How to write a Veterinarian job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Veterinarian job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Veterinarian job titles

    Veterinarian
    ER Veterinarian
    Large Animal Veterinarian
    Veterinarian (Part-Time)
    Clinical Veterinarian

Veterinarian job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Veterinarian job summary

A large veterinary clinic specialising in dogs, cats, and birds seeks an experienced, highly reliable Veterinarian to join our practice. We’re interested in talking to you if you genuinely love animals, if you have your own dogs and cats at home and if you’re as committed to pet parent education as you are to treating animals. Our clinic focuses on preventive medicine as well as surgical intervention, particularly for spaying and neutering animals. We’re looking for an experienced vet who wants to work in a friendly, supportive atmosphere with other dedicated professionals.

Veterinarian responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Veterinarian responsibilities

    Examine and treat animals on a first-come, first-serve basis as well as by appointment
    Cultivate positive relationships with customers and their animals through regular communication and excellent record-keeping
    Prioritise traumatic injuries and serious illnesses to ensure that all animals receive time sensitive care
    Educate clients on the importance of vaccinations, heart worm treatments, flea and tick treatments and other aspects of preventive care
    Perform or assist with surgeries
    Train new veterinary assistants and other members of the support staff

Veterinarian qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Veterinarian skills

    3+ years’ experience as a veterinarian
    DVM required
    Working knowledge of digital radiography
    Dedication to long-term employment with our clinic
    Friendly, helpful personality
    Experience working with birds preferred
    Willingness to participate in professional development courses every five years

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