The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
• Provides lead direction to staff responsible for following prescribed treatment and maintaining treatment records for animals brought to the shelter; ensures that the highest level of service and care are provided and that changes in animals' conditions are recorded. • Assists in the development and implementation of goals, policies, and procedures for the shelter; recommends changes in procedures as needed. • Provides preventative treatments for infections, disease prevention and control, general health, parasite diagnosis and treatment, behavioral evaluations and modification, dietary evaluations, and grooming (healthy coat maintenance.) • Examines animals, evaluates animals' health and performs veterinary medical and surgical procedures including vaccinations, prescribing and administering of medications, anti-parasite treatments, tests and lab work for infection, and spay and neuter surgery. • Performs surgical sterilization of dogs, cats and rabbits, including pediatric and high volume spay/neuter. • Performs in-house inspections with shelter staff. • Coordinates with local veterinarians and clinic/shelter professionals to promote positive and productive relationships; arranges for full-service care at a veterinary hospital for severely injured, sick or diseased dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals; provides full orders for care. • Performs all necessary euthanasia according to established protocol. • Establishes and maintains medical record and drug use logs to standards of veterinary and sheltering practices; ensures that records are in order and complete. • Ensures that all state and federal laws, state regulations, accepted standards, and SAWA policies and procedures regarding clinic operations, the practice of veterinary medicine, drug control, and animal care and handling are adhered to. • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of shelter animal health protocols, surgical procedures and companion animal health issues. • Builds effective relationships through positive interaction and communication with the community, volunteers and staff.
Additional Tasks and Responsibilities While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other unit members.
• Assists in monitoring inventory and ordering of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals.
Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions:
· Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited college or university and one year of professional veterinary medical experience.
· Possession of a current license to practice veterinary medicine in STATE.
· Experience in high-volume spay/neuter facilities and shelter experience preferred.
Physical and Mental Abilities Required to Perform Essential Job Functions:
· Physical Abilities
o Ability to operate, maneuver and/or provide simple but continuous adjustments on equipment such a surgical instruments, syringes, catch poles, microscopes, diagnostic equipment computer terminal, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.
o Ability to coordinate eyes, hands, feet and limbs in performing movements requiring skill and training, such as performing surgery and giving injections.
o Ability to recognize and identify degrees of similarities or differences between characteristics of colors, shapes, sounds, tastes, odors and textures associated with job-related objects, materials and tasks.
o Tasks involve the ability to exert moderate but not constant physical effort, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching, and lifting, carrying objects and animals of moderate weight.
· Environmental Adaptability
o Ability to work under often unsafe and uncomfortable conditions where exposure to environmental factors such as temperature variations, odors, toxic agents, violence, noise, wetness, and disease can cause discomfort and where there is a risk of injury.
Founded in 1929, the Brandywine Valley SPCA (BVSPCA) is the only open admissions shelter in both Chester and Delaware Counties, and the state of Delaware. Its mission is to put the “human” back in humane animal treatment and advocate on their behalf; its vision is to be the recognized leader in animal welfare that empowers communities to treat life with respect and dignity. Each year, the BVSPCA cares for over 5,000 stray, owner-surrendered, wayward owned, and abused and neglected animals.