Be part of a unique equine hospital practice near Santa Fe, NM
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Type: Full Time
Vet Tech / Nurse / Assistant
Salary will be very competitive, but will be dependent on your unique experience and fit to practice. There will be plenty of upward mobility for the right person.
2 openings available.
Quality of life and equine practice in a truly unique area, offering a rare blend of outdoor and cultural recreational opportunities.
Our practice is a regional equine referral hospital with a great reputation in our region, over 25 years. We need an equine veterinary technician or experienced assistant to join our team and we want to reward the right applicant with a very competitive package.
Our clinic location has a quiet, rural western feel. It’s 20 minutes from downtown Santa Fe, with its world-class restaurants, art and culture, and 40 minutes from skiing and high mountains. It’s also 40 minutes from big city amenities in Albuquerque. It is a relatively mild, dry climate at 6200 ft. In winter, drive for 30 minutes and drop down 2000 feet for comfortable year-round riding, hiking or biking. In summer, drive 30 minutes and go up 2000 feet for hiking or fishing in the cool mountains. We are right in the center of New Mexico’s film industry- many famous movies and series have been shot within a few miles of our facility. We often work on movie horses.
Our well- equipped surgical hospital is on a scenic 50 acres. We have excellent equipment including a full surgical setup, several video endoscopes, digital ultrasound and x-ray and the Equinosis lameness locator. 40 horses live at the boarding/ training facility. We have an excellent riding and dressage instructor who works from this facility as well. https://www.facebook.com/katrinsilvadressage/ Riding trails and a cross-country jumping course are out back.
We are looking for someone that is a confident horse handler, who hopefully brings experience and ability in a variety of equine veterinary practice areas. Mostly we are looking for someone who will fit our group culture and be willing to learn and contribute.
This is usually a 2-3 doctor practice, but currently is just one. The founder of the practice, Doug Thal DVM DABVP, has practiced for 30 years, has particular interests in surgery, lameness diagnosis and treatment, and colic diagnosis and surgery, but also enjoys variety. He likes treating challenging dental and sinus cases, treating foals and breeding mares. The practice still has a small mobile caseload. Dr Thal’s style of practice emphasizes clear client communication and excellent horsemanship. He enjoys teaching young vets, techs and assistants everything he knows. Dr Thal is also the creator of the well-known equine health app and website, Horse Side Vet Guide. www.horsesidevetguide.com Many technicians and young vets use this app. The practice approach mirrors the HSVG logic.
The job will involve among other things: in-clinic patient care, general assisting, lameness exams, surgical support, anesthesia, imaging, care of ICU patients, lab procedures, inventory and potentially practice management. If you want to be part of Horse Side Vet Guide, you can help with that too!
Importantly, the job can be full to part-time. We need lots of help right now, but we recognize that people need time away from practice also. If you live in an area like this, you probably will want time to enjoy it.
Thal Equine is the best-equipped and most capable equine hospital between Denver, CO and Albuquerque, NM- a very large region including the southern half of Colorado and the northern half of New Mexico. Dr Thal, a lifelong horseman and equine vet since 1993, has been solving tough equine veterinary problems since he started practice. The practice has added and lost staff and veterinarians over the years, but one thing has stayed the same- a commitment to providing thorough veterinary care, excellent horse handling, exemplary customer service and great communication. We have a fully-equipped mobile practice, but our emphasis is on providing top-quality hospital services.