Department: Emergency & Critical Care

Staff Criticalist

Staff Criticalist

The Schwarzman Animal Medical Center (AMC) is seeking a Staff Criticalist to join our team of seven that currently work in the Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) Department.

About Emergency & Critical Care at AMC

The AMC is one of the nation’s largest facilities for animal care, research, and education. The state-of-the-art hospital operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, with 55,000 patient visits annually. Over 130 veterinarians comprise the professional staff, representing all specialties, and providing a progressive, stimulating, and rewarding working environment.

The ECC Department is currently comprised of seven board-certified specialists in ECC, seven internship-trained emergency doctors, seven residents, 23 licensed technicians (several with their VTS in ECC), and 25 assistants. In our open ICU, patients are co-managed by ECC and allied services or managed primarily by the ECC team. Our ER is at the hospital’s center, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and has an active caseload of nearly 20,000 visits per year. AMC is the only VETCOT certified, level one trauma center in the region and is currently undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation updating all clinical aspects of the hospital with an expected completion in 2025.

The successful candidate will be expected to practice outstanding medicine, to assist in the training of residents and interns, and to contribute to the growth and development of the department internally and the specialty as a whole. While the criticalist joining our team will primarily be responsible for inpatient care, the schedule will also consist of daytime and/or swing shifts in our busy ER. Inpatient management is well supported with regards to LVT care and availability of advanced diagnostics and treatments, including invasive ventilatory support, dialysis, radiation therapy, and interventional procedures. Senior Veterinarians working in the ER share responsibilities of primary case receiving and detailed oversight of interns and residents seeing cases as well. The caseload, resources, and infrastructure are well-suited to individuals who are interested in teaching, collaboration, continuing to learn, and contributing to clinical research in a fast-paced environment.


  • Competitive salary
  • Generous sign-on bonus
  • Four-day work week
  • Comprehensive benefits including health insurance with medical, dental, and vision benefits, very generous paid time off, paid continuing education time-off stipend, and 403-b retirement plan with employer contribution
  • Possibility of housing in an AMC apartment building or assistance to find housing
  • School loan debt forgiveness opportunity as a non-profit hospital
  • Non-corporate practice with no percentage pay
  • Collegial work with colleagues in a non-competitive structure with strong teaching and mentoring opportunities as well as opportunities for research

Salary Range

$230,000 – $260,000

A Commitment to Lifelong Learning

The Schwarzman Animal Medical Center is located in the heart of Manhattan, near a multitude of prestigious leading research and teaching hospitals. The AMC’s commitment to compassionate and pioneering veterinary care dates to 1910 when it was founded as a clinic to help animals whose owners could not afford treatment. We continue this legacy today as the world’s largest non-profit animal hospital, with 130+ veterinarians working collaboratively across 20 specialties and services. Our team prides itself on delivering world class veterinary care to help keep pet families together.

When you join the team at AMC, you join a renowned team of veterinary professionals dedicated to innovative care, research, and education. Our prestigious postgraduate education programs attract future leaders in veterinary medicine, and the clinical research conducted at AMC has led to breakthroughs that change the way veterinary care is delivered industry wide. This shared commitment to learning, teaching, and innovative care creates a collegial, collaborative environment with rewarding opportunities for advancement and growth.

We’re building the future of veterinary medicine at the Schwarzman Animal Medical Center, thanks to our transformative Gift of Love campaign to expand and enhance our clinical, educational, and research capacities. Construction is currently underway to fully renovate the hospital, ensuring AMC is at the forefront of veterinary medicine for generations to come.

Application Details

Application review is now in effect (as of August 1, 2023) and applications will be considered until the position is filled. ACVECC Board certification, or eligibility, is required. A New York State license will be required to practice at the AMC.

For additional details and to apply please contact Dr. Jennifer Prittie, Department Head, Emergency and Critical Care, or call (646)283-5279.