Canine, Feline, Small Ruminant, Exotic/Avian, Other
Non-Profit Associations, Private Practice
DVM or equivalent
Hafa adai (Hello in Guam), Thank you for taking the time to consider a job at Wise Owl Animal Care. I hope to answer most of your initial questions herein, and then correspond with you on any other specific questions/followups you may desire. This is a little lengthy but we want you informed. We are a small animal clinic, treating mostly dogs (80%) and cats (18%). We have the usual assortment of exotics and pocket pets (2%) also and occasional marine mammals. You will have the option to do/learn Artificial Inseminations (ICG certified), Penn Hip testing, JPS surgeries, Laser Therapy, Acupuncture (regular, electro, laser), Tropical Medicine, Chemotherapy and about any other "specialty" items/procedures you would care to explore. Salary is up to $2,000 per week for qualified individuals. This is equivalent to $104,000 per year plus benefits; which include a paid annual return trip "home," a personal computer, medical insurance, car, CE allowance, and much more. Emergencies are optional and compensated at 50% of the collected fees. Our equipment and facility is very modern by any standard. Our in house lab is Abaxis equipment (HM5 and both a VS2 and VS1). We use Abaxis and Idexx for outside lab services (via FedEx). We have most of the modern “toys” including Digital rads, tonometer, PetMap Blood pressure machine, pulse ox’s, Bluetooth-EKG, Class IV Companion Laser, new dental machine, automatic cytology slide machine (for consistency), realtime microscope results are visible on monitors in each room, fully computerized with MAC computers in all rooms (ClienTrax software), and much more. We use the human facility down the block for CT Scans, MRI’s, and ultrasound (echocardiography included). The staff is highly trained. There are 30+ CVT’s on staff. Six (6) of them have certifications as Veterinary Dental Hygienists. Several are certified in nutritional counseling. Others have certifications in the areas of their particular interest (all paid for by Wise Owl). They are capable of doing all your lab work, phlebotomy, IV and urinary catheter placements, medication administration, and etc.. They are a fantastic and fun group to work, play, and exercise with. Expect to practice HIGH quality medicine; as a significant portion of our clients are US military - and they expect such care as routine. Our non-military clientele, are a varied group with many cultural differences (Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Islanders, etc) they also expect excellent care and will demand the best you can offer. This is NOT 3rd world shoot from the hip medicine - unless it is needed - lol. Our anesthesia is designed around the patient and the Dr.’s preferences. Propofol, Ket/Val, Kitty Magic, Doggy Magic, TTDEX, Locals, Medazolam, Opiods, etc; our inhalant is Isoflurane. We have multiple anesthetic machines and monitoring equipment. We also do a fair amount of cryosurgery. Surgical caseload involves most of the routine soft tissue surgeries - Desexing, cystotomies, enterotomies, exploratories, trauma (HBC/dog fight/Hit by boat), enucleations, amputations, etc etc. We also do orthopedics (not required of all Dr.’s) Cruciates, patellas, pins, plates, JPS, – and many others types. There are no referral hospitals out here. We use telemedicine and consultations as needed. But as things go, Wise Owl, is the place to go in the North Pacific for care. We have consistently been amongst the largest groups attending (air fare & registration paid by Wise Owl) the World Small Animal Conferences (WSAVA); 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand, and 2016 Cartagena, Columbia. 2017 will be in Coppenhagen, Denmark. Then we apply what we have all learned to benefit our patients and our hospital. Guam is a great place to raise kids, prepare for retirement, or to use as a base to travel SE Asia and the world. Expect - year round - to wake up to 74 degrees in the morning and then enjoy evenings at 84 degrees. Guamanians are amongst the friendliest people in the world. They will welcome you with open hearts, and probably a plate of food. You can participate in weekend fiestas, as each of the villages (no cities out here) have their own annual fiesta weekend(s). Explore the waterfalls, go scuba diving (warm water - no wet suit needed and no sharks), hike the mountains & boonies (jungle), or just sit on a beach. Guam is a true melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. My son & 5 friends recently went off roading; and between them they had 13 cultures/nationalities. Check out Guam on multiple websites, I think you will be impressed. You will also have the opportunity, if you desire, to work at our sister clinics in the outer islands (Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae, Marshalls, etc) and soon to include our new clinic in Saipan, CNMI. The Pohnpei clinic is run as a Non-profit NGO (Pacific Islands Veterinary Service) and over the past 13 years we have managed to educate several locals (who are now Certified Vet Techs), and they manage the daily cases. In Pohnpei, Feb 2017 we are opening a clinic paid for and sponsored 100% by local donations. We do a lot of Skype medicine, my favorite story is of catheterizing a blocked Tom cat via Skype. I hope this answers most of your initial questions. More details are in the package that can be sent to you just for the asking. It will include all your questions regarding licensure, travel, and it even includes a sample contract. Once again sorry for the length of the discussion; but if you are seriously considering going half way around the world – we want you to know exactly what to expect, in and for all aspects of your life.
Licensure in Guam requires licensure in at least one other state, and then application to the Guam Board. Non-US citizens must pass the NAVLE (Canada excluded?). A category II USDA accreditation is required (available online at no charge). Full details are in the information packet. Remember, Guam is still a part of the USA, and all the protections of law and benefits of being in America apply here. So do all the regulations you are familiar with. You cannot practice in Guam without a Guam license, even under the supervision of another veterinarian. We do accept working trials/relief help, but you still need to get a Guam license first (2 - 4 months application process - things move slow in the islands, lol)
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: New grads at $70K/yr - others based on experience up to $104K/yr with a great benefit package
Busy, education oriented, small animal clinic, on the island paradise of Guam, USA. Satellite clinics located in Pohnpei, Chuuk, Kosrae, and Marshall islands. Servicing the satellite clinics allows for week long working vacations. Pohnpei is visited every 10 weeks with the other islands on a less frequent schedule. Associates have the option of participating/not-participating in the outer island ...work.
Ultra modern practice with HM5, Vet Scan, digital radiography, tonometer, Class IV Companion Laser, new Dental machine, automatic cytology slide machine, and many other professional "toys." Staff of 22+ are all Certified Vet Techs, and staff retention rate is very high. We take care of our staff!!
Caseload involves routine puppy and breeder care, transfusion medicine for hookworm anemia/tick disease/parvo (blood bank planned), orthopedics, dental, parasitic diseases (welcome to the tropics), internal medicine, dermatology, and the usual assortment of problems/cases. we do all the "specialty" work. No specialty practices exist out here, and as such Practice is 2% exotic/pocket pet, 20% Feline, 78% Canine.
Clientelle are 40% US military with high expectations, 60% local (satellites 50% expat, 50% local). MAC (Apple)based ClientTrax computer system.
We are always open to new ideas and procedures.
Relief vets will be limited to practicing on Guam. Centally located apartment available for relief veterinarians. We pay travel, lodging, and licensure expenses.
Quarantine facility, grooming, and boarding services. Owner lives above practice and handles most emergencies. Associates are welcome to take on some emergencies with compensation at 50% of the collected fee. Our motto is "We are your other family Doctor."
Please email us for a full packet of full