UPEI Atlantic Veterinary College – Primary Care Veterinarian, Emergency Service (042423)

March 24, 2023







The Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Primary Care Veterinarian to work within the AVC-VTH primary care emergency/urgent care service.

The primary emergency/urgent care service provides primary urgent and emergency coverage from 7am-10pm for veterinary clinics and clients 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 emergency and urgent care medicine.

We are seeking a primary care veterinarian to join the team of Emergency Service clinicians to fill a full-time (1.0 FTE) term position from May 1, 2023 until April 30, 2024, with possibility of extension.


  • Willingness to work with and oversee final year DVM students as part of the clinical year teaching program in emergency and urgent care medicine
  • Willingness to oversee the emergency service while on shift including managing staff, and supervising interns with primary care cases during the course of the shift
  • TRIAGE, assess, and treat all emergency cases that come in through the service, including basic emergency surgical procedures
  • Work and communicate effectively with referral services within the VTH to ensure smooth transfer of specialty referral level cases
  • Ensure that medical records are complete and accurate and ensure that written communications are sent to the client’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
  • Ensure that the client has received adequate communication at discharge to know next steps for monitoring, at-home care (treatments), and follow up
  • Adaptability and flexibility to work within and among a pre-established academic, specialty referral setting, and to manage the unpredictable caseload associated with emergency and urgent care medicine
  • Willingness to work in a rotating shift schedule including days evenings and weekends to provide urgent and emergency veterinary care. No overnight care is required at this time; however, the service may pivot in future to cover overnight service again in the future
  • Willingness to participate in the call schedule with the emergency and urgent care service. The on-call requirements are generally limited as there are typically rotating interns in the VTH overnight for support.
  • Willingness to work statutory holidays and university closures (including storm closures) to provide urgent and emergency veterinary care


  • 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 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

Hours:  Hours will include daytime, evening/overnight shifts in a schedule averaging approximately 40 hours per week (1.0 FTE).

Additional hours worked are compensated as per the FA2 collective agreement.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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

Application Instructions:

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

Dr. Heather Gunn McQuillan
Assistant Dean Clinical and Professional Programming
Atlantic Veterinary College
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, PE  C1A 4P3
Email:  hegunn@upei.ca

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.

Closing date is April 21, 2023; however, the competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.

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