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Hospital Veterinarian

Company: Petco
Location: League City
Posted on: July 9, 2024

Job Description:

Create a healthier, brighter future for pets, pet parents and people!

If you want to make a real difference, create an exciting career path, feel welcome to be your whole self and nurture your wellbeing, Petco is the place for you.

Our core values capture that spirit as we work to improve lives by doing what's right for pets, people and our planet.

  • We love all pets like our own
  • We're the future of the pet industry
  • We're here to improve lives
  • We drive outstanding results together
  • We're welcome as we are

    Petco is a category-defining health and wellness company focused on improving the lives of pets, pet parents and Petco partners. We are 29,000 strong, working together across 1,500+ pet care centers, 250+ Vetco Total Care hospitals, hundreds of preventive care clinics, eight distribution centers and two support centers.

    At our Vetco Total Care Full Service Veterinary Hospitals, our veterinarian position is the most immersive role in the hospital. Our hospital veterinarians live and breathe quality - in the pets they treat and the people they work with. They are supported by quality equipment (ultrasound in every hospital, heated hydraulic surgery tables, DDXR), quality supportive medical field leaders and a quality paraprofessional team who are encouraged to expand their skill sets as subject matter experts in dentistry, nutrition and more. Come join a world class organization focused on celebrating your success and unique practice of Veterinary medicine as you lead your team through the next generation of full-service Veterinary Care.

    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.

            Supervisory Responsibility:

            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.

              Work Environment:

              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.


              This position will regularly communicate with clients, veterinary specialists, and companies that provide products and/or services that the practice utilizes.

              Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or any other protected classification.

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