The Alaska SPCA Veterinarian, in conjunction with the Executive Director, is responsible for implementing and maintaining the standards of animal care throughout the veterinary clinic. This includes, but is not limited to, the spay/neuter clinics, vaccination clinic and full service veterinary clinic, as well as shelter medicine. In addition to regular patient care, including exams, procedures and surgeries, the Veterinarian oversees the clinic medical staff. This position collaborates with the Executive Director in the delivery of client and patient care through the agency.
- Regularly performs surgical procedures including, but not limited to, ovario-hysterectomy, orchiectomy/castration, tumor/lump removal, hernia repair and tooth extractions, limited orthopedic and ocular procedures.
- Regularly performs veterinary health care functions, including examination and treatment of sheltered animals and client animals, and aids in the evaluation of the disposition of sheltered animals as needed, within established shelter animal and companion animal health protocols.
- Accountable for all health-related aspects of care for sheltered animals and client animals, including but not limited to, disease prevention programs, routine health care, vaccinations, testing and treatments and directs staff veterinarians in medical protocols.
- Ensures that appropriate medication is administered by veterinary staff within clinical and statutory requirements, and supervises the use and security of controlled drugs.
- Consults internally on a daily basis on the disposition of animals under care according to standard medical procedures and legal requirements.
- Collaborates with the Executive Director on the performance and quality of services and duties related to practices of veterinary medicine and care in the shelters, spay/neuter clinics, and full service veterinary clinic.
- Collaborates with the Adoption Center Manager to conduct functional analyses of health care, surgery, dietary, and sanitation programs for the shelters.
Administrative and Management
- Responsible for the development and implementation of goals, policies, and procedures related to the veterinary practices of the spay/neuter facilities, veterinary clinic, and shelters.
- Collaborates with the Executive Director to create and manage annual budgets for Alaska SPCA Clinic.
- Ensures decisions, agency policies, and procedures are effectively communicated and adhered to.
- Establish, implement and maintain medical record and drug use logs to standards of veterinary and sheltering practices, ensuring that records are complete, accurate and compliant
- Ensures that Standard Operating Procedures related to the veterinary medical care of animals and sanitation are updated, current and utilized in adherence to the Alaska SPCA and OSHA standards at all times.
- Actively participates in the professional community to maintain current knowledge and relationships and support the mission of Alaska SPCA.
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and ability to get a valid Alaska Veterinary License
- Must get a valid Alaska Driver’s License and have an insurable driving record
- Excellent surgical skills, including, but not limited to, spay/neuter, dentistry, and soft- tissue. Orthopedic expertise preferred.
- Experience in high-volume, high quality spay/neuter clinic and/or post graduate surgical training preferable.
- Ensure a safe work environment by following all safety guidelines and modeling safe work practices
- Demonstrated business skills, balancing medical and administrative priorities appropriately
- Experience in shelter medicine preferred
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills with staff, clients and professional community, including addressing and constructively resolving both client and staff conflicts.
- Computer-literate in Microsoft Office software and common veterinary practice software
The Alaska SPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who contribute to our diversity. We are an at-will employer and conduct pre-employment background checks. This job description reflects the assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.