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As you review the information below, I encourage you to think about both the factors contributing to your decision to take a new job, as well as those that cause you to want to stay and thrive in that job – the compatibility, inspiration, fulfillment, and opportunities you hope to experience in your new job on a day-to-day basis, and over the course of your career. For this, you need answers and insights into what your life as an ACCC Oncology Specialist would really be like, and our ACCC employees want to tell you themselves.
If the information on this page and our general website appeals to you, then I very much want to speak to you. Please call or email me directly or complete the form below. From one Oncology Specialist to another, I understand that making job and career decisions in our industry is exciting and intense. I wish you the very best no matter where your decisions lead.
Dr. Stephanie Correa, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Founder and President, Animal Cancer Care Clinic
LIVE like you want; THRIVE like you can.
It all starts with asking the right questions
“Why has ACCC’s vet-owned and managed practice been able to attract and retain the largest pool of expert Oncology Specialists in the country?”
Better yet, ask them.
Veterinary Oncology Specialists
“I used to be an intern here, and simply put, there is a reason why so many interns come back to work here. It’s not because they are from here originally, as most of us are not. When I came back, it literally felt like I was coming home and even kind of like I had never really left. The entire organization has been so supportive of me throughout my career, and I have kept in touch with many of them. We know what we are going to get here, and it’s not just a job, it truly is family.”
“Stephanie listens when we have suggestions and is willing to try our ideas – even the big ones. For example, we now have this hospital in Orlando partially because I suggested it years ago and offered to move up here to run it. We are always talking about the ways to adjust or improve day-to-day operations, and our recommendations are welcome. I think we all feel this, and it encourages us to contribute in many ways to the quality of our care. “
“Dr. Correa is not only a full-time vet and owner, but she is also the mother of three children. She has structured the workplace to accommodate us all professionally and personally in flexible ways that only an owner could do. Some of us work partial weeks, some work 2 weeks on/2 weeks off, some leave the office early enough to pick up kids from school, while some even fly in from other cities to work for weeks on and go home for off weeks. Also, we don’t have overnight or “on-call” duties, so we can have a life outside our work. I really enjoy this level of support and flexibility.”
“What I like about this environment is its culture of mutual trust. Because of shared trust, I’m allowed to operate with a sense of freedom and independence. We know we share the same goals so I’m allowed to run my day how it works best for me, set my own schedule, etc. If I have a suggestion about doing something in a different way, nobody tells me there is “only one way”, or I need to speak to the Regional Director or wait weeks before receiving feedback from Corporate. I just call Stephanie and we talk about it. I’ve worked in several different settings (small and large practices, university hospitals, and academia) and I know this trusting, comfortable environment is special – not so typical.”
“I feel like there is a more personal relationship with my job. I love knowing who is in charge, and whose brainchild this is. Having been a nurse for 15 years, I have worked in places where there was a gap between the medical and management side of things; less of an understanding of our needs and the way things actually worked. Dr. Correa manages the practice from working among us in person vs. from numbers reported on paper.
Also, our practice is so efficient – in operations and communications. We diagnose quickly, often the same day we see a new patient, with in-house labs, specialized equipment and staff. The practice has been designed to accommodate expedient communications between staff and with clients. There is a really good flow. This is no doubt a result of being vet owner-operated for as long as we have been.”
“I have worked here over 12 years, in every department, and for all that time I have felt treated as an individual, not a number – we have a family feel. The relationships here – with doctors, nurses, management, customer service – are based on respect and trust. Even though we have grown so much over the years, Stephanie still has an open door and is always committed to improvement. At our nurse meetings, our manager regularly asks for ideas on how we can improve. She really listens to us and then makes changes based upon what we have to say.”
“One of the things I love so much about this practice is that it’s fast-growing, and fast paced – therefore an always changing environment. The company is inspiring, and employees feel motivated to work hard. We are encouraged to explore the full potential of our skill sets. We encounter obstacles daily but are invigorated by this and invited, expected really, to be part of the solution. Dr. Correa has been so successful because she has created a culture that is resilient and “gets after it”. We work together and are creative and flexible in the face of challenges. ACCC’S environment has a trust and integrity to it like no other practice I’ve ever worked with.”
“I have worked for ACCC for 13 years starting in Fort Lauderdale as a fairly entry level tech fresh out of school to now being the manager of almost 20 Technicians handling our Central FL operations. Over this time the environment has changed of course, but some things have not. I have always felt an atmosphere of respect for one another among all employment levels. Dr. Correa and the other doctors involve our Techs in each cancer case. They engage them, ask their opinions, and teach them about why particular care plans are being pursued. The camaraderie we have with doctors and among ourselves allows for relaxed and friendly teamwork even in an extremely fast-paced environment. ACCC is also a place that has always offered growth and opportunity, as my career here demonstrates. Because our practice is so busy, those that are inclined see rapid career advancement.”
“Because we are vet-owned and operated, our management knows how we work and provides the tools and support we need to keep focused on what we should be. From our specialized staff and equipment to the clinics themselves – everything is customized for us. We are truly centered around providing the best cancer care environment for our clients and patients and if we ever get even slightly distracted from that, our leadership brings us right back to it.”
“Because we have 8 locations in Florida, we definitely dominate the market – in size and reputation. I think we are the perfect size – and people are not always aware of the benefits of being the right size. Too small and you don’t have modern facilities, full staff support, current technology, spacious offices, professional methods, and good communications; too large and you don’t have the creativity, nimble problem resolution, access to management, and the feeling that you really contribute.”
“Our days are not as chaotic as many large specialty hospitals. It’s really hard going in the morning and having to deal with all the overnight transfers and get your appointments started on time. In addition, any time an emergency or other specialty area suspected cancer we were expected to fit those patients in to our already tight schedule. At ACCC we get to just focus on cancer cases as scheduled.”
“One of the most obvious differentiators here is the staff. I just can’t say enough about the nursing staff in particular. New grads may not know how important the nursing staff is – it can make or break the practice. Stephanie has nurses who have been there since the beginning. They stay because they love it. They are so professional and skilled but are also allowed to have fun and be human!”
“The benefits of working in a vet-owned hospital are significant. Dr. Correa is involved in the day-to-day operations of the organization. She understands the difficulties at hand because she is on the floor of the hospital dealing with them alongside her team. I’m not sure that size has anything to do with it. This is NOT your typical workplace, and I am told from my colleagues who have been here much longer than me, that the practice has been the same since the beginning. We have always held ourselves to a higher standard in patient care, client care, and respect for one another. So, I don’t think what I love about ACCC has to do with its size.”
“For our operations in Central Florida, our size allows for care teams of four Vet Techs supporting each oncologist (two Asst. Techs and two more experienced Techs). This works well for us because we are large enough to allow for proper matching of personalities and skills, but small enough that we can keep fairly consistent teams. Also, even though we have grown much larger over the years, I like knowing the owner. Dr. Correa is low-key, humble and easy to talk to. She is generous with praise, and I feel seen and appreciated. I don’t think this would be the case at larger, more institutional practices.”
“Working with this many veterinary oncologists every day gives us a constant flow of diverse cases, and a unique opportunity to collaborate, help one another, and learn. We have a rare depth of in-house expertise to assist with cases, workload, schedules, etc.”
“I love that our clients get such a good experience here because we only treat cancer. Our staff is well aware of why they are here and is very nurturing. Everyone shares a keen sense of what our clients and patients are going through and we are all on the same page as to how we want to care for them. Also, since we don’t have to share resources with other specialty areas, our public and clinical spaces are customized for our way of delivering cancer care.”
“There are so many great things about working with all these oncologists, but one that stands out for me is how we work together to address medical challenges in our patients. Just this morning I was scheduled to see a patient who was not responding to a number of the drugs commonly used in his situation. I had an idea to address it in a way I hadn’t thought about before, and texted two of my colleagues to ask their opinions. They immediately responded with their own experience using the same drug I was considering, and were able to share their results with me. That responsive, out-of-the-box collaboration and expertise is incredibly valuable to me and our patients.”
“Another thing that separates ACCC from the other places I have worked is the support staff. Many oncologists I talk to suffer from not enough nurses, assistants, front office staff etc. The quality and abundance of our support staff is phenomenal here.”
“I really like the exclusive focus on oncology. Specialized care is the future, and we are obviously at the forefront. We are advancing animal medicine toward the level of human care and our results speak for themselves.”
“I think we have the benefits of both worlds. We have staff all over Florida, but on a day-to-day basis we work in small groups. Having multiple locations allows for convenience and accessibility for clients and many of us nurses enjoy working in different locations. We get to see different faces and because we are not overly regimented, we see variations in doctors’ styles. This keeps things from becoming too routine.”
“In a specialty practice like ours I think there is a certain caliber of person who shares a high level of professionalism, compassion and empathy. We work as a team and nurses are entrusted by their doctors and managers to do their job. That is what makes it work. The doctors value our opinions and we don’t have to contend with the big egos.”
“Even though we are an oncology practice, we see different things every day. It continues to be so interesting because the more I see, the more I learn and the more hope I have for the animals we treat.
You may think it’s very sad to treat cancer however, I actually feel really happy most days. When people first come in they are so upset because their pet has cancer and may be very sick. But because I of the knowledge I have gained while working here I usually feel full of hope for them. I know how we will help their pet get better – and feel better. The clients have so much gratitude for what we do.”
“To me our focus on oncology vs. general practice offers us a much more interesting day. Instead of the more repetitive procedures such as vaccines, dentals, etc., we are engaged with others in the particulars of disease progression and individual Patient case management. We share the hope for recovery, and the highs and lows of treatment with the care team and Clients. Also, the fact that cancer knowledge and care is always changing keeps it interesting. We continually learn about, and at times even participate in, clinical research and oncology treatment with new products and methods.”
“The one thing I would say to oncologists considering a new job is that in the end, you want to sleep at night knowing your patients are well cared for by individuals and an organization that shares your goals. I can tell you from experience that this is not always the case at other places. I may not always be on-site for my patient’s every visit, but I absolutely know and trust my co-workers at ACCC. When I’m not able to be there, they make the right decisions, and handle my patients with the same love and care that I do because we all share the same goals.”
“I have been associated with ACCC since 2009. I started working with them “per diem” one to four times a month. The flexibility then and since in addressing my personal scheduling needs has really been unbelievable and has led to a sincere trust in the management here. I have benefitted from accommodations possible not only due to our philosophy and culture, but also our size and structure. I have since moved to Florida and work at ACCC consistently now.”
“I have been with ACCC for ten years. There are so many reasons why, but I think the most valuable attribute of ACCC, both for new grads and seasoned oncology experts, is the collaborative nature of our culture. I speak to my on-site oncologists every day, and others probably at least once a week. We have a combined experience that helps with both medical and operational issues. I am just as likely to ask someone’s opinion about a treatment plan as about how to handle a situation with a nurse or a scheduling problem. This type of culture is really beneficial as opposed to being out on your own.”
“I know I’m not the only one who loves the fact that we don’t have negative accrual here like so many other specialty practices do. Who wants to stress that much about meeting your “base” when you are obviously driven by doing the best for your clients and patients? Here we have production bonuses if we pass our targets, but never have the negative accruals.”
“Especially as new grads most of us don’t know what to look for in our new jobs, what questions to ask. It is not something we are taught in school and nobody seems to talk about it. It is so refreshing here. Stephanie is up-front, open and honest. People don’t have a fear of being taken advantage of, and there are no hidden agendas. You feel secure, like everyone has your back and you don’t have to guess where you stand.”
“Three years ago while considering a new job at ACCC I noticed the doctor turnover rate was very low, which speaks volumes about an organization. It has remained low to this day because at ACCC, even though we are the big-time oncology care provider in Florida, it just feels like family. You are valued as a person and professional here – both while you work and while you are off work. For example, I really appreciate that we do not receive calls and messages while we are not working. It’s details like those which make you feel people care about you and which contribute to your general comfort and happiness with a job.”
“I used to work in a vet practice that shared reception space with ACCC, and I observed their staff, patients and ways of operating. When I moved south four years ago, I reached out to them to see if there was an opening. At that time I was more drawn to the practice itself rather than to the specific field of oncology. The reason I am still here is because of how Dr. Correa emphasizes a work-life balance in her words and actions, and in the culture and policies of the practice. It is easy to let your whole life become this job. I realize how important it is to keep a healthy perspective, and how difficult it is to maintain it without support from your employer. She really encourages this balance for all of us, and we are never frowned upon or pressured negatively when we need to attend to our personal lives.”
“I have worked here for 12 years because I am proud of us. I believe in what we do. I love helping my fellow nurses and doctors, and they know they can count on me. Over the years I have sometimes worried if our culture and family feel would change due to growth and other factors, but it hasn’t and I’m still here. I can’t think of what would make it better to work in this field somewhere else.”
“With prior experience in general practice, I joined ACCC as a Level 1 Nurse five years ago because I was looking for change and a new opportunity. One main reason I am still here is because I love working in an atmosphere of growth and collaboration. I feel my contributions as a nurse and to the continuing improvement of ACCC are respected and valued. For example, within a couple years after joining I was working as a Level 3 nurse and my responsibilities were expanding in the south Miami clinic. My manager encouraged me to communicate and advocate for myself in arriving at ideas to accommodate the increasing workload. With her support I did so, and ended up creating a new role at the practice which formalized these responsibilities. There are now three of us who hold these positions.”
“I started as an intern here and came back to work full time immediately after my residency 3 years later. I interviewed at several clinics and hospitals, and learned that though the compensation and benefits were fairly comparable, the one thing I was really interested in was not. ACCC just has a culture I’ve never experienced before. It feels like a big family. Even when I was an intern, I felt important – like I was a part of their team. When personal issues come up, as they do for everyone, I’ve felt supported and cared for. That means everything to me.”
“I have experience working with a variety of animal medical clinics and hospitals- some of which have been sold to larger corporations which has changed the culture of those organizations. Though of course we all want to be fairly and generously compensated, we also want to work for a company with a soul – a place that truly cares about people and animals. We resent it when the end goal becomes focused on corporate profits for anonymous shareholders. ACCC manages to balance an excellent, customizable compensation plan with an organizational culture that allows us all to thrive in our work and in our lives.”
“ACCC does not operate rigidly and is not married to the traditional specialty hospital work model of 4 days a week, year round. I do NOT believe that is the best mental health approach for many of us in this field. I see people leaving the field regularly due to the huge emotional and mental burdens of this job. I approached Stephanie with a different work model for me, not knowing she was already using it with another doctor. I now have a custom schedule (6 weeks on; 5 days/wk then 3 weeks off) that allows me to remain in Seattle during off weeks and work in Florida feeling refreshed and happy. Stephanie has allowed me to “have my cake and eat it too.” This is a HUGE deal for me.”
“The financial compensation at ACCC is very good and the production scheme is very generous. But that is not the main reason to join us. The most important reason is how we treat each other here, and it starts at the top. Our culture is warm, caring, and supportive. It’s not the corporate one-way-fits-all mentality. That makes all the difference to me.”
“There is a just a great culture here – a positive mood and vibe. Cancer can be emotional, so walking in to a place each day with such positive energy really helps with any anxiety or stress we may feel. I think our culture is a huge part of what makes you love your job.”
“There are the obvious issues of compensation, but the fact that we don’t work overnights and on-call is huge. You really can have a flexible schedule based on your needs. Also, whenever I have needed time to attend to personal issues, I have felt very supported.”
“This is special place where we feel 100% invested in our practice and in the quality of our care for patients, clients and for each other. My husband sometimes remarks that I seem so excited to go to work in the morning – and I do. I know that is a rare, rare situation and I think it says it all.”
“We are a friendly and fast-paced environment where you will see an average of probably 20+ cases a day. The right person can join us at any level of education and experience, and we will take your training from there. We hire some great people with just a high school education, and others with some combination of Vet Tech education and/or experience. We can be flexible with your schedule (many Techs work 4 days a week) and offer a lot of room to grow through the ranks. I’d say all this is important, but mainly you will work with others who like their jobs and treat one another well. I wouldn’t be here for 13 years if that wasn’t true.”