CVMA Thursday, October 23, 2014

Veterinarians and RVTs Needed as Hospital Inspectors

Are you ready to try something different in the field of veterinary medicine? Are you interested in a position that uses your skills of observation, clinical experience, and communication in a new way? Do you enjoy meeting people and learning from a variety of situations? Does getting out of the office at your convenience sound interesting? Then consider becoming a hospital inspector for the Veterinary Medical Board.

Hospital inspectors perform routine and complaint-related inspections of veterinary hospitals, helping practitioners maintain standards and avoid enforcement actions. Inspections include making unannounced visits to hospitals, evaluating different aspects of the practice, and following up as needed to ensure compliance.

Inspectors are paid $225 for a routine inspection. The number of inspections assigned per person depends on the size of the designated region. Occasionally, an inspection is required as part of a complaint investigation. An inspector will then be asked to accompany an investigator from the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation to the business.

Each hospital is unique, but must still meet the minimum standards of practice. Inspectors have the opportunity to see the profession of veterinary medicine from a new perspective and to share their knowledge and learn from their colleagues. To qualify, you must be in good standing and currently licensed in California as a Veterinarian or a Registered Veterinary Technician, be knowledgeable of State laws and standards of practice, and have at least five years of clinical experience in the previous seven years.

If you are interested, or have questions, please contact Allison Nagao-Dutra at the Veterinary Medical Board.