The Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) invites applications for part-time or full-time primary care veterinarians to staff the primary care emergency service.
The primary emergency service currently provides after-hours and weekend urgent and emergency coverage to veterinary clinics across Prince Edward Island. This service is part of the clinical teaching program in the VTH and emergency clinicians will provide clinical teaching to fourth year DVM students in emergency medicine. Expansion of the service is planned to begin in May 2021, with the intention to extend its staffing to make primary urgent and emergency coverage available 24/7/365 for veterinary clinics and clients across Prince Edward Island.
We are seeking three primary care veterinarians to fill 2.3125 FTE positions. Depending on service requirements and the availability of successful candidates, this could be a combination of full-time and part-time positions, or a combination of part-time positions. One of these positions is for the clinical lead of the service.
The Clinical Lead Emergency Veterinarian will provide clinical leadership and administrative support within the primary care emergency service. The successful candidate will participate in the service schedule but will receive release-time from their in-clinic duties equaling one shift off per month to compensate them for administrative duties. In addition to their usual Emergency Service Veterinarian duties, the duties of the Clinical Lead Emergency Veterinarian will include:
- Set and maintain a high standard of clinical practice including outstanding patient care and client communication.
- Provide clinical leadership to the team of emergency service veterinarians.
- Arrange coverage for the service and service schedule.
- Assist in managing relationships with subscribing island clinics.
- Manage inter and intra-service logistics/communication/conflict.
- Set clinical policies/protocols/standards for the emergency service.
- Assist in student rotation development/training/evaluation.
These are term positions until April 30, 2023, subject to the approval of the Board of Governors, with the opportunity for renewal.
- Willingness to work in a rotating shift schedule including days, nights and weekends to provide urgent and emergency veterinary care.
- Willingness to work statutory holidays and university closures (including storm closures) to provide urgent and emergency veterinary care.
- Willingness to work with and oversee final year DVM students as part of the clinical year teaching program in emergency medicine.
- Willingness to oversee the emergency service while on shift including managing staff, and supervising interns with primary care cases during the course of the shift
- TRIAGE, assess, and treat all emergency cases that come in through the service, including basic emergency surgical procedures
- Work and communicate effectively with referral services within the VTH to ensure smooth transfer of specialty referral level cases.
- Ensure that medical records are complete and accurate and ensure that written communications are sent to the client’s family veterinarian prior to the end of the shift.
- Ensure that clients are regularly updated with estimates and billing updates, and that billing is completed accurately and that payment is received prior to discharge.
- Ensure clear and professional communication for case management with clients, colleagues and island veterinarians.
- Ensure that the client has received adequate communication at discharge to know next steps for monitoring, at-home care (treatments), and follow up
- Adaptability and flexibility to work within and among a pre-established academic, specialty referral setting, and to manage the unpredictable caseload associated with emergency medicine.
- Graduation from an accredited veterinary college resulting in DVM certification (or equivalent)
- Successful completion of the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE) resulting in a Certificate of Qualification from the CVMA (or equivalent)
- Eligibility for licensure and to practice veterinary medicine in Prince Edward Island
- A minimum of three years of emergency medicine experience in a veterinary primary care setting is preferred.
- Experience in working both as a solo practitioner and as part of a team of veterinarians is preferred
- Ability to balance priorities, work with colleagues and delegate tasks appropriately to manage multiple cases simultaneously
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Excellent computer skills in both windows and iOS applications, with experience in electronic medical records
- Preference given to individuals who have worked with DVM students in a significant mentorship or teaching capacity
Rotating shift schedule made up of 11-hour shifts (including 1-hour unpaid break) from Monday to Sunday, which are anticipated to be (i) 6:00am until 5:00pm (ii) 3:00pm until 2:00am (iii) 9:00pm until 8:00am.
1.0 FTE (Full-time) will include 32 shifts in 8 weeks
0.8125 FTE (Part-time) will include 26 shifts in 8 weeks
0.75 FTE (Part-time) will include 24 shifts in 8 weeks
0.5625 FTE (Part-time) will include 18 shifts in 8 weeks
0.3125 FTE (Part-time) will include 10 shifts in 8 weeks
In your application, please indicate your interest in either regular emergency service or the clinical lead position, your preference of full-time (1.0 FTE) or part-time (0.8125 FTE, 0.75 FTE, 0.5625 FTE or 0.3125 FTE), as well as your start date availability.
Commensurate with experience and qualifications. This appointment will be made at the Clinical Veterinary Professional (UPEIFA, BU2) level and is subject to final budgetary approval.
Prorated for part-time positions. Eligibility of Clinical Veterinary Professionals for benefits will be in accordance with the FA2 collective agreement.
To apply, submit a letter of intent, a curriculum vitae and 3 written letters of reference to:
Dr. Heather Gunn McQuillan,
Assistant Dean Clinical and Professional Programming
Atlantic Veterinary College
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue
In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment.
Review of applications will begin on April 28, 2021; however the competition will remain open until the position is filled.