POSITION SUMMARY: You, like us, pursued veterinary medicine because of a passion for helping pets and their people. You have a knack for solving complex problems. You don't shy away from the tough cases. Instead, you want to be a voice for animals in our community. Join us in our mission to be that safety net for sick, injured and abused animals those often left behind. You will also be working in one of five shelter hospitals in the nation that is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association, and the only one in the Southwest. Yes, it's tough. But we are tougher. You will be part of an innovative team, committed to changing what it means to save animals in a shelter environment.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
In the hospital/clinic
- Oversee treatment of animals, often in distress, brought in through our nationally recognized Emergency Animal Medical Technicians to provide accurate care instructions to team of clinic technicians
- Evaluate owned animals brought in for appointments. Perform physical exams, diagnostics, therapeutics and determine appropriate disposition for animals in Admissions.
- Provide clear instructions and guidance to all clients from adopters to pet parents to fosters to ensure that we set up owners for success
- Perform, train on spay/neuter and other surgeries
- Formulate, oversee, present, implement, review and update a humane euthanasia program
- Maintain all medical records
- Monitor, dispense and log controlled substances according to standards established by the DEA
- Be the mentor by formulating and teaching medical classes for staff, volunteers and other agencies
- Assist other departments in any situation involving the welfare of the animals, such as testifying in court, appearing in media releases, providing necessary documentation regarding the health of the animals and other situations requiring medical expertise
- Be available for "on-call" status for emergency situations and respond quickly
- Advise Lead Veterinarian of clinic activities and recommend possible changes to upgrade the services
- Attend seminars to satisfy continuing education requirements for Arizona D.V.M. license renewal
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or Veterinary Medical Doctor Degree and licensed to practice in Arizona.
- One year of experience in a veterinary practice with emphasis on surgery skills.
- Must possess above average surgery skills and a humane attitude towards animals and people.
- Orthopedic surgery experience preferred.
- Must be able to evaluate health status in an objective manner and determine most appropriate disposition of an animal.
- Good communications skills are necessary.
Language Skills: Able to speak, read and write English; Spanish language helpful.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to perform basic mathematical skills.
Computer Skills:Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and Explorer; able to learn other software programs as necessary. Proficiency with or able to learn/use Chameleon software (for use with animals in a shelter environment).
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Valid Driver's License.
Other Skills, Abilities and Qualifications: Regular attendance is required. Access to reliable transportation.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work Environment: There will be exposure to dust, heat, cold and temperature changes; occasional wet floors, and animal noises, odors and dander. Most time will be spent in a typical air conditioned and heated office environment.