You have spent the last 7 or 8 years working towards your goal of becoming a veterinarian. Your whole life you have wanted this and now it is at your fingertips and almost about to happen. You have heard countless horror stories about difficult work environments, poor work/life balance, increasing suicide rates, unbearable student loans, and yet, yet here you are continuing on and preparing to go out into the world to start the next leg of your dream! You have invested your whole life and often at great cost not only to your bank account but your personal relationships as well to grab ahold of this dream and swing out into this big, wide world of animals that need your help. You have a dream, an idea of what you want to do and how you want your first job to be and you are hoping to drive up to some veterinary clinic and see this big red arrow flashing and know that this is the job, this is the location for you! It is true, I remember that feeling!
So you want to know the reality of it? You are most likely not going to find your dream job because your dream job must be built by you from a foundation, a firm foundation hopefully and all any practice can offer you is a foundation to which you can then build upon! There are so many practices out there looking for a bright, eager young veterinarian to join them but let me tell you, not a one of us are perfect! Every hospital has flaws, they all has difficult staff, they all has difficult clients, they all are not quite what you are looking for BUT, but they can become that if you are willing to give them a chance. You have to understand that we are just trying to do our best with what we have and most of us are willing to change and grow but we need your help and your patience and most of all we need your communication and ambition and knowledge and your commitment!
When I got my first job it wasn’t exactly what I wanted by a long shot but it had the potential! I came in and I learned and I worked hard and I played hard and I did some more learning and I grew and I changed and I built up the parts that I really wanted to do and it is the very foundation of who I am today! And, having built it myself, having made my dream come true has made every day the best day ever! You don’t find your dream job, you make your dream job!
So, who are we? We are Desert Cross Veterinary Hospital and we are looking for one or maybe even two veterinarians who are interested in practicing the art of rural veterinary medicine. We have a great foundation to build upon the dream that you have always had! Currently we are mostly small animal 75%ish and the rest is equine and cattle with a few oinkers and some lawn mowing sheep and goats as well. Ok, not lawn mowers because this is southeastern Arizona and very few people have lawns but you get the point.
There is huge room for growth on the large animals side of things. Our doctor is just getting too old to be out there wrestling around with horses and cows because she did that exclusively for ten years and it is hard on a body and wears you down and wears you out! We just built a spanking brand new awesome horse barn and are in the works of adding a cattle working section with a few pens and chute for the bovine critters that need to come see us instead of us going to see them! We have some great toys for the horses that include brand new wireless x-ray (we even have wifi in the barn!) and a very nice ultrasound, swissfloat for equine dentals, endoscope, if you know how to use it, as well as a very fast, (but you have to pay for your own speeding tickets) one ton, crew cab, diesel vet truck with 8ft bowie box. We are just that cool!
Now you have to remember that we are pretty darn rural which means that you are about 2 hours away from the nearest big city! (Which would be Tucson, our doctor can get there in an hour and a half but again, you have to pay your own speeding tickets!). But what we lack in size we make up for in the awesomeness of our clients and the cases that we get to see and the diversity of what we get to do. I mean, seriously, this is the way veterinary medicine was meant to be practiced if you want a rural setting. Our town is small but our caseload is great! I promise that you will never be bored but we won’t work you too hard either because we understand the importance of having a life outside the clinic!
Our hospital has digital x-ray, ultrasonic scaler for dentals, two surgery tables and lots of cool surgery toys because our doctor loves surgery. We have in house blood machines and pretty much all the standard stuff one would want, heck, we even have the ability to do stem cell in house!! I know way cool, right! Oh, and don’t forget the laser and the digitherm camera!
Most of our staff has been here for a long time and while they aren’t perfect they are awesome! Like any and all of us when treated with respect and like they matter they will bend over backwards for you! We all have bad days but heck, have you ever met anyone who didn’t? We all work together to make our busy days go as smooth as possible and at the end of the day, that is all that really matters anyway!
Work week for associate would consists of working four days from 8-5. You get at least an hour for lunch and while we do have to do a lot during the hours that we are open when it is closing time, we are generally outta here because we all have families that we want to get home to. We are not open on weekends because one has to have a bit of a life and we want that too. Because we are rural and far away from the emergency clinics we do have to split on call time and so it is one week on per doctor. It really isn’t that bad as most of our clients are trained to try and come in during office hours. Most weeks there are only a couple after hour emergencies that actually cant be dealt over the phone. Give two benedryl and call me in the morning!
Our benefit package includes membership to AVMA and health insurance and profit sharing and vacation time and you know, all that stuff that everyone wants and most places offer these days. Salary is dependent upon experience but we are offering a starting new grad a salary of $80,000. We realize that that is not as much as the large corporations are offering but we are way better to work for!
We want to help you build your dream job! Our doctor will mentor as much or as little as you wish although, she will not hold your hand because it is important that you learn to walk on your own two fee but she will be there beside you to catch you if you trip and help you up if you fall and guide you along the way! We want you to become the very best doctor that you have always dreamed of becoming and we feel that we can do that! We have a lot to offer and we want to continue to grow with your help!
About Desert Cross Veterinary Hospital
Rural, mixed animal clinic. Approximately 80% small animal, 20% large animal. Faith based practice, built around community and family with a strong emphasis in progressive growth while still maintaining cost efficient care.Our clinic is located at the base of Mt. Graham in southeast Arizona. There are extensive opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.Visit our website at www.desertcrossvet.com and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/desertcrossveterinaryhospital