Career Growth and Culture at Banfield Pet Hospital
Dr. Paul Dutcher, DVM, has worn many hats in his 13+ years in the industry. We caught up with him to talk about his many roles at Banfield, advice for others in the veterinarian industry, and what keeps him excited about his work.
Tell us about your career path with Banfield:
I have had quite the journey in my 13+ years with Banfield. I started as a new grad doctor in 2008 after graduating from veterinary school. Most of my experience has been in the field, where I’ve held various roles: Associate DVM, Lead DVM, Chief of Staff, Medical Director, and Director of Veterinary Quality. In the fall of 2018, I took a position as a Manager of Campus Outreach & Student Programs. After a year and a half in that role, I was given the opportunity to lead the DVM recruiting teams in the West and then the East Division as a Sr. Manager. Currently, I’m in an interim role as a Director of Talent Acquisition supporting East Divisional DVM recruiting, events, systems, administration, and student programs.
What do you like about the culture at Banfield?
I love the culture we have in our practice around development. We have always welcomed and encouraged growth and learning. Our hospitals’ onboarding program is a great example of our culture around development in action. Whether you are an experienced DVM or a new grad DVM, this program gives associates the foundation and flexibility to meet an individual’s needs. It sets them up for success in any role!
What excites you about your work with Banfield?
I have seen many great examples of us really using our size and scale to improve the veterinary profession. A great example of this was the release of our Assess, Support, Know (ASK) suicide training, which helps us develop the skills to support ourselves and others. Suicide is a huge problem in our profession, and it was so great to see us create and share this amazing resource with the entire veterinary profession.
What advice do you have for anyone looking to expand their career in the veterinarian industry?
Say yes to new opportunities to learn and grow personally and professionally! Change is often not easy, but it is transformative. I have grown so much from new opportunities and experiences in my life.
How do you like to spend your time outside of work?
I love spending time with my fur babies Jaxon and Beau! They really are so much fun and are full of unconditional love. I also love playing softball and have recently found a passion for gardening.