PUBLIC SERVICE STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS - Non-Profit Full Service General Practice Veterinarian
LA Veterinary Center
Location: Los Angeles, California
Type: Full Time
Very competitive pay.
DVM or equivalent
2 openings available.
FOCUS ON CASE OUTCOME, NOT ON PRODUCTION. Work alongside the community.
The Los Angeles Veterinary Center was created to function under a 501c3 for the improvement of the veterinary community, as a whole. We currently have a clinic in Boyle Heights (right next to Downtown LA) and are opening a new clinic in Jefferson Park (next to USC).
This clinic is much like many other modern veterinary clinics. We have digital radiographs, ultrasound (with or without real-time specialist consultation through Oncura Partners), digital records, in-house blood machines, a fully stocked pharmacy, and a helpful/friendly staff.
The difference between our practice and typical veterinary clinics/other 501c3s within the Los Angeles area is in the culture. We don’t focus on production, nor do we focus on rescues/adoptions. We feel that if the staff members do their jobs, and that if the doctors maintain a relatively full schedule (not overly full), then the bills pay for themselves and the practice thrives. Practicing good medicine speaks for itself, and the general public responds to this culture.
We also work with a handful of great organizations (such as Downtown Dog Rescue) that feel comfortable in helping the community when individual clients can’t afford a bill for a case with a relatively high chance of a favorable outcome (pyometras, etc.).
We’d welcome a like-minded doctor to join our staff. Please apply if you feel that this is up your alley.
What to expect:
30 minute appointments
4 day work week
1.5 hour lunch break
3% match on 403b retirement plan.
100 hours of paid time off annually
A reasonable CE allowance
Medical and dental insurance
Public Service Loan Forgiveness – this is major, and one of the underlying drivers for establishment as a 501c3 practice. Under the program, veterinarians and other qualifying staff can enjoy forgiveness of government student loans (tax free) after 120 qualifying payments, thereby reducing the financial burden of incurring high student loan debt.
We have an immediate opening in our Boyle Heights location. We will also have openings in the near future when we open our new clinic in Mid-City Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Veterinary Center opened it's doors in May of 2017. It was originally a for-profit small animal general practice. The clinic was converted to a full 501(c)(3) in subsequent years to address many of the growing challenges that the veterinary general practice community currently faces. Some of these challenges include:
The lack of a non-profit model for veterinary community clinics in a market saturated with corporate clinics within the greater Los Angeles area.
The growing disparity between the ability of practitioners to offer high quality veterinary medical options and clients' ability to afford those options.
The relative disappearance of knowledgeable/skillful general practitioners within the larger corporate model.
The growing focus of "production", as opposed to positive case outcome, in providing medical care options.
The growing burden of student loan debt on incoming doctors, further perpetuating the "production" focus of veterinary medical practice.
The Affordable Pet Care Group of Los Angeles is a 501(c)(3) organization that works directly within the Los Angeles Veterinary Center. The mission of the Affordable Pet Care Group of Los Angeles is to improve the veterinary community as a whole, from within, thereby making pet care more accessible and affordable. The goals of the group are:
To provide affordable, high quality veterinary care in underserved areas within the greater Los Angeles area. There is currently a clinic in Boyle Heights, and one is under construction in Jefferson Park.
To work alongside other groups, such as AlignCare, Downtown Dog Rescue, and Better Together Forever, among others, to help subsidize a heavily discounted action plan for individual pet health needs to qualifying low-income and homeless clients.
To give general practitioners and staff appropriate training in diagnosing and in treating patients within the financial means of clients, by focusing on the patient's needs as a whole.
To reduce unnecessary animal suffering by providing an option outside of euthanasia when specialty level care cannot be afforded by the client, and when prognosis is acceptable.
To provide a favorable work environment for veterinarians and staff.
To improve the standard of living for veterinarians and staff by decreasing the burden of student loan debt for doctors through public service loan forgiveness, by increasing historically low industry wages for technicians and support staff, and by providing above average benefits packages for all employees.
The concept behind starting the non-profit and incorporating it within the Los Angeles Veterinary Center was to provide an official, perpetuating non-profit model of practice within an existing financially successful practice that already incorporated the goals, values, and vision of the non-profit. The goal of the practice is to be self-sustaining, entirely funded by donations through the very people that it serves within the community.
The efforts of the Los Angeles Veterinary Center and the Affordable Pet Care Group of Los Angeles have resulted in significant discounts for the community throughout the years, both within and outside the scope of qualifying subsidized programs through AlignCare, Downtown Dog Rescue, Better Together Forever, and others.
-2017: 324 transactions, resulting in $52,400.29 in discounted services.
-2018: 1201 transactions, resulting in $171,821.52 in discounted services.
-2019: 1630 transactions, resulting in $210,689.59 in discounted services.
-2020: 1654 transactions, resulting in $167,012.48 in discounted services.
-2021: 1898 transactions, resulting in $168,590.28 in discounted services.
-2022: 2613 transactions, resulting in $214,224.00 in discounted services.
We would like to attract like-minded veterinarians, who focus on being true general practitioners. A strong understanding of surgical and internal medical skills are a must. We never hesitate to recommend specialist level care, but also don't hesitate to manage a case skillfully if owners cannot afford to see the specialist.
Established in 2017, the Los Angeles Veterinary Center was created with the desire to fill the gap between the specialized practice of medicine, and the overly represented basic health approach to many general practices. Veterinary medicine has evolved significantly in the last 10 years, allowing for specialty practices to flourish, often times leaving clients with no middle ground between finding care for their pets and heavy debt. The LAVC was founded on the principle of empowering veterinarians to practice according to their comfort levels and to occasionally push beyond their comfort levels in the name of care and ending unnecessary benign neglect.
Practicing good medicine speaks for itself. Financial success follows the practice of good medicine.