VCA Anderson Animal Hospital is seeking a highly experienced Veterinarian to lead our team as Medical Director. This is an outstanding opportunity to continue practicing medicine while establishing the direction and medical quality of the hospital like an owner would, but without the risks of ownership. Plus, you'll have the solid backing of experts in Operations, Marketing, Human Resources, Payroll, and more, to help you succeed.
At VCA Anderson Animal Hospital, we look forward to welcoming you, your dog, cat, bird, reptile, or pocket pet. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado along South Sheridan Boulevard at Louisiana Avenue. Our hospital is AAHA accredited and we offer puppy & kitten wellness, adult & senior wellness, vaccinations, spays & neuters, general surgery, hospitalization, boarding services and home delivery of prescriptions and prescription diets. Our veterinarians, veterinary technicians, client specialists and other pet-friendly personnel are trained to the highest standards. Their knowledge of the latest veterinary medicines and procedures ensures that all our pet patients get the best in prevention and healing methods.
We have proudly served the greater Lakewood community including Denver, Sheridan, and Green Mountain, since 1991. As the fifth-largest city in the Denver metro area, this suburb to the west of the city has one of the best views of the Rocky Mountain foothills. With more than 80 maintained parks, Lakewood is one of Denver's top places for outside activities. Bear Creek Lake Park is the city's most popular playground. For mountain lovers, the steep terrain at Lakewood's Hayden Park on Green Mountain offers a great workout and scenic mountain views. Shoppers and golfers will also find their passions addressed here. Lakewood's pleasant shopping centers include the mixed-use Belmar and Colorado Millsoutlet mall; there are also two public golf courses. The outdoor Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Dinosaur Ridge,and the Bandimere Speedway drag strip are nearby.
The Medical Director (MD) under direction of the field management team, is responsible for establishing the medical quality and patient care practiced by all doctors in a given hospital. The MD achieves this through strong leadership and serving as a mentor and role model for the associate veterinarians and staff. A MD should demonstrate a strong work ethic, integrity, and a consistent positive attitude. The MD is also an integral part of the hospital management team responsible for the overall financial performance of the hospital, and helps create and drive the overall direction for the hospital that will achieve positive results. The MD also fulfills all of the duties of a staff veterinarian in addition to the specific responsibilities of Medical Director.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Well-developed interpersonal skills.
Ability to take information obtained from clients, staff, and other sources, discern that which is credible, and assess the hospital and/or a situation objectively.
Ability to multi-task and deal with high levels of stress in an environment of changing priorities.
Able to take charge, initiate actions, hold people accountable, and delegate responsibilities in such a way as to achieve positive results.
Comfortably and confidently confronts difficult issues with co-workers and is a skilled communicator at multiple levels within VCA.
Capable and willing to work the hours necessary to accomplish the required responsibilities and ensure the smooth operation of the hospital.
Education and Experience
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent from an accredited university.
Stays up to date with changes in veterinary medicine, fulfils VCA requirements for attending local VCA hosted CE, and completes a minimum of 30 hours of accredited CE per calendar year.
Maintains a current DEA license
Standards of Care
Strives to meet or exceed the VCA and AAHA standards of care.
Demonstrates commitment to professional integrity and pursuit of excellence.
Practices ethical medicine at all times and ensures the same from associate doctors.
Ensures positive communication with clients and between doctors. This includes the proper transfer of patient care responsibility between doctors.
Implements information from CMO, RMD, ROD or their representatives.
Ensures VCA email and correspondence is processed and addressed daily.
Medical records are complete, detailed, and signed per VCA guidelines.
Serves as the primary liaison with Antech Diagnostics and maintains an appropriate level of in-house vs. outside lab sample submission.
Treats all patients & clients with care and compassion, remembering that the patient's wellbeing is the top priority.
Oversees administration and case review of client medical complaints and resolves the problems when possible, while keeping the RMD and ROD informed of progress.
Staff Management - Professional Staff
Implements and maintain consistent medical standards and guidelines within the hospital.
Evaluate quality medical/compliance reports on a monthly basis and take steps to improve areas of poor performance.
Organize systems for daily medical rounds and ensure they are consistently conducted.
Review patient records for completeness and accuracy and use as a tool to promote medical excellence.
Regularly discuss cases with doctors and/or staff to optimize patient care.
Ensure that credit for procedures is accurately appropriated, and review the detailed orders to ensure that charges are captured and properly assigned.
Ensure CE requirements are met by all doctors, and that CE attended is relevant to the service mix and needs of the hospital.
Conduct regular doctor meetings.
Work with hospital manager to have a doctor's schedule made available no less than four weeks prior to beginning of month.
Coordinate doctor coverage to make sure the hospital is covered at all times.
Assist the Recruiting & Professional Relations Director (RPRD) and field management team in the hiring, disciplinary process, and the firing process of doctors as requested.
Actively manage all doctors to ensure that they meet expected performance.
Administer yearly reviews and development plans for all associate doctors under the direction of the RMD or ROD.
Appropriately manage controlled drugs (see VCA Controlled Substances Guidelines.
Staff Management - Technicians/Assistants and Receptionists
Assist the Hospital Manager in ensuring each staff meeting has relevant topics, presenting a medical topic if needed, and participate proactively in the meetings.
Encourage all staff to increase knowledge through learning opportunities.
Review staff scheduling with the hospital manager's attention to assure maximum productivity and optimal client service.
Responsibilities as part of the hospital leadership team
Works with the Hospital Manager and staff to deliver a consistent medical message and consistent client experience to each client.
Responsible for auditing hospital production for accuracy via chart audits and other fee capture methods.
Represents the hospital to the professional community and the general public as requested.
Evaluates the need for new medical equipment and works with the Hospital Manager to prepare and submit new equipment proformas to the ROD or their representatives.
Brings to the Hospital Manager's attention any problems with physical plant cleanliness, safety, or repairs.
Participates in meetings or conference calls as requested by field management staff.
Participates in employee disciplinary procedures, and enforces VCA and individual hospital employee rules and policies.
Review the P&L monthly and work with the hospital manager to increase profitability by increasing revenue and limiting expenses.
Work with the HM to prepare and submit the yearly budget (budget forecast, operating plan, cap-ex expenditures) and participate in the evaluation process with field management.
Support the implementation of VCA marketing programs.
Review and approve requests for alternatives of additional drugs and medical supplies. Submit to the RMD or their representative, for approval.
Assist the medical supplies ordering personnel to maintain a hospital pharmacy; assisting in evaluating reasonable reorder points, generic alternatives, and eliminating underused and redundant drugs.
As a member of the VCA family, eligible full-time employees will be rewarded with a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including:
Health & Wellness
An innovative, new department focused on associate health and wellbeing, with programs such as company sponsored Headspace app subscriptions, Vault financial wellness tools, and access to additional mental health resources.
401k retirement savings plan, with matching contributions of 25% of the first 4% of your eligible compensation
Health, dental, vision insurance with HSA/FSA, infertility benefits
Paid parental, vacation, and sick leave
Flexible scheduling for work/life balance
Continuing Education Allowance and Paid Continuing Education Days
WOOF University, offering abundant CE for Doctors and Staff
Opportunities to mentor with one of the largest providers of private practice internships and residencies in the U.S.
Opportunities to participate in a robust clinical studies program
Up to 100% Pet Care Discount for your own pets
100% paid professional liability coverage
100% paid life insurance
100% paid short-term and long-term disability insurance
Access to a collaborative network of 6,000 doctors, including more than 600 specialists
Compensation negotiable based on credentials and experience, number of shifts, length of shift, and additional responsibilities; annual salary starting at $80,000 - $110,000.
Internal Number: R-43375
About VCA Animal Hospitals
VCA Animal Hospitals operates more than 1,000 small animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S., Canada and Japan. The hospitals are staffed by more than 4,500 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians to give pets the very best in medical care, of which over 600 are board certified specialists who are experts in areas such as oncology, cardiology, emergency and critical care, and surgery for animals. VCA Animal Hospitals provides a full range of general practice services to keep pets well and specialized treatments when pets are ill. As part of the Mars Veterinary Health family of brands, VCA is committed to its purpose—A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS®.