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Veterinarian Full-time

Job Description

Title:               Veterinarian (Full-time)

Department:  Shelter and Clinic

Reports to:    Director of Operations (DO) and Clinic Director (CD)

Supervises:   Supervises Medical Care staff as designated by the DO and CD


The Veterinarian will be responsible for implementing best practices to ensure the health and well-being of the HSSA shelter pets, including daily shelter medicine duties, treating animals in foster care, review of newly arrived pets and daily rounds of pets currently in our care in conjunction with HSSA’s dedicated Shelter Veterinarian.

The Veterinarian will also be responsible, in liaison with the Clinic Lead Spay/Neuter Surgeon, for spay/neuter of both shelter pets and owned pets, as well as dentals for shelter pets, and community vaccination and wellness clinics for owned pets.

  • Plan and implement a comprehensive health care program in conjunction with the Shelter Veterinarian with the following components: environmental sanitation, record-keeping, disease surveillance, physical examinations, vaccination, parasite control, disease testing, disease treatment, nutrition, outbreak response, and environmental enrichment for animals in the shelter and in foster homes
  • Educate staff and volunteers regarding animal disease spread and control
  • Assist in setting protocols for the admissions process, ensuring that each animal receives a physical examination upon intake and that sick and injured animals are diagnosed and treatment is prescribed in a timely manner
  • Provide emergency medical care as needed, including but not limited to IV catheter placement, emergency surgery assistance with clinic surgeons, and transfer of animals to outside emergency clinics, if needed
  • Oversee the care of critical in-house patients, work with staff to ensure daily follow up and excellent communication
  • Monitor the health of animals in the shelter, through daily rounds (in collaboration with the Shelter Veterinarian and shelter staff) and provide appropriate treatment when necessary
  • Provide leadership, direction, guidance, and training for medical technicians and other shelter staff
  • Provide humane euthanasia training for shelter staff.  Assist in HSSA pet euthanasia when needed
  • In coordination with the COO, Director of Operations and/or Shelter Veterinarian, determine humane euthanasia decisions for shelter pets with medical issues, referring to HSSA’s adoptability and treatment guidelines
  • Assist Shelter Veterinarian, Animal Care Supervisor and DO and COO with developing and updating written protocols for the shelter
  • Perform spay/neuter and other surgical procedures as needed for both shelter animals and owned pets.
  • Perform dental care and surgery as needed for shelter animals
  • Participate in weekly vaccination and wellness clinics for the community
  • Promote a caring attitude toward all animals and to treat animals humanely and with compassion at all times, regardless of circumstances including those that are sick, injured, feral or aggressive
  • Ensure accurate recordkeeping in the computerized medical records system for medical management and surveillance of disease within the shelter
  • Prepare and perform periodic presentations for staff on shelter-related topics
  • Treat people (staff, volunteers, and the public) with respect and courtesy, foster a spirit of teamwork and perform duties in a manner that assists the HSSA in the achievement of our goals and encourages community support of our work
  • Other duties as assigned

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions or qualifications associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change,  for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological breakdowns in departments.

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