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Veterinarian Job Description

How to Hire a Veterinarian

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Veterinarian Job Description

We are looking for a veterinarian to join our facility to provide quality care to our animal patients. In this role, you will have varied responsibilities both inside the clinic and out, including consultation appointments for pets, companion animals, and their families, inspecting livestock, and surgical procedures including spay and neuter, emergency surgery, and preventative care.

Veterinarian Duties and Responsibilities

  • Treat, and prevent an variety of animal diseases and illnesses
  • Collaborate with vet assistants and other staff to provide top-notch care to customers
  • Carry out tests to provide proper diagnoses
  • Prescribe medications
  • Administer vaccinations to prevent common diseases
  • Perform operations and provide other treatments to heal animal injury
  • Carry out spay and neuter surgeries
  • Respond to animal owners questions and educate them on treatment plans
  • Inspect and treat livestock and their living conditions when required
  • Collaborate with veterinary assistants and other staff to provide top-notch care to customers

Veterinarian Skills and Requirements

  • 1-3 years of veterinary experience in a clinic or animal hospital environment
  • Excellent communication skills to build rapport
  • Problem-solving capabilities
  • Willingness to tackle unique challenges
  • High emotional intelligence and the ability to empathise with families
  • Ability to manage time and thrive in a high-pressure environment
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree

Personalising Your Veterinarian Job Description Advise

The hiring process and recruiting new employees to fill your key roles requires a degree of personalisation if you are to attract the best employees in a competitive employment market. The right person for a crucial role or more senior roles will likely have other employers targeting them. As your job description will be the first point of contact, you need to nail your pitch and provide the best possible service.

When creating your bespoke description and advert, you should cover and promote these points:

Job title: This should accurately reflect the role and include keywords that top talent might be using to search for jobs.

Job duties: The day to day duties, such as administrative tasks, which vary depending on the company and inform the candidate if they can complete the role.

Technical skills: These are the hard skills required through training, such as proficiency with Microsoft Office.

Soft skills: These include the interpersonal skills and general abilities the right candidates will possess. For example, the competency to prioritise multiple tasks, handle customer queries and customer complaints, work alone, or build a good relationship with coworkers.

The company’s culture: Highlighting your company culture and values ensures employees thrive and find outstanding job satisfaction. Candidates that are not the right fit won’t waste their time completing the application process, meaning you can focus on qualified individuals and hire in a more timely manner.

Career progression: Including the career path will entice candidates looking for career growth. 

Training and development programs: Smaller companies may need employees with previous experience or provide educational assistance over internal training offered by larger organisations with more significant resources. 

Employee benefits: Compensation and benefits often fail to appear in job ads and while you may want to hold your cards close to your chest, failing to include them is a mistake. Consider answering common questions, such as working hours and paid leave. Researching the average salary for the role in these early stages will ensure you don’t waste your interviewer’s and the candidate’s time.

Skill gaps: Your company may need to bring in new skills beyond those required to complete the key role and duties. Thinking on an organisational level can be beneficial when contemplating skills diversity.

Legal requirements: Ensure your job advert and description does not ask for inappropriate or discriminatory personal details, such as age, marital status, or religion.


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