Medical Director

Job Description

Job Description

River Forest Animal Hospital is looking for an enthusiastic Medical Director to support a growing 5 DVM practice.

About the role:

The Managing Doctor is responsible for providing medical leadership for the hospital, managing associate veterinarians, and assuring regulatory compliance relating to the practice of veterinary medicine. The Managing Doctor is also responsible for creating an environment of teamwork in which quality medicine and exceptional client service are delivered.

Additionally, the Managing Veterinarian is expected to partner with the Hospital Manager to drive financial performance and general operations of the hospital and to more broadly cultivate a supportive and collaborative team environment. This hospital-level team is supported by their northern Illinois-based Divisional Leadership who provides practice management training, reporting, and ongoing resources to develop a best in class hospital.

About our community:

River Forest is an affluent close-in suburb of Chicago. We offer great schools, lots of shopping, restaurants, and an eclectic and architecturally rich area. Located only 9 miles to the city, you have access to 2 L trains that will take you to the City/Loop area.

About our hospital:

We put an emphasis on client and patient care while practicing high quality medicine. Our clients are friendly and motivated, our staff is supportive, highly trained, happy, and friendly. Our hospital approaches veterinary medicine with professionalism and a sense of humor.

  • Digital radiography
  • Digital dental radiography
  • Ultrasound
  • Electric Lift Exam Tables
  • In-house lab
  • Modern facility
  • Electronic medical records (Avimark)
  • Positive, collaborative culture that emphasizes teamwork and supports personal growth
  • No after-hour emergencies.


  • Competitive Salary with bonus potential
  • 401(K)
  • Health, Dental, Vision
  • Paid dues/fees for AVMA, CVMA, and AAHA
  • Vacation
  • Continuing Education
  • Paid State License and DEA
  • Covered 100% liability insurance

Duties and Responsibilities:

Advancing Medical Care

  • Establishes medical protocols and provides appropriate training to associate doctors.
  • Oversees surgical and medical cases for all doctors, ensuring positive outcomes, accurate estimates, and client communication and education.
  • Answers client questions and concerns regarding medical and surgical procedures.
  • Provides oversight and direction of medical standards and quality of care.
  • Minimizes waste and controls costs relating to medical supplies, surgical instruments, and drug inventories.

Leading Staff and Practice

  • Participates in the recruiting and interviewing process for Doctors, and when appropriate, general staff members.
  • Provides mentorship, feedback, and guidance to associate doctors both in the moment and via the structured annual review process.
  • Develops and monitors hospital-specific client compliance protocols and procedures.
  • Participates in technician appraisal and medical counseling sessions.
  • Supports the Hospital Manager with staff training programs and tracking CE and DVM licensure.

Financial Responsibilities

  • Drives revenue and hospital contribution growth. Assists associate doctors in achieving agreed-upon production levels by providing clear guidance for the appropriate level of medicine and compliance by our clients.
  • Manages to appropriate medical expenses; ensures pricing is appropriate and that all clients are charged for the services they receive.
  • Assists in the preparation of an annual planning strategy, operating budget, and capital budget.
  • Monitors, understands, and acts upon key financial reports.

Growing the Practice

  • Maintains and builds the reputation of the clinic it the community; encourages positive ongoing community involvement.
  • Embraces change and supports innovative programs within the hospital.
  • Monitors client service, marketing, and NVA growth initiatives.

Skills and Basic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, or equivalent, from an accredited university.
  • Licensure in good standing to practice in Illinois.
  • Commitment to practicing the highest standard of medicine and upholding the veterinary code of ethics.
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Delegates tasks and achieves results with hospital team members.
  • Leads employees by coaching, correcting, developing, and motivating them to achieve success.
  • Models a professional and courteous manner with staff and clients.

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River Forest, Illinois, United States

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