Willow is a 3 year old FI Lab Mix who was admitted to our emergency service after being trapped in a housefire. She was found by a Portland firefighter (from the Munjoy Hill Fire Station) who administer oxygen on site prior to transportation. On presentation she was dyspneic, covered in soot, and had harsh lung sounds on thoracic auscultation.

Intranasal catheters were placed for oxygen administration. Bloodwork showed hypophosphatemia (1.6 mg/dL – suspect secondary to hyperventilation), a mild elevation in ALT (356 U/L), and GGT (16 U/L). Both cornea showed evidence of superficial corneal ulceration, and Willow was coughing up black soot material.

Her owners opted to admit Willow on high-flow oxygen via the intranasal catheters. During her hospitalization Willow also received IV sedation (as needed), IV unasyn, IV fluids, and albuterol inhalant treatment. Willow was hospitalized for a total of 7 days, 6 of which were on high flow oxygen.

After a long 6 days of fighting, Willow was discharged to her owners having been off of high flow oxygen for 24 hours. Her owners and the Portland firefighters involved in her rescue arrived to our Warren Ave location to cheer her on as she was discharged from the PVESC Emergency/Critical Care service. As of this publication Willow has continued to improve at home, and we are so happy for her continued recovery.

Clinically relevant facts:

  • The pathophysiology of smoke inhalation is multifactorial. The progression of clinical signs and prognosis differ depending on present respiratory irritants, thermal heat exposure, particulate matter size, and systemic toxins.
  • Thermal heat damage more commonly impacts the upper airway mucosa, leaving dogs vulnerable to upper respiratory infections (chronically). Dogs with prolonged/high heat exposure causing lower airway thermal damage carry a more guarded prognosis as they are prone to edema-driven upper airway obstruction.
  • Carbon monoxide exacerbates the clinical signs, if present, in smoke inhalation cases. It is rapidly absorbed across the alveolar membrane and has 200-250 x greater affinity for hemoglobin than oxygen. This left shift of the oxygen-hemoglobin dissociation curve causes a secondary cellular hypoxia. Administration of oxygen by first responders is imperative to accelerate the elimination of carbon monoxide and support arterial oxygenation.
  • High flow nasal oxygen delivers more concentrated oxygen than traditional oxygen, and allows many patients to avoid the need for mechanical ventilation.

Authored by: Dr. O’Brien, DVM, DACVECC, Emergency and Dr. Landry, DVM, DACVIM, Neurology

 

Pearl is a 6.5 yr old spayed female Boxer that was transferred to our Internal Medicine Service (Dr. Adam Shoelson DVM, DACVIM) after being admitted to the hospital through the Emergency Service for severe, unilateral epistaxis and collapse. Chronic nasal signs (purulent-appearing nasal discharge, epistaxis, sneezing) had previously been longstanding in nature. Five months earlier she had been diagnosed with and treated for chronic bacterial rhinitis after an extensive, advanced diagnostic work-up performed by another specialty clinic. She failed to improve with this rhinitis therapy. Her signs appeared to be refractory to antimicrobial therapy. 

Previously visualized destructive nasal changes noted on her initial CT scan raised doubt about her chronic rhinitis diagnosis. It was decided that advanced diagnostics should be repeated. Pearl received a packed red blood cell transfusion due to clinically significant anemia that had developed secondary to her epistaxis. A CT scan of Pearl’s head showed severe destructive changes to the left nasal cavity. Fluid or material was noted in her left frontal sinus (Figure 1). Rhinoscopy confirmed the destructive changes and also permitted visualization of fairly extensive fungal plaques in the nasal cavity and frontal sinus (Figure 2). Histopathology from nasal biopsies revealed intralesional fungal hyphal mats and pleocellular inflammation (Figure 3). Aspergillus was confirmed on fungal culture and antibody testing (aspergillosis immunodiffusion). Fungal debridement was performed to remove visualized plaques (Figure 4). An initial dose of topical, 1% intranasal clotrimazole cream was instilled. Pearl was started on oral itraconazole (5 mg/kg PO once daily). 

Unfortunately, Pearl represented for severe epistaxis and collapse several days later. A second packed red blood cell transfusion was administered. Due to concerns for intractable epistaxis caused by fungal damage to local vasculature, surgical left carotid artery ligation was performed. The Surgery Article of the Month can be referenced for additional information on this procedure. 

Pearl’s epistaxis resolved following her carotid artery ligation. This procedure allowed the Internal Medicine Service to move forward, freely, with numerous subsequent rhinoscopic evaluations and clotrimazole infusions. Given Pearl’s extensive fungal load, seven rhinoscopic debridement procedures/clotrimazole infusions were performed in total. Pearl has remained on itraconazole since her diagnosis. Her most recent rhinoscopy was performed in October 2023. No fungal plaques were appreciated, though Pearl did still have severe nasal turbinate destruction. Furthermore, light pink, friable polyps were noted in the left nasal cavity (Figure 5). Biopsy of these structures confirmed the presence of inflammatory polyps, changes likely being driven by inflammation caused by her previous fungal infection. A repeat fungal culture was negative. As Pearl has tolerated her itraconazole from a biochemical perspective (diligent monitoring of her liver enzymes has been performed), we have elected to continue this indefinitely over concerns for possible fungal disease relapse. 

Her owner reports she is feeling great at home and is loving life as of this publication date.

Clinically relevant facts:

  • Fungal rhinitis, though often a diagnostic challenge, should be considered as a differential for chronic sneezing, nasal discharge, and epistaxis in Maine, especially if destructive changes and frontal sinus material are noted with CT/rhinoscopy. The diagnosis of sinonasal Aspergillosis should, ideally, be confirmed with fungal culture or antibody testing (Aspergillus antibody immunodiffusion). 
  • As a rule of thumb, unilateral epistaxis is generally more concerning for focal disease (neoplasia, fungal disease, nasal foreign material). Bilateral epistaxis/discharge is concerning for more generalized disease like chronic rhinitis. Characteristic destructive CT changes should increase the index of suspicion for fungal disease or neoplasia dramatically. 
  • Sinonasal Aspergillosis treatment typically involves a combination of fungal plaque debridement (facilitated by rhinoscopy and/or sinus trephination), topical therapy (clotrimazole), and administration of systemic antifungal medications (often in very long-term fashion). Treatment can become very expensive depending on the number of anesthetized procedures required and the type of oral antifungal recommended. A need for blood transfusions and/or carotid artery ligation further increases cost. 
  • Though generally unnecessary, carotid artery ligation should be considered as a life-saving surgical intervention for cases that present with intractable epistaxis. 
  • Generally speaking, the prognosis for localized sinonasal Aspergillosis is fair, though the treatment can be long, highly involved, and expensive. In cases where there is intracranial involvement or systemic disease, the prognosis is guarded to poor. 

Figure 1: A head CT scan demonstrating severe left-sided nasal turbinate destruction and material within the left frontal sinus.

Figure 2: Rhinoscopic evaluation of the left nasal cavity confirmed severe destructive rhinitis. White, soft fungal plaques were also seen.

Figure 3: Histopathology of biopsies obtained from the left nasal cavity demonstrated significant pleocellular inflammation and mats of fungal hyphae.

Figure 4: Multiple rhinoscopic procedures were performed to guide debridement of fungal plaques in a minimally invasive fashion. A brown fungal plaque removed from the nasal cavity is shown.

Figure 5: The most recent rhinoscopy, performed primarily for monitoring purposes, demonstrated a nasal cavity clear of fungal plaques. However, there were light pink, friable polyp-like lesions. These were biopsied with results consistent with inflammatory polyps.

 

Authored by: Dr. Shoelson, DVM, DACVIM, Internal Medicine and Dr. Landry, DVM, DACVIM, Neurology 

 

 

Pearl was a 6 year old SF Boxer transferred to our Internal Medicine (Dr. Adam Shoelson) service after being admitted for unilateral epistaxis and collapse. After a blood transfusion a nasal CT and rhinoscopy were performed, which provided the diagnosis of destructive fungal rhinitis (see the Internal Medicine article for more information on Pearl’s case).

Pearl represented to our emergency service a few days after her procedure for another episode of anemia-induced collapse. The severity of the nasal vasculature destruction was causing life threatening hemorrhage. Dr. Gianetto from our surgery service performed a unilateral left carotid artery ligation under general anesthesia.

Since then, Pearl has continued treatment for her fungal rhinitis and has had no further collapse episodes. She has continued to do great as of the publication of this article under the care of our Internal Medicine service.

Clinically relevant facts:

  • Carotid artery ligation should be considered in dogs with clinically significant oral or maxillo-facial hemorrhage, where traditional hemostatic methods are unsuccessful or unfeasible.
  • Complications for this procedure in dogs are not well documented, but in general include retinal damage and cerebral edema.
  • Anatomically dogs have sufficient arterio-arterial collateral blood supply from the vertebral arteries, and can therefore tolerate bilateral carotid artery ligation if needed.
  • Bilateral carotid artery ligation may predispose canine patients to strokes (ischemic events). No recommendations currently exist in veterinary medicine on whether anticoagulant therapies are indicated for ischemic event prevention.
  • We have provided a case report for a 3 yr MI Border Collie who underwent life-saving bilateral carotid artery ligation to address uncontrollable oral and nasal hemorrhage. These signs occurred after an episode of stick chewing. 5 days post-surgery this patient presented for peracute onset forebrain signs, and was diagnosed with a striate artery infarct via MRI. See MRI pictures from this article.

 

Authored by: Dr. Landry, DVM, DACVIM, Neurology

 

Mr. Smalls presented to our Neurology service for severe neck pain. He had episodes of crying out in pain and holding up his right front limb. Other than neck pain, he had no other neurological deficits on his examination at PVESC.

Cervical MRI revealed a severely lateralized foraminal disc herniation at C2-3 on the right. This was consistent with his clinical signs at home. Successful medical management was given a guarded prognosis due to the severe lateralization of the disc herniation.

Mr. Smalls was admitted for a cervical hemilaminectomy, as he had multiple recurrences of neck pain as oral prednisone was tapered. A cervical hemilaminectomy was performed by Dr. Eifler and Dr. Landry as a team, and Mr. Smalls was discharged several days later comfortable on oral medications for strict crate rest.

Mr. Smalls presented for his 6 week post-surgery recheck with a normal neurological examination off all oral medications.

The PVESC Neurology team is so happy for Mr. Smalls’ recovery, and are so thankful to have the dedicated team and quality facility to help pets with challenging neurological conditions.

T2-Weighted transverse cervical spine MRI image. There is extradural nerve root compression on the right.

The red arrow shows the small round hypointense disc material compressing the right nerve root.

The left nerve root appears normal (blue arrow).

The spinal cord is labeled with a star.

 

CLINICALLY REVELANT FACTS:

  • Cervical disc herniations that involve the nerve root carry a more guarded prognosis for medical management alone (prednisone, rest, analgesic medications)
  • A routine ventral slot surgery has little to no ability to reach disc and nerve root in the foramina
  • Cervical hemilaminectomies require longer recovery (due to the dorsal approach) and carry higher risk due to the location of the vertebral artery
  • Red oval below shows ideal surgical site margins

 

 

ABOUT PVESC NEUROLOGY

PVESC Neurology is here for you Monday – Friday for scheduled appointments, and 7 days a week for neurological emergencies. Our state-of-the-art MRI allows us to offer the gold standard care for our patients 24/7. Our goal is to continue to bring quality veterinary neurology to the state of Maine.

If you are looking to refer and quote a client for emergency advanced imaging +/- surgery, please see general guidelines below:

Bloodwork, brain MRI, +/- CSF tap – $3500 – 4000. Infectious CNS disease testing may be recommended at additional cost pending test results.
Bloodwork, spine MRI, surgical decompression, hospitalization – $7000 – 10,000.

Authored by: Dr. Landry, DVM, DACVIM, Neurology

PVESC is proud to support Pet Rock in the Park! Join us Sunday, August 27th, 2023, for this family-friendly event in Deering Oaks Park in Portland from 11 am – 4 pm. The stage will feature live music!. Food and pet products will be available for purchase. Proceeds support the Animal Cancer Foundation. The event is pet friendly and FREE!

 

Portland Veterinary Emergency and Speciality Care (PVESC) is a multi-speciality veterinary center. We have been serving Maine for more than thirty years. PVESC provides expert speciality and emergency care for your pet — and peace of mind for you. We work in partnership and veterinary practices throughout New England to step in when more advanced care is needed.

Our Warren Ave. location hosts our 24/7 emergency department, and the specialties of Surgery, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Cardiology, Critical Care and more. Our Congress St. location hosts our Ophthalmology and Dermatology departments as well as our Medical Radio Therapeutic Department for Radioactive Iodine Therapy for Hyperthyroid Cats and Synovetin OA®. When you join our team you will be doing much more than the same routine day in and day out. Our practice is ever-growing, expanding, and evolving. Having many different specialties, you will always have the opportunity to continue to learn and grow. We have many shifts available to fit your lifestyle and you will have plenty of time to enjoy all that Maine has to offer.

Core Values

At PVESC we believe in respect for the individual, the client, and the patient. We work together as a team and expect all members of that team to treat one another respectfully. Our goal is to provide the highest quality medical, surgical and critical care to our patients, and offer excellent service to our clients.

We believe in:

Caring

Compassion

Continuing Education

Client Focus

Ethical Practice

Excellence

Fairness

Responsibility

Support

Teamwork

Transparency

Benefits

401(k) Retirement plan

Medical, dental, and other insurances

Disability plan

Employee assistance program

Numerous schedule options

Life insurance

Paid time off, paid community volunteer hours,

paid bereavement days, paid holidays

Professional development assistance

Employee discounts

Continuing Education

Want to know more?

If you think Portland Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Care is right for you, please reach out to us.

Email our management team with your resume.

Kristines@pvesc.com

Veterinary Student Externships:

PVESC hosts veterinary student externships and preceptorships in single or multiple disciplines, including Emergency, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, and Cardiology.  Please forward CV and letter of interest to Kristine at kristines@pvesc.com.

Veterinary Technician Student Externships:

PVESC hosts veterinary student externships in single or multiple disciplines, including Emergency, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, and Cardiology.  Please forward CV and letter of interest to Kim at kimk@pvesc.com.

Portland Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Care of Portland, Maine is seeking a board-certified or residency-trained dermatologist to join our multidisciplinary, highly client/patient-focused, specialty practice. PVESC is one of the largest 24/7 hospitals in the northeast and includes the specialties of internal medicine, surgery, critical care, oncology, ophthalmology, cardiology, dermatology, neurology, radiology, anesthesiology, and radioactive iodine therapy.

PVESC is equipped with color-flow ultrasound (3), video endoscopy, otoscopy, cystoscopy, laparoscopy, arthroscopy, digital radiography, a full on-site laboratory, cold laser (2), PulseVet shockwave, PRP & stem cell therapy, and CT scanner and (soon) MRI. We also have a full array of critical care services and monitoring modalities.

PVESC has grown exponentially over the last twenty years and has earned a reputation of integrity, collaboration, and excellence in veterinary healthcare delivery. We are searching for a candidate to be an integral part of our supportive, energetic, passionate, and genial professional family. The successful candidate will work closely with our current dermatologist.  PVESC encourages and embraces the development of professional “style,” with ample opportunity to customize your service. You will be supported by trained, licensed technicians, and supported by a compassionate and dedicated group of veterinary professionals.

Portland, Maine has been voted one of the “Top Ten Places to Live” by TripAdvisor. You will have ample time off to enjoy the coastline, islands, mountains, a working waterfront, art, 5-star restaurants, microbreweries, wineries, concerts, opera, theatre, and professional sports teams. It is a fabulous place to enjoy a work-life balance and family life!

Compensation:

  • Three-day work week (possibility of four)
  • Competitive salary plus incentive bonus
  • Relocation package
  • CE allowance
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid time off
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Disability plan
  • Professional licensing/dues/DEA
  • Retirement program
  • Potential for future buy-in

For further information about the position, please email your letter of interest and CV to Kristine S. at krisitnes@pvesc.com.

 

PVESC’s next Continuing Education dinner event is scheduled for December 11, 2023, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Maine.

More information will be posted in September, 2023!

Any questions, please call or email Kristine S., kristines@pvesc.com, 207-878-3121.

 

Schedule of Events

5:30pm-6:00pm: Check-in

6:00pm-6:45pm: Dinner and Dinner Lecture

6:45pm-7:00pm: DOOR PRIZES!

7:00pm-9:00pm: Veterinarian and Technician Lectures

 

PVESC is seeking a full-time licensed or experienced veterinary technician for overnight care in the ER department. We are looking for a technician with exceptional written and oral communication skills and attention to detail. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, compassionate, a team player, and eager to learn new skills. Evening, overnights, and weekends have a generous shift differential.

We have a state-of-the-art facility with a 4 slice CT machine, digital radiology, two surgical suites, in-house Idexx lab machines, pulse-wave therapy, laser therapy, as well as advanced monitoring equipment.

We are staffed with a dedicated group of doctors and licensed veterinary technicians. Our large staff allows us to take a team approach to patient care. Values that guide us in patient care are compassion, kindness, respect, quality, and communication.

Benefits: We are committed to your professional growth. We offer competitive compensation with a comprehensive benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, 401K, disability insurance, PTO/sick time, and CE and uniform allowances.

Job Type: Full-time

If you are interested in furthering your career in veterinary medicine, please email your resume and letter of interest to kristines@pvesc.com

Thank you to everyone who voted PVESC Best Veterinary Hospital in 2022 in Portland Radio Group’s BEST OF THE 207 contest.  Our dedicated, hard-working, compassionate doctors and staff are overwhelmed and grateful for this honor.

 

 

PVESC’s next Continuing Education dinner event is scheduled for May 13, 2024, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Maine. Any questions, please call or email Kristine S., kristines@pvesc.com, 207-878-3121.

 

Schedule of Events

5:30pm-6:00pm: Check-in

6:00pm-6:45pm: Dinner and Dinner Lecture

6:45pm-7:00pm: DOOR PRIZES!

7:00pm-9:00pm: Veterinarian and Technician Lectures

 

Portland Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Care of Portland, Maine is seeking a board-certified or residency-trained cardiologist to join our multidisciplinary, highly client/patient-focused specialty practice. PVESC is one of the largest 24/7 hospitals in the northeast and includes the specialties of internal medicine (4), surgery (5), critical care (2), oncology, ophthalmology, cardiology, dermatology, neurology, and anesthesiology.

Our facility is equipped with color-flow ultrasound (3), endoscopy, video endoscopy, otoscopy, cystoscopy, laparoscopy, arthroscopy, digital radiography, full on-site laboratories, cold laser (2), PulseVet shockwave, PRP & stem cell therapy, Vimago GT30 CT scanner, GE MRI, and more. We also have a full array of critical care services and monitoring modalities.

PVESC has grown exponentially over the last twenty-plus years and has earned a reputation of integrity, collaboration, and excellence in veterinary health care delivery. We are searching for a candidate to be an integral part of our supportive, energetic, passionate, and genial professional family. PVESC encourages and embraces the development of professional “style,” with ample opportunity to customize your service. You will be supported by a dedicated team whose primary goal is patient well-being.

Portland, Maine has been voted one of the “Top Ten Places to Live” by TripAdvisor. You will have ample time off to enjoy the coastline, islands, mountains, a working waterfront, art, 5-star restaurants, microbreweries, wineries, concerts, opera, theatre, and professional sports teams. It is a fabulous place to enjoy a work-life balance and family life!

Benefits:

  • 4-day work week
  • Competitive base salary plus monthly bonus
  • Generous relocation package/signing bonus
  • CE allowance
  • Paid time off and paid holidays
  • Comprehensive insurance plan
  • Professional licensing/dues
  • Retirement program
  • And more!

Job Type: Full-time

For further information about the position, please feel free to call or email your CV and letter of interest to Kristine Suszczynski, kristines@pvesc.com

 

 

PVESC has a full-time job opening for a licensed veterinary technician to join our growing Internal Medicine department. The perfect candidate will thrive in a quick paced environment, be great with client communication, enjoy computers, and be equally handy in appointments and procedures. If you are a seasoned professional in specialty medicine, or if you are currently in general medicine and interested in expanding your knowledge, then you may be the right candidate for this position.

PVESC is committed to valuing you by offering a substantial sign-on bonus, compensation commensurate with experience and degree, and an extensive benefits plan, helping you to financial security. You will build friendships as part of a compassionate and supportive team. PVESC also believes in community outreach. For example, we host events such as Pet Rock in the Park, an annual outdoor pet-friendly event in Portland featuring live bands, pet rescues, and shelters, food trucks, pet vendors, animal demonstrations, amazing raffle prizes, and much more, all to raise money for cancer research in companion animals. We also host continuing education dinner events for veterinarians and veterinary staff from all over Maine, sharing valuable information and eating great food.

If you are interested in joining our team, taking excellent care of our patients and clients, please email your resume and letter of interest to kristines@pvesc.com

Portland Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Care (PVESC), with two locations in Portland, Maine, over 15 board-certified veterinary specialists, and emergency doctors, PVESC is proud to offer the highest quality veterinary referral and emergency medicine. Our specialties include surgery, internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, emergency & critical care, and cardiology.

 

Portland Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Care is seeking two Emergency Client Coordinators to join our client and patient-focused multidisciplinary emergency and specialty practice. This is a newly developed position. PVESC is one of the largest 24/7 hospitals in the northeast and includes the specialties of surgery (5), internal medicine (4), critical care (2), oncology (2), ophthalmology, cardiology, dermatology, anesthesiology, neurology, radiology, and radioactive iodine therapy. PVESC has grown exponentially and has earned a reputation of integrity, collaboration, and excellence in veterinary health care delivery.

The Emergency Client Coordinator is a liaison position in our busy emergency department, helping the criticalists, emergency clinicians, technicians, client service representatives and clients in many integral ways, such as support with triage, handling the majority of client communication, and discharging patients. The perfect candidate will have great organization skills, love computers, and be able to communicate kindly, compassionately and effectively with clients, referring veterinary hospitals, and staff. Previous experience in a veterinary hospital is required, technician knowledge is preferred, and strong customer service skills are important. This position is perfect for the experienced veterinary technician or assistant who is considering a change of pace. Generous sign on bonus commensurate with experience.

PVESC is committed to valuing you by offering a generous salary and extensive benefits plan, helping you to financial security. You will build friendships as part of a compassionate and supportive team . PVESC also believes in community outreach. For example, we host events such as Pet Rock in the Park, an annual outdoor pet-friendly event in Portland featuring live bands, pet rescues and shelters, food trucks, pet vendors, animal demonstrations, amazing raffle prizes, and much more, all to raise money for cancer research in companion animals. We also host continuing education dinner events for veterinarians and veterinary staff from all over Maine, sharing valuable information and eating great food.

Portland, Maine has been voted one of the “Top Ten Places to Live” by TripAdvisor. You will have ample time off to enjoy the coastline, islands, mountains, a working waterfront, art, 5-star restaurants, microbreweries, wineries, concerts, opera, theatre, and professional sports teams. It is a fabulous place to enjoy a work-life balance and family life!

If you are interested in furthering your career in veterinary medicine, please email your resume and letter of interest to kristines@pvesc.com

Job Type: Full-time

Portland Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Care (PVESC) of Portland, ME is looking for an experienced licensed veterinary surgical technician to join our growing surgery department. Our surgical technicians are responsible for all aspects of surgical nursing, performing diagnostics, administering and monitoring anesthesia, maintaining treatments, admitting and discharging patients, surgical assisting, post-op care and recovery, and client customer service. Experience in anesthesia and surgery is preferred. We focus on high-quality, supportive, and personalized care for our clients and their pets. You will be able to utilize your skills to the fullest.

Our busy surgery department has four board-certified surgeons, specializing in soft tissue, orthopedic, laparoscopic, and neurosurgery. We are a state-of-the-art facility with a 4 slice CT machine, digital radiology, two surgical suites, in-house laboratory suite, Pulse-Vet shockwave therapy, laser therapy, as well as advanced monitoring equipment.

Our new team member should possess exceptional written and oral communication skills and attention to detail. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, compassionate, dependable, a team player, and eager to learn new skills. Our team members must lead by example and are held accountable for quality care and customer service. It is imperative that our surgical staff be able to interact well with the emergency team, as well as maintain an enthusiastic and positive attitude. The ideal candidate must have a flexible schedule, and be available to work weekends. We are committed to and encourage your professional growth. We offer competitive compensation with a comprehensive benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, paid time off, continuing education, 401K, disability insurance, and pet care discounts.

If you are interested in furthering your career in veterinary medicine, please email your resume and letter of interest to kristines@pvesc.com

Job Type: Full-time

Portland Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Care has openings for licensed veterinary technicians and experienced veterinary assistants in our busy emergency department. We are an emergency and specialty hospital with 15 specialty doctors and growing! The ideal candidates will be self-motivated, compassionate team players who are eager to work with our critical care specialists and experienced emergency doctors in our fast-paced hospital, all to help companion animals when they need it the most. We have many schedules to choose from, and we ask all emergency technicians to work a weekend day and some holidays. We offer sign-on bonuses commensurate with experience, and very generous salary and benefits. If you are interested in working with a team of amazing animal health care professionals and you want to help animals in their greatest moment of need, we would like to meet you! Please email your resume and letter of interest to kristines@pvesc.com

Job Type: Full-time

PVESC has a current opening for a full-time Client Service Representative in our specialty department. Our CSRs are an integral part of our practice, the first voice the client hears when they call to schedule an appointment, the last voice they hear as they are leaving. Through kindness, diligent attention to detail, intelligence, great computer skills, and the desire to help the client in every way possible, our CSRs strive to make the client’s experience the best it can be. If you think you have the right stuff to join our front line, taking excellent care of our clients and referring veterinarians, please forward your cover letter and resume. Previous experience in a veterinary hospital is necessary.

Job Type: Full-time

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and letter of interest to kristines@pvesc.com

Portland Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Care (PVESC) offers the highest quality veterinary specialty referral and emergency medicine. We have two locations, both in Portland, Maine. Our specialties include surgery, internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, emergency & critical care, cardiology. Emergency veterinary services are available 24/7/365.

Who we are: Portland Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Care is an emergency and specialty hospital staffed with 19 board-certified veterinary specialists and experienced emergency clinicians. Specialties include emergency and critical care, surgery, internal medicine, oncology, neurology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology and anesthesiology.

What we’re looking for: A veterinary technician specialist in ECC, licensed veterinary technician, or very experienced veterinary assistant to join our growing emergency team. This full-time evening shift position hours are 2pm to midnight, three weekday evenings and a minimum of one weekend shift. Part-time will also be considered.

Our large staff allows us to take a team approach to patient care. Values that guide us in patient care are compassion, kindness, respect, quality, and communication.

We are a state of the art facility with a new technology CT machine, MRI, digital radiology, three surgical suites, in-house IDEXX lab machines, ultrasound, endoscopy, pulse-wave therapy, laser therapy, advanced monitoring equipment and more.

We are looking for a technician with exceptional written and oral communication skills and attention to detail. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, compassionate, and eager to learn new skills. We offer generous shift differentials for evening, weekend and overnight hours.

Benefits: We are committed to your professional growth. We offer competitive compensation commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurance, disability insurance, paid time off, paid volunteer hours, bereavement pay, 401k contribution, continuing education allowance, pet care discounts, uniform allowance, and more. If you are interested in furthering your career in veterinary medicine, please email your resume and letter of

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

If you think you have the right stuff to join our pharmacy team, taking excellent care of our clients and patients, please forward your cover letter and resume. Previous experience in a veterinary hospital or medical setting is helpful, but not necessary.  Please forward cover letter and resume to kristines@pvesc.com.

Portland Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Care (PVESC), with two locations in Portland, Maine is staffed with19 board-certified veterinary specialists and many experienced emergency doctors. PVESC is proud to offer the highest quality veterinary referral and emergency medicine. Our specialties include surgery, internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, neurology, anesthesiology, emergency & critical care, and cardiology.

PVESC has two full-time openings for kennel assistants in our emergency department. The shifts are four 10-hour days,10am to 8pm, and include a weekend day. Part-time will also be considered. Kennel assistants help the hospital in many ways, including walking dogs outside, transporting patients in the hospital, cleaning kennels, helping maintain the general cleanliness of the treatment room, lobby and outpatient areas, washing food dishes and litter boxes, inventory stocking, laundry, and learning a general working knowledge of the emergency department and treatment room flow. If you are interested in joining our growing, multi-discipline specialty and emergency hospital, please forward your cover letter and resume.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: From $18.00 per hour

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Experience:

  • Kennel: 1 year (Preferred)

If you think you have the right stuff to join our pharmacy team, taking excellent care of our clients and patients, please forward your cover letter and resume. Previous experience in a veterinary hospital or medical setting is helpful, but not necessary.  Please forward cover letter and resume to kristines@pvesc.com.