Careers

Hickory Veterinary Hospital is a 20,000 sq ft state of the art veterinary complex situated on 10 acres of ground in historic Plymouth Meeting, PA. We are just 20 minutes from Philadelphia with easy access from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Schuylkill Expressway and the 476 Blue Route. Our referral hospital receives patients 7 days a week, 365 days a year including holidays.

OUR MISSION:

To be the most advanced veterinary care facility in the Montgomery County area and  to support our patients, clients, referring veterinarians with the delivery of advanced diagnostic and medical care.

OUR CORE VALUES:

Professional Excellence
We are committed to providing innovative and caring solutions across a broad spectrum of veterinary medical challenges, the result of which will be to allow pets to live longer, healthier lives.

Teamwork
Our medical team works in a collaborative environment with pet owners and referring veterinarians to outline the best scenario of care for our patients.

Integrity
We empower every client, allowing them to make their own decisions about their pets’ treatment. We will offer continuous support from day one and we will always support the decisions our patients make.

Compassion
Clients and patients are valued as family members.

Service
We want to ensure that our patients and our pet parents are able to achieve optimal wellness through quality health care options, resources, and financial alternatives.

Benefits
Hickory Veterinary Hospital offers a competitive benefits package including:
•    Salary is commensurate with experience.
•    Health Insurance: We offer 3 co-pay health insurance plans to meet your needs
•    Life Insurance is offered
•    Short or long Term Disability is available
•    Dental is an optional plan
•    Holidays: rotating schedule for coverage
•    Employee discounts on products and services

Hickory Veterinary Hospital is an AAHA accredited hospital that serves over 7,000 companion animal patients annually. Our board-certified specialists offer a broad range of diagnostic and treatment options in the fields of surgery, critical care, ophthalmology, neurology, cardiology, rehabilitation and radiology. We offer our patient general practice needs as well.

We are continuously looking for a team of friendly and compassionate professionals to contribute to our continued goal. Our mission is to provide the local community state of the art veterinary care while maintaining a close relationship between doctors, staff and patients. At Hickory, we aim to build lasting relationships with patients, provide emergency services in time of need and offer specialty services to the local community and referring veterinarians. We chose to place patient care and communication first and treat every pet as if they are part of our Hickory family, and hope to continue growing with the support of our community.

Outpatient Technician

Perform variety of animal health care duties to assist our primary care veterinarians.
Some of the outpatient technician’s responsibilities include:
•    Greet Clients and set up doctor appointments.
•    Take patient history and triage
•    Administer injections
•    Perform venipuncture
•    Apply wound dressings
•    Hold or restrain patients during examination, treatment, or inoculation
•    Prepare patient, medications, and equipment
•    Perform diagnostic laboratory tests
•    Review vaccine history, heartworm and flea preventative

ICU/ER Technician

Perform variety of animal health care duties to assist our ICU/emergency veterinarians.
Some of the ICU/ER technician’s responsibilities include:

•    Provide emergency/critical care procedure with the emergency doctor
•    Provide nursing care for hospitalized patients
•    Run laboratory and diagnostic tests
•    Monitor equipment used for hospitalized patients
•    Assist with physical examinations
•    Contact clients for follow up on treated patients
•    Update clients on patient’ conditions

Surgical Technician

Perform variety of animal health care duties to assist our surgeons
Some of the surgical technician’s responsibilities include:
•    Assist in preparations for surgical procedures (soft tissue, orthopedic, emergency and elective)
•    Monitor patients under anesthesia
•    Run laboratory and diagnostic tests
•    Post operative care of patients
•    Equipment care for surgery
•    Discharge patients
•    Dental Care

Pharmacy Technician Assistant

Hickory Veterinary Hospital has a fully functioning in-house pharmacy, staffed 7 days a week from 7am to 9pm.
Some of the pharmacy technician assistant’s responsibilities include:

•    Keeping track of inventory throughout the hospital

•    Assist staff with day to day flow by filling medications

•    Client communication and proper medical record keeping

We are looking for someone who is friendly, hardworking and willing to learn. Veterinary medication knowledge is a plus. Experience and comfort with client communication is preferred.

Doctor

We are seeking like-minded specialty, emergency and general practice doctors to help us grow our family owned practice! Please contact us directly at info@hickoryvet.com to learn more about our veterinarian career opportunities.

Externships

Pennsylvania Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Associates
Hickory Veterinary Hospital
Veterinary Technician Externship
Program Protocol
First handout is the Pennsylvania Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Associates Hickory Veterinary Hospital Technician Externship Program informational sheets. This handout would be packaged in separate folders and mailed or dropped off at Harcum College, Manor College or any other affiliated veterinary technician schools whose veterinary technician students would be interested in interviewing with us for an externship program.

This handout contains the following:

Our mission statement
Hospital operations
Personal appearance rules
Client and patient confidentiality
Cell phone policy
Social media/networking policy
Employee parking
Personnel records, information and forms guidelines

Attached to the introduction handout are the guidelines of tasks and responsibilities that will be observed during the students’ externship.

It consists of two sections.

First section is evaluation of general responsibilities.
Attendance and punctuality
Adaptability
Communication
Professionalism
Job Knowledge
Work Habit
Work quality/productivity
Safety

Second sections are technician skills by department.
Outpatient tasks
Inpatient/ER/Critical Care tasks
–    Additional list for a more advanced/seasoned technician
Surgical Tasks
–    Additional list for a more advanced/seasoned technician
Hospital Ward Tasks

We would interview the students for the externship program. After selecting the student or students for the program, we would discuss a schedule that would allow the student to shadow a senior technician during their rotations. The student would be given a packet with the following information.

1)    A check list with daily, weekly and monthly responsibilities. This list has detail listing of basic housekeeping duties that will show the student locations of products, importance of cleanliness and overall care of the hospital.

2)    A final assessment letter to be completed by the employer/supervisor and returned to the program director or assistant program director at the end of the completed externship. The guidelines lists attached to the introduction handout would be filled out as well and submitted with this final assessment letter.  It can be reviewed with the student at the discretion of the employer/supervisor as deemed necessary or faxed/emailed to the director /assisting director directly.

This would complete the externship program for the student.  We may offer an opportunity to be employed at Pennsylvania Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Associates Hickory Veterinary Hospital if the student is interested and if we feel they qualify for the position available.

Equal Opportunity
Hickory Veterinary Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer
We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, sex, age, veteran status or disability. It is our intention that all qualified applications be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on job-related factors.

Three Generations of Helping and Healing

Hickory Veterinary Hospital was founded in 1956 as a team of professionals committed to excellence in animal care. Our continued goal is to deliver the highest quality of veterinary medicine to our patients.