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VCA Rotating Doctor Intern in Denver, Colorado

Company Info: VCA Animal Hospitals operates more than 1,000 small animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S., Canada and Japan. The hospitals are staffed by more than 4,500 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians to give pets the very best in medical care, of which over 600 are board certified specialists who are experts in areas such as oncology, cardiology, emergency and critical care, and surgery for animals. VCA Animal Hospitals provides a full range of general practice services to keep pets well and specialized treatments when pets are ill. As part of the Mars Veterinary Health family of brands, VCA is committed to its purpose—A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS®.

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VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital is a 24/7 emergency/specialty/general practice in Denver, Colorado.

Job Description

Under policy direction of the Medical Director with support of the Intern Directors provides professional medical, nutritional, dental and surgical diagnostics and

treatment of companion animals.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Professional mannerism and appearance.

• Good interpersonal skills.

• Positive and friendly attitude.

• Ability to communicate directions and instructions clearly and effectively.

• Ability to earn respect from coworkers.

• Ability to make decisions.

• Respect for clients and their pets.

• Willingness to work with clients and their pets.

• Willingness to learn and use computer.

• Ability to work under stress.

• Practices the highest standard of medicine.

• Uphold the veterinary code of ethics.

Education and Experience:

• A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, or equivalent, from an accredited


• A license to practice in the state in which he/she is employed.


• Directs and guides Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Assistants and any other

employee interacting with pet care.

Physical Requirements:

• Dependable attendance is required.

• Any allergies to animals must be controllable through medication.

• Must be able to lift 40 pounds.

• Must be willing to work long or irregular hours under pressure conditions.

• This position requires the ability to walk, bend, stand and reach constantly during a

minimum 8-hour day.

Staff Veterinarian Job Description

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• Visual acuity sufficient to maintain accurate records, recognize people and understand

written directions.

• Ability to speak and hear sufficiently to understand, give information in person and over

the telephone.

• Fine motor skills adequate for utilizing hospital equipment such as electric clippers,

scalpels, syringes, radiology equipment, laboratory equipment, computers, etc.


The following is a partial list of essential job responsibilities. This list may be revised at any time

and additional duties not listed here may be assigned as needed.

  1. Patient Management

  2. Client Management

  3. Administrative Management

  4. Staff Management

  5. Professional Responsibilities

Patient Management:

• Cares - remembering that the patient’s well being is the first priority.

• Continually improve the quality of patient care through studying veterinary journals and

texts and by attending seminars. VCA has established a minimum 30-hour per year

requirement for continuing education for each veterinarian.

• Perform examinations, diagnostic, medical, surgical and dental procedures in a way that

will deliver the highest quality care while minimizing patient stress and discomfort.

• Recommend referral to one of the other VCA doctors or a specialist when this is likely to

significantly improve the prognosis.

Client Management:

• Will promote and participate in the principles of the VCA Mission Statement, Three Steps

of Service and VCA Standards of Client Service and that the above is known and

practiced by all employees.

• Develop rapport with clients.

• Determine client’s needs and wishes.

• Question the client to ascertain the patient’s past medical and surgical history as well as

a description of the current presenting signs.

• Explain physical examination findings.

• Recommend the appropriate preventive health care, including vaccines and appropriate

nutritional products and protocols.

• Recommend and explain plans for diagnostic procedures and for medical and surgical

therapies; methods for home care procedures and follow up plans.

• Give the client a prognosis of the pet’s problems.

• Generate fee estimates for recommended procedures and presents them to the client.

• Keep clients informed regarding the status of their pet and results of diagnostic tests.

• Provide telephone consultation, including follow-up calls for progress reports, etc.

Administrative Management:

• Maintenance of client/patient medical/surgical records.

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  1. Completely “SOAP” the patients medical records:

• S = Subjective analysis of problem (history)

• O = Objective analysis of problem (symptoms)

• A = Assessment of problem (diagnosis)

• P = Plan of dealing with problem (treatment)

  1. Make certain all necessary logs are kept up to date through established protocols

and guidelines:

• Surgical logs

• Narcotics logs

• Radiology logs

• Laboratory logs

• Any other logs

• Accurately charge clients for all services performed.

• Participate in the planning, execution and analysis of various methods of improving

delivery of services to clients.

• Support and participate in VCA marketing and promotional events and programs.

• Ready to report to work when the need arises.

• Contribute to maintenance of a comfortable, clean and safe environment of which the

clients, the staff and the management can be proud.

Staff Management: Professional Staff:

• Ensure an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual respect.

• Keep patient records complete and up-to-date to assist colleagues in follow-up and

future management of the patient.

• Provide consultation when requested and assisting with diagnostic, treatment and

surgical procedures.

• Ensure that credit is accurately given for procedures performed by each veterinarian.

• Maintain communication with clients when their pet’s primary veterinarian is not


Staff Management: Technicians/Assistants:

• Maintain an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual respect.

• Clearly prescribe detailed directions regarding drug doses, routes, times, and rates for

administration, diagnostic medical, surgical and dental procedures and instructions for

patient monitoring.

• Assist technicians where necessary and fostering an educational environment.

• Provide instruction in client education, diagnostic and treatment procedures, and

anesthesia, care of instruments, surgical assisting and dentistry.

Staff Management: Receptionists

• Maintain an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual respect.

• Expedite the generation of fee estimates for recommended procedures and the invoicing

of client charges for outpatients and for patients to be discharged.

• Clearly record information, in a timely manner, regarding medications and supplies being


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• Assist receptionists in providing answers to client’s questions.

• Provide education regarding basic pet health to assist them in advising clients when

scheduling appointments for examinations and various procedures.

Professional Responsibilities:

• Honesty in dealing with clients and colleagues.

• Maintain an attitude and appearance that reflect favorably on the profession.

• Empathy for colleagues when questions of clinical judgment arise.

• Share information and concerns with other members of the profession by attending

veterinary meetings regularly.

• Provide advice and encouragement to potential newcomers to the profession.

• Represent the hospital to the professional community and the general public as


• Model an “owner” mentality in hospital by demonstrating willingness to assist all

employees for the success of the hospital.

Benefits: We offer competitive compensation along with a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and paid vacation/sick days, 401(k), generous employee pet discounts and more!

The information in this position description indicates the general nature and level of work to be performed. It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of associates assigned to this job. Management reserves the right to revise the job description or require that other tasks be performed when the circumstances of the job change (for example, emergencies, change in personnel, workload, or technical development).

VCA began in 1986 as a privately owned company with one animal hospital. Today, we are the largest family of animal care providers nationwide. Despite unprecedented growth, VCA has never abandoned its devotion to compassionate, comprehensive pet care. Take a look at our open positions throughout the U.S. and Canada! We’re always looking for top notch talent to join the VCA family!