Veterinarian, Lead

Job Summary


The Purdue University Veterinary Hospital (PVH) is looking for an Emergency Veterinarian to expand the team at our newly renovated teaching hospital! 

As an Emergency Veterinarian in the PVH small animal hospital, you will work closely with other Emergency Veterinarians, criticalists, residents, interns, nurses, and students on the small animal Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) team to provide excellent patient care to animals seen by the ECC service.  Clinical responsibilities include the diagnosis and treatment of companion animal emergency patients (>95% focus on dogs and cats), but caseload may also include exotic pets (birds, small mammals, reptiles) presented to the ECC service.  Support with exotics is provided 24 hours-7 days a week by the Small Animal Community Practice Service; significant experience with these species is not required.  Emergency doctors work either side by side with or have access to an ECC resident or criticalist 24 hours a day- 7 days a week as well as clinicians on call from all specialty services in the hospital.  Emergency doctors are expected to handle a diverse caseload including approximately 60-75% primary walk-in emergency cases and 25-40% referral caseload.  


As an ER veterinarian in a teaching hospital, you will have the opportunity to help shape future graduates.  Daily responsibilities include cased-base clinical teaching of professional veterinary/veterinary nursing students.  Clinical teaching responsibilities include stabilization, diagnostic workup and therapy of emergency patients and helping students develop time management, veterinary economics, client service and communication skills.  Opportunities for didactic teaching (rounds, lectures) abound, but are not required of this position.  Emergency veterinarians are expected to participate in student evaluations during the 3 week clinical rotation as well as participate in staff meetings.  We are interested in finding new ways to do things and encourage ER doctors to make suggestions and improvements in the clinical experience for our growing ER service.   Access to education opportunities is inherent in our teaching hospital structure, and CE is available both in house as well as through outside venues.  


Emergency receiving is shared with criticalists, interns, and residents, but ER veterinarians should be able to handle occasional periods of solo receiving.  Emergency Veterinarians must follow PVH policies and cooperation, collaboration and interaction with other services (medicine, surgery, etc.) in the seamless delivery of medical care is also required.   Emergency doctors work scheduled shifts that cover day hours and/or evening hours (no overnights), some weekends and holidays; the exact schedule and preferred shifts are negotiated amongst the ER doctor team.  

About Us


The new David and Bonnie Brunner Purdue Veterinary Medical Hospital Complex, consisting of a new Equine Hospital, new Farm Animal Hospital and a major expansion of the Small Animal Hospital, opened in spring of 2022. On-site CT, MRI, mechanical ventilation, high-flow oxygen therapy, dialysis, and multiple specialty services are available to provide excellent patient care.  Our mission is several fold: to provide excellent and compassionate care to all animals entrusted to us; to provide an exceptional learning environment for students, residents, interns, and other professionals; to promote engagement through the free exchange of information and the sharing of knowledge within the Hospital and with our constituents, including individual animal owners, producers, referring veterinarians, other institutions and collaborators, the general public, and the biomedical community; and to contribute to the discovery of new knowledge through basic and applied research and clinical trials. As a teaching hospital, we embrace our role in shaping the future of veterinary medicine through clinical teaching and education of veterinary professionals. In our hospital, we use the latest technology and knowledge to provide excellence in animal care and wellbeing, along with a positive client experience.
Part of a larger organization, Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 31 accredited colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States and one of only four that educates all members of the veterinary team, from veterinary nurses (veterinary technicians and technologists) to veterinarians, as well as specialists pursuing advanced post-graduate training that leads to board certification. The College has 450 undergraduate students in its on-campus and distance learning veterinary nursing degree programs; 340 students in the professional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program; 110 interns, residents, and graduate program students pursuing advanced degrees and specialized training; and 120 faculty and 320 staff members. The College also is highly regarded for its deep and abiding commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment.




Education and Experience:

  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from an AVMA-accredited program or ECFVG equivalent
  • Minimum of 1 year small animal experience preferred; new or recent graduates are eligible


  • Previous veterinary emergency experience
  • Some familiarity with non-traditional pets is beneficial but not required
  • Eligible for veterinary licensure in the state of Indiana
  • Ability to work days, evenings, some weekends and holidays (NO overnights; the exact shifts are negotiated amongst the ER doctor team)


Skills Needed:

  • Ability to work independently in a busy emergency setting 
  • Basic computer skills; previous experience with electronic medical records and Microsoft office applications is preferred
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to read/write in English
  • The ability to work under physical and emotional pressure with strong interpersonal skills and an emphasis on teamwork and collaboration

Additional Information:

  • Purdue will not sponsor an employment related visa for this position
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contributions Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply

Benefits of a Purdue Career:

Benefits of working/living in West Lafayette, IN:

Our culture is marked by enthusiasm about community development, smart communication, technological advances, scientific research, and global responsibility. If you have a strong desire to learn, as well as teach; are looking for amazing benefits; and appreciate a diverse and welcoming population and workforce, then apply today to join the PVM Family!

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette