NO MORE LONG DAYS OR LATE NIGHTS AND A 4-DAY WORKWEEK!
Tired of private practice, emergencies, working six or seven days a week? Would you prefer limited client contact, a 4-day work schedule where you are out by 4 pm, and only work 1 Saturday a month?
Then join our team and have a rewarding career helping us end pet homelessness!
We're seeking experienced surgeons to perform spay/neuter surgeries for cats and dogs at our high-quality, high-volume nonprofit organization. We focus our services on shelter pets, low-income family pets, and community cats. You don't have to talk to clients about costs; we believe every person deserves to have a pet and help anyone who needs it, regardless of their financial circumstances.
We're seeking one full-time surgeon to work 4 days per week. The daily work hours offer you a quality of life; hours are generally 7 am to 4 pm.
Competitive benefits for full-time employees include PTO, paid license fees, CE allowances, paid holidays, medical, dental and vision insurance, and substantially discounted services for personal pets.
A qualified candidate must be a reliable team player, have strong surgical skills, and be able to safely perform high-volume spay/neuter surgeries (approximately 30 - 40 per day, with the help of a team of highly qualified vet techs and assistants) or demonstrate the ability to reach that volume with relative ease.
Starting Pay Rate: $78,000 Annually
The Spay/Neuter Veterinarian is responsible for performing 30-40 surgeries per day in a high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter setting. This person is familiar with current spay/neuter techniques and has experience performing sterilization surgeries on juveniles, crypt-orchid, in-heat, and pregnant animals as well as experience working with large dogs and fractious animals. The person in this position works with a small medical team, providing high-quality pre-, peri-, and postoperative care to cats and dogs. The Spay/Neuter Surgeon performs physical examinations on all patients to ensure their candidacy for surgery and ensures recovery of all patients. The surgeon performs pre-op physical examinations on owned animals in front of clients, and answers any questions for clients regarding the surgical procedure.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Performs pre-surgery physical examinations (or visual assessment of free-roaming cats in humane traps) on all surgical candidates to determine if animals are acceptable anesthetic/surgical candidates.
Documents physical examination findings and any adverse events on appropriate medical records.
Performs an average of 30 to 40 high-quality high-volume spay/neuter surgical procedures.
Competently handles surgical complications, and able to provide client communication regarding complications in a professional manner.
Performs surgeries on a variety of animals, with varying temperaments, sizes, and ages.
Examines, diagnoses, and treats post-surgical medical complications of animals spayed/neutered by our organization.
Competently performs CPR and can lead a team in emergency situations, when necessary.
Stays abreast of veterinary concerns and trends in the animal welfare movement.
Competent in how to handle aggressive and hard to handle patients.
Provides good communication and leadership to the surgical team to provide the best patient care.
Actively promotes spay and neuter, and educates clients on responsible animal ownership.
Provides recommendations for follow up care to clients as needed. Can perform all medical services department duties.
Attends quarterly department meetings and appropriate veterinary team meetings, including emergency training meetings, as well as one-on-one meetings with direct supervisor.
Attends quarterly all staff meetings.
Organization Wide Duties:
Represents Animal Friends Alliance in a professional and courteous manner at all times.
Provides quality service to customers, volunteers, and staff recognizing their individual contributions to Animal Friends Alliance.
Treats animals humanely, with compassion and concern both on and off the job, and transmits these values to others.
Solicits monetary and in kind donations by raising awareness of the organization's work, goals, and financial needs.
Follows all safety rules to ensure a safe work environment at all times. Takes immediate action to address any safety concerns or noncompliance of safety rules that could put an employee, volunteer, visitor, animal or the organization at risk.
Learns basic duties of other departments and support other departments and staff
Monitors, supports, motivates and accredits volunteers and their work.
Understands and operates by Animal Friends Alliance’s Core values.
Regular and timely presence on-site.
Work performed in animal clinic setting
Potential for exposure to zoonotic diseases and cleaning chemicals
Potential for exposure to dangerous and fractious animals
Potential exposure to high noise levels when in kennel area
Potential for animal bites and scratches while handling animals
Work is subject to frequent interruptions.
Employee is subject to work beyond the normal scheduled hours of work.
Required: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited college or university.
Required: 1-year experience with high-volume spay/neuter services.
Preferred: 2-years experience with high-volume spay/neuter services; 1-year experience in an animal sheltering environment.
Possession of a current license to practice veterinary medicine in Colorado.
Valid Driver’s License: not required
Sincere interest in Animal Friends Alliance’s mission & vision
Knowledge of animal breed, behavior, handling and care.
Knowledge of advanced technical procedures used in administering and monitoring anesthesia, providing emergency care, performing dental procedures.
Knowledge of Google Suite including Gmail & Docs.
Effective verbal communication skills for in person and telephone contact.
Excellent customer service skills, particularly with a variety of client situations.
Able to prioritize duties and perform multiple tasks.
Able to work in a high-stress, fast-paced environment.
Basic computer skills.
Able to work with animals.
Able to work with disinfectants and cleaning supplies.
Able to perform physical work including lifting, walking, and bending.
Able to handle animals safely and effectively.
Able to properly administer vaccinations, medications, treatments and perform health exams.
Able to maintain the physical fitness required to stand for prolonged periods and perform surgery.
Able to overcome challenging cases and to learn from mistakes.
Able to quickly recover from difficult situations.
Ability to learn, retain and communicate a wide variety of information.
Lift & carry up to 50 pounds unassisted, over 50 pounds with assistance
Exposure to hazards: Biologic, Chemical, Noise, Sharp instruments
Exposure to marked changes in temperature
Use of microwave
Operate standard pedals in a company vehicle
Can distinguish smells: IMPORTANT
Can distinguish tastes: N/A
Can hear normal tones: REQUIRED
Can hear soft tones: REQUIRED
Can distinguish temperatures by touch/proximity: IMPORTANT
Eyesight: Normal/corrected to 20/40: REQUIRED
Eyesight: Close eye work: REQUIRED
Color Recognition: REQUIRED
Can read, speak and write English: REQUIRED
Can control emotions: REQUIRED
Has a positive attitude toward the handicapped and elderly: REQUIRED
Able to work with controlled substances: REQUIRED
Can handle stress: REQUIRED
Additional Salary Information: Benefits: PTO, paid license fees, CE allowances, paid holidays, medical, dental and vision insurance, and substantially discounted services for personal pets.
About Animal Friends Alliance
Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic and Animal House Rescue & Grooming have long been pillars in our community. We have collaborated on numerous projects and events, and we have received feedback for years that our two organizations should consider coming together as one. We are excited to announce that in 2020 FCCRSNC and Animal House Rescue are going to merge and become ONE more impactful organization!