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Department Manager

Summit Veterinary Referral Center is a multi-specialty and emergency veterinary hospital located in Tacoma, WA.  We provide 24-hour emergency and critical care as well as cardiology, internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, neurology, radiology and surgery services. Summit operates one of the largest veterinary emergency and critical care services in region.  As a tertiary referral hospital, Summit is the most-capable ICU in the South Sound and we care for the region’s most critical and complicated patients.

We are looking for an individual to join our team as a Department Manager in an effort to provide expanded leadership and support to our growing emergency team. Come make a significant difference in the lives of people and animals. The position reports to our Hospital Director.


  • Lead one of Summit's department including all day-to-day operations, staffing needs and business performance objectives.
  • Work closely with the Medical Directors and other department managers to provide exceptional medical outcomes, rewarding employment opportunities and high-performance business results.

  • Provide direct supervision for service staff.

  • Build a strong team culture focused on pride, recognition, support, mentorship and unity in purpose.

  • Recruit, interview, and hire for the departments team as needed to meet staffing goals.

  • Lead the training and development of the departments team to provide excellent triage and medical care capabilities.

  • Oversee scheduling of the departments team in conjunction with Doctor schedules.

  • Consistently drive improvements in service performance including but not limited to, staff engagement, client satisfaction, successful medical outcomes, retention, financial efficiency and regulatory compliance.

  • Complete and deliver performance evaluations for the department team as necessary.

  • Oversee all medical inventory and equipment needs for department team in partnership with hospital support services.

  • Oversee periodic inventory for the department.

  • Receive and investigate patient care complaints in conjunction with the Client Services Manager, Medical Director and Hospital Director and respond as needed.

  • Ensure that patient services comply with all applicable federal and state laws, regulations, and requirements.

  • Meet budgetary goals for service.

  • Work closely with Human Resources team to support all areas of support staff needs.

  • Oversee all department level communication and updates.

  • Create and revise protocols and policies as necessary in conjunction with the management and leadership teams.

  • Maintain optimal staff capabilities across all days and times as needed to meet business needs.

  • Facilitate ongoing growth, training, advancement and career development goals for all service staff.

  • Lead the shaping and planning of the service to meet future growth outcomes.

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, the right candidate should have good knowledge of Microsoft Office products such as word processing and spreadsheet software. It will also be necessary to become proficient in the use of the practice management software and scheduling software.


Communication Skills: Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, exhibit leadership

and organizational confidence, and the ability to present material to large and small groups. Maintain a

harmonious, constructive and respectful relationship with those contacted in the course of work of all skill

levels. Can express ideas well leading to strong buy-in and alignment with others.


Education: College degree preferred. CVPM, LVT, CVT or other veterinary certifications given preference.

Experience: Minimum of three (3) years management experience directly supervising 20 staff or more. Veterinary experience preferred but not required.



  • Excellent interpersonal, communications, public speaking, and presentation skills.
  • Solid working knowledge of budgeting, sales, business development, and strategic planning.

  • Strong understanding of recruiting, hiring, onboarding, training, and staff leadership practices.

  • Ability to generate respect and trust from staff and external constituencies.

  • Must be able to work across all days of the week as needed.


Personal characteristics, skills and abilities:

  • Strong belief in the human-animal bond and the value of animal life.
  • Self-driven leader who takes initiative, follows through on commitments and adapts to changing circumstances.

  • Understands emotions, needs, and concerns of other people; can pick up on emotional cues well.

  • Skilled in developing and maintaining good relationships, working well in teams and managing conflict.

  • Ability to inspire and influence others, build consensus and engage team members at all levels.

  • Leads by example in all aspects of professional life.

  • Able to effectively navigate stressful situations and maintain calm under pressure.

  • Ability to problem solve effectively by determining route cause of issues and implementing necessary changes.

  • Comfort working in a fast-paced environment.


Physical Requirements:

  • Able to be active, sitting, walking, standing, climbing stairs, bending and kneeling as needed.
  • Able to work in low to moderate noise, including animal noises.

  • Able to work well under pressure

  • Must be able to work on feet

  • Exposures to supplies commonly used in a hospital setting such as anesthetic gases and x-ray irradiation within appropriate OSHA standards

    • Risk of injury from animals


Apply today! We look forward to hearing from you!

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