What do animals mean to you?

Are you a cat person, a dog person, or both? Either way, your identification as an animal lover is important to us.

People who fit well at the Maryland SPCA have a deep, unwavering commitment to animal welfare. You will join a team of staff and volunteers who understand our vision, contribute to our mission, and thrive on hard work in order to care for and find loving homes for the cats and dogs in our care.

Everything we do is driven by our shared values of community, integrity, compassion, respect, and innovation. Together, we work tirelessly to prevent new animals from coming through our doors.

If that sounds like you, we hope you’ll apply to the Maryland SPCA!

See what opportunities are currently available. If you have any questions, contact humanresources@mdspca.org.

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Position Summary: The Chief of Shelter Medicine is a lead veterinarian and is responsible for establishing and maintaining the Maryland SPCA’s veterinary standards of care for all shelter pets as well as the public, high-volume Spay/Neuter Clinic. This is a hands-on position that requires a highly motivated, clinically skilled and compassionate veterinarian who can lead a highly skilled team with well thought out, research-based shelter medicine protocols, foster communication and cooperation among departments, and create a positive, motivating work environment. 

Maryland SPCA is a progressive shelter committed to our mission of helping people and pets in our community through innovative community programming, excellent shelter pet care, and great customer service.  The shelter medicine and surgical teams are focused on increasing our capacity for life saving while also ensuring excellent quality care, high productivity, and decreased length of stay.

Reports to: Director of Operations

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Leadership Duties (est. 20%)

  • Responsible for the Maryland SPCA’s medical standards of care and disease control for both the shelter and clinic operations by collaborating with Director of Operations, staff veterinarians, and management team.
  • Work closely with the Director of Operations to determine adoptability of medical patients and to determine appropriate use of resources for outsourcing certain medical cases such as emergency cases, dental cases, specialist consultations (i.e. surgical, cardiac, ophthalmic, dermatologic, neurologic, internal medicine), and specialty procedures (i.e. orthopedic and soft tissue sx, ultrasound, echocardiogram, ocular sx etc.).
  • Participate in strategic planning, goal setting and budgeting process with the Director of Operations and Director of Finance.
  • Provide strategic direction to the Senior Leadership Team for the future of shelter medicine programs, spay and neuter programs, and building expansion/renovation efforts.
  • For veterinary-related topics, be available to act as a spokesperson for the Maryland SPCA, as requested.

Clinical Duties (est. 75%)

  • Provide high-quality medicine, high quality/high volume spay/neuter surgery, as well as other surgeries and dentistry services (preferred) for shelter pets and Spay/Neuter Clinic publicly owned pets.  
  • Evaluate the physical and behavioral health of shelter pets and diagnose, treat and prescribe appropriate medical care as needed, in accordance with shelter medicine standards of care and infection control protocols to prevent infectious diseases.
  • Determine when referral to outside veterinary care providers is necessary, communicate directly with specialists when necessary to authorize required care.
  • Maintain complete and accurate records of diagnosis, treatment, medications and other special care administered. Assure medical records are complete and accurate.
  • Monitor and ensure compliance with all laws pertaining to controlled drugs and rabies management.
  • Maintain high practice standards and excellent clinical skills; attend annual continuing education in clinical practice to improve and develop those skills.           

Managerial/Administrative Duties (est. 5%)

  • Hire, train, direct, provide feedback, and implement disciplinary action if needed, for staff veterinarians as well as contracted relief veterinarians.
  • Conduct veterinary meetings and participate in management meetings with directors and shelter managers only when necessary.
  • Responsible for controlled substance licensing, storage, logging and use for the clinic and the shelter.
  • Collaborates with clinic manager to ensure exemplary service to clients and help to resolve complaints or conflicts that may arise. 
  • Under the supervision of the Director of Operations, prepare documentation and provide expert testimony and expertise to animal control investigations.
  • Evaluate and enhance the veterinarian extern program and ensure proper instruction and evaluation.

Education and Experience:

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited college or university. 
  • Maryland licensure in good standing to practice veterinary medicine. 
  • Minimum of five years of clinical practice experience, ideally in a multi-veterinarian small animal practice or animal shelter environment.
  • Shelter medicine experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must have excellent diagnostic, clinical and surgical skills; must have enthusiasm and desire to learn new skills and adapt to the ongoing changes that occur in shelter medicine.
  • Ability to handle dogs and cats in a safe and humane manner, with knowledge of low stress or fear free techniques, demonstrating the highest level of care and concern.
  • Ability to communicate with the public, volunteers, and co-workers in a courteous and professional manner at all times.
  • Skill in operating or ability to learn to operate the various software programs
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, and demanding work environment utilizing good time management and problem solving.
  • Must be able to organize and execute policies and procedures as planned while maintaining the ability to be flexible.
  • Must be available to work weekend days as needed; must also be available by phone after-hours.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. 

  • Regular standing, bending, stooping and crouching while seeing patients.
  • Regular sitting at computer stations and operation of electronic equipment to complete job duties.
  • Regularly moving about campus to coordinate work.
  • Frequent lifting, pulling, pushing and carrying animals weighing up to 50 pounds with reasonable accommodation.
  • Exposure to disinfectant solutions when in kennel area. 
  • Subject to animal bites and scratches while handling animals; exposure to zoonotic diseases.
  • Consistent exposure to animals in the workplace and animal allergens under conditions with limited alternatives available.


Position Summary: The Spay Neuter/ Exam Room Veterinarian position is designed to build upon the Maryland SPCA’s strong spay neuter & medical care programs.  The SN/Exam Veterinarian is responsible for the medical and surgical care of shelter pets and client owned patients. The SN/Exam Veterinarian works in the following areas: MD SPCA Spay Neuter Clinic and the MD SPCA Animal Shelter.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Practice veterinary medicine from a shelter perspective in accordance with Maryland SPCA policies. This includes diagnosis and treatment of sick and injured dogs and cats brought into the shelter and ensuring the continued             health of animals while in or care. 
  • Uphold the mission of the MD SPCA, and adhere to the organization’s policies, procedures, and values.
  • Continue education regarding shelter medicine, sterilization protocols and related topics to clients, adopters, and the general public.
  • Collaborate with managers and staff from different departments in the organization to ensure excellent holistic medical care utilizing all the different programs offered by the MD SPCA.
  • Assist with ensuring that MDSPCA meets all regulatory guidelines set by the DEA, Dept of Agriculture’s Md Controlled Substance Division, and Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medicine.

Surgical Care

  • Be familiar with ‘The Association of Shelter Veterinarians 2016 Medical Care Guidelines for Spay/Neuter Programs’ (http://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/pdf/10.2460/javma.249.2.165)
  • Perform spay/neuter surgeries on owned pets, community cats and shelter cats and dogs, including kittens as small as 2# and pregnant animals. Some animals may be very large and/or fractious. Surgery should be done with             utmost care and with minimal complications.
  • Perform additional surgeries on shelter pets, to your comfort level (including enucleations, cherry eye repair, minor dentistry, amputations, entropion repair, mass removals)
  • Coordinate and provide post-op medical care to animals, as well as post-op instructions and expectations to clients.
  • Provide input on existing surgical standard operating procedures and new initiatives
  • Collaborate with other staff veterinarians to ensure HQHVSN practices are implemented.
  • Work with appropriate personnel to maintain successful surgery program.
  • Advise clients on health issues related to their pet and recommend treatment plans consistent with current standards of veterinary care
  • Adhere to all laws regarding owned animals
  • Work efficiently and safely with an expectation of performing up to 25 spay/neuter surgeries per shift

Medical Care

  • Examine shelter animals on “to do” lists and provide a medical plan for staff to follow
  • Provide emergency and non-emergency medical treatment of shelter animals and foster animals.
  • Effectively and accurately diagnose illnesses in shelter pets, implementing a treatment strategy within a limited budget.
  •  Assist in identifying animals in need of emergency intervention and specialist consultations.
  • Gain authorization from the Director of Operations and the Director of Veterinary Services if patients require extensive diagnostics, consultations with outside veterinarians including veterinary specialists, if prognosis is guarded or poor, or if outside emergency care is necessary.
  • Provide input on existing medical standard operating procedures and new initiatives.
  • Work with appropriate personnel to maintain successful shelter medicine program.


  • Maintain complete and legible medical records on all patients seen by the veterinarian.
  • Create clear diagnostic plans and treatment plans for sick shelter pets.
  • Work in conjunction with the behavior team to ensure the mental wellbeing of shelter pets.
  • Mentor and work alongside Exam Room Veterinary Technicians on animal examination techniques and shelter medicine protocols.
  • Mentor and work alongside the work of Spay Neuter Clinic Veterinary Technicians on surgical prep, anesthesia monitoring, and recovery.
  • Attend management and staff meetings as needed.
  • Maintain Continuing Education requirements as set forth by the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Collaborate with staff & relief veterinarians to achieve best practices in spay/neuter procedures, prevention and treatment of infectious disease, diagnosing non-infectious illnesses, and implementing treatment.
  • Provide input on whether a specific treatment in a shelter setting is reasonable, affordable, and if a pet will ultimately be adoptable after treatment. 


  • 2-3 years relevant small animal veterinary experience including medicine and surgery preferred.
  • No sanctions with the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
  • Proficient in high quality, high volume sterilization surgeries for cats and dogs.
  • Maintain an active Maryland Veterinary License, Maryland Controlled Dangerous Substance License, and Professional Liability Insurance Policy.
  • Able to exercise professional judgment in the best interest of the animals and the MD SPCA.
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative and team building skills, as well as ability to work independently. Have strong client communication skills.
  • Positive attitude and ability to maturely deal with emotionally challenging situations.
  • Adhere to all guidelines as set forth in the MD SPCA’s Employee Handbook.
  • Exhibit the Maryland SPCA’s core values of Community, Compassion, Integrity, Respect and Innovation in your work every day.
  • Maintain an open mind regarding changes and the willingness to learn, implement, and teach new protocols.

Physical Demands:

  • Able to bend and kneel repeatedly.
  • Able to see fine detail in a variety of situations.
  • Must possess good hearing, including the ability to distinguish changes in vocal pitch.
  • Must have a reasonable degree of agility to move through tightly cramped areas in various situations.
  • Possess excellent eye-hand coordination.
  • Able to lift or carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Standing 6 or more hours per day with frequent bending, kneeling, stooping, and reaching.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in a shelter clinic setting.
  • Veterinarian is regularly exposed to animals, animal waste, and potentially hazardous conditions, including the risk of animal bites.
  • Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, sharp objects, hazardous chemicals, dangerous and fractious animals.
  • Exposure to disinfecting solutions when cleaning work space.
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Prolonged exposure to various aqueous solutions, including but not limited to dish soap, chlorhexidine and Accel.
  • Potential prolonged exposure to isoflurane gas.

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