Its starts with assuming good intentions. And its liberating. Support each other. Make work a place people want to be. #vet #veterinarian #vetclinic #vetmedicine#veterinarymedicine#vetmed#vetlife#assumegoodintentions#positiveworkplace♬ ceilings - Sped Up Version - Lizzy McAlpine
We are a unique GP-Emergency hybrid. We cannot begin to describe the totality of what it is like to work here. Amazing support staff, supportive co-vets that mentor and support you, a manager that practices human-centered management, and appreciative clients.
Are you tired of high living expenses? Looking at you Ontario and BC. Come to Medicine Hat where the cost of living is low so your money goes further.
What sets us apart?
-We respect and facilitate our employee’s work/life balance. No, seriously.
-Our vets get to take their lunch breaks and leave on time.
-Our vets are encouraged to do what they love and work in a positive and supportive environment.
-Mentorship is provided to all vets through supportive coworkers.
-The bosses care about your well-being and respect you.
-Our support staff respect your position and understand how valuable you are.
-Working in small animal general practice in Medicine Hat (no emergency centre) allows you to use and develop your skills.
-Work with excellent vet techs and vet assistants that allow you to focus on only what you need to.
-Yes there is on-call, but it is one shift every 1.5 weeks and one weekend every 1.5 months. Averaging 0-3 calls a night. You also pocket the emergency fees collected and get to take the following Friday off after your weekend on-call PAID
-We are also interested in paying for the training of an additional rehabilitation veterinarian
-Paid annual registration fees approx. $1730/year
-Continuing education funds $1500 per year (can be carried over for 1 year to go to a big conference)
-Health spending funds $150/year (can be spent on any healthy living expense)
-Veterinary Appreciation gift of $100 in value personalized to your interests
-Employee discounts for your pets
-Staff parties and events (Christmas party, summer get-together, food truck lunches, etc)
Living in Medicine Hat
-Small city of 65,000
-Very low cost of living which means your money goes further
-The entire city is your community
-Located along a beautiful river valley
-3 hours away from the Rocky Mountains and 40 min away from the Cypress Hills
-An amazing city to raise a family, or enjoy an active childfree lifestyle
-Short commute time means more you time!
We are working hard to cultivate a workplace that provides long-term careers for veterinary professionals!
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Picture this. You show up to work and you are scheduled for routine surgeries and regular appointments in the afternoon (after your 1 hour scheduled lunch break). You are scheduled for 4 routine cat spays in the morning. One has cancelled overnight so you have 3. Your techs and assistants have already admitted and checked in your surgeries before you arrived at work. You put your coffee and personal belongings on your desk, review any notes you have from clients (today there are none) and make your way to the kennel room to check your surgical patients.
You are greeted warmly by your surgery team. The techs tell you that one owner would like dewormer and one of the others would like flea and tick treatment and optional sedation for recovery. The last spay has a hernia that the tech has found. You do your presurgical exams, confirm the hernia on one cat, discover dirty ears on another, approve them for our protocoled premeds, and ask your techs to call the owners to get approval for the hernia repair and ear swabs, flush and medication for the other. The techs gladly get to work drawing up your premeds and making the requested phone calls and the assistants are busy setting up surgical prep and supplies while you head back to your desk.
While your team is prepping your surgeries you use this time to start your surgical notes, prescribe the requested and protocoled medications, and check your emails. You return a couple of calls from emails you had from clients. Updates on cases mostly, booked yourself one follow-up for next week for an ear exam you saw last week. Your name pages over the intercom, they are ready for you in surgery. When you arrive to start your pre-op scrub, you see your surgical team in surgery with your first patient ready to go. They have an IV catheter placed, fluids are running (as per our protocol for all surgery patients), the patient is intubated and at an adequate plane of anesthesia, they are taking the vitals and have already completed the surgical prep scrub. Your packs are open and ready to receive you. You don your gown with the help of your assistant. Your tech does your pre-surgery check-in and confirms the name and procedure and any anesthetic concerns they have and say they are ready to go. This cat was the hernia add-on patient, and the tech informs you that the client was appreciative of the call and approved the additional procedure. You complete the spay and hernia and as you are throwing in your last stitch you see that your next patient is ready to receive you on the other surgery table for your next cat spay. You change gowns and off you go, seamlessly as the first.
There are now rumblings that one of the other appointments being seen by your co-associate vet has eaten a sock 3 days ago and is vomiting frequently. You know you have extra time in your surgery schedule and love to do ex-laps so you offer your services. Your co-vet is elated and offers the procedure to the clients promptly. The clients are so appreciative of the opportunity and agree to go in as soon as you are done with your spays. Your medical team have already done the bloodwork, xrays and iv fluids running by the time you catch wind of it. Your surgical team preps for the upcoming ex-lap. There is a little break between your cat spays and ex-lap that you use to drink your coffee, finalize your notes, complete your prescriptions (that are printed off and filled by the pharmacy tech), and review the xrays and medical notes of your ex-lap. Your co-vet fills you in on all the case details. You are paged to surgery where you scrub in and prepare to save a life. You don’t think you need one but a tech isn’t too far away if you require a surgical assistant. You find the culprit. A sock stuck in the small intestine. The color of the intestine indicates that you made it to surgery in good time and the patient only requires an enterotomy. You close up your patient and your team does the rest of the recovery, your patient wakes up comfortably. You finish up your notes, pass the case back to the vet that originally admitted the case, and just like that, it’s lunchtime. You leave the clinic to run some errands, knowing they won’t need you for an hour.
Your afternoon starts off with a new client/puppy vaccine. The clinic does this thing called puppy/kitty boards so you take the baby to the treatment room where there are several ooo-ing helpers to finish that up for you. You see an acute ear appointment (techs take ear swabs and run those for you promptly), a lethargic, overweight, elder Shih-Tzu that you diagnosed with diabetes (tech takes blood and runs it promptly and after giving the results to the owner you send in our tech that loves doing diabetes talks), 2 more > 7-year dog vaccines (because our techs now do a lot of the < 6-year vaccines under PO doctor supervision), and a recheck you had scheduled to check on a laceration incision from a week ago. It looks amazing. You’ve been booked appropriately so you’ve had ample time to do your case workup and notes as you’ve gone along. It’s 5 pm and you are out of here.
Today was a good day, in a good environment, and today you saved a life.
We are proud to say this is the simplest summary of a typical day here at CVVC.
Job Types: Full-time, Part-time
Salary: $96,000.00-$120,000.00 per year
Discounted or free food
Extended health care
Language training provided
Paid time off
8 hour shift
Monday to Friday
On call shared with another clinic in town. We average 0-2 calls per night.
Veterinary Medicine Degree (required)
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