We Care. We'll Help.
Twenty eight years ago, we were the first practice in the entire Chicago metropolitan area area to practice integrative wellness medicine. The first integrative practice in the country to be certified by the American Animal Hospital Association - at their highest level of accreditation, no less! And we're still the best, as well as the most knowledgeable. We have served as teachers, mentors and role models to other area veterinarians and practices for over 25 years. Our joy and our delight in caring for our patients shows, every day.
Since opening our Schaumburg, Illinois veterinary practice doors in 1993, we've had this vision and philosophy:
We are here to serve people who are as passionate about the health and well-being of their pets as we are about our own. We care for companion pets from their juvenile period through their geriatric years, providing state of the art medical care, with love for the pet and deep respect for their human partners. We are mindful that wellness focused, preventative and integrative veterinary medicine is the BEST medicine! We make our practice an emotionally safe and comfortable environment for pets and their people. We promote, achieve, and teach excellence in integrative and preventative veterinary medicine. We acknowledge the joy and wonder in what we are privileged to do, every day.
We are an approved House Rabbit Society hospital.
We also offer integrative care for rabbits. Integrative therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic, herbal medicine, and Assisi Loop therapy can contribute greatly to the health and comfort of all bunny patients, especially our senior patients.
We understand that you have trusted us with the care of a pet dear to you, and we regard it as a partnership. We work with you, to help your pet maintain vibrant good health (or to gain it)! Every day, we aim to provide your pets with the same level of complete integrative veterinary medicine that we'd want for all of our own pets. Our top-level American Animal Hospital Association status puts us among the top 5% of all veterinary practices in the entire United States. This provides further assurance that we practice state-of-the-art medicine, that our Doctors and staff take ongoing continuing education very seriously, and that we maintain the very highest standards of cleanliness and sanitation throughout our facility.
No Positions Available at this Time
However, please read on...
We are always glad to accept any resumes from enthusiastic, hard working, dependable, team-oriented individuals with the energy and passion to create a great experience for our patients and clients. If you have an interest in joining our team of veterinary health care professionals in the future, please read on! Applicants we will consider are team players with pet handling experience, a basic understanding of medical office protocol and terminology, and the ability to maintain a medical-appropriate appearance and attitude at all times. If you have other, unrelated, skills that you feel will allow you to compensate for a relative lack of medical office experience, come on in, fill out an application, and tell us what you think you can offer!
All of our Knollwood staff are constantly on their feet, constantly moving, and constantly multi-tasking. We work hard and you will too! Hours include some mornings as early as 8:45am and some evenings until 7:00pm (sometimes later). We rotate our schedule monthly.
We supply uniforms, and assign a mentor to all new hires in their area of responsibility. Newly hired staff are expected to complete and sign off on a training program within a required amount of time to maintain their position. Please note that we do check references, and we do have an active drug and alcohol testing program in place both before and after we hire all staff.
Because we and our clients appreciate getting to know and work with the same individuals over time, we do not hire seasonal workers. If you are seeking a summer job, a holiday job, or a job during college break, please do not submit an application. If you are a college or high school student seeking veterinary experience, and if you meet the same criteria as anyone we would hire and are willing to work dependably and reliably over a fixed short time frame, please do contact us about a volunteer position.
We are always interested in hearing from individuals with a strong interest in veterinary medicine who can volunteer at least a half day, once a week, for a minimum time frame of 3 months. Our volunteers run the gamut from those seeking eventual admission to a College of Veterinary Medicine or Veterinary Technology to individuals retired from the work force who simply want to assist in the work of healing pets and helping Knollwood in some capacity. Qualified volunteers are those who are at least 15 years of age, can provide verifiable evidence of medical and emergency insurance, can provide written parental consent to volunteer if under 18 years of age, are completely reliable in attendance and work habits, agree to abide by all hospital policies and regulations, and who can present a professional medical appearance and attitude at all times. Surgical scrubs are required attire. Opportunities to help both our Reception and Nursing staff are available at this time.
Now accepting 2020 - 2022 Applications
Knollwood Hospital for Pets is integrative and wellness-focused. We maintain an active externship program for like-minded vet and vet tech students, as well as graduate DVM/CVT externs, plus externship hours in support of completion of credits towards IVAS certification. Please read our website sections on "Services," "Staff," and "Policies" for details of our hospital operations and philosophy.
We do not provide a stipend. This is a learning experience for you, involving a significant investment of our time. For more information, please see the sections below on conditions for application and how to apply. We look forward to hearing from you!
Veterinary or Pre-Vet Student/Veterinary Technician or Pre-Tech Students
Active membership in either the AVMA or NAVTA. Preference will be given to those who are also members of the American Holistic VMA. Externship period availability of at least one week. Availability for all hospital hours during the externship period. Reliable transportation to and from your living quarters, for the full duration of your externship. Willingness to read, sign, and abide by all conditions listed in our employee manual. Willingness to attire and conduct oneself as a medical professional at all times. Respect and appreciation for the diversity of the clients we serve. Willingness to conduct oneself as a team member at all times, with equal respect for all staff. Active participation in clinic rounds, surgery, treatments, and teleconferences with clients. Active participation in the medical record keeping required by our top-level AAHA status.
If you are NOT a veterinary or veterinary technician student, please note that we are currently booked nearly three years ahead for available externship dates for graduate veterinarians seeking IVAS or Chi accreditation hours for acupuncture certification. However, because cancellations sometimes occur, it never hurts to contact us! If we cannot help you, we will do our best to refer you to another veterinary practice. We do not accept acupuncture course students who have learned an exclusively Western, neurophysiologic approach to acupuncture.
To apply for an externship: Make initial contact with our Medical Director, Dr. Deborah Mitchell, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with your proposed externship dates and reasons for seeking an externship with us. If our interests mesh and your proposed dates are available, we will ask you to: