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Job Description for Associate Veterinarians

As an associate veterinarian, you have four fundamental duties:

  1. To be a leader because you are a trained professional. This means that you must live by a Code of Ethics in the care of animals. Animal owners and colleagues must see this value. Colleagues include everyone on your health care team.

  1. To diagnose to the best of your ability. This demands a professional life dedicated to lifelong learning in veterinary medicine so the ‘best of your ability’ is always improving, always staying in touch with the latest diagnostic technologies.

  1. To perform surgery according to the skills that you have and the skills that you learn in your career. You may choose to restrict your surgical practice to minor procedures or specific areas such as veterinary dentistry according to your interest and abilities. Lifelong learning is a prerequisite to being an effective surgeon no matter what level of surgery is performed.

  1. To prescribe medical or surgical treatments, advice and medication for animals according to the latest knowledge (hence a dedication to lifelong learning in treating disease including product knowledge).

Underlying principles include do no harm to any patient and always do the right thing according to the case and needs of the animal owner.