Hospital Objective:

Greet every client as if they were family and treat every pet as if they were our own.

Reporting Structure:

The Associate Veterinarian works under the direct guidance and supervision of the owner-doctor(s), and medical director of Vet Med Alliance. Administrative supervision may be provided by the Office or Practice Manager.

Purpose of the Job:

The purpose of this position is to maintain animal health by diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries. The Associate Veterinarian is to make every effort to help improve the quality of care given to the patients of the practice. The associate veterinarian provides continuing or individual assignments to the healthcare team indicating generally what is to be done, limitations, quality, and quantity expected in accordance with the hospital policies and procedures. The Associate Veterinarian uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently without specific instructions, but refers deviations, problems, and unfamiliar situations not covered by instructions to the owner-doctor(s) or medical director for decision or help.

Position type and expected hours of work:

  • Full time / Part time
    • Full time – 40 hour work week M-F
    • Part time is Negotiable

Education and Licenses:

  • Valid and in good standing licensed veterinarian with the state of North Carolina.
  • Privilege and DEA Licenses

Essential Functions


  • Possess a broad base of knowledge and skills requisite for the practice of veterinary medicine in order to treat sick or injured animals by prescribing medication, setting bones, dressing wounds, or performing surgery.
  • Ability to function in a variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care.
  • Scientific knowledge accompanied by basic intellectual attitudes, ethical professional attitudes and behaviors and moral principles that are essential for a responsible veterinarian to possess.
  • Examine animals to detect and determine the nature of diseases or injuries.
  • Treat sick or injured animals by prescribing medication, setting bones, dressing wounds, performing surgery, or other therapies.
  • Inoculate animals against various diseases.
  • Collect body tissue, feces, blood, urine, or other body fluids for examination and analysis.
  • Perform laboratory procedures and diagnostic tests, including parasitology, hematology and urinalysis.
  • Operate diagnostic equipment, such as radiographic and ultrasound equipment, and interpret the resulting images.
  • Administer anesthetics, perform surgery, and monitor patients during surgery and recovery with the assistance of the technical team.
  • Humanely euthanize animals when it has been mutually agreed upon by the patient’s owner.


Document actions by completing forms, reports, logs and patient records.

Customer Service

  • Answer client questions and provide education on various aspects of animal care and treatment. Advise animal owners regarding sanitary measures, feeding, and general care necessary to promote health of their pets.
  • Educate the public about diseases that can be spread from animals to humans.
  • Call back/follow-up with clients; recommend medical progress visits when appropriate.

Veterinary Policies/Procedures

  • Follow discharge guidelines for hospitalized and post-surgery patients and treatment plan guidelines for clients to ensure proper patient treatment in the home environment including client follow up post hospitalization.
  • Participate in business development as instructed by management and/or ownership.
  • Attend monthly team meetings and other pertinent in-house training.


  • Train and supervise team members who handle and care for animals; as needed.
  • Deal with clients and employees in a manner that shows sensitivity, tact and professionalism.
  • Provide guidance and leadership to the healthcare team that will positively influence the level of care and service provided to the clients and patients of the practice.


Basic Skills

  • Sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers. The associate should be able to execute motor activities reasonably required to provide general care and safe restraint, to perform diagnostic procedures and to provide emergency treatment to patients.
  • Good judgment in patient assessment, diagnostic, and therapeutic planning; associate must be able to identify and communicate this knowledge to others when appropriate.
  • The associate must possess the mental and emotional health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities, and responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with clients and the health care team.
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each primary duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
  • Knowledge of principles, theories and practices of veterinary medicine and science. Knowledge of the procedures used for receiving, treating, and scheduling patients, for ordering medical supplies, and requesting laboratory tests.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents, including federal and state regulations, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals, and medical texts.
  • Ability to write reports and correspondences.
  • Knowledge of the use, care, and storage of veterinary instruments, materials, and equipment including sterilization techniques for various instruments and materials.
  • Biology – Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive healthcare measures.
  • Client and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing client and personal services. This includes client needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of client satisfaction.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Must have active listening, critical thinking, complex problem solving, time management, judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Possession of strong organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of the spelling and meaning of commonly used terminology of veterinary medicine to accurately record results of tests and file veterinary medical reports according to alpha, numeric or subject matter headings.
  • Commitment to practicing the highest standard of medicine, upholding the veterinary code of ethics.
  • Commitment to the mission of Vet Med Alliance.
  • Ability to multi-task

Communication Skills

  • Ability to speak with clients and to hear and observe patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and perceive nonverbal communications.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, efficiently and sensitively with patients, owners, peers and team members showing compassion, integrity and concern for others. Communication includes speech, reading and writing
  • Verbal communication — Talk to others to convey information effectively.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Possess exceptional interpersonal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Requires active listening skills, giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points be made, asking questions as appropriate and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Requires telephone conversations
  • Requires use of electronic mail
  • Requires writing letters and memos
  • Requires face-to-face discussions with individuals or team members

Social Skills

  • Work well with all employees and ensure that your actions support the hospital, the doctors, and the practice philosophy.
  • Ability to work independently on assigned tasks as well as to accept direction on given assignments.
  • Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals or the practice to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Ability to adjust actions in relation to other’s actions
  • Teaching others how to perform a task
  • Actively looking for ways to help others
  • Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Requires dealing with unpleasant, angry or discourteous people

Computer Skills

Strong computer skills in order to obtain and enter client information, order laboratory and diagnostic tests, and receive and send messages.

In all things DO YOUR BEST!

This job description is subject to addition, subtraction, or revision by Vet Med Alliance Legacy Veterinary Group at any time. Employees are expected to act in the best interest of the practice, even if so doing requires actions or responsibilities not specifically listed in this job description.