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.
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.
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.