PAWS Chicago seeks a veterinary surgeon to work at the PAWS Chicago Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic. The surgeon is responsible for care of all surgical patients, ensuring all clinic staff members are adhering to proper pre-, peri- and post-operative care of patients. The ideal Veterinarian has a deep, personal passion for the PAWS Chicago mission of building No Kill communities, being part of solving Chicago’s pet overpopulation challenge, and is committed to serving homeless animals of the Chicago area.
This position has a nearly exclusive focus on specialty surgeries and spay/neuter surgeries, and no primary care. Typical surgery case mix includes dental extractions, mass removals, amputations, wound repairs and optic surgeries, and possible occasional emergency surgeries. There will be one day of exclusively specialty surgeries and two days of high volume spay/neuter. The potential exists for additional interdepartmental work in the Shelter Medicine program.
Housed within the PAWS Chicago medical center, The Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic is located 15 minutes from downtown, on the near Southwest side of Chicago, and serves Chicago’s homeless animal population as well as clients requiring low cost care. PAWS Chicago doctors are supported by an amazing group of technicians, assistants and a management team with many years of veterinary medicine experience; and the Veterinary Surgeon will enjoy frequent collaboration with Veterinarians from the PAWS Chicago state-of-the-art shelter medicine program. The medical center hosts a large surgical suite equipped for minimally invasive procedures, along with in-house Idexx lab diagnostics, digital radiology, ultrasound, and therapeutic K-Laser. Renovation and expansions are about to begin at the medical center, and an additional surgical suite equipped with digital dental x-ray is planned for 2019.
Perform surgical and medical (i.e., ultrasounds) care for shelter animals based on need and capabilities. Surgical procedures to include dental extractions, mass removals, amputations, wound repairs and optic surgeries, possible occasional emergency surgeries, and spay/neuter.
Manage anesthetic and surgical complications, report all complications for surgeries completed to clinic management, and support a culture of continuous improvement
Make reasonable and sensible medical decisions
Follow and support all organizational and medical protocols, recommending updates, innovations and improvements to management as relevant.
Communicate, consult and collaborate with Shelter Medicine veterinarians and technicians, as well as Clinic colleagues
Be a leader among staff, displaying a positive attitude and acting as a motivating force for all staff members
Must be a licensed Veterinarian in the state of Illinois.
At least one year non-spay/neuter surgery experience
Able to perform cryptorchid neuters and difficult spay surgeries such as pyometra, dystocia, in heat, obese and large patients.
Mobile surgical (spay/neuter or other) experience not required, but preferred.
Demonstrated passion and prior experience working with homeless animals and/or underserved communities preferred.
Must be available Mondays. Schedule is subject to change.
Must be able to work standing or sitting for 8 or more hours.
PAWS Chicago Values-in-Action
Respect: for each and every life.
Community: of people and organizations committed to helping homeless pets.
Innovation: to constantly improve best practices and seek out new ideas and strategies to save more lives. To be a Learning Center that evolves and grows.
Pro-activity: to solve difficult problems and to be prepared to offer emergency and crisis support.
Transparency: that informs the public about the fate of homeless animals.
Education: that raises awareness about the realities that homeless animals face in the community and across the nations, providing a forum for people to get involved in effecting change. Promotes and support reasonable pet ownership.
Sustainability: through financial management practices that maximize the impact and reach of our resources and endure that PAWS Chicago will always be a resource for homeless animals.
Compassion: towards all people and animals.
About PAWS Chicago
PAWS Chicago is the city's largest No Kill humane organization, focused on solutions to end the killing of homeless pets. Since our founding in 1997, homeless dogs and cats killed annually in the City of Chicago has dropped more than 50 percent. PAWS Chicago is working to build a No Kill Chicago -- a city where pets are no longer destroyed just because they are homeless.