The Stock Doc veterinary hospital, a mixed animal practice, is seeking a veterinarian to participate in the day-to-day operations of our clinic with the potential to grow into partnership. The Practice opened in 1989 and has increased clientele numbers every year.
Each veterinarian is able to develop their own area of interest at The Stock Doc. We all do everything, but one doctor has channeled her CE into orthopedic surgery and we have invested in all she needs to perform her surgeries, another has a special interest in breeding horses so we make sure she gets to handle as many mare packages as she wants. We are working on getting our large animal minded vet certified in PAP testing, and the doctor who loves soft tissue surgery gets to do all the anal glands, entropions and soft palate resections she desires. We work four days a week and are on call every four or five weeks, and have a technican’s support for every call. We are willing to consider part-timers or seasonal help (Spring into Fall).
The clinic is equipped with two great ultrasound machines, digital x-ray, full Idexx In House Lab (we LOVE that we get to show our clients their blood and xray results on our phones!!), surgery and dental suite, Impromed Software, wonderful pharmacy, laser therapy (that we sometimes use on ourselves?), two doctors who do acupuncture, endoscope, digital dental xray, a visiting chiropracter as needed. We have heated toilet seats for the winter too!
We are a long way from an emergency/referral clinic, so we get to perform some amazing procedures here. We raise money every year to add to our Critical Care Fund (we have the Fast and Furriest Fun Run) that we dip into every time we have a well-cared for critter whose family can’t quite make the financial jump to save an animal that we KNOW we can fix. It helps our hearts to be able to deliver the medicine that would otherwise be a euthanasia. We work closely with the shelter to keep their critters healthy and we have a spay/neuter voucher program to make this surgery affordable to ANYONE! One of our doctors works with the spay/neuter program of Wyoming that travels around to help control the animal population. We help out the college rodeo program by being their VET ON CALL every year. We started a drive to get POOP STATIONS posted all around town to help with pet waste clean-up. We were Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year this year, and our community involvement is too lengthy to list here.
Our team is truly amazing. We have technicians and technicians assistants that are driven to provide excellent care in a gentle and efficient manner. Our owner truly values every individual and wants each team member to continue to grow into any position they aspire to.
New grads welcome! Snow birds and part-timers are welcome too! We need more help to be able to provide the high standard of care we pride ourselves on.
• Health Insurance Stipend
• Long term disability
• 401(K) plan
• Paid membership to national, state and local veterinary medical associations
• Paid state license and state and federal DEA license
• Continuing education stipend
• Great clinic discount for personal pets
Skills and Basic Qualifications
• A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from an accredited university
• Licensure in good standing to practice in Wyoming.
• Commitment to practicing the highest standard of veterinary medicine and upholding the veterinary code of ethics
We are located at the base of the Wind River Mountains, with desert on one side and the mountains on the other. Jackson Hole is 3 hours away, and skiing, snowmobiling, horn hunting, fishing, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, ranching, hanging at one of our many lakes, and all sorts of cool fun stuff to do is easy to find. Except a big city – Casper is the largest big city close to us, and it is two hours away. We refer colics to a clinic in Cody, three hours away, and referral surgeries and medicine to CSU or Salt Lake, 4.5 hours away.
Equal Employment Opportunity
It is the policy of the company to afford equal opportunities to all applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age non-disqualifying disability or status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran.
Veterinary Technicians are under the direct guidance and supervision of the doctor(s) &/ or the Head Veterinary Technician. This position requires providing assistances to the doctor(s) to the fullest possible extent, to help improve the quality of care given to the patients of The Stock Doc, and to aid the doctors in achieving greater efficiency by relieving them of technical work and administrative detail. In addition to the doctor(s), Veterinary Technicians report directly to the Practice Manager &/or Head Veterinary Technician.
PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITES:
• Prepare for office hours by stocking drawers in exam rooms and treatment area, drawing up vaccines, setting up syringes and assuring that drugs and equipment are ready for use.
• Provide restraint of pets for examination and treatment by the doctor(s).
• Prepare medications (both injections and dispensed medications) for outpatient, hospitalization and surgical cases. Need to be able to figure dosages accurately and in a timely manner.
• Ensure a smooth and timely flow of outpatient appointments from admission to discharge.
• Help doctors administer anesthetics; prepare patients for surgery; monitor patients during surgery, record vitals, and recover patients; assist in surgery; administer fluids; perform support therapy to patients in surgery and postop; remove and ready next patient.
• Properly clean, pack, properly label and autoclave all surgical materials after they are used.
• Keep the operating room properly stocked and prepared for surgery.
• Help the doctor(s) treat patients; assist in medical or surgical procedures such as irrigating wounds, medicating, cleansing wounds, and bandaging.
• Perform the full range of assistance to the doctor(s).
• Perform clinical laboratory procedures such as fecal flotation exams, heartworm examinations, skin scrapings, urinalysis, fungal cultures, cytology, prepare slides for examination under the microscope and draw blood for laboratory analysis.
• Prepare samples for shipment to laboratory and prepare laboratory requisition forms. Perform other in-house tests such as parvo virus tests and feline leukemia virus tests.
• Maintain file of lab test results and ensure patient records have test results recorded in them.
• Take and process all radiographs
• Monitor vital signs on all species of patients.
• Aid in the restraint and treatment of these patients as needed.
• Assist kennel personnel in keeping patients clean and dry at all times.
• Ensuring that all patients are clean, comfortable and well-kept is the responsibility of the entire healthcare team, but the Veterinary Technicians are primarily responsible.
• Admit and discharge patients on the doctor’s orders, being especially careful to ensure that patients being discharged are well-groomed and in a medically appropriate state to be discharged.
• Answer client questions one-on-one on various aspects of animal care. Know which items are controversial items and best left to the veterinarians.
• Pass on information/advice from the doctors; explain dosage/purpose of medications; reinforce through discussion the proper care and procedures that should be followed at home.
• Inform client when they should return for the patient’s medical progress examination.
• Conduct medical call backs with clients concerning certain patients; recommend additional visit if patient’s progress does not appear satisfactory.
• Assist the receptionist when necessary and assume their duties during one’s absence if and when needed.
• Unpack boxes of medical supplies, mark prices, check expiration dates,
• Rotate stock and let inventory manager know if something is close to expiration.
• Make sure all products and literature are identified with labels. Keep abreast of over-the-counter products and their usage such as flea control and skin products, vitamins, and pet foods. Also understand usage and recommendations for such prescription drugs as heartworm
preventative and prescription flea control products.
Be able to work as a team member and delegate when needed
Be on time to work in the morning to assist with treatments so everyone can be ready for rounds at 7:45.
CONTROLS OVER WORK
The doctor(s) provide continuing or individual assignments indicating generally what is to be done, limitations, quality and quantity expected, deadlines and priority of assignments. The doctor(s) provide additional, specific instructions for new, difficult or unusual assignments in animal health care, including suggested work methods or advice on source materials available. The Veterinary Technician uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently without specific instructions, but refers deviations, problems, and unfamiliar situations not covered by instructions for decision or help. The doctor(s) assure that finished work and methods used are technically accurate and in compliance with instructions or established procedures.
Skill and Knowledge:
• Knowledge of the procedures used for receiving, treating, and scheduling patients, and requesting laboratory tests.
• Knowledge of the use, care, and storage of veterinary instruments, materials, and equipment.
• Knowledge of sterilization techniques to sterilize various instruments and materials.
• Knowledge of the instruments, materials, and standardized procedures used in the full variety of treatments to make preparations and provide assistance.
• The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the primary functions of this job.
• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to bend, stand, stoop, walk, sit, talk, and listen; may be required to walk or stand for long periods of time.
• Will use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel; will reach with hands and arms.
• The employee is often required to lift and carry animals weighing fifty pounds or more and handle animals weighing up to 150 lbs. Will need to know how to handle a horse safely and manage cattle in the chute safely.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to hazards associated with aggressive patients; hazards associated with infected animals and controlled substances; exposure to unpleasant odors and noises; exposure to bites, scratches and animal wastes; possible exposure to contagious diseases.
Veterinary Technician Assistant
REPORTS TO: Practice owner or head technician
The veterinary technician assistant is the veterinary technician’s primary support. They assist in restraining pets, cleaning rooms after use and set up for the examination procedure. They aid the technicians in achieving greater efficiency by relieving them of some of the routine work. They have a very significant role in freeing up the technicians to assist the veterinarian with medical procedures.
EDUCATION AND LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Previous on-the-job training desirable, but not required
• Previous animal care background is desirable, but not required
• Minimum of 18 years old.
• Genuinely enjoys working with animals and is able to deal with them even when they are stressed, ill or in pain.
• Can stay calm and efficient during a medical crisis.
• Is well-spoken and approaches his/her job duties in a mature nature.
• Can support and be a part of teamwork; works well with all levels of hospital team members.
• Has excellent client communication skills
• Physical Effort: Work requires lifting, carrying and restraining animals (will be assisted by other staff members in lifting animals over 40 lbs). Walks or stands for extended periods or time; frequently works in a bent or squatting position.
• Working conditions: May be exposed to unpleasant odors, noises and animal feces. May be exposed to bites, scratches and contagious diseases.
Benefits are outlined in the employee manual and are separate from the hourly wage.
• Can provide compassionate care to patients and clients.
• Can conduct oneself in a confident and professional manner even when stressed and/or focused on individual tasks.
• Can legibly keep accurate medical records in accordance with hospital policy.
• Can prepare and maintain the exam rooms and treatment areas.
• Can perform physical assessments; record observations legibly in files or computer.
• Can effectively restrain pets even when large or difficult.
• Knows all common vaccines and vaccination protocols and can explain to clients.
• Understands the importance of deworming, zoonotic potential of parasites, and how to administer them
• Understands the importance of a clean and orderly facility, does not hesitate to clean or organize as part of a normal job duty.
• Maintains positive, cooperative relationships with other employees.
• Can prepare estimates for procedures and discuss financial commitments with clients supporting hospital financial policies.
• Can explain necessary followup and homecare instructions.
• Can properly care for all surgical materials and equipment; keep the operating room properly stocked and prepared for surgery.
• Can set up clinical laboratory procedures such as fecal flotation exams, heartworm checks, skin scrapings, urinalysis, ear cytology and fungal cultures; maintains file of lab test results and ensures that test results are recorded in patient records.
• Can effectively position for and take radiographs.
• Understands the use and care of IV pumps.
• Can admit patients following hospital policy and doctors written orders.
• Can discharge patients based on the veterinarian’s orders, ensuring that patients are well groomed and in a medically appropriate state when they are going home
• Performs other duties as assigned including assisting in other areas.
• Knows how to read the whiteboard to perform treatments and how to update them
• Knows how to bill for anything used for in-clinic use or for patients to go home with
• Knows how to monitor patients for changes in their status and knows when to intervene and when to let a patient rest.
• Manages time effectively.