The purpose of this patient-focused Veterinarian position inherently involves providing excellent veterinary care to our Vetco Total Care full-service hospital patients and phenomenal customer care to their owners. The Veterinarian represents the mission and values to all clients and partners. Our Veterinarians set the tone for the technical and customer support team in the hospital and are responsible, like all team members, for fostering cohesion and motivation within the hospital partners.
All hospital partners are responsible for performing duties in a way that creates an environment in which:
the patient’s needs always come first;
every team member understands that they have the power to do what it takes to create an exceptional customer and patient experience;
contentious issues are dealt with and resolved as they occur when possible, or as soon as is possible;
exceptional teamwork and commitment to shared goals benefits the entire organization.
Essential Job Functions:
Listed are the essential duties and responsibilities that are required of this position. This section includes the primary accountabilities or duties of the job. The incumbent must be able to perform all the following duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation:
Provide excellent patient care by performing physical examinations, diagnosing and treating diseases, and providing preventive care according to patient signalment, lifestyle, and environment.
Utilize a problem-based approach that includes developing a complete problem list for every patient examined, a complete list of differential diagnoses for each problem identified, a complete diagnostic plan, and appropriate treatments based on interpretation of diagnostic test results leading to confirmed or suspected diagnoses.
Document all patient observations, findings of exams and diagnostics, treatments and medications, client interactions, and tentative and confirmed diagnoses in the medical record in a concise and detail fashion, according to practice convention.
Perform routine and complex surgical procedures including (but not limited) spays/neuters, abdominal exploratory, and mass removals.
Perform routine and complex dental procedures including full dental examination, evaluation of dental radiographs, as well as simple and complex extractions and oral surgical procedures.
Develop treatment plans for patients undergoing day hospitalization based on complete problem-based assessment. Transition patients to overnight care as needed and communicate effectively with referral hospitals to ensure continuity of patient care.
Other Duties and Responsibilities
Participate in rounds as incoming or exiting doctor at beginning and end of shifts.
Disseminate knowledge throughout staff to improve the level of care and communication provided hospital partners, to both the patient and the client.
Performs additional duties as assigned.
Nature of Supervision:
In all activities related to the care of individual patients, the Veterinarian will take direct supervision from the Hospital Medical Leader or Area Medical Director. The Veterinarian has discretion related to decisions regarding patient care, however, it is imperative that the Veterinarian uphold the standards set forth in the Petco Veterinary SOPs. The Veterinarian should expect to receive direction and guidance based on electronic medical record review from the Hospital Medical Leader or Area Medical Director regarding patient decisions and should accept such feedback as a means to elevate patient care in the hospital.
All hospital veterinarians should work together in a collegial fashion and are expected to behave in a professional and personable manner.
Planning and Problem Solving:
Problem solving is at the heart of veterinary medicine, and it is expected that any successful candidate will possess excellent problem-solving skills that allow expeditious diagnosis of patient problems.
This position will impact the organization by contributing to the growth of a productive practice while focusing on a high-quality standard of care. From an overall hospital organizational standpoint, this position in critical to ensuring that we have a cohesive, well-trained, and motivated team. The desired result is the creation of an optimal environment that ensures employee retention, patient well-being, and customer satisfaction.
This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities, however, as stated above the Veterinarian is a de facto leader in the hospital.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or equivalent from an AVMA-accredited veterinary school.
Active licensure as a veterinarian without contingencies in the state in which the hospital is located or ability to obtain by start date.
Current DEA license.
Current Controlled Substance License, if applicable, in state in which the hospital is located or ability to obtain by start date.
USDA Category I (minimum) Accreditation or completion within two months of hire date.
Must be comfortable performing anesthesia and routine surgeries including but not limited to: canine and feline spays, neuters, mass removals, and dentals.
Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Must be compassionate and sympathetic, and be able to maintain a professional attitude and demeanor during emotional and stressful situations.
Must have telephone and computer skills.
Must be a team player willing to learn new techniques and treatments, offer creative ideas, and accept change.
The majority of job duties are conducted in the Vetco Total Care veterinary full-service hospital. Position requires bending, kneeling, lifting (up to 30 pounds, as necessary), and standing for long periods of time. A large amount of this partner’s time will be spent in direct contact with clients and their pets.
Contacts: This position will regularly communicate with clients, veterinary specialists, and companies that provide products and/or services that the practice utilizes.
Vetco Total Care is making high-quality health and wellness care accessible to every pet. Our veterinarians and hospital staff work together as an integrated team to provide comprehensive care including wellness and sick exams, preventative care, dental care, and outpatient surgeries. Vetco Total Care full-service hospitals are in neighborhood Petco locations, giving pet parents convenient access to all the services and products they need for happier, healthier pets.
Vetco Total Care careers offer industry-leading compensation and benefits, continuing education stipends, career growth, generous discounts on products and hospital services, and work-life flexibility. All partners are welcome to bring their whole self to work every day in an inclusive, caring and positive environment.
Our vision at Petco is Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We’re making things better for pets, people and the planet through our Think Adoption First philosophy, the Petco Foundation and other important initiatives that focus on putting animals first, educating pet parents and reducing our carbon footprint. The journey starts with knowledgeable, passionately engaged associates who are p...roud to recommend Petco as a place to work, who believe in our Vision and who are committed to delivering a superior customer experience. We seek individuals who are passionate about animal welfare, have great people skills and are driven to grow and advance in their careers with us. Our ongoing growth is creating exceptional opportunities for professional development and personal enrichment throughout our organization.