The Humane Society of Western Montana is located in scenic Missoula, MT, along the Bitterroot River. We’re fortunate enough to serve over 1,500 animals each year, maintain an adoption rate of over 98%, and work with our community to enhance the lives of pets and their people. We are looking for two full-time veterinarians to join our team as we expand our services both within our community and to surrounding regions of Montana.
Shelter Veterinarians are responsible for providing high-quality medical care to shelter animals, foster pets, low-income clients, and pets from partner shelters. Job duties include but are not limited to: spay/neuter; treatment of various medical conditions and herd health maintenance; developing, advancing and implementing shelter medical protocols; supporting and implementing community medical services; monthly travel to surrounding communities for 3-day spay/neuter/vaccination events; upholding the values, mission, and position statements of HSWM; and, above all, practicing the humane treatment of all animals.
New graduates are encouraged to apply!
Ensure high-quality medical care for shelter pets focusing on identification, treatment, and prevention of health problems, thereby increasing adoptions and decreasing adoption returns
Direct and conduct a cost contained sterilization program for shelter and public pets, as well as pets from transfer partners
Perform non-sterilization surgeries (such as dentals and other soft tissue procedures) when deemed appropriate
Evaluate and determine the health of incoming transferred animals
Ensure that accurate and complete veterinary records for HSWM animals are maintained
Provide counsel to adopters of pets with current or past non-wellness veterinary needs
Oversee the scheduling of outside veterinary resources for procedures not available at HSWM in coordination with the Director of Operations
Maintain effective communication with PAWS (Pet Adoption and Wellness Specialists) members and other teams about veterinary treatment plans and appropriately delegate tasks to ensure priorities are accomplished
Provide on-call guidance to staff in emergency situations or situations requiring immediate medical problem-solving for shelter animals
Advise on and perform euthanasia of animals deemed not suitable for adoption by shelter management
Communicate shelter medicine practices and HSWM mission to other veterinarians to promote the objectives of HSWM
Attend staff meetings and shelter-sponsored events
Demonstrate a capacity to work with members of the community with a high degree of professionalism, discretion, and confidentiality
Travel with a team of HSWM employees and volunteers one to three times monthly to communities outside of Missoula to perform spay/neuter surgeries and provide basic preventative and wellness services
New mobile hospital that includes digital x-ray, surgery suite, and dental equipment
In-shelter surgery suite with preoperative prep table, heated cage banks, two surgery tables, and a dental machine
Portable ultrasound machine
Cold laser unit
Bloodwork sent to hospital in town, with results in less than 24 hours
Purchase of dental radiograph unit pending
Minimum of 36 hours per week: typically a 4-day work week, but hours may extend beyond normal shifts/work days depending on the needs of the shelter and veterinary programs
Rotating weekends and on-call shifts for holidays
Once to twice monthly trips to rural regions of Montana with a team from HSWM; typically 3 days in duration (no travel during the winter)
Graduate of an accredited school of veterinary medicine
Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Montana; maintain Continuing Education requirements to maintain state licensing
Must possess or have the ability to obtain DEA license
Has and maintains malpractice insurance
Ability to conduct (or willingness to learn) high quality surgical sterilizations in a timely, efficient manner following standards of care guidelines
Enthusiasm for shelter veterinary medicine, progressive animal welfare, and Fear Free techniques
Strong written and verbal communication
Ability and willingness to work closely with shelter employees and volunteers as well as members of the community from diverse backgrounds
Additional Salary Information: Work-life balance and competitive benefits are offered to all professional staff. Benefits include access to medical, dental, and vision insurance, paid holidays, paid time off, and may be eligible for the Student Loan Forgiveness Program.
About Humane Society of Western Montana
The Humane Society of Western Montana serves over 1,500 animals each year, maintains an adoption rate of over 98%, and works with our community to enhance the lives of pets and their people. In addition to caring for shelter pets, we also provide low-cost spay/neuter services for community pets and we travel to rural areas around the western part of the state to provide spay/neuter and preventive health services.
Medical amenities include:
- New mobile hospital that includes digital x-ray, surgery suite, and dental equipment
- In-shelter surgery suite with preoperative prep table, heated cage banks, two surgery tables, and a dental machine
- Portable ultrasound machine
- Cold laser unit
- Bloodwork sent to hospital in town, with results in less than 24 hours
- Purchase of dental radiograph unit pending
Missoula, MT, is located in western Montana, between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. The great outdoors are just minutes away, with walking, hiking, and biking trails throughout town, and the Clark Fork River running through it offers ample opportunity for fishing and rafting. The vibrant downtown area boasts shops, breweries, restaurants, and concerts year-round.
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