Chief of Staff

Banfield Pet Hospital   •  

Alexandria, VA

Industry: Healthcare


Less than 5 years

Posted 173 days ago

This job is no longer available.

The primary purpose and function of the Chief of Staff is to manage the hospital and ensure the highest quality of veterinary care, exceptional client service, associate engagement and maximum productivity of the veterinary medical team. The Chief of Staff Doctor advocates for pets and their quality of life; builds a long term bonding relationship with clients; contributes to the development and maintenance of the human-pet bond; and educates clients and hospital associates on all aspects of pet health. The Chief of Staff Doctor partners with the Practice Manager (if applicable) to operate an effective and productive veterinary medical team, ensure a safe and engaging hospital environment, and improve both the medical quality and business performance of the hospital. 

The ratio of time spent on leadership duties and practicing veterinarian responsibilities will vary depending on the hospital situation; the Chief of Staff Doctor must use good judgement in prioritizing their duties on any given day,ensuring hospital productivity.  On average the ratio is expected to be about 20%-30% leadership duties and 70%-80% veterinarian duties.


Leadership Responsibilities (20% - 30% of time):

  • Live and exemplify the Five Principles of Mars, Inc. within self and team.
  • Partner with the Practice Manager (if applicable) to manage the hospital as role models and champions of the Banfield brand to provide consistent high quality care and exceptional service to the most pets and clients and to maximize efficiency, productivity and profitability. Train the team on Banfield guidelines and practices and supervise associates to ensure compliance.
  • Oversee and train associates on professional, efficient and exceptional client service (lead by example), to include client education about Optimum Wellness Plans, preventive care, pet health needs, hospital services, marketing campaigns, and other related information; effectively resolve client issues.
  • Follow all Banfield protocols and practices and be responsible for ensuring that associates achieve practice priorities while building our culture and brand. 
  • Identify potential “bottlenecks” and formulate solutions to remove barriers in medical operations that would impede the doctors from providing world class care.
  • Partner with the Medical Director, Field Director, and Practice Manager (if applicable) to interview, select, train, develop, coach, mentor and, if necessary, discipline and terminate hospital associates.
  • Direct, lead and mentor Associate Veterinarians to realize their full professional potential and deliver outstanding, high quality medical care, client service and business results.
  • Work with the Medical Director to establish development plans (PDPs) for the Associate Veterinarians, and focus teams to deliver the practice priorities and exceed goals while building our culture and brand.
  • Effectively create and maintain veterinarians’ schedules and work with Practice Manager to scheduleassociates to meet client needs according to Banfield guidelines, while proactively planning time off and CE scheduling.
  • Provide effective communication between associates, clients, field leadership and Central Team Support.
  • Act as communications liaison, including holding routine hospital team meetings, sharing business information and messaging to all hospital associates, ensuring they remain informed, engaged and have opportunities to provide feedback.
  • Provide inspirational leadership to the team by creating a positive professional relationship with the Practice Manager, PetSmart associates, adoption center agencies, clients, field leadership and Central Team Support.
  • Create a collaborative environment and develop an efficient, productive hospital team that provides the highest quality care and service to the most pets and clients.
  • Develop annual planning, budgeting and hospital productivity levels for the hospital in partnership with the Practice Manager (if applicable), Field Director and Medical Director.
  • Partner with area Field Director and Medical Director to execute market objectives, goals, strategies and measurements (OGSMs).
  • Participate in market level teams, discussions, and initiatives.
  • Partner with the Practice Manager to deliver outstanding financial results for assigned hospital.
  • Responsible for the development of technical, medical skills for veterinary assistants/technicians.
  • Responsible for ensuring all associates adhere to Banfield dress and grooming guidelines.
  • Provide leadership to other area hospitals as needed throughout the market.
  • Ensure compliance with all practice policies and procedures and with all local, state and federal laws.
  • Other job duties as assigned.

Associate Veterinarian Responsibilities (70% - 80% of time):

  • Establish trust and gain the confidence and compliance of clients through effectively delivering appropriate preventive care, performing complete diagnostic workups, developing thorough treatment plans, communicating home care instructions, and planning follow-up visits.
  • Assimilate information gathered through effective history taking, physical examination and diagnostic workup to arrive at an appropriate and effective clinical decision.
  • Practice evidence-based medicine and preventive care when data or guidelines exist, using sound judgment when they do not.
  • Practice veterinary medicine in a manner compliant with the State Veterinary Practice Act, Federal and/or State Controlled Substance laws and Banfield Code of Ethics, along with appropriate medical record documentation; ensure the hospital team maintains complete medical records that meet practice quality control guidelines.
  • Lead the veterinary hospital team through the daily schedule and caseload, delegating tasks to paraprofessionals and improving hospital efficiency.
  • Provide professional, efficient and exceptional service, including prescribing and administering preventive care for the wellness needs of pets as well as diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries of pets. 
  • Advocate for preventive care and adoption of wellness plans.
    Effectively communicate diagnosis and treatment plan to veterinary medical team and client.
  • Prescribe and administer drugs and vaccines as appropriate.
  • Perform surgery on pets as necessary for the treatment of pets within Banfield’s protocols, using standard medical instruments and equipment.
  • Promote the safety of pets, clients and associates by ensuring the hospital team is utilizing safe restraining techniques, following standard practice guidelines, and maintaining clean, sterile and organized treatment areas, exam rooms and laboratory areas.
  • Strive to achieve performance metrics outlined by medical and field leadership. 
  • Demonstrate integrity and ethics in all actions and behaviors.
  • Address and resolve client concerns arising from the medical care of a pet.
  • Develop strong lasting relationships with clients.
  • Other job duties as assigned.


  • Quality – The consumer is our boss, quality is our work and value for money is our goal.
  • Responsibility – As individuals, we demand total responsibility from ourselves; as associates, we support the responsibility of others.
  • Mutuality – A mutual benefit is a shared benefit; a shared benefit will endure.
  • Efficiency – We use resources to the full, waste nothing and do only what we can do best.
  • Freedom – We need freedom to shape our future; we need profit to remain free.



  • Conflict Management (12) - Steps up to conflicts, seeing them as opportunities.
  • Customer Focus (15) - Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers.
  • Developing Direct Reports (19) – Provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments. 
  • Directing Others (20) – Is good at establishing clear directions. 
  • Building Effective Teams (60) – Blends people into teams when needed.


  • Hiring and Staffing (25) – Has a nose for talent; hires the best people available from inside or outside. 
  • Communication Skills – Reads, writes and speaks fluent English, using appropriate grammar, style and vocabulary. Demonstrates ability to stay focused on current issues being discussed; Listens carefully to others (both clients and associates), asks open ended questions and is empathic.  Communicates effectively using FRANK communication skills. Fluent in Spanish in markets where local population is predominantly Spanish speaking.
  • Managing and Measuring Work (35) – Monitors process, progress, and results. 
  • Peer Relationships (42) - Can quickly find common ground and solve problems for the good of all.
  • Drive for Results (53) - Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully.


  • Ability to multi-task – Manages multiple tasks at one time; quickly and accurately shifts attention among multiple tasks under distracting conditions without loss of accuracy or appearance of frustration.
  • Organizational ability – Demonstrates a systematic approach in carrying out assignments.  Is very orderly and excels at cutting through confusion and turning chaos into order.  
  • Surgical skills – Proven ability to perform all basic surgeries, including use of all standard medical instruments and equipment.
  • Problem solving skills - Demonstrates a strong ability to identify, analyze and solve problems.  Translates problems into practical solutions. 
  • Intellectual ability - Accurately and consistently follows instructions delivered in an oral, written or diagram format.  Can provide directions. Commitment to continual learning. 
  • Mathematical ability - Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide, and to compute rate, ratio and percent; ability to convert units of measurement.
  • Computer skills - Comfortably and confidently uses a computer and specialized software.


  • Initiative – Shows willingness and aptitude to use own discretion in taking appropriate steps in finding solutions to problems; presents options and ideas to enhance current processes or procedures.  Takes on additional responsibility when both big and small tasks need to be done; seeks out the most valuable work to do during times when the hospital faces low client demand.  
  • Integrity – Firmly adheres to the values and ethics of Banfield Pet Hospitals.  Exhibits honesty, discretion, and sound judgment.
  • Cooperativeness – Willing to work with others, collaborating and compromising where necessary; promptly shares relevant information with others.
  • Flexibility – Is open to changing situations and opportunities and is willing to perform all tasks assigned.
  • Independence – Able and willing to perform tasks and duties without supervision. 
  • Tolerance for Stress / Resiliency – Maintains a positive “can do” outlook, rebounds quickly from frustrations and unpleasantness, and maintains composure and friendly demeanor while dealing with stressful situations.


  • Ability to be confident around pets (i.e., dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, etc.)
  • Client needs and work volume may often require more than 40 hours per week to complete essential duties of this job. This position requires special hours including working weekends and evenings.
  • The noise level in the work environment is moderately high.
  • Ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form and to solve problems involving several variables.
  • Requires sufficient ambulatory skills in order to perform duties while at hospital.
  • Ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, and climb as well as manipulate (lift, carry, move) up to 50 pounds.
  • Requires good hand-eye coordination, finger-hand-arm dexterity with the ability to reach and grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard and operate medical equipment.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Associate is routinely exposed to a variety of pets that may bite or scratch, and on occasion, exposed to anesthesia, radiation, biological hazards and medication/controlled substances.
  • Some travelrequired, to assist other area hospitals as well as for vendor visits and associate education.

DEA:  Candidate must obtain state controlled substance and federal DEA within 3 months of employment, unless otherwise required by the state in which working.


  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM/VMD) or equivalent degreerequired. 
  • Veterinary license in good standing or eligibility for licensure with the applicable state veterinary board.
  • Two years clinical experiencerequired.
  • 1-3 year coaching and developing associate doctors required.
  • Meets all required clinical competencies and is a certified COS through the COS development process by their MD.

Job ID ALE0006L