Classification:Full Time, Salary – Overtime Exempt
Inner city Baltimore shelter seeks full time veterinarian, whose primary duties will be surgical. We are a non profit with the city animal contract. When we took over shelter operations from the city our live release rate went from 2% to 90%. We have a brand new building with a gorgeous surgery suite. Our medical team has 5 vets, 2 who primarily do surgery and 3 who primarily do medicine. We take in about 12,000 animals per year. Spay/neuter is our primary surgical focus, but also incorporate other procedures into our schedule as able. Our ideal candidate loves surgery of all kinds including dentistry and exotic surgery (very small amount). If you are interested in joining our team, you will work 5 eight hour shifts, one will include a weekend day. We have rich benefits and a close caring work environment.
Job Relationship:Directly reports to the Veterinarian Medical Director under the supervision of the Director of Operations. Works closely with all departments and volunteers
Position Summary:The Veterinarian provides leadership and supervision for the medical and animal care department employees and oversees the health of the shelter population and the surgery suite in coordination with the Veterinarian Medical Director. She/he works closely with the Director of Operations, Veterinarians, Veterinary Technician Manager, Surgery Manager, and Animal Care Manager to oversee the standards of care and ensure the humane treatment of animals. Daily responsibilities include providing medical care to shelter animals, surgery, assisting with oversight of medical and emergency cases, administering exams and medications as necessary, humane euthanasia, shelter sanitation, and medical data entry. The Veterinarian is responsible for all controlled substances and maintaining drug logs in accordance with veterinary and state laws.
Employees in this position are required to receive pre-exposure rabies vaccinations upon employment and receive boosters as required thereafter. A typical work week may include weekends, holidays, evenings, and a rotating overnight on-call schedule.
Responsible for supervising and providing direction to the Surgery Manager, Veterinary Technician Manager, and Animal Care Manager who oversee new animals coming into the shelter, surgery, medical care of all shelter animals, and sanitation in the animal care areas
Responsible for the overall health status and disease control of the shelter’s animals
Establishes, manages, and implements surgical protocols for the shelter animals, including such procedures as spaying and neutering and other medically necessary surgeries to repair wounds and injuries
Participates daily in providing surgery and establishes positive working relationships with local veterinarians for assistance with surgery
Responsible for ensuring the humane treatment of animals at the shelter at all times
Works toward BARCS mission to lower euthanasia rates for healthy and treatable animals
Ensures protocols and procedures are followed for all aspects of animal care including, but not limited to: infectious disease protocols, cleaning protocols, enrichment protocols, kennel maintenance, and medical care
Performs physical examinations on animals in the shelter and evaluates bite case animals
Provides immediate medical diagnostics and response on animal health and safety concerns for animals in the shelter
Administers medical and surgical treatment as needed and creates treatment plans for veterinary technicians to administer
Responsible for the oversight of emergency cases, including being on call overnight
Works in coordination with management team to manage the shelter’s animal population and dispositions with the goal of saving all healthy and treatable animals
Evaluates animals confiscated for investigations and provides written documentation of evaluation for these cases
Responsible for training and maintaining employees knowledge on following proper shelter protocols and procedures, including, but not limited to, proper animal handling and restraint, medical care, and safety protocols
Responsible for maintaining a clean and sanitary work environment
Responsible for positive working relationships with local veterinary hospitals
Performs humane euthanasia
Responsible for all controlled substances and maintaining drug logs in accordance with veterinary and state law
Responsible for effective communication of shelter policies, practices, and procedures to employees, volunteers, and the general public
Responsible for clear and accurate data entry and signage for proper communication
Performs related work as required
Licensed DVM or VMD in the State of Maryland
Strong surgical skills and a minimum of one year of practical surgical experience highly desirable
Previous experience in shelter medicine and pediatric surgeries is highly desirable
Minimum of five years of experience in the care of animals in a veterinary hospital, animal clinic, or animal control, or shelter facility
Minimum of two years of experience supervising employees preferred
Must be comfortable with, and demonstrate, the ability to handle dogs and cats and animals that are sick, injured, frightened and potentially fractious
Must demonstrate being efficient and effective in math, writing, and data entry
Certified in humane euthanasia
Ability to modify work schedule to meet BARCS operational needs
Knowledge and Skills:
Strong leadership skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all staff and contribute to a positive working environment
Ability to follow both written and verbal directions concerning the care and handling and disposition of animals
Ability to work both independently as well as with a team
Ability to assess, detect and recognize animal behavior and health that is potentially dangerous for both humans and/or animals
Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment with a variety of people
Must be detail oriented and able to prioritize and perform duties efficiently and effectively
Committed to maintaining the BARCS high standard of animal care and mission
Work is performed in an animal shelter that operates seven days a week, with exposure to conditions such as dust, wetness, odors, high noise levels, etc. Work requires physical exertion such as, but not limited to, standing most of the day, bending often to interact with animals, lifting animals of all shapes and sizes with an average weight of 50 pounds, lifting bags of litter and food, etc. There is exposure to animals of all kinds including domestic, wildlife, and farm animals. There is potential exposure to: sharp objects, cleaning agents, animal waste, zoonotic diseases, dangerous or fractious animals, and potentially hazardous conditions including the risk of animal scratches and bites. There is also exposure to friendly, loving animals in need of your affection.
About Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS)
BARCS works in conjunction with Baltimore City Animal Control, bringing in approximately 11,000 animals a year. BARCS goal is to decrease animal over population and find homes for animals through adoption and rescue programs. This is a wonderful opportunity to join an enthusiastic team and make a real difference for homeless animals in Baltimore City. Applicants will work in conjunction with management to establish and review proper animal care protocols and procedures. In addition, applicant will perform physical exams, diagnose and prescribe treatments, and monitor the health of the animals. Come be a part of the ground-breaking change for Baltimore City's animals!
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