Responsible for ensuring high veterinary medical standards and quality of service in the Surgery Center and serves as a clinical practicing veterinarian. Oversees shelter Medical Care, drug and treatment protocols, performs surgical procedures to include sterilization of dogs, cats and rabbits, dentals, amputations, mass removals, eye surgeries and other medical procedures as needed in a high-volume setting.
Veterinary Medical Care:
• Set up veterinary care protocols for animals at the HSPPR Colorado Springs location and establishes medical and general care protocols for the health and well-being of the animals.
• Ensures sound veterinary medical practices.
• Sets standards and performs spay/neuter and other surgical procedures for shelter animals.
• Performs spay/neuter for owned animals through the donor subsidized spay/neuter program.
• Set standards and performs medical care for shelter and surgery related post adoption patients.
• Responsible for compliance with all laws pertaining to controlled drugs
• Responsible for assessing animal health.
• Forensic examination of animal abuse and neglect cases and necropsy related to Animal Law Enforcement cases. Testifying in court may be required in some cases.
• Oversees and develops protocols to maintain or improve herd health.
• Responsible for enhancing professional knowledge and skills.
• Participates in daily medical rounds.
* Responsible for staff development through teaching, mentoring and training.
* Keep staff informed on latest relevant medical techniques and information and encourage stimulating interchange of medical knowledge.
* Mentor and train veterinary intern.
• Investigates and responds to medical concerns and complaints internally and externally and reporting results.
• Represents the HSPPR in professional and confident manner.
• Treats everyone with respect and contributes to teamwork.
• Ensures any decisions, policies or procedures are effectively communicated to the appropriate staff and department.
• Maintains effective communication with staff through daily contact, in scheduled meetings, daily medical rounds, informally or in writing as needed to coordinate and direct medical functions in the shelter and Surgery Center.
• Able to lead by example and facilitate good working relationships through teamwork and collaboration. Projects a calm, professional demeanor and positive attitude.
• Commitment to the mission, values, goals and success of HSPPR
• Perform all other duties as assigned.
Supervisory Duties: None
Graduated from an accredited veterinary medical college – DVM or equivalent.
Licensed to practice in the State of Colorado.
Experiences in high volume spay/neuter clinic and/or post graduate surgical training.
Demonstrated aptitude in clinical medicine and surgery.
Experience in animal welfare and shelter operations a plus.
Demonstrated success in working with a diverse team of professionals, skilled in managing varied relationships and successful at facilitating collaboration and cooperation.
Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
Communicating effectively, verbally and in writing in a diverse range of audiences and settings.
Excellent communication skills including give/receive feedback.
Working the hours necessary to accomplish targeted responsibilities.
Practices excellent quality medicine and upholds the veterinary code of ethics.
Physical Demands: Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
Additional Salary Information: Sign-on Bonus
Work schedules Flexible 30-40 hrs/week
No on-call requirement
Generous CE stipend and paid time off to attend approved training
HSPPR is a Public Service Loan Forgiveness qualified employer – visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/ to learn more.
Staff Veterinarians license and AVMA PLIT renewals covered
VIN, AVMA/CVMA and ASV memberships covered.
Who Are We? The first of only two AAHA accredited shelters in Colorado!
Employment at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region - Colorado
HSPPR is a nonprofit animal shelter serving El Paso, Pueblo, and Douglas Counties as well as the City of Centennial. We employ a total of 190+ employees. We are an organization that celebrates and prioritizes diversity and inclusion. Employees must be 18 years of age, a drug test and background check are mandatory for employment.
The core values of the staff unite and guide us to provide the best service to the animals in our care, our organization and our community.
Core Values Statements
• Compassion: We believe that animals matter. We are committed to treating animals and people with kindness, respect and compassion.
• Stewardship: We are accountable and transparent in our actions and in the use of our resources to build trust in those we serve.
• Integrity: We believe we can make the greatest impact by staying true to our mission, always doing what is best for the animals and people of our community, and standing united in our decisions.
• Excellence: We are passionate about our mission, and strive for excellen...ce through continual learning, innovation and the development of our board, staff and volunteers.
• Collaboration: We seek strategic partnerships and alliances to advance the welfare and protection of animals and people.