At Caring Pathways, we are excited to offer independent and highly compassionate veterinarians a unique career path. As you get ready to start your career in veterinary medicine, we invite you to explore what it would mean to work in end-of-life and palliative care for pets.
It takes a special kind of person to thrive in this environment – the work we do is challenging but highly rewarding. We call it “heart work.”
The difference between a traditional veterinarian job and a role with Caring Pathways starts with how you begin each day. All of our veterinarians are mobile providers, and they start the day by making sure their all-wheel-drive vehicle is equipped with supplies for the day’s appointments. The office staff provides updates with details for that day’s scheduled appointments. No two shifts are ever the same.
Our veterinarians typically have four or more appointments per twelve-hour shift. Due to the nature of our business, sometimes appointments are set in advance and some are scheduled the same day. The majority of our services are in-home euthanasia, but we also offer in-home palliative and hospice care for companion animals. In addition to caring for pets, you will be providing information and support to their human companions at a difficult time.
Working with Caring Pathways as a licensed veterinarian means working independently. But each team member is also backed by a strong team that includes management, our client relations team, and your fellow veterinarians. We constantly strive to create a supportive environment backed by open communication and proactive engagement with all team members. Our DVM’s and lead providers check in with each other and provide ongoing support throughout each day, addressing and talking through any issues that arise with clients or patients.
When interacting with clients, a key goal is to make the process less intimidating and help the client cope with their pet’s end of life transition.
This can include explaining the procedure, clarifying that the animal won’t feel any pain, and giving the family privacy to grieve when needed. Treating our clients with compassion and respect is an important part of what we do. This starts from the moment they call us – our client relations team takes the call and works with the client to get past the anxiety they are feeling and collect the pertinent details. We also connect our clients to resources for pet memorials and grief counseling if needed.
Caring Pathways provides the necessary support and training for recent graduates to feel comfortable in this profession. We understand you may not have the depth of clinical experience that our more senior veterinarians have, so we provide additional training and make sure you have the resources you need to provide excellent care and succeed within our unique work environment.
Our team has come to Caring Pathways because they share in the belief that this is important work, and it can be highly rewarding to help both animals and people at such a difficult time. If you think you have what it takes to be a Caring Pathways veterinarian, then apply now!