Small Animal Veterinarian
- Well-established, 100% privately owned, rapidly growing small animal practice
- Excellent support staff with three experienced veterinarians to collaborate with or be mentored by
- Located in a beautiful area of Central Wisconsin that we will make sure you have time to enjoy!
Picture this: Patients who wag their tails and slobber on you – or purr and head-bump you. Clients whose faces light up when you walk into the room. Staff who have your back through thick and thin. A thriving practice with an excellent reputation. The chance to grow. Talented, professional staff. Doctors who support one another. Genuine rapport with clients. Join us!
This is what you dreamed a career in veterinary medicine would be!
All of that in a beautiful location where you’re only bored if you try, with both the time and financial resources to achieve the ever-elusive American dream known as “work-life balance”.
It’s taken a lot of hard work for our clinic to reach this point, and we are thrilled to be able to share our success with the right person!
The Animal Medical And Surgical Clinic was established in 1993 by Dr. Mark Schaack. He has retired, but his legacy lives on under new ownership, and we are THRIVING! So much so that we need to add at least one (preferably two) associates to our current team of three DVMs and 18 support staff.
- We love animals and their people, too. We follow both Fear Free and Sophia Yinn’s principles to provide high-quality care in the least traumatic way possible. In order to help clients who may be struggling financially, we offer a Wellness Plan, CareCredit, and ScratchPay. Our clinic culture is such that we have cultivated a team of professional yet witty people-lovers who form a genuine rapport with clients as well as one another. There is a lot of laughter here!
- We love veterinary medicine. A drive to provide the best care that we can along with the mental stimulation of keeping up with our ever-changing profession help make our clinic culture exciting! All of us, from technician’s assistants through management staff and DVMs, are constantly learning, using multiple resources to stay up-to-date on the latest changes in the profession. We collaborate with one another, asking each other questions, and sharing new knowledge. We are the clinic that others in the area send their clients to when they want a second opinion but the client can’t afford to see a specialist, and that feels GREAT!
- We love our team. Staff satisfaction is a huge priority for us, and our approach to it is multifactorial. We have a dedicated Personnel Manager who is available to share grievances, suggestions, and praise. We have a structured review process that includes discussing both strengths and weaknesses, as well as setting goals for each individual. We provide competitive wages with an extensive benefits package. We encourage lifelong learning and offer continuing education allowances to all employees. We strive to keep the work environment a fun and challenging one that promotes individual growth within the context of a comfortable work-life balance. We work together, grow together — and we play together, too!
“I came here expecting to find a job. Instead, I feel like I’ve found a family.” Dr. Karen
About this role
You’ve already spent time in practice, either as a student or as a doctor, so you have a pretty good idea of the duties one is expected to perform as a small animal general practitioner. If you are a new or recent graduate, returning to the profession after a hiatus, or changing your focus within the profession, know that you will be working with three clinicians with decades of experience who are dying to mentor someone!
A day in the life of our practitioners includes:
- soft tissue surgery that is only as challenging as each individual is comfortable with (we do refer complex cases)
- anesthetic dental care including dental radiograph interpretation and tooth extractions
- preventative as well as curative care that is tailored to each individual patient and family, but always starts with recommending the gold standard
- urgent care, which could mean stabilizing a critical patient for transfer to a referral institution, hospitalizing a patient for diagnostics and treatment, or re-arranging your schedule to perform an emergency surgery
- chronic case management, including endocrine disorders, renal disease, allergic dermatitis/otitis, osteoarthritis, cardiac disease, and cancer
- maintaining medical records using a cloud-based clinic management system (eVet Practice)
- communicating effectively with both clients and staff, often using the features provided by eVet
Our in-house diagnostic instruments include digital radiographs, dental radiographs, video otoscopes, an ultrasound unit, and Abaxis laboratory analyzers (CBC/chemistry/urine). We use a multitude of outside laboratories, including Idexx, our state diagnostic laboratory, UC-Davis, MSU, Miravista, Cornell, and TAMU.
In-house treatment equipment includes two ultrasonic dental units with burs, an electrocautery unit, surgical and therapy lasers, and therapeutic ultrasound.
There are multiple referral institutions within a two-hour radius of our city, and we offer referrals frequently. There is also a 24-hour emergency facility an hour away, which eliminates the need for us to offer after-hours services ourselves.
For those who are interested in owning a practice themselves one day, each of us has been an owner and can offer different perspectives: Dr. Karen previously partnered in a multi-doctor practice and also owned a canine physical rehabilitation service; Dr. Wickersham owned a general practice for over 25 years where he maintained a work-life balance while simultaneously achieving financial success; Dr. Ponce has experience working part-time while homeschooling her sons, as well as pulling a clinic out of bankruptcy.
The attributes that are most important to us in an associate are:
- an enthusiasm for medicine that drives you to look for answers
- a genuine love of people as well as animals
- being willing and able to learn, including being open to constructive criticism
- being willing and able to teach, including demonstrating patience with new employees and offering constructive criticism tactfully
- a good sense of humor
Skills can be taught and knowledge can be imparted, but the above attributes are yours and yours alone.
We are located in gorgeous Central Wisconsin. The Wisconsin River cuts through the heart of our city, with lakes all around. The town is surrounded by both farms and untamed forest, with an abundance of wildlife: you’ll see an occasional bear on the main street, wild turkeys strutting across your front lawn, and bald eagles hunting along the river. Having four full seasons means that the landscape is ever-changing, with each season offering its own unique splendor. Outdoor activities are a constant, from ice fishing, snow skiing/boarding, and snowmobiling to hunting, fishing, golfing, and every sort of water sport imaginable — even SCUBA diving!
The population in Wisconsin Rapids has hovered around 20,000 for at least fifty years, recently changing from a paper mill town to a bedroom community for the nearby University hub of Stevens Point. With the addition of a world-class golf course by our neighbor to the south and the development of the area around one of our lakes, our citizens are becoming increasingly gentrified. Though Rapids itself maintains a small-town atmosphere, big-city amenities are as close as an hour away in Wausau or Appleton, and ninety minutes away in Green Bay or the famous Wisconsin Dells. We are two hours north of our capital city of Madison, three hours from Milwaukee, and four hours from either Chicago or Minneapolis. Being small but centrally located definitely allows us to offer the best of both worlds!
In order to attract talented veterinarians like you, we have a flexible approach to compensation based on both your current level of experience as well as your potential. Typically this will include:
- A base salary of $80,000 with a production bonus of 20 – 24%. An experienced practitioner seeing on average 20 patients per day can expect to earn $120,000 or more per year. If you are particularly skilled in an area such as orthopedic surgery, complex soft tissue surgery, sonography, or behavioral therapies, expect to earn even more.
- A signing bonus after a qualifying period
- An excellent health insurance package
- An employer-matched retirement plan
- 2 weeks paid time off with annual increases
- A continuing education allowance that includes time off (separate from PTO)
- Paid professional dues and fees (DEA and state veterinary license, USDA certification, AVMA and WVMA memberships, etc)
- Professional liability and license protection coverage through AVMA-PLIT
- VIN membership
- A generous employee pet care discount
- Buy-in potential
We are also open to exploring other remuneration alternatives that may better suit your needs, which we will be happy to discuss as our relationship develops.
It’s time to apply for the chance to live your best life!
It's time to apply
“Professional and very knowledgeable. Entire team is so kind and treats your pet like their own.”
“Some of the most loving and caring folks! I would trust them implicitly.”
“I can’t say enough about how amazing and compassionate the staff is. Wouldn’t take my animals anywhere else!”
These are client comments taken from our Facebook page. Imagine hearing those words directed at you. Let me tell you, it is an incredible feeling.
Are you ready to find out for yourself?
Hit that “Apply” button or give us a call. Let’s get this ball rolling!
- Clinic Owner Kristie Ponce (UW-Madison SVM Class of 2000):
- 715-421-2006 (clinic)
- 715-459-5699 (cell)
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