Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We’ve created this page to tell interested veterinarians just a bit more about our practice than a standard employment ad allows. We all know the most important thing (and the most difficult to know about in advance) in a job situation is compatibility. The interview and job-seeking process ultimately functions so that both parties can find out as much about each other in advance as possible.
Employment ads, phone calls, e-mails, interviews, and working interviews are all part of this process, and we hope that by elaborating just a bit more on this page we can augment those other components.
Orchard Hills Animal Hospital was founded in the late 1960s. We were originally a mixed-animal practice, but we have been dedicated solely to small, companion-animal care since Dr. Bargar purchased the hospital in 2002. Since that time, our practice has continued to evolve. More information about Orchard Hills Animal Hospital can be found on our main website or on our Facebook page.
Our foundational philosophy is simple:
- Educate clients and provide clear options as to how to proceed in every scenario whether it’s routine wellness care, an ill or traumatized patient, or an end-of-life decision.
- Manage all pets with care, compassion, and empathy.
- Foster an open, learning environment that encourages and supports growth of all our staff members.
- Stay current while continually striving to improve our processes.
We are one of the larger, non-chain practices throughout the greater Portland/Vancouver area, and we have an active social media presence through our Facebook page, Google Ads, e-mails, monthly newsletters, and our PetDesk app.
Our hospital is well equipped with a fully computerized and comprehensive in-house lab with ultrasound capabilities and more (see below). We do have access to a wide variety of local referral hospitals, but we also make use of mobile internal medicine consultation (a mobile service combined with ultrasound), echocardiography, and boarded anesthesiologists so we can (and do) keep those cases in-house.
Alternatively, we have great relationships with all local and regional referral hospitals—we consult with these practices and send cases to them regularly.
Equipment & Facility
Our current building is admittedly getting a little long in the tooth! It is clean, well-kempt and very functional, and has undergone several internal remodels since Dr. Bargar purchased the practice in 2002—but we are rapidly outgrowing the space and are ready for a new facility.
With that being said, we are excited to start construction on our new building in the fall or winter of 2019! While plans are not completely finalized, look to the end of this write-up to see our most current and nearly finalized plan for the new building.
Features and equipment of our current building that will be carried over to our new facility are listed below:
- Fully computerized, with computers in all exam rooms.
- Our practice software is AVImark.
- Firewalled remote access capability for all DVMs and management.
- Direct digital standard radiography.
- CR dental radiography (IM3 CR7).
- 2 ultrasound machines.
- TONOVET tonometry unit.
- Philips Burton UV blacklight and derm light with magnifying lens.
- IDEXX Procyte Dx.
- IDEXX Catalyst 1.
- IDEXX Snapshot Pro SNAP Reader.
- IDEXX Vetlab UA with Sedi-View (gone are the days of 3 techs and 2 doctors around a microscope arguing about whether that’s bacteria on the urine sediment).
- Doppler blood pressure.
- Brand new Leica DM750 microscope with built-in hi-res camera and networking capability.
- 2 LifeWindow and 1 SurgiVet multi-parameter vital sign anesthetic monitors.
- 1 portable Masimo pulse oximetry unit.
- 2 Bair Hugger Model 505 patient warming units.
- Companion therapeutic laser.
- 3 isoflurane inhalation anesthetic machines with central oxygen and scavenging.
- Oxygen cage unit.
- Dentalaire Prestige dental station.
- Electrocautery (monopolar).
- Surgical suction unit.
- A full complement of orthopedic instruments and hardware, including a battery-powered multi-head Stryker and a battery-powered VOI TPLO saw with all possible radial sawblade sizes.
- All surgical packs have high-quality German instruments.
- 5 Heska Vet/IV 2.2 infusion pumps.
Many of our equipment purchases have been driven by professional staff interest, expertise, and recommendations. We remain willing to discuss new opportunities to improve the quality of our practice through sound equipment investments.
The Position & Compensation
Our pricing, client base, support staff, and management structure allows opportunity for a client to earn a high income commensurate with experience, production ability, and/or special interests. As a non-corporate practice, we offer a very competitive production-based compensation package with a guaranteed base salary.
Our compensation packages result in total net compensation (salary plus benefits) of 24-25%. We don’t use a tiered incentive structure for production, but rather start paying out an incentivized bonus as soon as you reach your bi-weekly production goal. We offer a guaranteed annual base pay of $85,000 with production pay above and beyond this.
Most of our full time, experienced veterinarians earn an annual salary package of $140,000+, with a four-day work week of 40 scheduled hours. For this position, we are advertising a total compensation package of approximately $100,000-$120,000 per year to start. Additional details include:
- Guaranteed base salary of $85,000 per year with immediate ability to earn production pay above and beyond base salary.
- Benefits package, which equates to over $10,000 per year:
- $1,800 per year continuing education allowance
- 12 days FTO—2 days intended for CE
- 3% 401k retirement matching available after 12 months of employment
- 50% of employee dental/medical insurance premium—group plan through Kaiser Permanente
- Exceptional pet benefits—goods at a simple cost plus (usually 20%) markup and mostly free services. 4 pets per employee.
- Dues: VIN, DEA, AVMA, PVMA, state licensure.
- 4-day work week, approximately 38 scheduled hours.
- Flexible and negotiable number of procedural days per week, depending on applicant interest and abilities (experience in surgery and dentistry is preferred).
- Outpatient appointments at 2 per hour. One appointment slot in the morning and one slot in the afternoon are left un-booked, allowing for day-of scheduling of urgent appointments or catch-up time.
- The day’s surgical doctor is dedicated to surgery, sees most-to-all drop-off appointments, and has no scheduled room appointments.
- 2-hour lunch break from noon-2pm, allowing for lunch, phone calls, and records catch-up.
- No emergency on-call.
- No overnights.
A well-trained and efficient support staff is a critical component to the success of our practice. We pride ourselves on a stringent and structured training process and well-designed protocols for any and all newly hired support staff. Training programs are specifically designed and adapted for employees that come to us with previous experience.
- We currently employ roughly 20 support staff members and 4 veterinarians. Several have been with us for over 5 years, including stints of 7, 11, and 30 years!
- Each room doctor will have a dedicated team of two assistants. A float (usually our floor lead) bounces between two vet teams to help expedite treatments, charge entry, etc.
- The surgical team has a CVT and 2 assistants. There is a dedicated nurse anesthetist that never leaves the side of an anesthetized patient from induction through recovery.
- Staff is made up of well-trained, career-minded individuals.
- Our staff perform everything they are legally able and trained to do. It is our belief that support staff feel more challenged and rewarded if their skills and knowledge are put to good use. Doctors are welcome to do whatever technical procedure (venipuncture, catheter placement, etc.) they like to do, but it is our belief that doctors are best at being doctors and the technical staff finds their days more rewarding if they are allowed and expected to perform the technical and patient-handling duties they are trained to do.
This isn’t meant to be an exhaustive description of our practice and the position; it is meant to give you an idea of some of the intangibles that are vitally important to a lasting employment relationship.
Look around the rest of our website, our Facebook page, and most importantly, call or e-mail Dr. Bargar directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to discuss anything further. You are also invited to submit a résumé and cover letter to the e-mail address above.
Washougal, nestled at the mouth of the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, has its roots in rural America, but is truly an evolving suburban bedroom community of the greater Portland and Vancouver area. Around 50% of our clientele that call Camas and Washougal home actually work in professional capacities in Portland or Vancouver.
Whether you prefer the fabulously small, big-city feel of Portland, the more laidback but evolving and growing small-city environment of Vancouver, or if you prefer to be out near the practice in the beautiful and scenic Columbia River Gorge with all of its outdoor pursuits, this area has a tremendous amount to offer.
Who We Are Looking For . . .
While we welcome all applicants, our ideal candidate has 2 to 5 years of experience in small-animal medicine, surgery, and dentistry. They exhibit thorough diagnostic capabilities and strong case-management abilities, and are skilled in dental procedures, primarily extractions (or has the ability and willingness to learn these skills). Plus, there is always opportunity to develop our dental practice further to incorporate endodontics, etc. if the interest is there.
Basic skills in soft tissue surgery are a must and advanced skills in soft tissue surgery (gastrotomy, cystotomy, enterotomy, and enucleation are examples) would be an added benefit. Our ideal candidate can juggle multiple medically-intensive cases at once and is comfortable delegating most treatment tasks to the technicians.
Teamwork is important, and at Orchard Hills Animal Hospital, we are looking for someone who can relate well one-on-one with technicians and oversee several at once. Obviously, communication skills, especially with clients, are highly important.
You are encouraged to apply even if you do not meet all of the listed criteria. We are looking for associates that meet most criteria and will be a fit for our culture and growing practice!