POSITION SUMMARY This position serves as the leader of the animal welfare and medical care team at HSTC and is a member of the senior leadership team. The role is responsible for the daily surgical and medical care of shelter animals, as well as surgeries for the public spay neuter program. The position develops, recommends and implements health care policies, procedures and protocols, and supervises part-time veterinarians and medical staff. The position works with shelter Animal Care staff focusing on enhancing the lifesaving capacity of shelter programs, reducing length of stay for shelter animals, and insuring that HSTC veterinary care meets the highest standards possible for shelter medicine programs.
RESPONSIBILITIES •Executes duties in compliance with HSTC policies and procedures as well as all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations including Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine, OSHA and DEA compliance. Takes immediate action to address any safety concern or non-compliance of rules that could put an employee, volunteer, client, animal, or the organization at risk. •Promote and maintain the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Guidelines for Standards of Care and collaborates with shelter leadership in the formulation of shelter medical objectives, practices, protocols, plans and decisions that influence operations to ensure optimal health of sheltered animals. •Collaborate with shelter staff to implement a comprehensive animal health care program including: prevention, environmental sanitation, nutrition, record-keeping, physical examinations, vaccinations, parasite control, disease diagnosis and treatment, disease surveillance and outbreak response, surgery, environmental enrichment for animals in the shelter, and emergency care. •Trains and supervises Animal Care staff on shelter policies and protocols, including, but not limited to, proper low-stress animal handling and restraint, medical care, and personal safety. Conducts performance evaluations for veterinary staff with support. •Examines animals to detect and determine the nature of diseases or injuries; treats sick or injured animals. Performs and interprets laboratory tests for parasitic conditions and diseases. •Partners with Animal Care management in determining and monitoring animals’ paths forward considering the health of an individual animal and the population as a whole. Directs separation of diseased animals for treatment or other disposition. Perform or oversee euthanasia when deemed necessary and assist in euthanasia decisions. •Sterilizes, vaccinates and microchips shelter animals, and those of the HSTC public spay/neuter program in accordance with established laws, policies and standard operating procedures. •Directs staff in administration of prescribed treatment and maintains accurate and correct treatment records for all animals in the computerized medical records system; ensures the highest level of care and documentation of health monitoring. •Conduct daily rounds with medical and kennel staff to monitor the health and behavioral welfare of all animals in the shelter. Participates in population management policies and decisions, including enrichment options and the best disposition pathways for moving animals. •Perform forensic medical examination for cruelty/neglect cases and prepare veterinary statements for legal proceedings. May be required to testify. •Serves as the HSTC liaison with community Veterinarians, seeking their support and expertise when necessary. Makes decisions on what treatments or procedures to seek from outside veterinary resources in coordination with other shelter leadership team members as appropriate. •With support, coordinates the scheduling and duties of contract veterinarians. Oversees performance and compliance with HSTC procedures and protocols. •Member of the Senior Management Team, identifies and helps to resolve ethics issues. •Oversees controlled substance license, drug supply inventory, ordering and recordkeeping in compliance with all applicable regulations. •Monitors budget keeping medical expenses within budgetary guidelines by identifying opportunities to improve efficiency and effectiveness. •Participates as an active member of the HSTC leadership team, makes recommendations and prepares periodic evaluative reports on veterinary services. •Explores innovative shelter industry practices. Maintains professional credentials and remains active in professional network through participation in the Association of Shelter Veterinarian, attending shelter medicine educational opportunities provided at regional and national conferences. Identifies and uses accepted best practices to maintain high-quality standard of care. •Maintains effective and consistent communication methods and channels. •Fosters a positive, productive, team-based environment and culture which encourages attainment of goals, contributions, and business for HSTC and its programs. •Works overtime, on-call, some weekends and special events. Supports events, fundraising, and media spots as needed, and fulfills commitments to sponsors and donors. •Fulfills all other duties as required.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS •Doctorate degree from school of veterinary medicine (DVM) accredited by the AVMA/COE with a MS degree or Certificate in Shelter Medicine or extensive course work or continuing education in Shelter Medicine. •Perform high volume spay/neuter surgeries; ability to perform other surgeries including but not limited to cystotomy, mass removal, entropion repair, cherry eye repair, enucleation, amputation, FHO. •Knowledge of; epidemiology; preventive medicine; infectious disease; shelter medicine; parasite control; aseptic technique; standards of care in veterinary medicine. Also, Husbandry, including housing, nutrition, and sanitation; resource management and risk analysis; behavioral health and environmental enrichment; animal cruelty investigation and veterinary forensics. •One of the following strongly desired: Maddie's Shelter Medicine Certificate, ACVIM Board Certification, UC Davis Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM), Certificate of Completion from Humane Alliance, Emancipet or similar organization involving hands-on training high volume sterilizations •Six (6) years or more of practice involving the medical care of animals in a municipal or animal rescue organization, or 3 years in a major metropolitan shelter. •Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Florida •Valid DEA License •Maintenance of malpractice insurance •Possesses solid computer skills including Outlook, WORD and Excel. Utilizes specific programs to execute duties such as; PetPoint. •Demonstrated experience to craft, write and deliver a variety of business communications, such as procedures, schedules, memos, position papers, presentations, etc.
Must be able to: Adapt traditional medical protocols to meet the special demands encountered in a shelter environment, •Establish and manage multiple priorities. Organize, coordinate and maintain a large volume of information. •Perform and remain calm under stressful conditions. •Creatively solve problems through efficient and effective use of resources. •Positively lead, set and give direction including performance feedback and coaching in a team environment. •Interview and hire veterinary staff. •Read and write legibly. •Demonstrate tact and diplomacy. •Use solid judgment in making decisions. •Sit, stand and walk. Push, pull and lift up to 50 lbs. •Be exposed to noise, potential animal scratches, bites and disease.
Additional Salary Information: HSTC offers a highly competitive benefit package including medical, 401K w/ match, paid vacation and holidays and more.
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, located in beautiful Martin County Florida, is a private, non-profit (501C3) open admission shelter. Founded in 1955, HSTC is a progressive organization that applies the latest principles in shelter medicine and care for stray, abandoned and surrendered companion animals while they await finding their forever home. HSTC is a member of the Best Friends Netw...ork, a United Way affiliated agency, and a 4-Star Charity Navigator organization. Beyond care of our shelter pets, HSTC offers low-cost public spay/neuter services, Humane Education and Pet Therapy programs, lost & found support and more. We closely partner with a community of donors and volunteers who support staff with daily duties and also provide foster care to shelter pets who need additional TLC. Learn more about us at www.hstc1.org