Love veterinary medicine and cats? This could be the perfect fit!
Initiative, energy, and attention to detail are what we are looking for. You must have a positive, can-do attitude, and be detail oriented! In return, we offer a great place to work staffed by an enthusiastic and professional team who loves helping cats and their people. We have fun at work while catering to great clients and cats!
We have many A-level clients who allow us to provide the best possible care for their cats. Our slogan is “State of the Art, State of the Heart” and we live by that motto. Each veterinarian is scheduled 30-minute appointment times, or longer, and see a maximum of 16 appointments per day. But don’t think that we are slow – we have a busy, well organized clinic that has hard-working team members. Surgery/dental procedures are performed 2 hours per day. Prior surgical experience is required.
Job Description: Associate Veterinarian
The associate veterinarian works under the guidance and supervision of the medical director and management team. The associate veterinarian strives to improve the quality of patient care and the practice’s health. The associate veterinarian collaborates with the owner veterinarian on medical and surgical decisions and protocols. This leadership position sets the example for all staff to follow in patient care and client service.
Reports to: Practice owner(s)
Medical and Surgical Duties, 90%
Perform physical exams
Arrive promptly for exams
SOAP records accurately
Maintain patient medical records and reminders
Conduct diagnostic testing and interpret results
Perform surgery and complete surgeries in a reasonable amount of time
Manage anesthesia and radiography
Consider patients’ pain and comfort for all surgical and medical procedures
Euthanize animals when necessary
Update treatment records on a timely basis
Update anesthesia/surgery log and controlled substance log in a timely manner
Follow safety and OSHA practices
Collaborate with other doctors and staff on medical cases and client communication
Teach staff members about medical and surgical procedures and philosophy
Communicate with clients verbally and in writing
Follow discharge guidelines for hospitalized and post-surgery patients and provide treatment plan guidelines for clients to ensure proper patient treatment in the home environment
Advise clients about infectious diseases, feeding, behavior and preventive care to promote the health of patients
Explain instructions and diagnoses to clients in easy-to-understand terms
Give accurate estimates/treatment plans and obtain permission and signatures from clients before starting treatment or surgery
Offer the best care for patients without judging clients’ willingness to pay, and let them decide which services and products to buy
Oversee medical care of boarding pets
Dress appropriately for surgery and use sterile techniques
Review doctor production reports monthly with the owner
Accountable for doctor production as outlined in veterinary employment contract
Set an example for other doctors and staff by accurately entering charges and giving estimates/treatment plans
Participate in business development as instructed by management and/or ownership
Client Education & Marketing
Plan how to increase the average per client transaction, number of client visits per year and growth of new clients and client retention rate
Set an example as an effective client communicator by using exam report cards, hospital discharge instructions, videos, handouts, models and estimates/treatment plans
Perform timely medical callbacks that support the hospital’s protocols
Attend monthly team meetings and other in-house training
Attend appropriate medical and management seminars
Submit continuing-education hours to comply with state licensure requirements
Share new skills and knowledge with staff following continuing-education programs
Read clinical and management journals
Help maintain a client library of handouts and books on pet selection, training, behavior and grieving
Provide guidance and leadership to the healthcare team that will positively influence the level of care and service provided to clients and patients
Educational Requirements & Skills Needed
Doctorate of veterinary medicine
State license to practice veterinary medicine
Qualifies to have a DEA license
Ability to lead the practice team
Perform surgical and medical duties
Help maintain practice growth
Communicate clearly and accurately through written and verbal interactions
Work in collaboration with practice manager for administrative management
Deal with clients in a manner that shows sensitivity, tact and professionalism
Use veterinary software and word-processing programs
Able to lift patients and carry equipment up to 25 pounds; ability to lift patients or carry equipment over 25 pounds with assistance
Endure sitting, standing and walking on hard floor surfaces for extended periods
Type information for patient records and prescription labels into the computer
Able to work in noisy work conditions with sounds from animals and equipment
Take safety precautions for exposure to toxins, drugs, anesthesia and radiation
About Cat Specialist
“State of the Art, State of the Heart” Feline Care
Cat Specialist is a family owned and operated veterinary clinic that has been serving Castle Rock and the surrounding area since 1999. Cat Specialist was founded by Dr. James Olson. A third-generation veterinarian, James Olson, DVM, DABVP is Colorado’s first Board Certified Feline Veterinarian in the state of Colorado. In 2014, Cat Specialist was sold to Dr. Jennifer Lavallee (Dr. Olson’s daughter, a 4th generation veterinarian who is working on her board certification). Dr. Olson continues to play an active role at the clinic and manages many of our nuclear medicine cases for treatment of hyperthyroidism.
Our goal at Cat Specialist is to offer the very best in veterinary care to our patients by combining cutting edge knowledge with compassionate communication and options. We foster continuing education for our veterinarians, our technicians, and our receptionists.
The father-daughter duo have been collaborating for 30+ years, as Dr. Lavallee worked alongside her dad her entire childhood. Most recently, they co-wrote a chapter in the textbook Laser Therapy in Veterinary Medicine: Photobiomodulation about the use of ...therapy laser in cats. Dr. Lavallee seems to have inherited her father’s passion for learning, writing, and building life-long relationships with clients. Dr. Lavallee has lectured at a national veterinary conference alongside world renowned feline veterinary specialist, Dr. Gary Norsworthy, on the topics of cat small bowel disease and vomiting, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, pancreatitis, and pearls from feline practice. Most recently, Dr. Lavallee wrote 16 chapters in the textbook The Feline Patient, 5th edition and is working on her board certification through ABVP.
We have recently welcomed Dr. Andrea Zikovitz to our team! Dr. Zikovitz is internship trained with years of experience as an emergency doctor. She has mastered the art of managing sick cats and this is inspired her to work on the preventative medicine side of things as well!
Although we’re proud of our doctor’s accomplishments, their best skills are their ability to listen, problem solve, and come up with options that work for the kitty and their family. We know that medicine is not one-size-fits-all. Having the knowledge about feline diseases is the basis for good care, but having the creativity to figure out how to effectively treat each individual patient is why clients keep coming back to us for long term care.
Our patients and their owners deserve to have the very best care when they walk through our doors. The field of veterinary medicine is becoming inundated with specialists, referrals, and ultimately an inability to see the full picture. We’re different. Cat Specialist is a one-stop clinic with veterinarians who treat the whole cat – and only cats. Our clients often say that they find comfort in knowing that they can schedule an appointment with us and know they will get, not only an answer to their concerns, but also the best treatment for their furry family member. We want cats and owners to be comfortable in our office. There is nothing worse than going to the doctor and not being heard. We value the needs of our clients, so let us know what your concerns are – and we will take the time to discuss them. You know your kitty best and when we work together, that is when really good treatments happen! Our appointment times (30-45 minutes per appointment) are longer than other veterinary clinics, so we will take the time to discuss, examine, and devise a treatment plan with you. When you walk through our doors, you’ll appreciate our family-friendly environment and compassion we all have for animals.