Small, progressive Humane Society seeking part-time Shelter Veterinarian. You choose working days and hours!
Caring Hands Humane Society, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in Newton, Kansas, seeks a part-time Shelter Veterinarian to join our team to provide spay/neuter surgeries and medical care to shelter animals in a relaxed environment with an experienced support team. The job will allow you to make a difference in animals' lives while enjoying a good work-life balance. Applicants will be part of a progressive organization working to eliminate pet overpopulation within local communities. Caring Hands Humane Society provides care for an average of approximately 1600 animals per year with a live release rate of 95.8%. The Shelter Veterinarian can take pride in knowing they are joining a team dedicated to the animals and residents within the community. CHHS continues to assist in successfully diminishing community cats' overpopulation by offering trap-neuter-return services in two local communities and growing. CHHS currently has partnerships with several rescue organizations both within and outside of Kansas to transfer animals with greater needs than CHHS can provide. The Shelter Veterinarian will have little contact with clients, patrons, and other members of the public and only as the Shelter Veterinarian deems necessary. This allows our veterinarian to focus primarily on patient care. Competitive pay and benefits will be offered, including professional dues, paid time off, continuing education, and insurance options for dental, vision, life, accidents, and disability.
Veterinarians of all experience levels are welcome. Previous employment in animal welfare is a bonus but not required. Qualifications include graduation from an accredited university and a Doctoral degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM). Applicants must hold a veterinary license in good standing in Kansas. Good communication, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to our humane society’s mission to reduce unwanted pet overpopulation and promote animal health and safety to the community are required. The Veterinarian will need to be someone who will embrace challenges, set high expectations for continuously improving medical care, focus on successful outcomes, and promote teamwork, with a dedication to long-term employment. Experience in dentistry and other surgical procedures is a plus.
We schedule our operations around our DVM availability, so you have the freedom and flexibility to work when it is convenient for you! The Shelter Veterinarian will have the ability to choose working days. Number of hours is reliant on the current population of animals and shelter needs. We believe in a healthy work-life balance; we are all facing difficult times right now, and CHHS is dedicated to not adding to your personal stresses.
FSLA Classification: Part-time, Hourly.
The mission of Caring Hands Humane Society is to promote education in basic humane animal care to relieve animal suffering and prevent cruelty to animals. At Caring Hands Humane Society, we believe all animals deserve to be treated with dignity and respect during all stages of life. We always strive to provide the best possible care to the animals entrusted to us and educate others about the benefits of strengthening the bond between humans and companion animals.
Our veterinarian's major function is to oversee and provide safe, humane, and thorough care for animals housed at Caring Hands Humane Society. This includes observing, recording, and treatment of health and behavior. This person must be able to proficiently oversee all aspects of animal care not only on an individual basis but as a group. Ensure technicians and assistants are performing duties in a timely and thorough manner. Perform spay/neuter surgeries as well as other surgeries within our scope of operation.
1. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Provide vaccines, exams, and basic veterinary care.
- Provide direction, guidance, and training for shelter staff and volunteers.
- Create accurate medical records in shelter management system for actions performed, medications prescribed, and notes for staff to follow regarding any treatments.
- Prescribe medications as needed.
- Promote a caring attitude toward all animals and treat animals humanely and with compassion at all times, regardless of circumstances, including those that are sick, injured, feral, or aggressive.
- Treat people (staff, volunteers, and the public) with respect and courtesy, foster a spirit of teamwork, and perform duties to assist the organization in the achievement of its goals and encourages community support of its work.
- Work cooperatively with the Executive Director and care managers.
2. Disease Control
- Implement infection prevention by ensuring all pets remain healthy through current vaccinations, testing, and monitoring.
- Ensure good disease control and prevention practices by following protocol to timely remove physically or behaviorally ill animals.
- Follow handwashing and mask-wearing protocol.
- Wear appropriate PPE when handling ill animals.
- Assure good safety control practices by following good housekeeping protocol.
3. Animal Handling
- Remain current in humane animal husbandry and handling.
- Participate in training to assure the euthanasia process is carried out in a safe, humane, and as relaxing a manner as possible.
- Work collaboratively with other shelter departments to continuously improve the level of care provided to the animals in Caring Hands Humane Society's care.
4. Measures of accomplishment
- Feedback from others (customers, coworkers, volunteers)
- Decreased stress in shelter animals
- Actively reducing disease outbreak in a population of animals
- Increased live release rate
- Compliance with caring hands society inspections
- Management of disease in shelter animals
5. Capacity management
- Keep involved in the current animal capacity and determine a plan of action alongside staff for animals in the care of CHHS.
- Participate in behavior meetings & meet the needs of individual animals.
6. Physical demands and work environment
- Compassion fatigue
- Areas of high noise level
- Foul Odors
- Humanely restrain an animal when necessary
- Physical requirements: standing, walking, lifting (50lbs), carrying (50lbs), pushing (50lbs), pulling (50lbs), climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching overhead, depth perception, and color vision.
- Must be able to interact with animals safely.
- Must be able to communicate effectively (speak and listen).
- Genuinely enjoys working with animals and can deal with them even when they are stressed, ill, or in pain
- Can stay calm and efficient during a medical crisis
- Can work effectively with doctors
- Is experienced in a teamwork approach and works well with all shelter staff members
- Has excellent communication skills
This position reports directly to the Executive Director and works within the Management team.
COVID-19 considerations: We are currently offering curbside service for any operations, excluding adoptions. Visitors are scheduled to maintain low traffic within the facility. Visitors and employees are temperatures checked and required to wear masks and/or applicable PPE.
How to Apply
If interested, please submit your resume, a brief introduction, and pay requirements to Lois@CaringHandsHS.org.