This position supports 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 is also 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. •Recruit, manage & train DVMs (including veterinary externs and pre-veterinary interns). •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. •Examine and treat 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.
Qualifications: •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 •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 •Detail oriented •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
About Humane Animal Rescue
Humane Animal Rescue (HAR) is a recently merged organization with three locations: two large shelters with outpatient clinics, and a Wildlife Center run by licensed wildlife rehabilitation specialists. The shelters are both open door, committed to providing the animals and people in the community with high quality, low cost wellness care and veterinary services. The East End location recently moved into a state-of-the-art facility that includes modern, low-stress housing for shelter animals, a full surgical suite, digital radiography, and an array of in-house diagnostics. We also provide medical and surgical care as needed to wildlife brought in to the Wildlife Center. Providing excellent medical and surgical care for the roughly 11,000 animals who come through our shelter annually is essential to HAR’s mission. In addition to caring for animals brought to our shelter by the public, HAR has a full-time humane officer at its East location, as well as a partnership with the City of Pittsburgh Animal Control. Our HAR medical team is committed to mentorship, which includes a student extern program, as well as in-house and off-site CE opportunities for our veterinary staff.