- Assists with recommendations regarding policies and procedures for the shelter; recommends changes in procedures as needed.
- Performs in-house animal health inspections with shelter staff.
- Provides preventative treatments for infections, disease prevention and control, general health, parasite diagnosis and treatment and dietary evaluations in accordance with developed shelter medicine protocols.
- Examines animals, evaluates animals' health and performs veterinary medical and surgical procedures including vaccinations, prescribing and administering of medications, anti-parasite treatments, tests and lab work for infections and related health issues.
- Performs spay and neuter surgeries in a high-volume clinic and other types of surgery, as needed.
- Establishes and maintains medical records and drug use logs to standards of veterinary and sheltering practices.
- Ensures that all state and federal laws, state regulations, accepted standards, the practice of veterinary medicine, drug control, and animal care and handling are adhered to.
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge of shelter animal health protocols, surgical procedures (including dog, cat and rabbit ovariohysterectomy and castration and dental preventative care) and other companion animal health issues.
- Assists with euthanasia according to established protocols.
- Assumes the role of the Medical Director in his/her absence.
Promotes and follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe work environment.
Actively supports and promotes communication and cooperation between staff and volunteers and promotes the development of skills related to the advancement of our goals.
Represents SAS and COS in a professional and courteous manner at all times. Provides professional credibility to the organization's endeavor to help animals
Is visible to staff, communicates with management team on significant developments within the department.
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (or equivalent).
- Must be available and willing to work evenings, weekends and holidays.
- Ability to obtain an unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Washington. Must have this license or a temporary certificate by the first day of work.
- Ability to obtain and maintain a DEA license for controlled substances.
- Ability to obtain and maintain special police commission.
- Tasks involve the ability to exert moderate but not constant physical effort, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching, lifting, standing, walking and carrying objects and animals of moderate weight.
- Must be able to lift 50 pounds without assistance and heavier amounts with assistance.
- Potential for exposure to zoonotic diseases, dangerous and fractious animals, high noise levels, hazardous chemicals, anesthetics and sharp objects.