Primary Care Veterinarian – Emergency Service UPEI/AVC (070224)

May 2, 2024








The Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) invites applications for primary care veterinarians to work within the AVC-VTH small animal primary care urgent and emergency service.

This is an exciting time for the service, as the AVC is also recruiting two full-time tenure track faculty positions in small animal emergency and critical care, whose scope of work will include working with and playing a foundational role in supporting and leading the primary emergency service.

Operating from 8am-10pm, Monday-Sunday, the primary urgent and emergency service provides patient triage and emergency care coverage for clients and in support of veterinary clinics across Prince Edward Island. This service is part of the clinical teaching program in the VTH and emergency clinicians will provide clinical teaching to fourth year DVM students in urgent care and emergency medicine.

We are seeking primary care veterinarians to join the team of Emergency Service clinicians to fill up to 2.5 FTE, full-time or part-time term positions until April 30, 2025, with the possibility of extension. Applicants interested in part-time positions are encouraged to state their requested FTE in their application.


  • Willingness to work with, oversee and evaluate final year DVM students as part of the clinical year teaching program elective rotation in emergency medicine
  • Willingness to lead the management of the emergency service while on shift including providing guidance and coordination to technical/support staff and overseeing interns with primary care cases during the course of the shift
  • TRIAGE, assess, and treat all urgent and emergency service cases to a high standard of primary care level medicine, including diagnostics and basic emergency procedures
  • Work and communicate effectively with clients and referral services within the VTH to ensure smooth transfer of specialty referral level cases
  • Ensure that all medical records are complete and accurate
  • Ensure that the client has received adequate communication at discharge to know next steps for monitoring, at-home care (treatments), and follow up
  • Ensure that written communications are sent to the patient’s family veterinarian prior to the end of the shift
  • Ensure that clients are regularly updated with estimates and billing updates, and that billing is completed accurately, and that payment is received prior to discharge
  • Ensure clear and professional communication for case management with clients, colleagues and island veterinarians
  • Adaptability and flexibility to work within and among a pre-established academic, specialty referral setting, and to manage the unpredictable caseload associated with emergency medicine
  • Interest and commitment to ongoing development of emergency medicine skills, knowledge and techniques in a specialty teaching hospital setting.
  • Willingness to work in a rotating shift schedule including days, swing, late and weekend shifts to provide urgent and emergency veterinary care
  • Willingness to work statutory holidays and university closures (including storm closures) to provide urgent and emergency veterinary care
  • Willingness to participate in on-call duties to respond, following triage, to overnight emergency patients


  • Graduation from an accredited veterinary college resulting in DVM certification (or equivalent)
  • Successful completion of the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE) resulting in a Certificate of Qualification from the CVMA (or equivalent)
  • Eligibility for licensure and to practice veterinary medicine in Prince Edward Island
  • A demonstrated commitment to ongoing learning in emergency medicine is required with a minimum of three years of primary emergency medicine experience preferred.
  • A minimum of three years of emergency medicine experience in a veterinary primary care setting is preferred.
  • Experience in working both as a solo practitioner and as part of a team of veterinarians is preferred
  • Ability to balance priorities, work with colleagues and delegate tasks appropriately to manage multiple cases simultaneously
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills in both windows and iOS applications, with experience in electronic medical records
  • Preference given to individuals who have worked with DVM students in a significant mentorship or teaching capacity


Commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Hours will include days, swing, late and weekend shifts in a schedule averaging approximately 40 hours per week (per 1.0 FTE). Additional hours worked are compensated for as per the FA2 collective agreement.

This appointment will be made at the Clinical Veterinary Professional (UPEIFA, BU2) level and is subject to final budgetary approval. This appointment is eligible for market differential (prorated to time and term), subject to final approval. Eligibility of Clinical Veterinary Professionals for benefits will be in accordance with the FA2 collective agreement.

To apply, please submit a letter of intent, a curriculum vitae and 3 written letters of reference to:

Dr. Oliver Falconbridge, Hospital Director
Atlantic Veterinary College – Veterinary Teaching Hospital
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 4P3

UPEI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation and believes in providing a positive learning and working environment where every person feels empowered to contribute. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment and encourages applications from underrepresented groups including women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Review of applicants will begin on May 8, 2024; however, the competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.

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