Congratulations! You’ve successfully created an employee handbook and established a code of conduct for your practice team. Now what?

While your employee handbook outlines basic expectations for the entire team, individual team members should also have their own set of expected behaviors, responsibilities, and goals. That’s where thoughtful, clearly defined job descriptions come in.

Job descriptions are essential management tools for employee recruitment, selection, training, evaluation, and compensation. Without them, expectations are left open to interpretation and often fall short, leading to frustration for you, the employee, and the rest of the practice team.

For most veterinary practices, each position is comprised of several unique roles. Written job descriptions can help identify the essential functions and tasks associated with each position, communicate standard operating procedures, and provide a basis for training and evaluation, helping you run your practice more efficiently and provide a consistent level of care and service.

Establishing descriptions for each position before a role is filled will also help you ask the right questions during the interview and process and find ideal candidates for your practice.

Most importantly, job descriptions enhance the productivity and happiness of your entire staff. Employees feel more fulfilled when they know what is expected of them. Clearly defined job descriptions help new employees understand what is expected of them, current employees understand what they need to master in order to advance, and management understand how to evaluate employees effectively.

Take the guesswork out of employee management. Use job descriptions to establish expectations for your staff, including daily tasks and responsibilities, training, long- and short-term goals, and more.

Not sure where to start? Job Descriptions and Training Schedules for the Veterinary Team provides comprehensive, flexible job descriptions and training schedules for a variety of key positions, including veterinary technicians, assistants, kennel attendants, office managers, receptionists, and practice managers, that can be adapted to fit your practice’s unique needs.

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