Veterinarian – General Practice

Job Description

Job Description

Animal Medical Clinic – Merle Hay in Des Moines, IA seeks an enthusiastic Associate Veterinarian to join our team!

Animal Medical Clinic of Merle Hay has been AAHA accredited since 1978. Our mission is to enhance and extend the bond between pets and their people. Our goal is to provide veterinary care that consistently exceeds expectations. We believe that this level of care can only be provided by considering the unique needs of both the client and the patient, and by serving our clients with medical and surgical excellence, courtesy, efficiency, and above all, compassion.

Recognizing a need for quality veterinary care in the rapidly growing western suburbs, Animal Care Clinic West in West Des Moines in 1983. It was accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association in 1984. Iowa’s first hospital for the care of cats was opened in 1995, as the Metro Cat Hospital of Des Moines. All experience levels welcome to apply!

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  • Digital Radiography
  • Digital Dental Radiography
  • Microchip Pet Identification
  • Grooming & Boarding
  • Anesthesia
  • Surgical monitoring
  • Laser surgery
  • Video Otoscopy
  • Therapy Laser
  • Acupuncture
  • Ultrasound
  • Feline Friendly Gold certified
  • Fear Free Certified
  • Small, family oriented team

About Des Moines

With a population of 204,192 Des Moines is a great place to live, work, and play. You can catch a traveling exhibit at the Science Center of Iowa, see fireworks at a baseball game on Friday nights, or spin on ice at Brenton. Shop for edgy locally-made t-shirts and hidden gems, catch live music, or stretch your legs on recreational trails. It’s all easy to “do” in Des Moines.

Job Summary

In addition to the responsibilities outlined below, the Associate Veterinarian is an invaluable member of the hospital team who works directly with a Managing Doctor and supporting medical staff. This individual advances the quality of medicine in the practice and provides exceptional client service to our clients and patients.

Job Responsibilities

  • Builds rapport with clients by gathering information and listening to, and empathizing with their concerns
  • Performs physical examinations and diagnostic/medical/surgical/dental procedures that deliver the highest quality care while minimizing patient stress and discomfort.
  • Communicates with clients on topics such as pet diagnosis, treatment plans, preventive health care, and nutritional needs.
  • Maintains client/patient medical/surgical records and makes certain all necessary logs are kept up-to-date through established protocols.
  • Stays current on new medical information and changes in veterinary medicine.
  • Assists in the development of the paraprofessional team to ensure delivery of the highest quality care and exceptional client service.
  • Presents a positive image of the hospital in the professional community and to the general public.

Skills and Basic Qualifications

  • A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or related degree from an accredited university.
  • Licensure in good standing to practice in the state in which applicant is to be employed.
  • Commitment to practicing the highest standard of medicine and upholding veterinary code of ethics.
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Works collaboratively with hospital team members.
  • Makes decisions confidently and effectively.
  • Manages time and tasks appropriately.
  • Models a professional and courteous manner with staff and clients.
  • Commitment to ongoing educational development and growth

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Job Location

Des Moines, Iowa, United States

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