The Associate Veterinarian (Veterinarian) assists in fulfilling the mission and vision of Animal Friends by acting as an advocate on behalf of animals and by providing prompt and quality veterinary services to all animals within the organization’s care while preparing them for adoption. The Veterinarian supervises the day-to-day medical care of animals—dogs, cats, and rabbits--both residing on site and in foster care. The position requires a working knowledge of shelter medicine and epidemiology as well as surgical proficiency.
The Veterinarian must have a big-picture view of animal welfare, herd health, and shelter medicine while being able to work in emotional situations while remaining poised and professional. This position requires flexibility, high energy, strong problem-solving skills, a solution based mind-set, and effective positive communication skills augmented by a compassionate spirit. As with every position within Animal Friends, the Veterinarian is expected to be a positive ambassador for the organization, abide by and promote its mission, policies, and vision.
Oversees and manages the veterinary functions for all Animal Friends animals, including medical, surgical and foster care programs, to ensure quality and professionalism.
Examine, diagnose, and treat sick and/or injured animals.
Commitment to “force free” handling techniques.
Performs surgical procedures on a daily and as-needed basis including, but not limited to, ovariohysterectomy (including pediatric), orchiectomy/castration (including pediatric), tumor/lump/cyst removal, hernia repair, teeth extractions and other surgical procedures as appropriate.
Ensures appropriate medication is administered by Medical Wellness staff.
Performs humane euthanasia in a timely and compassionate manner as according to Animal Friends’ protocols, procedures, and no-kill tradition.
Reviews medical records to ensure staff provide appropriate treatment and follow-up.
Oversees and participates in training and continuing education for the department.
Coaches staff by providing regular, ongoing feedback and direction
Interfaces with other departments to provide educational opportunities as needed
Evaluates and determines the disposition of animals in the organization’s care according to standard medical procedure and legal requirements.
Consults as needed with the Behavior and Humane Investigations departments concerning the disposition of animals and provides evaluation, documentation and testimony on animals involved in suspected cruelty and neglect investigations.
Responsible for “on call” coverage (via cell phone) for telephone consultations re: emergency care.
Consults with other veterinary professionals as needed.
Provides guidance to staff for situations that require immediate problem solving.
Oversees and takes control of situations which could be damaging to the professional image of the organization.
Demonstrates commitment to integrating volunteers. Performs other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience:
Doctoral degree in veterinary medicine and current Pennsylvania license required.
DEA license must be current or obtainable.
A minimum of three to five years’ prior work experience as a veterinarian preferred. Excellent surgical skills required; knowledge of shelter medicine desirable.
Must be comfortable handling dogs, cats, and rabbits of varying breed, size, age, background, and temperament.
Must have the ability to cope with physically and emotionally demanding work.
Must possess excellent communication skills, interpersonal skills, computer literacy, organizational ability and time management skills. Computer competency in a Windows environment required; experience with Chameleon (animal shelter software) helpful.
Must be willing to work in an environment that includes exposure to high noise levels, animal bites and scratches, as well as hazardous chemicals such as volatile anesthetics, injectable anesthetics, injectable antibiotics, etc.
Must be willing to perform euthanasia and necropsy services.
About Animal Friends
To ensure the well-being of companion animals, while ending overpopulation, abuse and unwarranted euthanasia. Animal Friends, a premier companion animal resource community, is committed to promoting the animal-human bond and nurturing relationships with companion animals which are guided by compassion.
It is our mission to:
Reduce the number of unwanted animals through aggressive spay/neuter programs.
Provide for the well-being of companion animals in need, while adhering to our no-kill tradition and find each a lifelong, loving home.
Offer affordable wellness services and resources to pets and owners in need, targeting underserved communities, to support whole-life care.
Promote the animal-human bond through outreach, education and therapeutic programming.
Act as an advocate on behalf of animals in crisis and as an enforcer of their rights and protection through education, investigation and promotion of companion animal welfare legislation.
We are deeply committed to these goals while ensuring the financial security and stability of the organization for future generations.