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Veterinary Medical Director


Full-time Veterinary Medical Director


St. Francis Veterinary Hospital
151 S. Beadle Rd., Lafayette, LA, US


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Veterinary Medical Director

Come join the team at St. Francis Veterinary Hospital in Lafayette, LA! 

St. Francis is seeking to add a DVM and Medical Director role to our team. This role would be the perfect next step for an experienced veterinarian looking to make a real impact on patient care in our community. This role will allow you leadership opportunities that will grow and set this clinic apart from the rest. We are looking for the right veterinary to help us elevate care and the client experience, wants to be invested in the team by developing best practices and feels invested in making the clinical team the strongest and best possible. Next best thing to ownership, we will allow you to practice medicine with real purpose and grow with us! 

Our network partnerships allow for real upward leadership movement beyond local clinical management, join a team that is run like a small private clinic, but backed by a network of support! 

St. Francis is ready for a new chapter! We would like you to be part of it! 


  • Flexible 3-4 day Schedule
  • Work life balance - No On-call


  • 3-4wk Paid time off benefits
  • Generous CE + CE PTO days!  Extensive learning opportunities
  • All Licensing, Memberships, Dues and PLIT covered
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Short/Long-term Disability, Life ins, 401K
  • Scrub/Uniform benefit
  • Pet Discounts
  • Mental Health Wellness initiatives

Position Overview: The Medical Director (MD) is responsible for providing strong leadership for the hospital, managing and mentoring associate veterinarians, and assuring regulatory compliance relating to the practice of veterinary medicine. The MD is also responsible for maintaining an environment of teamwork in which the highest quality veterinary medicine is delivered. In partnership with the hospital leadership team, the MD holds shared responsibility for the financial health of the hospital, directing staff and the overall management of practice operations. The MD also serves as a staff veterinarian in addition to the administrative and leadership duties of the MD role. Effective MDs demonstrate strong work and professional ethics, a positive attitude, and uphold a high standard of patient care. They are part of the foundation upon which successful veterinary practices are built and directly impact and influence hospital culture and morale.

Essential Functions:

  • Maintaining a high quality of progressive veterinary care
    • Oversees and gives directives regarding medical standards and quality of care
    • Sets policies as they pertain to the practice of medicine
    • Works toward making various services work as one team
    • In conjunction with appropriate leadership team members, recommends additions to the hospital inventory
    • Budgets for new equipment and provides a reasonable cost estimate and return on investment
    • Sees patients and handles clinical practice
    • Ensures positive communication with clients and between doctors, including the proper transfer of patient care responsibilities
    • Reviews patient records for completeness and accuracy and uses them to promote medical excellence
    • Appropriately manages controlled drugs
    • Reviews and approves requests for alternatives to additional drugs and medical supplies
    • Conducts regular doctor meetings
    • Performs other duties as assigned by Manager

Administration duties:

  • Handles patient care problems, client complaints, and referral partner issues
  • Manages veterinary, client, and board complaints and recommends resolutions
  • Develops medical policies
  • Assists in ensuring practice compliance with the State Veterinary Medical Practice Act, OSHA, and AAHA standards

Leading by example:

  • Holds licensure in good standing to practice and maintains all required licenses with timely renewals
  • Monitors DVM performance and production, provides coaching when appropriate
  • Serves as a mentor and role model for all staff veterinarians

Development of the practice:

  • Identifies new service opportunities that do not currently exist in the hospital
  • Holds ownership for the revenue and success of the practice through monitoring key performance indicators and works with the Hospital Manager to make adjustments to achieve positive results
  • Helps identify and plan for upcoming challenges in maintaining hospital operations and possible temporary solutions (locum)
  • Performs other duties as assigned by Manager


  • Conflict resolution
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Customer Service
  • Ethics
  • Positivity

Qualifications: Education/Experience:

  • Doctor in Veterinary Medicine Degree
  • 3-5 years of clinical experience, preferred


  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent time-management and delegation abilities
  • Exercises sound judgment and demonstrates exemplary decision-making skills
  • Professionalism and courtesy in all interactions with others
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills

The list of essential functions, as outlined in this job description, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. The omission of any job function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.

Pay Range
$130,000$160,000 USD

PetVet Care Centers, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading operators of veterinary hospitals for companion animals. The company operates over 450 hospitals across multiple states and employs over 11,000 people including over 800 veterinarians. Since its inception, PetVet has been structured around a model that is focused on developing a partnership between the hospitals and the company and providing the highest quality medicine and service.

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