The Animal Rescue League/Western PA Humane Society (ARL/WPHS) is seeking two committed and passionate full-time veterinarians. This position will provide excellent veterinary care to both shelter animals and public clinic patients.
The ARL/WPHS is a recently merged organization with 3 locations: 2 shelters with clinics and a Wildlife Center run by licensed wildlife rehabilitation specialists.
The shelters are both open door, committed to providing the animals and people of the community with high quality care including veterinary services. Providing excellent medical and surgical care for the roughly 18,000 animals who come through our shelter annually is essential to the ARL/WPHS’s mission. We also occasionally provide veterinary care to wildlife brought in to the Wildlife Center.
The East End location recently moved into a state-of-the-art facility that provides an outstanding environment for our animals. We have a digital X-ray unit and in-house blood testing and will continue to operate a low-cost outpatient clinic and provide routine surgery services for the public. This is in addition to caring for animals brought to our shelter by the public and through the City of Pittsburgh Animal Control officers.
This is an exciting and unique opportunity for a veterinarian who is interested in providing veterinary care to shelter animals as well as low cost care to our community pets.
Practice preventative medicine and surgery. Is be responsible for surgical and medical care for shelter and owned animals as well as wildlife through the Wildlife Center as needed.
Maintains up-to-date knowledge of shelter animal health protocols, surgical procedures and companion animal health issues. Ensures compliance with ARL/WPHS approved standards and national guidelines. Ensures that all state and federal laws, state regulations, and veterinary accepted standards regarding clinic operations, the practice of veterinary medicine, drug control and animal care and handling are adhered to.
Develop and implement protocols for superior veterinary care and disease control.
Perform surgical sterilization of owned and shelter animals, including pediatric and high-volume spay/neuter.
Examine animals, evaluate animals’ health and perform veterinary medical and surgical procedures including vaccinations, prescribing and administering of medications, anti-parasite treatments, tests and lab work for infection, as well as spay and neuter surgery and other surgical procedures appropriate for the care of shelter animals, owned animals, and wildlife.
Perform all necessary client-requested euthanasia according to established protocols.
Coordinate with local veterinarians and clinic/shelter professionals to promote positive and productive relationships.
Establish and maintain medical record and drug use logs to standards of veterinary and sheltering practices; ensure that records are in order and complete.
Cover for emergencies (i.e. staff veterinarian calls off on a fully scheduled clinic and/or surgery day).
Serve as positive mentor to veterinary technicians, veterinary technician students, volunteers who are planning to attend veterinary school, and veterinary student externs.
Assist in training staff.
Ensure confidentiality of employee, client, and animal information.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Outstanding customer service skills - ability to handle customers with tact and diplomacy in sensitive or stressful situations
Outstanding interpersonal skills with ability to build relationships
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Excellent communication skills
Ability to multi-task and work under pressure
Ability to develop and maintain rapport with public and staff
Ability to relay medical information to different audiences
Analytical and problem solving skills
Ability to work with a diverse workforce
Proficient in MS Office
Experience with shelter software a plus
While performing the duties of this job, the employee could be exposed to hazards associated with aggressive animals; hazards associated with infected animals and controlled substances; exposure to unpleasant odors and noises; exposure to bites, scratches, and animal wastes; possible exposure to contagious diseases. The employee will primarily be working in the shelter environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to bend, stand, stoop, walk, sit, talk, listen, hear; use hands to finger, manipulate, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to a minimum of 50 pounds.
Safety & Health Program:
This position is expected to cooperate in all aspects of the shelter’s Safety & Health program. This requires that all employees must:
Report all accidents immediately to their supervisor.
Wear required personal protective equipment. No exceptions.
Report all hazardous conditions or other safety and health concerns to their supervisor immediately.
Participate in Safety Committee activities and support Safety Committee membership.
Occasional travel as necessary.
Required Education and Experience:
Current Doctor of Veterinary Medicine License to practice in state of Pennsylvania
USDA APHIS Certified - ability to complete health certificates for companion animals
About Animal Rescue League/Western PA Humane Society
The Animal Rescue League/Western PA Humane Society’s mission is to provide temporary shelter, food, medical attention, and comfort to all abandoned, neglected and injured animals brought to us by the community; to restore lost animals to their owners or seek new homes for them, and to educate the public about the humane care of animals with a goal of reducing overpopulation