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  • Vacation
  • Maternity Leave
  • Continuing Education
  • Sickness: Due to our size, we are often, able to help on short notice
  • Personal Emergencies: As with sickness, our short-notice availability can avoid canceling appointments on short notice.
  • Staff Transition: (The time between an associate veterinarian's departure and their replacement's start.) Because of Lighthouse's multiple doctor system, we are uniquely able to help you with this problem on short notice, and we can stay as long as you need us.
  • Major Illness: Again the short notice and indefinite nature of these crises make Lighthouse uniquely suited to take care of your practice.
  • Relieving Surgical Backlog: If you have the "good problem" of being backed-up on your elective surgeries, then you probably also have the "bad problem" of losing business and possibly clients because of it. The solution to both of your problems is to call a relief veterinarian to get you back on schedule.
  • Advanced Skills: As veterinary medicine has progressed, many areas of practice now require a special dedication of time and desire, such as surgery, dental work, exotics, and some areas of large-animal care. By bringing relief veterinarians to your practice with these abilities, you can offer these services without hiring additional associates.
  • Growing Practices: Relief veterinarians can provide additional help as your practice grows from 1 to 2, or 2 to 3 doctors.
  • Routine Days Off: This is an excellent opportunity to bring additional advanced skills into your practice as previously mentioned while maintaining service to your regular clients and allowing you time off.

Part of the Lighthouse relief staff at a recent company outing

Instead, we insist on veterinarians with specific qualities:

  • Personality and Communication Skills:
    It doesn't get much more important than this in the real world, and we know it.
  • Positive Attitude:
    We consider this the single most important trait for a relief veterinarian.
  • Experience:
    There really isn't a replacement for having been there before. Our relief doctors average over 10 years of experience, and we require a minimum of 2 years of experience.
  • Surgical Skills:
    Much has been written about not using relief veterinarians for surgery - we disagree! Our doctors are all competent surgeons. In fact, a number of our clients use us for specific non-elective surgeries or surgical days to deal with blocks of (mainly elective) surgeries.
  • Flexibility:
    This is our calling card. We believe in doing it your way - your policies, your protocols, and giving you the work hours you want.
Lighthouse's Standards of Quality make us the Best Doctors and the Best VALUE in the Relief Industry!



We have provided relief veterinarians in the Midwest since 1988, and have 30-40 associate veterinarians who have worked in over 400 practices. Unlike other "relief services" that merely broker names, we have assembled a large staff of professional relief veterinarians that have met our rigorous standards. This process has many facets including: interviews, reference checks, training, orientation sessions, performance reviews, ongoing training, and in-the-field regional managers. Continuity is always a valuable part of our service, and many of our doctors have been with us for years. This isn't to say that just any veterinarian can enter into our program.


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