VCA Lakewood Animal Hospital, among the most established and respected 24-hour emergency and general practice in Southern California is currently looking for a swing shift Associate to join the family.
The hospital has been in existence since 1948 and in 2007 moved to a spectacular and absolute state-of-the-art 10,000 sq. foot facility and overnight became one of the finest and most beautiful hospitals in the west.
The hospital receives emergency cases from approximately 35 local hospitals, 16 of which send all their after-hour referrals to VCA Lakewood. With a client base of 30,000 cases and so many referring hospitals, there is no doubt this is a busy practice with an exciting and varied caseload. There are currently 11 doctors including a resident trained criticalist and surgeon as well as multiple internship trained DVMs. In addition, there is access to specialists in surgery, radiology, and cardiology.
A hospital with such a heavy caseload and strong doctor presence must also have an excellent accompanying team. VCA Lakewood does not disappoint in this department either with approximately 30 technicians and 15 receptionists during the day, 4 technicians with 3 receptionists on the swing and 3 techs overnight.
VCA Lakewood is fully staffed with a well-trained support team, it has all the necessary equipment that one would expect from a hospital of this caliber. The hospital has digital radiography, an endoscopy tower, multiple ultrasounds, O2 cages, a ventilator, complete in house lab and plenty of IV pumps, syringe pumps and monitoring equipment. This is one sophisticated facility!
We are looking for either an internship trained veterinarian or one who is comfortable handling a heavy case load. And although the basis of everything we do is centered around the medical and surgical care of our patients, we also expect prospective candidates to be personable, happy, friendly people. Someone who has pride in their work, works hard to please everyone and above all else strives for medical excellence would do very well at VCA Lakewood.
The rewards to working here are too many to mention. If you are interested, please take a look at our website and apply below. This really is a rare opportunity for the right person, so don't delay!
This position is not appropriate for new graduates.
TheAssociate Veterinarian—under the guidance of the Medical Director and with the support of the Regional Medical Director—carries out VCA’s promise to our clients: making their pet’s health our top priority and excellent service our goal. The Associate Veterinarian educates clients on, advocates for and strives to deliver the highest quality medical, surgical, dental and nutritional diagnostics, treatment, and preventative care to companion animals.
Skills and Qualifications
A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, or equivalent, from an accredited university.
Licensure in good standing to practice in the state in which applicant is to be employed.
Professional comportment and appearance, with excellent interpersonal skills and a positive, friendly attitude.
The ability to make decisions and communicate clearly and effectively with fellow team members.
Respect for and willingness to work with clients and their pets.
A commitment to practicing the highest standard of medicine, upholding the veterinary code of ethics.
Develop a rapport with clients and determine their needs and wishes; perform physical examinations and diagnostic/medical/surgical/dental procedures in a way that will deliver the highest quality care while minimizing patient stress and discomfort; recommend referral to another VCA doctor or specialist when this is likely to significantly improve the prognosis.
Explain physical examination findings and communicate to the client a prognosis of the pet’s problems; generate and present a treatment plan for the pet to the client; educate clients on preventative health care, including vaccines and appropriate nutritional products.
Maintain client/patient medical/surgical records and make certain all necessary logs are kept up-to-date through established protocols; assist colleagues in follow-up and future management of the patient.
Stay up-to-date with new medical information and changes in veterinary medicine, fulfill VCA requirements for attending local VCA Continuing Education meetings and complete at least 30 hours of accredited CE per year.
Assist in the development of the paraprofessional team to ensure the delivery of the highest quality care and exceptional client service.
Positively represent the hospital and VCA in the professional community and to the general public.
VCA rewards its team members with a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including:
Medical, Dental and Vision coverage
Life and Long-Term Disability Insurance
401(k) retirement savings plan
Continuing Education allowance
Professional Liability Coverage
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