Job Title: Veterinary Surgeon
Reports To: Medical and Executive Directors
Responsible for daily care of all surgical patients, ensuring all clinic staff members are adhering to proper pre-, peri- and post-operative care of patients. During designated training sessions, responsible for training participants in all aspects of patient care and efficient/safe clinic practices, maintaining a professional and friendly manner at all times.
Works closely with other veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants and other staff.
Essential Job Functions
- Examine animals preoperatively to determine their ability to withstand surgery.
- Perform surgical sterilization of dogs, cats, and rabbits.
- Perform other elective, urgent, and emergent surgeries as scheduled (pyometra, foreign body extraction, enucleation, mass removal, etc)
- Examine animals postoperatively to ensure appropriate healing.
- Inoculate animals and provide recommendations for follow-up care.
- Supervise handling and recording of controlled substances by veterinary technicians.
- Supervise post-operative rechecks and order of medical treatments as necessary to ensure complete medical and surgical recovery.
- Access individual patient issues and provide appropriate solutions.
- Creatively solve problems on a daily basis.
- Make reasonable and sensible medical decisions.
- Follow and support all organizational and medical protocols.
- Communicate effectively with medical director to keep management apprised of all unusual situations.
- Communicate any issues concerning staff or patients with appropriate director.
- Communicate any issues concerning training programs and/or participants to appropriately director.
- Provide input and communicate any issues regarding the clinic’s disease control protocols, surgical protocols or other medical issues at regular veterinarian meetings or with the medical director as appropriate.
- At all times behave in a manner that upholds both personal and professional standards as an ambassador of TAHO.
- Train any designated persons in all aspects of patient care and efficient/safe clinic practices, maintaining a professional and friendly manner at all times.
- Be available to travel and train as requested.
- Strive to continually improve all training programs.
- Be a leader among staff, displaying a positive attitude and acting as a motivating force for all staff members.
- Ensure all clinic staff members are adhering to proper pre-, peri- and post-operative care of patients.
- All other duties as assigned.
Spay/Neuter Surgical Techniques & Skills (Advanced training provided)
- Adhere to aseptic/sterile techniques while scrubbing, gowning and gloving.
- Adhere to sterile field throughout the surgical process.
- Understand TAHO/ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance theory on incision placement.
- Perform efficient and concise entrance into the abdomen.
- Perform safe and correct square knots.
- Perform safe and gentle spay hook technique.
- Performance of the ovarian cutaway technique in canine patients.
- Performance of the ovarian pedicle tie in feline patients.
- Usage of the modified strangle knot, able to set using carmalt.
- Performance of scrotal neuter techniques in both adult and pediatric patients.
- Complete efficient, safe and attractive closures, utilizing cruciate sutures.
- Demonstrate principles of gentle tissue handling.
Other Critical Skills
- Demonstrate good speed when necessary.
- Competently perform and teach CPR and other emergency measures.
- Competently handle surgical complications and rechecks.
- Effectively critique breaks in sterility.
- Effectively critique and suggest additional disease control measures.
- Understand and can explain basic anesthesia.
- Understand and practice low-stress animal handling.
- Communicate effectively with clients and colleagues.
Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
- Must be a licensed veterinarian in the state of Ohio and able to receive temporary licensure in the state of North Carolina.
- Must maintain all current and correct licenses and insurance.
The offices and operations of a high volume spay/neuter program can be high stress and very busy at times. The schedule can change and may require evening hours to complete the job.
- Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance
- Reimbursement for Professional Licensing and Insurance Fees
- Two Week Paid Vacation
- Uniform, Equipment, and Technology Allowance
- Continued Education Allowance
- Student Loan Forgiveness (Government program for non-profits)
- Paid Training with ASPCA Humane Alliance
- Work-Life Balance (Monday-Friday Schedule ~ 7:30am-3:30pm)
- Competitive Salary
- Paid Holidays (x7)
How to Apply
Resumes and cover letters should be emailed to JoinTheTeam@AnimalHealth.us