Practice preventative medicine and surgery. Is be responsible for surgical and medical care for shelter and owned animals as well as wildlife through the Wildlife Center as needed.
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge of shelter animal health protocols, surgical procedures and companion animal health issues. Ensures compliance with ARL/WPHS approved standards and national guidelines. Ensures that all state and federal laws, state regulations, and veterinary accepted standards regarding clinic operations, the practice of veterinary medicine, drug control and animal care and handling are adhered to.
- Develop and implement protocols for superior veterinary care and disease control.
- Perform surgical sterilization of owned and shelter animals, including pediatric and high-volume spay/neuter.
- Examine animals, evaluate animals’ health and perform veterinary medical and surgical procedures including vaccinations, prescribing and administering of medications, anti-parasite treatments, tests and lab work for infection, as well as spay and neuter surgery and other surgical procedures appropriate for the care of shelter animals, owned animals, and wildlife.
- Perform all necessary client-requested euthanasia according to established protocols.
- Coordinate with local veterinarians and clinic/shelter professionals to promote positive and productive relationships.
- Establish and maintain medical record and drug use logs to standards of veterinary and sheltering practices; ensure that records are in order and complete.
- Cover for emergencies (i.e. staff veterinarian calls off on a fully scheduled clinic and/or surgery day).
- Serve as positive mentor to veterinary technicians, veterinary technician students, volunteers who are planning to attend veterinary school, and veterinary student externs.
- Assist in training staff.
- Ensure confidentiality of employee, client, and animal information.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Outstanding customer service skills - ability to handle customers with tact and diplomacy in sensitive or stressful situations
- Detail oriented
- Outstanding interpersonal skills with ability to build relationships
- Excellent organizational and time management skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to multi-task and work under pressure
- Ability to develop and maintain rapport with public and staff
- Ability to relay medical information to different audiences
- Analytical and problem solving skills
- Ability to work with a diverse workforce
- Proficient in MS Office
- Experience with shelter software a plus
While performing the duties of this job, the employee could be exposed to hazards associated with aggressive animals; hazards associated with infected animals and controlled substances; exposure to unpleasant odors and noises; exposure to bites, scratches, and animal wastes; possible exposure to contagious diseases. The employee will primarily be working in the shelter environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to bend, stand, stoop, walk, sit, talk, listen, hear; use hands to finger, manipulate, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to a minimum of 50 pounds.
Safety & Health Program:
This position is expected to cooperate in all aspects of the shelter’s Safety & Health program. This requires that all employees must:
- Report all accidents immediately to their supervisor.
- Wear required personal protective equipment. No exceptions.
- Report all hazardous conditions or other safety and health concerns to their supervisor immediately.
- Participate in Safety Committee activities and support Safety Committee membership.
Occasional travel as necessary.
Required Education and Experience:
- Current Doctor of Veterinary Medicine License to practice in state of Pennsylvania
- DEA license
- USDA APHIS Certified - ability to complete health certificates for companion animals
- Valid driver’s license
Preferred Education and Experience: