Internal Medicine Specialist - Full Time

Bend Animal Emergency and Specialty Center
Bend, Oregon
$150,000 to $220,000 depending on preferred schedule
Closing date
Jun 2, 2022

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Practice Area
Small Animal
Position Type
Veterinary Internist / Specialist
Contract Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Private Practice
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Veterinary Internist Needed at Privately Owned ER and Specialty Center in Bend, Oregon

We could give you the typical job ad nonsense that you read time and time again, but we want to break the mold. We are SO over the days of reading about "competitive" benefits/wages and an unwarranted "positive team culture" written by recruiters that know nothing about the hospital. Veterinary ERs and specialty centers are dissolving and reorganizing across the country. The time for change is now.

We want to be part of that change. We believe that treating our employees better than the "industry average" is what needs to happen for people to survive in our profession. We want to give you a GOOD REASON to be positive in the workplace, not just expect it as your baseline!

We are a pair of emergency veterinarians that are staffing an emergency and referral hospital in Central Oregon with one goal in mind: to put the experience of our employees at the forefront of how we operate. Of course we want to practice high-quality medicine and provide first-class care to our clients (we expect that you do too), but running a business with a sense of moral obligation towards our staff comes first. The same empathy given to our clients needs to be given to our employees, and we are excited to move forward with our dream.

What does that mean? It means as owners, we don't take a ridiculous profit from the hospital at the expense of our employees. We want our practice to have sustainable employment! We also love efficiency, so you can bet we will be spending time, MONEY and energy making your job as easy as possible, with the technology and tools that you WANT, not just the ones you need. Remember, we work there too!

Finally, we want our business decisions to have the utmost transparency. We pledge to always be as straightforward as possible with how we run this hospital. We will happily tell employees how much we purchased the hospital for, how we got our loans, what our own salaries are, and what our true costs for tests/medications are. We are committed to keeping our hospital community informed and involved, so ask us anything!

Need to knows:

Hiring for a board certified internal medicine specialist

Owned and operated by 2 emergency veterinarians (involved owners… we work overnights!, both trained at Dove Lewis)

25% production on all services

Current wait times for internal medicine appointments in Central Oregon are around 6 weeks

Base insurance plan is 100% paid for by us (PPO, $3500 deductible, for all staff) with cheap buy up options that get deductibles down to $500 for around $90/paycheck. Not as big of a deal for doctors, but very important for retaining staff and keeping your assistants healthy!

Did I mention NO NON-COMPETES!! We think they are ridiculous and unwarranted. It is our job to make sure you want to continue working for us. Also no intellectual property clauses. Invent away!

We defend our employees like a momma bear WITHOUT HESITATION and have a no-tolerance policy for clients being disrespectful to staff.

We are ALL about communicating effectively with clients - we've found that the happiest clients are the ones that understand the most about their pet's care.

Current specialties include surgery and cardiology - hiring for ophthalmology and internal medicine

6500 sq ft hospital w/ CT/fluoroscopy, digital radiography, complete IDEXX lab w/ 4500 sq ft expansion planned over the next 2 years to include a new employee lounge, 2nd surgery suite, updated isolation ward, special procedures room, new floors and a renovated front desk space

Personalized internal medicine exam room with separate office space

Updated endoscopy and diagnostic ultrasound units (2019)

Cloud based EMR/treatment sheet system

Highly trained, well paid staff with support programs for training and obtaining CVT/VTS licenses

No employee makes less than $16/hr (our CVT pay starts at $23/hr, and we still think this is low, we want to do better)

Profit sharing for all staff beginning q3 2022

LGBTQ+ and BIPOC allies

Ability to schedule multiple weeks off for extended vacations

We do not drug test for cannabis. It is legal here.

We laugh, we cuss, we joke, we try to have fun with this job as it can be tough. We love a good cat abscess or cannabis toxicity. Rarely, an enucleated globe ends up in someone's locker (in formalin... in formalin...) We hope that you will have fun too.

One thing to understand: Our greater service region of Central Oregon contains around 140 to 180k people depending on tourism (Bend population is 100k). We are NOT a large city and cannot promise big city salaries as a result. If you are salary shopping, then we are likely not a good fit as we can guarantee you can make more money in a large city. HOWEVER, we do have a pretty awesome place to work in an amazing part of the country experiencing a lot of growth, AND with 25% pro-sal, you will reach those higher salary numbers in no time.

So… Who is this job for?

If you would prefer to work personally with the owner of the hospital and have direct influence on the direction of the referral center, if you want to feel heard at work meetings, if you would prefer to not burn out after a couple years, if you value life balance, if you want to live in a beautiful area of the country with numerous options for an outdoor lifestyle, if salary is not your #1 deciding point, and if you want to experience working with transparent, directed and passionate owners who have no intention to ever sell to a large corporate institution... then we may be a good fit for you.


Adam Stone, VMD and Naomi Kitagaki, DVM

Owners and ER Veterinarians

Bend Animal Emergency and Specialty Center

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