Location: Kanab, Utah
The Lead Staff Veterinarian provides full-service quality medical and surgical care for all sanctuary animals, employee animals, and some public animals (i.e. other rescue groups' animals and low income family pets). In addition, the Lead Staff Veterinarian serves as the team leader for clinic-based operational and medical decisions made in conjunction with the Medical Operations Manager (and appropriate area managers as required)) and the Medical Director. The Lead Staff Veterinarian promotes conflict resolution involving departmental staff and/or staff veterinarians. The Lead Staff Veterinarian is a clinic-based leadership role which serves as an on-site mentor for the staff veterinarians and other team members and upholds the standards of care set forth by the Medical Director on a daily basis.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Uphold the medical and operational standards of care on a day-to-day basis at the sanctuary Clinic.
- Lead and support the Medical Operations Manager in establishing and maintaining a professional work environment while providing appropriate leadership and direction; promote positive morale, creativity and teamwork among staff, and prioritize, schedule and review work assignments.
- Meet regularly with the Medical Director and Medical Operations Manager to review and discuss pertinent issues involving medical care of patients and special needs animals, cases for referral, and any additional issues that may have an impact on the overall medical care and operation of the Clinic.
- Make complex emergency medical decisions or judgements in conjunction Medical Operations Manager and the Medical Director as appropriate.
- Assist with determining priority of surgery and satellite schedules when staffing challenges occur, and determines optimal scheduling of veterinarians and support staff to maximize clinic services.
- Responsible for the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of sanctuary animals, employee animals, and some public animals.
- Perform a variety of surgeries as required. This includes, but is not limited to, mid to high volume spay and neuter, abdominal exploratories, mass removals, and may include orthopedic surgeries as well.
- Perform diagnostic procedures including, but not limited to, interpreting radiographs, ultrasounds, laboratory and biopsy results, fine-needle aspirates, nasal and tracheal flushes.
- Be on call after hours 2-3 days a week for sanctuary and employee animals.
- Sends case reports to the State Veterinarian for reportable diseases and informs Medical Director of case submission.
- Understand and participate in furthering the goals and mission of Best Friends Animal Society.
- Advocate for animals, educate public, Best Friends Animal Society staff on all aspects of animal health.
- Schedule, support and participate in Best Friends outreach work and mentoring opportunities (such as special spay/neuter events, shelter visits, emergency response events, etc.).
- Uphold the highest standards of professionalism.
- In conjunction with the Medical Operations Manager and Medical Director, ensure a safe and efficient Clinic environment.
- Educate, mentor and coach Best Friends Staff Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, and Veterinary students and complete veterinary student extern evaluations when required.
- Scheduling of veterinary extern students during their 2 week rotation period
- Provide onboarding support to new staff veterinarians.
- Participates in conflict resolution between staff and/or veterinarians as the situation requires.
- Promote continuing development of medical care through continued education and share new learnings with Staff Veterinarians and technical staff.
- Delegate duties and responsibilities to technical support staff to ensure proper care and comfort of hospitalized patients.
- Keep abreast of veterinary concerns and trends in the animal welfare movement.
- Other duties as assigned.
Skills and Experience:
- Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM, VMD) or equivalent required.
- Previous leadership/management experience in a shelter/clinic setting a plus but not required.
- Experience with large animals is not required but is helpful. Interest in other species such as parrots, rabbits, and wildlife is also helpful.
- Experience with dentistry is beneficial, but not required.
- Proficient at spays and neuters of dogs and cats.
- Interest in shelter medicine and animal welfare.
- License in good standing with state veterinary board.
- License or ability to apply for license with Drug Enforcement Agency if requested.
- Strong interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations. The ideal person for this job would be a team player, personable, professional, upbeat and energetic, takes initiative, uses tact and diplomacy.
- Excellent communication skills which can support clear and regular communication with Medical Director and Medical Operations Manager as well as internal staff on all levels.
- Written and oral presentation skills
- Interest in continuing veterinary education and exploration of new technologies and treatment modalities.
- Flexible work schedule with emergency on-call duties as needed.
- Ability to professionally advocate Best Friends positions on issues.
- Work requires continual attention to detail. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated good working habits in an environment that requires multitasking and multiple demands on time.
- Valid Driver's License with access to transportation.
- Ability to stand for long periods of time while performing work requiring concentration and manual dexterity.
- Ability to work beyond scheduled hours when required for patient care/emergency situations. .
- Lifting animals of all sizes, bending, stooping and walking on a daily basis.
- Working at a computer for extended periods of time with repetitive typing, arm and hand motion.
Thank you for your interest in pursuing a career at Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.