You hide between cereal boxes in Whole Foods when you spot your current practice’s high maintenance client with her dog in the grocery cart
If presenting an estimate is worse than a root canal
Your ears explode when you hear “oh, can you also cut Cujo’s nails?” from the client who was 30 minutes late for her appointment
When you go out to a nightclub and the black light comes on, you check yourself for ringworm
You want to take your work home with you, literally. And that something is the cute puppy who came in with demodex.
When 35,000 animal a year, who have no family, come through our doors ask “are you my person”? And you answer “Yes”
The life of a Shelter Veterinarian at Animal Care Centers of NYC isn’t a glamorous job. It’s not easy to see what we see every day – But it’s important work – because we are these animals last chance and only hope.
The Veterinary Services Department at the Animal Care Centers of NYC, strives to provide the highest level of care for all animals that come through our shelter doors. Whether it is a dog and her puppies, a mischievous goat or mini pig that grew too big (yes, we’ve seen them in Manhattan), purr-machine adult cat, a shy old lap dog - healthy or sick, injured or neglected – we treat them all with love, kindness, and respect. This is a people job as much as an animal job – the Veterinary Services team boasts excellent customer care to our internal clients from other departments, our colleagues working alongside of us all towards that same mission: Ending animal homelessness in NYC.
Veterinarians at ACC are responsible for maintaining the healthiest possible population within the shelter. They are experts at disease recognition and stand by their judgement when developing treatment plans for the animals. They will identify and advocate against animal cruelty, perform surgery, monitor patients and multi-task veterinary requests made by other departments. Through a team-first approach, the Veterinarians make ethical decisions and delegate tasks to support staff accordingly. The ideal Veterinarian candidate will provide leadership and direction for the medical and surgical care of animals in the shelter. They acknowledge that they are responsible for the day to day health of animals in the shelter and accept that they are expected to triage and stabilize ill and injured animals, diagnose and treat a wide variety of medical conditions, and perform surgery. The best candidate understands that medicine is constantly evolving and is always willing to learn new things. Shelter Medicine has grown a great deal and ACC is committed to keeping up with advancements and leading the way forward for large scale, open admissions shelters.
This is a full-time, salary, position based out of either Brooklyn or Manhattan shelters. As our patients do not leave the shelters to celebrate holidays or weekends, schedule flexibility is expected. A Part Time position is available in our new Staten Island Shelter. Generous benefits, salary commensurate with experience and ample time off and free adoptions – because you know you need another animal in your life, right?
Interested in a life changing career?
To step away from private practice and join the sheltering movement, click “apply” at the top of this page. Send us your resume and detailed cover letter that tells us why you’re the right person to join the team. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.
About Animal Care Centers of NYC
Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) is one of the largest animal welfare organizations in the country, taking in approximately 30,000 animals each year. We are different from other rescue organizations because we never turn away any homeless, abandoned, injured or sick animal in need, including cats, dogs, rabbits, small mammals, reptiles, birds, farm animals and wildlife. ACC is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit in NYC with this unique responsibility.