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Working As A Doctor Of Veterinary Medicine

  • $65,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Doctor Of Veterinary Medicine Do At Banfield Pet Hospital

* Practice in accordance to state practice act and principles of veterinary medical ethics
* Leverage evidence-based medicine and continue pursuit of education to deliver quality patient care
* Devote yourself to the culture of preventive care and Optimum Wellness Plans
* Adopt and positively impact new veterinary standards and guidelines
* Deliver medical and surgical treatments with formulary approved pharmaceuticals, supplies, and equipment, in accordance with Banfield’s Medical Quality Standards
* Partner with clients as an advocate for the pet to plan follow-up visits, provide home-care instructions, and education to ensure the lifelong health of their pets
* Maintain relevant, comprehensive medical records with the support of practice systems, including Banfield’s database, PetWare, designed to obtain data for population research
* Foster an effective veterinary support team by communicating medical standards, ethical practices, and your veterinary knowledge and experience
* Exemplify the Mars Five Principles — Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency, and Freedom

What Does A Doctor Of Veterinary Medicine Do At Banfield Pet Hospital

* Operate an effective and productive veterinary medical team, advocating for Pets, educating clients on all aspects of Pet health, ensuring a safe and effective hospital environment, and improving both the medical quality and business performance of the hospital.
* Follow the Cycle of Service and communicate with the other team members to maintain the flow of patients to maximize quality medical care and productivity.
* Ensure the safety of Pets, clients and team members by utilizing safe restraining techniques, following standard protocols, and maintaining clean, sterile and organized treatment areas, exam rooms and labs.
* Diagnose, treat and control diseases and injuries in Pets; perform surgery on Pets; prescribe and administer drugs and vaccines as appropriate.
* Educate clients about Optimum Wellness Plans, preventive care, Pet health needs, any diagnosis or treatment, hospital services and other related information.
* Coach paraprofessional team to provide such education as well.
* Ensure patient satisfaction to expand patient base through client referrals.
* Obtain relevant information and history from clients, and maintain proper and complete medical records.
* Provide professional, efficient and exceptional service including prescribing and administering preventive care for the wellness needs of Pets and diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries of Pets.
* Effectively communicates diagnosis and treatment plan to veterinary medical team and client.
* Create a positive professional relationship with PetSmart associates and customers.
* Foster effective communication between team members, field leadership and Central Team Support.
* Fully utilize all practice systems (including protocols and medical records) to protect license and improve quality of life for team members, clients, and patients.
* Ensure all practice policies, protocols and quality assurance guidelines and local, state and federal laws are followed, including proper maintenance of the controlled substance inventory log.
* Clearly understand and deliver Banfield medical standards and ethical practices and ensure hospital team members have been educated and practice within these guidelines.
* Understand and follow state guidelines regarding duties of veterinary assistants and licensed veterinary technicians.
* Continuously strengthen and build the Banfield brand.
* Other job duties as assigned

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How To Become A Doctor Of Veterinary Medicine

Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Almost all physicians complete at least 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.


Most applicants to medical school have at least a bachelor's degree, and many have advanced degrees. Although no specific major is required, all students must complete undergraduate work in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English. Students also take courses in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, some students volunteer at local hospitals or clinics to gain experience in a healthcare setting.

Medical schools are highly competitive. Most applicants must submit transcripts, scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and letters of recommendation. Schools also consider an applicant’s personality, leadership qualities, and participation in extracurricular activities. Most schools require applicants to interview with members of the admissions committee.

A few medical schools offer combined undergraduate and medical school programs that last 6 or 7 years.

Students spend most of the first 2 years of medical school in laboratories and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology, medical ethics, and the laws governing medicine. They also gain practical skills, learning to take medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses.

During their last 2 years, medical students work with patients under the supervision of experienced physicians in hospitals and clinics. Through rotations in internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery, they gain experience in diagnosing and treating illnesses in a variety of areas.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Physicians and surgeons need to be excellent communicators. They must be able to communicate effectively with their patients and other healthcare support staff.

Compassion. Physicians and surgeons deal with patients who are sick or injured and may be in extreme pain or distress. Physicians and surgeons must be able to treat patients and their families with compassion and understanding.

Detail oriented. Physicians and surgeons must ensure that patients are receiving appropriate treatment and medications. They must also monitor and record various pieces of information related to patient care.

Dexterity. Physicians and surgeons must be good at working with their hands. They may work with very precise and sometimes sharp tools, and mistakes can have serious consequences.

Leadership skills. Physicians who work in their own practice need to be effective leaders. They must be able to manage a staff of other professionals to run their practice.

Organizational skills. Some physicians own their own practice. Strong organizational skills, including good recordkeeping, are critical in both medical and business settings.

Patience. Physicians and surgeons may work for long periods with patients who need special attention. Persons who fear medical treatment may require more patience.

Physical stamina. Physicians and surgeons should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or turning disabled patients. Surgeons may spend a great deal of time bending over patients during surgery.

Problem-solving skills. Physicians and surgeons need to evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments. They need to do this quickly if a patient’s life is threatened.


After medical school, almost all graduates enter a residency program in their specialty of interest. A residency usually takes place in a hospital and varies in duration, generally lasting from 3 to 7 years, depending on the specialty.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require physicians and surgeons to be licensed; requirements vary by state. To qualify for a license, candidates must graduate from an accredited medical school and complete residency training in their specialty.

All physicians and surgeons also must pass a standardized national licensure exam. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board. 

Certification is not required for physicians and surgeons; however, it may increase their employment opportunities. M.D.s and D.O.s seeking board certification in a specialty may spend up to 7 years in residency training; the length of time varies with the specialty. To become board certified, candidates must complete a residency program and pass a specialty certification exam from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

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Doctor Of Veterinary Medicine Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Korean

  • Bengali

  • Hindi

  • French

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Real Doctor Of Veterinary Medicine Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine California Veterinary Specialists, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Sep 24, 2013 $160,000
Sleep Medicine Doctor Sleep Medicine Associates, LLC Manchester, CT Oct 08, 2009 $143,749 -
Doctor of Medicine Morris Heights Health Center New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $140,000
Doctor of Pulmonary Medicine Colorado Springs Pulmonary Consultants, PC Colorado Springs, CO Oct 01, 2013 $138,216
Doctor of Pulmonary Medicine Colorado Springs Pulmonary Consultants, PC Colorado Springs, CO Aug 13, 2016 $136,698
Doctor of Pulmonary Medicine Colorado Springs Pulmonary Consultants, PC Colorado Springs, CO Aug 14, 2016 $136,698
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Del Valle Veterinary Services, Inc. McAllen, TX Apr 13, 2015 $130,438
Doctor of Pulmonary Medicine Colorado Springs Pulmonary Consultants, PC Colorado Springs, CO Sep 04, 2013 $129,522
Doctors of Dental Medicine, LLP Doctors of Dental Medicine, LLP Dayton, NJ Mar 24, 2014 $125,742
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Partner Medical Management International, Inc. Springfield, PA Feb 15, 2012 $115,000
Doctor of Medicine/Pediatrician United Medical Centers Eagle Pass, TX Apr 15, 2010 $115,000
Managing Doctor of Veterinary Medicine NVA Arizona Veterinary Services Inc. Yuma, AZ Jan 05, 2016 $100,000
Associate Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Gatordoc, P.A. Fayetteville, NC Sep 01, 2013 $78,520
Doctor of Oriental Medicine Medical Holistic Center New Smyrna Beach, FL Oct 01, 2011 $78,263
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine DR. John David McGee, PC Bullhead City, AZ Oct 01, 2013 $77,896
Associate Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Medical Management International, Inc. Spring Hill, FL Mar 13, 2012 $75,000
Associate Doctor of Veterinary Medicine NVA Kem Road Veterinary Management, Inc. Marion, IN Jan 09, 2016 $75,000
Nutritionist and Integrative Medicine Doctor Do It Moving Human Performance Inc. CA Dec 28, 2016 $62,610
Associate Doctor of Veterinary Medicine NVA Kem Road Veterinary Management, Inc. Marion, IN Aug 26, 2014 $62,000
Doctor of Oriental Medicine Compassion Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic, Inc. Orlando, FL Oct 01, 2014 $60,000
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine D'Adamo Institute for The Advancement of Natural T Portsmouth, NH Feb 01, 2011 $60,000 -
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Dadamo Institute for The Advancement Natural Thera Portsmouth, NH Feb 01, 2011 $60,000 -
Doctor In Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Kirkpatrick Veterinary Hospital, P.A. Orlando, FL Jul 08, 2011 $60,000 -
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Companion Animal Practices North America Tempe, AZ Aug 29, 2014 $59,500 -
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Companion Animal Practices North America Tempe, AZ Sep 14, 2014 $59,500 -

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Top Skills for A Doctor Of Veterinary Medicine


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Top Doctor Of Veterinary Medicine Skills

  1. Emergency Consultations
  2. Medical Care
  3. Small Animal
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Bring emergency medical cares for patient in critical medical condition
  • Performed and assisted with small animals, exotics and avians.
  • Doctor of veterinary medicine Collected specimens and performed laboratory tests.
  • Volunteer)Performed spay and neuter surgeries under licensed veterinarian supervision and observation.Prepared patients for anesthesia and surgery.
  • General care for elderly patientsTreating diseases elderly patients.Prevention of disease in geriatric patients

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