The Chief Veterinarian oversees The Greater Birmingham Humane Society’s (GBHS) veterinary medical care, veterinary protocols and processes, and operation of the GBHS Spay/Neuter and Critical Care Clinic. This includes supervising staff veterinarians and licensed technicians, developing and writing protocols for all veterinary medical exams, herd health, treatments, and surgery, and overseeing animal medical care for the organization, its partners, and its clients.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Staff Veterinarians and Licensed Veterinary Technicians
JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Medical Duties, Management, and Oversight
- Develop and manage medical protocols, including exams, treatments, drug usage, and surgery for all GBHS programs including, but not limited to the GBHS Spay/Neuter and Critical Care Clinic, the GBHS Adoption Center, and the GBHS Animal Care and Control facility.
- Set high quality standards of care. Adhere to the highest ethical standards and ensure that veterinary care is provided in a safe, competent, professional, compassionate and humane manner with the goal of meeting the 5 freedoms.
- Oversee medical protocols by enforcing standards, creating new protocols as necessary, and ensuring veterinary medical goals and objectives are met through implementation and teamwork with other departments.
- Oversee the implementation and establishment of approved policies and procedures for effective disease control/management, treatment and surgery, the use, control and recording of drugs, and supplies used in the Veterinary Health department.
- Develop medical protocols that ensure all sheltered animals receive exams, laboratory testing, treatments, surgery, medication, vaccination and euthanasia and that it is administered in a humane manner.
- Develop protocols and oversee implementation of surgical programs for GBHS. Create medical standards for a high volume spay/neuter environment.
- Develop and oversee protocols on shelter medical programs including shelter medicine, as well as internal and external animal wellness clinics.
- Perform sterilization and veterinary healthcare of animals as needed including shelter and wellness clinic surgeries, vaccinations, exams and treatment for shelter animals as well as animals treated through the GBHS Rescue Partnership Program and the GBHS Pet Pantry. Identify signs of illness and address symptoms as needed.
- Supervise and perform healthcare to ensure the sheltered animals receive humane care. Analyze medical trends and make recommendations as appropriate for herd health management and individual animal care needs.
- Assist animal control in medical forensics for cruelty investigations, which includes performing physical examinations/necropsies, developing treatment protocols, providing testimony and documentation of the condition of animals that are involved in cruelty investigations. Assist with the coordination of external resources related to the development of veterinary related evidence as needed.
- Collaborate with the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Program Officer to develop an annual contract with an Emergency Vet Clinic. Create protocols and oversight on after-hours emergency veterinary response.
- Create protocols and perform medical care and triage in emergency situations.
- Develop emergency veterinary response training for all animal care employees, veterinary technicians, and managers to increase the staffs’ ability to recognize when an animal may need emergency veterinary care.
Administrative Duties, Management and Oversight
- Oversee medical procedures, treatments and drugs, which include strategic insight and planning to help bring innovative and progressive ideas related to animal health and veterinary care to the organization.
- Provide professional advice and opinions regarding the development and implementation of shelter and clinic programs. Work closely with the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Program Officer to make the flow of animals smooth and efficient and make recommendations for excellence in animal husbandry of sheltered animals.
- Identify and address challenges relating to GBHS veterinary operations and ensure adherence to GBHS policies and protocols.
- Manage staff veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians including collaborating with the Chief Program Officer in hiring, terminations, payroll, scheduling, training, counseling, and general productivity of the workforce. Supervise the professional development of veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians and keep abreast of veterinary and shelter medicine trends.
- When requested to appear in court, plan ahead to ensure coverage for the hospital surgery schedule, supervision of veterinary students, and appointments; arrive for court on time and prepared.
- Maintain the GBHS premise and drug permits and ensure that GBHS is always in compliance with requirements. Ensure that GBHS is adhering to all applicable state and federal laws governing the practice of veterinary medicine. Must maintain and provide proof of current veterinary license to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Alabama.
- Manage within budget allocations, fund balances and related financial activities as it relates to the departmental goals and programs.
- Ensure medical records are kept in a consistent format. Create and analyze data and reports, as required.
- Must ensure all staff maintain strict confidentiality on client, patient, and donor information.
- Work with the Clinical Director to ensure inventory and equipment is maintained and staff technicians are trained and using the highest and most efficient medical care protocols.
- Provide oversight and instruction for the GBHS Auburn/Tuskegee College of Veterinary Medicine Externship Program; must be willing to act as teacher and mentor to students and clinical staff. Must maintain working relationship with Auburn and Tuskegee faculty providing feedback on student performance.
- Assure a safe working environment and actively participate in GBHS safety programs.
- Maintain annual CEUs in accordance with licensure requirements.
- Attend professional development conferences annually to stay current on trends and changes affecting shelter medicine.
- Serve as professional liaison to veterinary community and assist the CEO at speaking engagements when needed.
- Promote a positive relationship with the general public, volunteers, and staff while promoting the GBHS’ programs, policies and philosophies. Address customer complaints related to the Veterinary Health department and its staff. Ensure a high quality of customer service is given.
- Uphold the GBHS’ mission and contribute to building a culture of philanthropy.
- Ensure a safe working environment and actively participate in GBHS safety programs.
- Participate as needed in special department projects.
- Work as a team member with the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Program Officer and other departmental managers.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
The Chief Veterinarian must:
- interact positively with supervisors, management, coworkers, volunteers, and the public to promote a team effort and maintain a positive and professional approach;
- be able to resolve conflicts in a timely and productive manner to ensure effective problem solving.
- come to work regularly and on time, be present during the hospital’s hours of operations, follow directions, take criticism, and get along with coworkers and supervisors;
- use effective time management skills and not take extended breaks or be absent without giving notice to the Chief Program Officer and in accordance with the GBHS Employee Handbook;
- treat coworkers, supervisory staff, members and guests with respect, and courtesy and refrain from abusive, insubordinate and/or violent behavior;
- participate in an all-staff meeting every month, and the GBHS Leadership Team Meeting twice each month;
- attend board meetings and/or board committee meetings as requested;
- come to work prepared and healthy and be able to work independently with minimal supervision;
- adhere to the policies and rules as outlined in the GBHS Employee Handbook and ensure subordinates, volunteers, students, and hospital guests are adhering to the policies and rules of the GBHS.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Hold a Veterinary license in the state of Alabama or be able to obtain one within three months from time of hire.
- Must have valid driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record.
- Maintain the premise permit for the shelter hospital.
- Must hold the DEA license for all shelter medicine.
- Must have well developed interpersonal, public speaking, written skills.
- Must have excellent communication skills and proven organizational ability.
- Must have solid critical thinking and program development skills.
- Must have strong computer skills and a minimum of 5 years’ work experience in shelter medicine or a specialization in shelter medicine.
- Experience/understanding of high volume spay/neuter and full-service shelter philosophy.
- Experience supervising employees a plus.
- Proficient in computer applications, including the shelter system, email, Excel, MS Office Suite, PowerPoint, and databases.
- Strong sense of professional judgment and ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Must maintain $1,000,000 liability policy.
The GBHS Spay/Neuter and Critical Care Clinic (the GBHS Hospital) located in Hoover, Alabama performs veterinary medical work for all animals in GBHS’ care. The Woodlawn Animal Control and Impoundment facility in Woodlawn and the Snow Drive Adoption Center located in Birmingham, Alabama transport animals to and from the GBHS Hospital daily. GBHS Rescue Partners and Pet Pantry clients also use the GBHS Hospital on a daily basis. Animals at Woodlawn and Snow Drive must be examined and treated every day. This system of care ensures that animals coming into GBHS receive a high standard of care. As such, GBHS employees and its partners rely on a routine and dependable schedule at the hospital, access to the CMO or other GBHS veterinarians.
It is the responsibility of the CV to begin surgeries no later than 9:00 a.m. Monday through Friday unless an emergency prevents it. The CV should be present when surgeries begin, during surgeries, and to supervise the students in the externship program.
The hospital opens no later than 8:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m. Lunch should be scheduled for all staff at the hospital and not exceed one-hour.
It is the responsibility of the CV to ensure rounds and veterinary care are completed according to established medical protocols at Snow Drive and Woodlawn every day.
The CV is expected to come to work regularly and on time.
The CV is required to submit notice of absence according to the rules outlined in the GBHS Employee Handbook.
An emergency contract will be in place for after-hours care of GBHS animals; however, the CV must be available for counsel outside of regular hours, on occasion, if required. An example of this kind of emergency could be a puppy mill bust or hoarder intervention when law enforcement requests GBHS to provide veterinary expertise on-site.
The CV must be able to work some before or after-hours during the week according to the needs of the department schedule, including some weekends and holidays if veterinary coverage cannot be secured.
- Fast-paced environment. Employees are exposed to numerous animals (live and deceased), including those with uncertain dispositions. Employees are required to act in a safe and responsible manner.
- 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.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop kneel, crouch, crawl; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
The Greater Birmingham Humane Society and SPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy not to engage in discrimination against any individual, or harassment of any person seeking employment with our organization on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, genetic information or status as a covered veteran including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws. This policy applies to all employment practices, including recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, merit increase, salary, training and development, demotion, and separation. This policy is intended to be consistent with the provisions of applicable State and Federal laws.
Federal law requires proof of citizenship or "alien right-to-work" status. GBHS maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing.
Employment Type: Full Time
Years Experience: 5 - 10 years
Salary: $140,000 - $160,000 Annual