Salary is commensurate with experience and high-volume surgical skill; however, high-volume spay/neuter experience is NOT required.
The Portsmouth Humane Society (PHS) is a private, non-profit organization that is contracted by the City of Portsmouth to provide animal sheltering services. Annually, we intake around 2,000 animals, most of which are cats/kittens or dogs/puppies. Our mission is to provide shelter, care, and treatment to homeless animals in the City of Portsmouth through permanent adoptions, spay/neuter programs, and humane education. PHS daily operations are supported by a small staff of animal welfare professionals. Additionally, we rely on the support of our Board of Directors, volunteers, foster caregivers, sponsors, donors, and the community.
Medical Director Job Description
Portsmouth Humane Society seeks a Medical Director for our new shelter clinic! The essential role of the Medical Director is to offer veterinary oversight for Portsmouth Humane Society (PHS) and Norfolk Animal Care Center (NACC), establish and maintain medical protocols, and provide high-quality veterinary services including but not limited to: high-volume spay/neuter, dental cleanings, soft-tissue surgeries, examinations, and diagnostics. This position is salaried between $88,000 and $98,000 (depending on experience) at 32 hours per week, with no routine scheduling on nights or weekends and no public client appointments. Part-time applicants are encouraged to apply for adjusted salary/benefits as the position can be scheduled with flexibility.
Consult with and advise clinic and shelter leadership regarding operational procedures
Develop and maintain protocols pertaining to all aspects of veterinary care and advise on animal care and sanitation protocols
Perform spay, neuter, dental, and other surgical and animal medical procedures
Oversee and perform surgical monitoring, administration of pre-anesthetic and anesthetic drugs, and post-surgical monitoring through discharge
Complete rounds to assess health of shelter animals and provide veterinary intervention as warranted
Provide after-hours counseling to shelter leadership regarding urgent cases – note: not expected to provide emergency care
Perform veterinary services for NACC per the contract between PHS and NACC
Offer medical support to foster pets and provide medical counseling, including via telehealth appointments if appropriate
Supervise, support, and train Licensed Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Assistants
Maintain clinic’s controlled substance log
Ensure clinic compliance with all applicable laws established by the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency
Participate in continuing education programs in accordance with state requirements
Oversee purchasing of clinic supplies and products as needed
Perform other duties as assigned
Full-time/42-hours a week, Monday through Friday OR Part-time with adjusted salary and benefits package
160 hours (4 Weeks) of Paid Time Off awarded annually on January 1st
Paid Holidays, including New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day
$88,000 - $98,000 annually based on previous experience
The Portsmouth Humane Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Degree in Veterinary Medicine from an accredited university of Veterinary Medicine
License to practice as a veterinarian in the state of Virginia
Drug Enforcement Agency controlled substance registration
Must possess and maintain independent insurance and provide proof to PHS
Experience in shelter medicine and the ability to perform a high volume of spay/neuter services or the willingness to participate in associated training to elevate surgical skills
Ability to lift 30 pounds
Ability to sit, stand, bend, stoop, and walk for an 8-hour+ workday
Ability to work around pet dander, dust, and other allergens
Must be comfortable handling dogs, cats, and other small animals of varying sizes and temperaments
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Ability to deal with difficult and stressful situations involving animals and guests
Ability to read, write, listen, and understand in English
Must show compassion towards both people and animals
Must be able and willing to consciously choose positivity and optimism when faced with challenges in the workplace
Willingness to work in an environment with loud noises and some strong smells
Portsmouth Humane Society is a non-profit animal shelter with a contract to serve the City of Portsmouth in Virginia. Our organization is opening a veterinary clinic that will serve our shelter pets and the animals at Norfolk Animal Care Center, a municipal shelter in a neighboring city. We are hiring for a Medical Director to lead a team of shelter medical professionals in creating a unique clinic space that advances animal care in both shelters and the surrounding communities!