Ophthalmologist (8974-290)

VCA Antech, Inc. Westbury, NY

Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Westbury, one of the most established and recognizable specialty practices on Long Island, New York—and definitely the largest in Nassau County—is seeking a board certified or board-eligible Ophthalmologist to join our 24-hour emergency/critical care and specialty referral practice.

VREC was originally established in 2003 in the current 12,000 sq. foot facility. During the past 11 years it has fostered an excellent relationship with referring veterinarians and is well known as the multi-service, 24-hour specialty practice of choice. At the time of its founding it was one of the largest and most forward-thinking specialty hospitals in the country. To maintain that reputation as a leader in the field, the facility will shortly be going through a massive renovation of 75% of the existing structure, cementing its reputation in the community as a state-of-the-art specialty practice.

Although we are proud of our equipment (4 slice CT, full endoscopic capabilities, minimally invasive surgical equipment, the only linear accelerator on Long Island, ultrasound, DR, RT, IH lab a hyperbaric chamber, underwater treadmill and tracheal & urethral stenting capabilities), we are even more proud of our cohesive and collaborative staff. We currently have 19 LVTs on staff with an additional 3 non-licensed Technicians. We believe in our staff and support their ongoing growth. As of today we have one Neurology-certified Tech, a Critical Care Technician about to sit for the exam, and a third about to start certification as a Surgical Technician.

At VCA we believe that postgraduate training is no longer limited to university settings and we love being able to offer progressive and cutting edge internship programs. VREC currently has an Internship class of four and we would expect any Specialist joining the team to participate in their education and hopefully also become a mentor for future growth and development.

An interest in helping the Interns is only one of our expectations. We want someone who will be part of the family. Many of the staff have been part of VREC a long time and consider this their second home. We would expect anyone joining the team to feel the same way in time and treat VREC as such. We would hope any new Specialist will nurture the compassionate care of patients, clients, and referring DVMs alike. We want a drama-free personality. We want someone who is fun, who enjoys to laugh and who is an all-round happy personality.

As far as the geography is concerned, Long Island is a great place to live and work. It has all the charms of a rural community, the support network of the suburbs, and the perks of being a short drive to Manhattan. Close to the beaches, close to nature, and close to the city. In addition to major and minor sporting events, just about any outdoor activity can be had here, from hiking/biking/horseback riding to apple/pumpkin picking!

An established, multi-discipline, collaborative work environment in a soon-to-be-renovated, state-of-the-art facility. What else can one ask for? Oh yes—a great overnight ER service, a large and experienced team, a heavy case load, and support for your special interests. VREC Westbury has it all!

The Ophthalmologist—under the guidance of the Medical Director and with the support of the Regional Medical Director—carries out VCA's promise to our clients: making their pet's health our top priority and excellent service our goal. The Ophthalmologist educates clients and referring veterinarians on, advocates for, and strives to deliver the highest quality medical and surgical diagnostics, treatment, and preventative care to companion animals.

Skills and Qualifications

* A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, or equivalent, from an accredited university.

* Residency training with board eligibility or certification in Veterinary Ophthalmology.

* Ability to become licensed to practice in New York.

* Professional comportment and appearance, with excellent interpersonal skills and a positive, friendly attitude.

Job Responsibilities

* Establish a good rapport with referring veterinarians, including: timely professional and respectful communication; assistance in their professional growth and education through recommendations and interaction on referred and shared cases; ongoing development of a positive and professional working relationship; participation in Continuing Education involving the local referral community.

* Assist in the development and training of the paraprofessional team to ensure the delivery of the highest quality care and exceptional client service.

* Assist with marketing the services of the specialty practice through a variety of outreach programs, some of which include: making hospital visits to referring veterinarians, assisting with local CE meetings, answering all calls from referring veterinarians promptly, helping with production of hospital newsletters and case reports.

* Assist with the training of interns and residents, under the guidance of the Medical Director.

* Positively represent the hospital and VCA in the professional community and to the general public.


VCA rewards its team members with a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including:

* $20,000 Signing Bonus

* Competitive salary

* Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage

* Life and Long-Term Disability Insurance

* 401(k) retirement savings plan

* Continuing Education allowance

* Professional Liability Coverage

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