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    ALWAYS LOOKING TO HIRE

    Ever thought of working at a veterinary practice?

    We constantly strive to have a team dedicated to high quality care of our patients.  If you are interested in working with such a team, let us know by submitting a letter of interest and resume.  You can email us at castlegarvet@telus.net

    Please see listings below for open positions for Our Team.

  • ~July 2020~ Technician Position Available


    TECHNICIAN 


    Castlegar Veterinary Hospital is a 2-doctor small animal practice that is seeking to add an experienced, compassionate and dependable technician to join our dynamic expanding team.  This is an excellent full-time opportunity for an individual who is eager to utilize their technician skills in a positive working environment.  We are dedicated to providing pets with quality affordable medical and surgical healthcare.  Our newly renovated and expanded facility offers a modern setting with the most advanced diagnostic technology to meet the needs of our patients and ensure owners they are receiving the best possible care.


    This exciting job opportunity is in a great location.  Castlegar area boasts tremendous outdoor adventure opportunities as well as wonderful arts and garden societies.  There truly is something for everyone.


    Ideal candidate will be a LVT/CVT/RVT.  Experience with Cornerstone software is a plus.


    Benefits include a competitive hourly pay rate for our area; based on experience; medical and dental benefits; continuing education; and Veterinary Services at a reduced rate

     

    If this sounds like the place for you, please submit resume with cover letter to: castlegarvet@telus.net or pmcvh@telus.net

  • ~July 2020~ Exam Room Assistant


    EXAM ROOM ASSISTANT  
     Job Opportunity!!

    Castlegar Veterinary Hospital is seeking a dedicated, enthusiastic professional to join our team as an Exam Room Assistant. Prior training in Veterinary medicine or successful completion of a Veterinary Office Assistant course is required.  This is a full-time opportunity with room for growth and expansion of skills, work weeks will range from 36-40 hrs.
    We provide many services such as wellness examinations, immunizations, surgery, radiology, ultrasound,  in-house lab and more.  The exam room assistant contributes significantly to the client/patient flow throughout the hospital. Our exam room assistants work directly with the doctors during their appointments to help provide exceptional patient and client care and help educate clients regarding veterinary care procedures and protocols.

    Candidates for the position must be comfortable working with the public in a customer service position, and must be comfortable interacting directly with pets. We are looking for a staff member that is a team-players who can multi-task while also maintaining close attention to details in a fast-paced work environment. The ideal candidate must have great work-ethic, possess strong communication and customer service skills and be team focused.  

    Duties include but are not limited to:
    •    Greet clients and escort them and their pets into an exam room
    •    Follow established procedure in order to assist veterinarians with exams and facilitate the flow of clients and patients through the hospital (Taking a TPR/patient history, meds administration etc.)
    •    Appointment scheduling
    •    Answer/Make appropriate phone calls
    •    Anticipate and prepare any medications or vaccines the doctor will need to treat the patient
    •    Review treatment plans with clients
    •    Ensure all procedures rendered during the visit are document for proper billing
    •    Clean and stock exam rooms
    •    Demonstrate warmth, courtesy and professionalism in all interactions with clients.
    •    Educate clients regard preventive medicine, vaccination requirements, the importance of pre-anesthetic wellness screening, fecal, urinalysis, heartworm checks, FeLV testing etc.
    •    Promote the practice’s products, programs, and services by making suggestions to clients about products appropriate for their pet’s condition as well as giving clients handouts and educational materials to take home to further their understanding of veterinary issues.

    Benefits Include:
    •    Competitive wages based on experience
    •    Extended health and dental benefits
    •    Continuing education
    •    Veterinary Services at a reduced rate

    The Castlegar area offers tremendous outdoor recreational opportunities including hiking, biking, golfing, skiing and more! The community boasts various arts and garden societies and provides something for everyone. Centrally located within the Interior of BC, Castlegar is less than an hour drive from both Trail and Nelson and is just over an hour to the Washington border.

    Please e-mail your resume with cover letter to castlegarvet@telus.net           
    Attention: Dr. Dennison/Rachel Shkuratoff.          
    **RESUMES WITH NO COVER LETTER WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED

     
  • COVID-19 Response


       CASTLEGAR VETERINARY HOSPITAL 

    RESPONSE TO COVID-19



    MARCH  18TH, 2020



    To All our valued clients, 


    As news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop in our community, we are monitoring the situation closely.  The health and well being of your pet is our top priority.  At this time our hospital remains open and is operating with our regular business hours.  But please check in regularly for updates, as this may change at any time. 


    We are wanting to keep you all informed of our current recommendations as well as the steps we are taking to continue offering you the care your pets need, while providing you and our team a safe environment.  

    For your safety, the safety of our staff, and the safety of our communities, we are having to change how we will be operating the hospital.

    During this time, we are not having any clients come into the building, and will be utilizing our Personal Protective Equipment (caps, masks, gloves, overcoats) to assure as much protection is provided for you and for us. 


    ***PLEASE BE AWARE, DUE TO THE INCREASED VOLUME OF PHONE CALLS/LINES NEEDED TO OPERATE AT THIS TIME, MANY OF OUR PHONE CALLS WILL BE COMING FROM A BLOCKED NUMBER. TO REDUCE DELAYS IN CARE, PLEASE BE SURE YOUR PHONE WILL ALLOW THESE CALLS TO BE ACCEPTED****


    1. AFTER HOUR EMERGENCIES:  

    We will operate in the same manner as usual. Please call our hospital and follow the emergency information given. 

    2. EMERGENCIES DURING OFFICE HOURS :

    If possible, please call us at 250-365-2344 to let us know you are on the way so we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital. When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot, call 250-365-2344 and we’ll come to you. If you do not have a phone or your pet’s emergency is immediately life threatening, please come to the front door and knock and a member of staff will assist you through the door. 

    3. Patients with SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS:

    When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot, call 250-365-2344 and we’ll come to you. If you do not have a phone, please come to the front door and knock and a member of staff will assist you through the door.  Or if you have already been given prior instructions follow those.



    4. Patients WITHOUT scheduled appointments:

    If you are coming to collect food or other items, please call us at 250-365-2344 on arrival in the parking lot.  If you do not have a phone, please come to the front door and knock and a member of staff will assist you through the door.  Or if you have already been given prior instructions follow those.

    5. Surgical Patients:  

    We plan to keep our regular surgery schedule with protocols in place for minimal staff to client contact. 


    If you are sick, or experiencing flu-like symptoms (have a new cough, fever, shortness of breath) and have an appointment coming up, we please ask that you call and reschedule.  If your pet is having a medical emergency or requires urgent care, please call ahead and inform our staff if you have travelled to high-risk areas, had any exposure to symptomatic or confirmed positive cases or have confirmed positive for COVID-19 yourself.   Together we will determine the best method to ensure that your pet can receive the care it needs, while minimizing risk to our staff and other clients.  These methods may include arranging for a trusted friend, neighbor or healthy family member to transport your pet to our hospital, and having one of our staff receive your pet directly from a vehicle, but please call ahead so we can make this decision based on the situation. 


    If you have travelled (anywhere) outside of the Kootenays, please inform us.  


    If you aren’t facing any of the risk factors listed above and are bringing your pet in, please try to limit 1 caretaker per appointment.  If necessary we can speak with additional caregivers/clients over the phone during the appointment. 


    While we have always followed a rigorous cleaning protocol at our hospital, we have increased the frequency and the scope of hospital cleaning and disinfecting to help ensure everyone is kept safe.  We are ensuring any surfaces that are contacted frequently (debit machines, door handles, etc.) are properly sanitized frequently throughout the day and after each appointment. 


    Currently there is no indication that dogs or cats will become clinically infected with COVID-19, however this is an evolving topic and we encourage you to check out some of these websites for further information:


    https://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/


    http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/about-covid-19/pets


    https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html



    We will continue to update you as we receive more information on how to move forward.  Do not hesitate to call us with any questions or concerns, 


    Thank you for your understanding as we tread the fine line between keeping everyone safe and continuing to proved a necessary service. 


    Sincerely, 


    The Castlegar Veterinary Hospital Team

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