This position supports the functions of HAR in providing efficient, cost-effective medical care to approximately 11,000 domestic and 4,000 wild life animals annually. HAR has two shelters with a wellness clinic at each location and a Wildlife Center. The position entails direct care work in examination, diagnosis and treatment, in addition to coordination and management of medical services; the goal of these activities is efficient and humane animal flow. The position would also be responsible for spay/neuter and veterinary care for shelter and owned animals.
Ensure efficient medical operations for shelter animals, utilizing cost effective treatment plans and creative solutions to ensure the shortest route to adoption.
Work collaboratively with Director of Medical Business to ensure that animals receive medical exams upon admission and ongoing care as appropriate.
Work with Director of Medical Business to ensure efficient operations of the Wellness Clinics.
Develop and implement protocols for superior veterinary care and disease control.
Maintain up-to-date knowledge of shelter animal health protocols, surgical procedures and companion animal health issues. Ensure compliance with HAR approved standards and national (ASV) guidelines. Ensure that all state and federal laws, state regulations, and veterinary accepted standards regarding clinic operations, the practice of veterinary medicine, drug control and animal care and handling are adhered to.
Assist in the establishment of policies and procedures for better animal care to ensure the prevention of outbreaks of infectious disease in the shelter.
Perform surgical sterilization of owned and shelter animals, including pediatric and high quality, high volume spay/neuter.
Provide examination and treatment of shelter animals; when appropriate, make euthanasia recommendations based on medical findings.
Perform all necessary client requested euthanasia according to established protocol.
Inter-departmental communication and collaboration to ensure that work flow is smooth and animals are processed appropriately while utilizing available resources efficiently.
Coordinate with local veterinarians and clinic/shelter professionals to promote positive and productive relationships.
Establish and maintain medical records and drug use logs to standards of veterinary and sheltering practices; ensure that records are in order and complete.
Current veterinary license in Pennsylvania or ability to obtain such licensure
High level of knowledge in shelter medicine
Proven leadership skills
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to multi-task and work under pressure
Must possess excellent animal handling skills
Proven ability to build effective relationships with others, both internally and externally
Strong critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making skills
Outstanding interpersonal skills with ability to build relationships
Thrives in a fast-paced, collaborative and entrepreneurial environment
Ability to provide medical information to a lay person
Valid driver’s license
Proficient in MS Office
Experience with shelter and clinic software
Required Education and Experience:
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Minimum of 7 years’ experience, ideally with a combination of private practice and shelter medicine experience
Post-graduate clinical training in shelter medicine and/or board certification in shelter medicine practice strongly preferred
Five years’ management experience required
Occasional travel as necessary
While performing the duties of this job, the employee could be exposed to hazards associated with aggressive animals; hazards associated with infected animals and controlled substances; exposure to unpleasant odors and noises; exposure to bites, scratches and animal wastes; possible exposure to contagious diseases. The employee will primarily be working in the shelter environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to bend, stand, stoop, walk, sit, talk, listen, hear; use hands to finger, manipulate, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to a minimum of 50 pounds.
Safety & Health Program:
This position is expected to cooperate in all aspects of the shelter’s Safety & Health program. This requires that all employees must:
Report all accidents immediately to their supervisor.
Wear required personal protective equipment. No exceptions.
Report all hazardous conditions or other safety and health concerns to their supervisor immediately.
Participate in Safety Committee activities and support Safety Committee membership.
Current Doctor of Veterinary Medicine License to practice in state of Pennsylvania
Five years of shelter veterinary experience including wellness clinics
Five years’ experience supervising veterinary staff
USDA APHIS Certified - ability to complete health certificates for companion animals
Valid driver’s license
Preferred Education and Experience: SAWA Certification
About Humane Animal Rescue
Humane Animal Rescue’s mission is to provide temporary shelter, food, medical attention, and comfort to all abandoned, neglected and injured animals brought to us by the community; to restore lost animals to their owners or seek new homes for them, and to educate the public about the humane care of animals with a goal of reducing overpopulation