance and ask for help;
  • Ability to control instinct (for example: while restraining it is most often required to tighten grip and NOT release the animal when they begin to struggle)[;
  • Ability to make decisions;
  • Ability to cope with frustrating situations and remain calm.

Work Environment

The work environment conditions described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. It may be possible to modify some circumstances to accommodate individuals with disabilities:

While performing most duties of this job, the employee may regularly be:

  • Exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, winter weather, and extreme heat;
  • Frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles;
  • At risk to bites, scratches or other injuries while examining, restraining, cleaning, or treating animals;
  • Working with dogs and cats, but may be exposed to birds, mice, rats, cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, reptiles and other various animals;
  • Exposed to diseases that may be transmitted from animals to humans;
  • Required to work long hours;
  • Work in an environment that is usually loud.

Important Disclaimer Notice

The job duties, elements, responsibilities, skills, functions, experience, educational factors, and the requirements and conditions listed in this job description are representative only and not exhaustive of the tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Lake Shore Pet Hospital reserves the right to revise this job description at any time and to require staff to perform other tasks as circumstances or conditions of its business, competitive considerations, or the work environment change.

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