Supervises: Supervises Medical Care staff as designated by the Clinic Director
The Veterinarian will be responsible, in liaison with the Clinic Lead Spay/Neuter Surgeon, for spay/neuter of both shelter pets and owned pets, community vaccination and wellness clinics for owned pets, as well as special surgeries and dental services for shelter pets
Core Duties and responsibilities:
Perform spay/neuter and other surgical procedures as needed for both shelter animals and owned pets.
Participate in weekly vaccination and expanded wellness clinics for the community
Provide emergency medical care as needed to shelter pets, and transfer of animals to outside emergency clinics, if needed
Perform dental care and surgery as needed for shelter animals
Provide leadership, direction, guidance and training for medical technicians and support staff
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
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
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
May need to respond to emergencies arising from post-surgical complications
May need to cover shelter rounding on occasion
Responsible for maintaining professional and motivational environment for staff
Responsible for developing and maintaining excellent relations and communications between clinic and shelter staff
As needed, educate the public regarding humane issues and animal care
With Clinic Director, ensure that proper and current protocols are followed
Review pet records for accuracy/completeness
Assist in the design and format of clinic paperwork and computer programs, as relevant
Attend meeting and conferences as required
Research issues and prepare memos and other documents as requested by the Clinic Director and others
Maintain membership in AVMA, SAVMA and other relevant professional organizations.
Continue education regarding shelter medicine and related topics.
Perform customer service to the standards set forth in HSSA’s employee manual.
Working Conditions: Primary work is performed at HSSA campus.
The offices and operations of a shelter can be high stress and very busy at times. This position is scheduled for 3-4 days/week; however, the schedule can change and may sometimes require additional weekend or evening hours to complete the job. Can include working some overtime depending on HSSA needs. Candidate must be flexible with schedule changes and short notice overtime requests.
Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, dangerous and fractious animals, high noise levels, hazardous chemicals, anesthetics and sharp objects. Field conditions may be encountered. Occasional lifting up to 50 lb., potential for standing 8 or more hours a day, animal handling and restraint in a veterinary setting. Potential exposure of infectious diseases to owned animals. Able to handle all sizes and activity levels of animals.
Leadership Responsibilities: Provides direction to shelter and clinic staff directly responsible for daily animal care, carries out responsibilities in accordance with HSSA and shelter/clinic policies.
Performance Factors and Necessary Skills:
Communication and Contact: The Veterinarian communicates effectively both verbally and in writing with superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside of HSSA and has tact and above average communication and customer service skills.
Attendance and Dependability: The Veterinarian can be depended to report to work at the scheduled time, is seldom absent from work, and can be depended upon to stay until completing the daily responsibilities of the position.
Relationships with others: The Veterinarian works effectively and relates well with others including superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside of HSSA and exhibits a professional manner in dealing with others and works to maintain constructive working relationships.
Must have strong veterinary medical skills and have the versatility and ability to adapt to new and different protocols and surgical procedures
Must have strong leadership and team building skills
Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision
Must have good conflict resolution with clients and staff
Must be able to multi-task
Must be able to work with HSSA volunteers
Must have attention to detail and good decision making skills
Must have high level of organizational skills and good time management
Is able to maintain accurate records, write legibly and speak effectively regarding the principles, purposes and objectives of the organization
Valid Arizona veterinarian's license
Current D.E.A. Certificate
Valid Arizona driver’s license; driving record acceptable to HSSA insurance carrier
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA), founded in 1944, is a private, independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization with the mission of acting with compassion and responsible stewardship through innovative programs that serve pets and the people who love them. HSSA is the largest charitable animal welfare and protection agency in Southern Arizona that follows the tenets of a no-kill community with 90 employees and 1300 volunteers, serving all of southern Arizona, handling approximately 8000 animals per year, within a $6+ million annual budget. HSSA has instituted nationally-recognized programs and operates a thrift store, off-site adoption and retail centers and spay/neuter clinics, which perform about 8000 surgeries per year. HSSA recently moved to a new-state-of-the-art campus.