Founded in 1888 by a handful of concerned citizens, The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County has grown into one of the state's largest animal welfare agencies. We find loving homes for thousands of pets each year, reunite thousands of lost pets with their owners, provide medical care for ill and injured shelter pets, and offer comprehensive low-cost spay-neuter programs. The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County is striving to create a compassionate community where every pet has a loving home.
Our veterinary department seeks an experienced, compassionate, reliable veterinarian who is looking for a challenging and highly rewarding career to join our organization. The Humane Society of Tacoma and Pierce County is located in Tacoma, Washington between Olympia and Seattle. The area is beautiful with mild year-round weather. It is an easy drive to the city life of Seattle and the wilderness of the Puget Sound, Pacific Ocean, Mt. Rainier and thousands of miles of hiking trails leading to waterfalls, lakes and views boasting picture perfect scenery. Don't miss the incredible opportunity to live in this serene area of the Pacific Northwest.
Our Veterinarians provide high-quality medical care to shelter animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits and occasional exotic animals. Medical care includes spay/neuter, other surgery as needed (ie. amputations, enucleations, exploratory surgery and more), treatment of various medical conditions, vaccinations and other preventative care as needed. Our veterinarians assist in developing, advancing, and implementing shelter medicine protocols as we continually emerge our veterinary services.
Our veterinarians have little contact with clients, patrons and other members of the public. We will be offering low cost spay, neuter and preventative services to the public beginning in 2021, however our veterinarians only have contact with clients as they deem necessary and the remainder of client communications are through support staff. This allows our veterinarians to focus primarily on patient care.
• Examine and treat animals through receiving processes as animals arrive at the shelter. Whether they are surrendered by their owners, brought in as lost pets or confiscated due to neglect, abuse and/or cruelty we strive to help each animal secure a healthy, safe and loving environment during their time with us and as they move on into their new homes.
• Prioritize traumatic injuries and serious illnesses to ensure that all animals receive time sensitive care. Determine whether we treat them in house or utilize specialty services though our outside veterinary specialty services, foster care programs or transfer partners.
• Perform and assist with surgeries. Although the bulk of what we do is spay and neuter, we allow scheduled time for specialty surgical procedures such as amputations, enucleations, mass removals, foreign body explanatories, and a wide range of other procedures.
• Form plans for the treatment sick or injured animals by prescribing medications, various procedures, dressing wounds, ect.
• Collect body tissue, feces, blood, urine or other body fluids for examination and analysis.
• Analyze test data or images, including in house lab machines, digital radiology and digital dental radiology. We are excited to begin incorporating in house Ultrasonography into our program as well!
• Euthanize animals with severe health issues, court ordered or serious behavioral conditions.
• Assist in ongoing training for a diverse and talented veterinary team while promoting teamwork, sharing in the implementation of new ideas and setting goals together.
• Documentation of exams, evaluations, treatments, surgeries, etc. in organization database.
• Develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with staff from all departments for the care and resources of shelter animals
• Our veterinarians typically work 8-6 with all major holidays off and no emergency hours, however they alternate an on-call schedule for emergencies that may arise. This position may require working weekend days.
• DVM; licensed to practice in the State of Washington
• 2 + years’ experience as a Veterinarian in a Shelter environment preferred, but not required.
• New grads with a passion for animal welfare and shelter medicine are encouraged to apply. We can offer mentorship and training to motivated individuals.
• Someone who will embrace challenges, set high expectations for continuously improving medical care, focus on successful outcomes and promote teamwork.
• Dedication and commitment to long-term employment
• Positive, friendly, collaborative, inclusive personality
• Experience in dentistry a plus
• Functional knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook and calendar management
We encourage the integration of fun and laughter into the daily routine as well
Competitive salary with full benefits package, including CE allowance, full medical, dental and vison, scrubs provided and more!
We currently have 2 full time openings.
How to Apply
Please send resume and letter of interest to Careers@thehumanesociety.org