Primary responsibility consists of performing preoperative examinations and spay and neuter surgeries of public, shelter, and transported animals. All veterinarians are responsible for assisting with postoperative monitoring, addressing postoperative complications, and staff training. Veterinarians are expected to project an attitude of cooperation with local veterinary practitioners and may on occasion be called to represent HSSM to the veterinary community. Quality patient care is of utmost importance. Other responsibilities may include performing shelter rounds, assisting with vaccination clinics, tending to wellness appointments, or other HSSM functions that require veterinary medical expertise.
- Examine animals preoperatively to determine their ability to withstand surgery.
- Perform surgical sterilizations
- Examine animals post-operatively to ensure appropriate healing
- Supervise handling and record keeping of controlled substances by Veterinary
- Complete shelter medical rounds daily to diagnose/treat/prescribe resident
- Oversee the Wellness Clinic on assigned days by performing exams on healthy
and sick publicly owned animals.
- Communicate diagnoses, treatments and recommendations to clinic staff and the
public, and answer client questions in person or over the phone when needed.
- Perform humane euthanasia on publicly owned and shelter owned animals when
necessary, as well as provide guidance on end-of-life decision making.
- Collaborate with the Chief Veterinarian on surgery needs for shelter animals,
complex medical cases, and evaluating shelter protocols.
- Collaborate with leadership team to ensure the HSSM hits monthly and annual
- Follow and support all organizational and medical protocols. Communicate ideas
and use a problem-solving approach to provide high quality veterinary care, while
understanding resource limitations.
- Provide timely care for animals scheduled for out-of-state transports
- Communicate effectively with Shelter Management, to keep management
apprised of all out of the ordinary situations.
- Communicate any issues concerning staff or patients with Senior Management
- Provide input and communicate concerns regarding the clinic’s disease control
protocols, surgical protocols, or other medical issues at regular Veterinarian
meetings or with Senior Management as appropriate.
- Train any designated persons in all aspects of patient care and efficient/safe
clinic practices, always maintaining a professional and friendly manner.
- Be a leader among staff, displaying a positive attitude and acting as a motivating
force for all staff members.
- Be part of an energetic, upbeat team dedicated to the advancement of our
lifesaving programs (which include adoption, foster, wellness, spay/neuter, and
- Other duties as assigned.
Other Critical Skills
- Demonstrates good speed when necessary
- Competently handles surgical complications and rechecks
- Effectively critiques breaks in sterility
- Effectively critiques and suggests additional disease control measures
- Understands and can explain basic anesthesia
- Understands and practices low stress animal handling
- Communicates effectively with clients and colleagues
- Promotes communication and cooperation between HSSM staff and departments
- Work reflects an attitude of respect, professionalism, and compassion.
How to Apply
Submit CV/Resume to firstname.lastname@example.org