Preventative Care & General Family Practice
We are all aware there is a veterinary shortage. But we aren’t looking for just any veterinarian. We’re looking for a veterinarian who is or aspires to become a leader or colleague in local veterinary practice with an excellent reputation as a veterinarian and community member.
Kindness, compassion, competency, empathy, interest, and rapport—these key words identify excellence in veterinary general family practice and preventative care and the veterinarian we are looking for is a doctor who approaches pet families in partnership with the entire veterinary team to enhance the quality of life of the pet patients they serve and the human family members who love them.
Compensation and Benefits
Negotiable based on experience and skill—base salary is $100k/yr
Longevity or student loan bonus payable over 2,3, or 4yrs (up to $60k over four years)
PTO: 5 Days Flex/sick/bereavement days after 6 months, and 14 days PTO after 1year.
Standard paid Holidays
$1000 CE reimbursed or funded after 1 year, up to $3000 for proposed special interests after year 2.
Apparel Allowance or Assistance
Significant Veterinary/Pet Care Discounts
Work/Life Balance isn’t just a suggestion, it’s mandatory! Management has an open door policy at this practice and we will help you strike this balance
Qualified Small Business Health Insurance Reimbursement Arrangement
Practice owners are open to developing buy-in opportunities or non-traditional models such as employee ownership
We serve a diverse suburban population of dedicated client families and a wonderful community of foster/rescue organizations in a hospital caring primarily for dogs and cats. Any team member at HVC can look forward to a practice environment which supports veterinary family practice, preventative medicine (a pioneering program started in 2001, which has been continually innovated over the last 20years), integrative medicine (i.e. regenerative stem-cell therapy, acupuncture and cold-laser therapy), some orthopedic and more advanced surgical techniques, soft tissue surgery, shelter/rescue medicine (forensics), small mammal care, and team-based management today--while looking forward to expanding his or her particular career interests and integrating them into our practice tomorrow. Highland Veterinary Clinic's facility amenities include:
Warm Welcoming Mentoring AND Mentorship Opportunities
Proven, Popular, and Fully Developed Preventative Healthcare Screening for Patients
Ardent Point of Care Stem Cell Therapies
Ardent Canine Cancer Vaccine Programs
Idexx Point of Care Vet-Lab Suite with VetConnect Plus
Antech Referral Lab Services and HealthTrax tools Preventative Care Screening
VDI Allergy Lab Services
Heska ViewCloud Digital Radiology Unit
Alicam ambulatory light-based imaging (ALI) device for dogs
CardioPet with VetMedStat Integration
Summus therapeutic cold-laser therapy
New Dentistry Unit
Medical Boarders and Care of Special Needs Patients Only
Electronic Medical Records (EMR) management system via Covetrus Pulse & Rapport
Work/Life Balance isn’t Just Encouraged, It’s Required
Local Emergency After Hours Referral Hospital Available (read: predictable work hours)
Staff Ratio of One Technician and One Assistant Per Veterinarian
Live in Evansville, Indiana or can reliably commute.
A Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM or VMD)
A License to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Indiana or ability to obtain said license prior to work. DEA registration must be maintained.
Maintains a professional and safe environment in the practice and refrains from negative talk, gossip, gestures or implied attitudes that reflect poorly on the hospital or negatively impact the working environment of staff members or supervisors.
Strong work ethic, excellent communication skills, regular attendance, teamwork, initiative, dependability, and promptness are essential.
Accepts responsibility or maintains accountability during patient care—ability to listen to staff and clients objectively, helps set the tone for a positive image of the practice. Clearly communicate instructions to staff in respectful manner
Mentors new nursing and doctoral employees—assists with training. Must demonstrate desire to continue learning in veterinary care and participate in leading staff training.
Provides positive comradery, a spirit of community, and leadership to RVT, CSRs, and Veterinary Clinical Assistant scheduled to work the clinic and hospital shift with you. Is willing to assist staff with their duties when needed.
Assist in keeping appointments running on time
Communicate pertinent information to colleagues for efficient case management. Is available to colleagues/management when off duty for matters or questions that absolutely cannot wait
Understands staff injury protocols
Maintains patient, client and employee confidentiality
Understands and participates in Inclement weather protocols
Regularly attends outside CE meetings for a minimum of 20 hours/year. Shares information gathered at CE meetings with colleagues and staff.
Ability to Provide Comprehensive Patient Work Ups
Obtains a complete history in conjunction and partnership with the veterinary technician. Performs thorough nose to tail physical for each patient.
Make notes on digital exam form, noting that same form serves as client report card, and problems and diagnosis(es)
Recommends all appropriate comprehensive diagnostic screening
Correctly interprets diagnostic results
Makes customized preventative care and wellness recommendations tailored to individual patient and patient family
Participates with other veterinary staff in ensuring that medical boarders are in a medically appropriate state prior to discharge.
Client Communication & Education Skills
Maintains current skills regarding client communication and education—by email, text, phone, blog, vlog or in person.
Always asks if client has further questions or needs before leaving the room or discharging patients
Communicates medical findings, recommended diagnostics, prognosis, and recommended plan to pet owner in “standard of care, better, and best” formats. “Meets people where they are” --is able to taken owner constraints into account and make secondary standard recommendations if necessary—empathetically communicates with or works with diverse personalities and within diverse communities. Seeks support of administration, professional staff, and paraprofessional staff to provide standard of care and best practices. Makes notes in chart to record all such conversations.
Notes any recommendations declined by pet owner in medical record with objectivity.
Provides status reports to client on hospitalized patient's condition in timely manner
Performs timely discharge appointments, remembering to ask for any questions or concerns the patient family may share. Ability to efficiently but compassionately direct conversations.
Responds to client phone calls in a timely manner
Diagnostic procedures & surgery
Performs appropriate pre-operative/pre-anesthesia exams & diagnostics
Practices skilled basic soft tissue, general surgical techniques and electives (spays and neuters, surgical oncology, wound repair, etc.).
Practices skilled dentistry and supervises technician serving as dental hygienist. Provides ongoing dental plans of care to families of our pet patients.
Ability to use and delegate appropriate surgical prep techniques with technician
Calls back clients with results of diagnostic tests and uses digital tools to provide copies with interpretation for pet owner.
Reviews discharge instructions with technician or owner
Medical Record Responsibilities
Completes records by end of workday. No records are to leave the practice. While the veterinary nurse/tech acts as scribe during examinations and surgeries, the veterinarian reviews information recorded by technicians and assistants and completes veterinarian’s portion of the record
Fully documents all patient care to ensure good case management
Prescribes appropriate medication for patient conditions with appropriate dosing
Approves prescriptions, reviews labels for accuracy
Maintains security and logging of controlled drugs, INSPECT, and follows legal protocols
Participates in monitoring inventory levels of controlled substances
Financial and Facility Duties
Utilizes care when using equipment, electronics, and facilities, to minimize maintenance issues. Does not rely solely on staff to maintain a clean and safe workspace
Minimizes missed charges in PIMS. Minimizes waste of clinic resources
Works with management, veterinary technicians, and CSRs to provide client estimated invoices when requested or needed.
Clearly communicates costs to clients whenever possible with the support of administration and staff
Follows hospital guidelines for client payment and credit policies
Expected Work Shifts
Monday - Wednesday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Every Other Thursday: 9:00am-6:00pm
Every Other Thursday – Off
Fridays: 9:00 am – 6:00 PM
Every Other Saturday 8:30am-12:30pm
Qualifications / Job Requirements
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
REPORTS TO: Medical Director, and Practice Administration
This veterinarian has no direct supervisory duties but will lead the medical care of our patients by directing technical and kennel personnel in patient care in an efficient and respectful manner.
Must be proficient with basic computer, fax and printer operations. Able to work with Microsoft Word, Excel, and the Internet. Experience with Covetrus Pulse (eVetpractice) veterinary software helpful. Use and respond to electronic communications in the form of email, texts and workplace (interoffice communication tool).
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as drug dosing, oxygen levels, dilutions, percentages, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Must possess solution-focused problem-solving skills.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may certainly be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
AMOUNT OF TIME SPENT ON TASK
AMOUNT OF TIME SPENT ON LIFTING
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust to focus.
Will be exposed to unpleasant odors, noises, animal feces, urine, blood, and vomit. May be exposed to bites, scratches, and contagious diseases. Will be expected to work without access to the personal cell phone with the exception of two 10min breaks per shift. Exposure to various risks including but not limited to; toxoplasmosis, gas anesthesia, chemotherapy drugs, radiation, drugs and chemicals under OSHA, rabies and euthanasia drugs, as well as risk of compassion fatigue. The noise level in the work environment is occasionally loud. Pet dander and an exposure to a wide variety of small companion animals including occasional exotic species is to be expected.