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.

To Apply:

Please send your completed employment application and resume to humanresources@mdspca.org, along with a cover letter describing why you're a good fit for the position. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

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Schedule: Full time – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and alternating Fridays and Saturdays

Position Summary: The Veterinary Technician assists the clinic veterinarian in all aspects of exams, patient care, and client education. This position will include surgical, dental, and radiographic assistance and duties. Technicians will also be providing assistance to reception staff as needed with phone calls, the creation of estimates, and client communications.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Take accurate patient history, TPR, and weight
  • Draw blood
  • Place IV catheter
  • Surgical preparations and anesthetic monitoring, surgical recovery and client instruction
  • Perform dental prophylaxis
  • Perform radiography (digital preferred)
  • Demonstrated ability to use veterinary practice management software
  • Accurately create treatment plans and review them with clients
  • Knowledge of in-house lab equipment
  • Ability to run in-house bloodwork, snap 4DX, ear discharge cytology, fecal flotation, and urinalysis
  • Differentiate between the core vaccines for canine and feline and be able to speak confidently to clients regarding why and when these vaccines are given
  • Administer vaccines, injectable medication both IM and SQ
  • Administer oral and transdermal medication
  • General know of veterinary terminology
  • Accurately dispense medication and discuss dosing with clients.
  • Accurately enter medical notes and charges as needed into clinic software
  • Preparing vaccinations
  • Organizing, restocking, & cleaning exam rooms, pharmacy area, and surgical areas

Qualifications:

  • Possession of high school diploma or GED
  • Veterinary technology program and state license completion preferred but not required
  • Minimum of two years of veterinary technician experience, appointment-based veterinary clinic setting
  • Strong restraint and phlebotomy skills (canine and feline), familiar with dosing and various methods of medication administration
  • Experience in anesthetic monitoring, surgical assistance, radiographic technique/positioning, and dentistry
  • Knowledge of medical terminology, various types of medical and surgical equipment, and common veterinary protocols
  • Strong computer and phone skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment under all conditions
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Able to communicate professionally and efficiently to clients
  • Able to work independently as well as on a team, follow through with assigned tasks
  • Flexible schedule, able to work weekends, overtime as needed
  • Committed to and enthusiastic about the mission, programs, and services of the Maryland SPCA

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to lift and/or restrain 50+ pounds
  • Standing for long periods with frequent bending, kneeling, stooping and reaching
  • Sitting, standing, walking, lifting, and other physical activities for a minimum of 8 hour periods

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in a clinic setting
  • The technician is regularly exposed to animals, animal waste, and potentially hazardous conditions, including the risk of animal bites
  • Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, sharp objects, and hazardous chemicals

Schedule: Part time – Monday,11:00am–7:30pm; Friday, 11:00am–7:30pm; Saturday, 9:00am–5:30pm

Position Summary: The Admissions Department is responsible for counseling dog and cat owners looking to rehome their pets or for owner-requested euthanasia. Admissions Coordinators counsel pet owners by phone, email, and in person to help resolve problems, provide re-homing resources, and determine fitness for the shelter adoption program in accordance with our lifesaving mission. When pets are brought to the Maryland SPCA for adoption, it is the Admissions Coordinator’s role to accurately collect and report information on the animals entering the shelter. On-the-job training in animal behavior and handling will be provided, but some experience with dogs and cats is required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide customer service excellence in all interactions with the general public
  • Counsel clients wishing to admit their pets into the adoption program. This includes fielding calls regarding admissions
  • Obtains information and history on each owner surrendered animal
  • Provide re-homing resources in accordance with our lifesaving mission
  • Schedule and confirm appointments, reschedule no shows and/or follow up as needed
  • Accurate track of all surrendered animals as they move through the shelter. Contact owners in a timely fashion to reclaim
  • Input pertinent information into the Shelter Buddy data base, client log and on our website as necessary
  • Provide excellent communication, regarding demographics, medical and behavior issues as needed
  • Perform intake for owner surrender, stray surrender and Owner Requested Euthanasia.
  • Handle customer complaints/issues and turn them over to the Admissions & Transport Manager as needed
  • Perform behavior assessments on dogs entering the shelter or during transports to determine placement into our adoption program
  • Ensure that all necessary forms are available in adequate supply
  • Receive payments by cash or credit
  • Ensure that the lobby area and Admissions workspace is neat and clean
  • Assist Admissions & Transport Manager with training of new staff
  • Complete any and all tasks as assigned by management

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Excellent customer service skills, with ability to deal tactfully and effectively with staff, volunteers and the general public
  • Basic knowledge of animal breeds, animal health, animal handling and humane care
  • Computer literacy required
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills for in-person and telephone contacts
  • Reliable and detail oriented
  • Ability to multi-task and stay calm under pressure
  • Commitment to and enthusiasm for the mission, programs and services of the Maryland SPCA

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an office setting within an animal shelter
  • Noise level is usually moderate
  • Exposure to disinfecting solutions when cleaning with exposure to unpleasant odors and high noise levels when in kennel area

Physical Demands:

  • Frequent sitting, use of computer keyboard and telephone up to 8 hours per day with some bending, stooping and walking
  • May assist kennel team with walking dogs
  • Handling large and high energy dogs
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Schedule: Full time (Four, 10 hours shifts, Wednesday-Saturday)

Position Summary: To provide support to the Animal Care Manager for daily operations of the kennel. Participate in training programs, research projects, donation pickups and SOP implementations. Provide positive leadership for the staff, maintain proper care of the animals and a safe environment for the staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform and exceed in all Animal Care responsibilities and uphold our core values
  • Ensure that the Animal Care Technicians are keeping up with their responsibilities
  • Cultivate relationships with volunteer groups by providing mentorship and guidance
  • Work with co-workers on day-to-day tasks to ensure all tasks are completed
  • Assist or run kennel meetings along with Animal Care Manager
  • Mentor/orient current/new employees and volunteers
  • Complete the end-of-day walk through to be sure all is set for the next day and all animals are B.A.R. (bright, alert, responsive), housed properly
  • Complete early morning assignments and walk through
  • Bring staffing concerns and issues to Animal Care Manager or another manager as needed
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Work occasional holidays throughout the year
  • Open and close the building as needed
  • Report medical/behavior issues and assist with plans made by those departments
  • Enact and maintain quarantine procedures when necessary
  • Handle aggressive animals, create Do Not Enter plans, communicate plans to necessary departments and report new behaviors immediately to managers on duty when needed
  • Maintain the chemical dilution station, litter pan washing station, proper dilutions of the foamers and descaling of the dishwasher
  • Assist in team building exercises with your manager
  • Assist with stocking and inventory checks
  • Assist Animal Care manager with the implementation of SOPs and follow through of processes
  • Perform either or both cat and dog BA’s
  • Lead donation pick-ups with the Animal Care manager and maintain relationships with donors
  • Perform other duties as assigned, which may include but are not limited to:
  • Participate in webinars, seminars and present on those subjects
  • Work on special projects with your manager, researching products and assisting with project designs
  • Vaccinate/medicate animals as needed, assist in the exam room if trained and approved
  • Perform euthanasia, when trained and certified, become a Lead CET within 1 year of new position

Animal Care Technician

Position Summary: The main purpose of this position is to provide quality care for the animals, maintain the cleanliness of the shelter facility, and to serve the public in a professional, expedient, and courteous manner.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Do thorough daily cleaning, as assigned, each morning before kennel opens to the public
  • Mix and use cleaning chemicals as directed to reduce disease transmission
  • Maintain sanitary conditions, food and water supply for animals
  • Scoop and mop dog run throughout the day, scoop cat litter boxes, maintain clean food/water bowls, clean up spilled food on floors, etc.
  • Provide customer assistance and be available to answer questions from the public concerning animals in the facility animals to visitors if requested in get-acquainted room or outside if appropriate
  • Maintain daily feeding/observation charts
  • Introduce replenish supplies
  • Provide all animals with enrichment
  • Operate laundry and dishwashing equipment
  • Observe animals, document and route health and behavior concerns to the appropriate department
  • Check and maintain dog fun run areas (setting hose, cleaning, dumping or filling pools in summer, etc.)
  • Be kind to the animals and show consideration in order to reduce animal stress
  • Follow all safety guidelines, including PPEs to ensure a safe environment
  • Assist other staff with their assignments
  • Help train new staff and volunteers
  • Perform other duties as assigned, which may include but are not limited to:
  • Assist in exam room if trained and approved
  • Perform euthanasia, if trained and certified
  • Perform dog and cat behavior assessments if trained and needed

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Interest in animal welfare
  • Reliable and detailed oriented
  • Demonstrated initiative and good judgment
  • Basic animal handling experience with knowledge of canine and feline behavior
  • Familiarity with animal restraint techniques and medical terminology
  • Ability to handle animals of various sizes and activity levels safely, compassionately and effectively
  • Excellent customer service skills, with ability to interact patiently and tactfully with a diverse customer base
  • Experience in the use of positive reinforcement methods, including appropriate use of food and humane products
  • Ability to accept decisions about animal placement into program or humane euthanasia
  • Committed to and enthusiastic about the mission, programs and services of the Maryland SPCA

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds
  • Standing and walking 8 or more hours per day with frequent bending, kneeling, stooping and reaching

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in a shelter setting
  • Exposure to disinfecting solutions when cleaning, exposure to unpleasant odors and high noise levels when in kennel area
  • Exposure to various weather conditions when working outdoors
  • Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, sharp objects, hazardous chemicals, dangerous and fractious animals
  • Technician is regularly exposed to animals, animal waste, high noise and potentially hazardous conditions, including the risk of animal bites

Schedule: Full time (Tuesday through Saturday)

Position Summary: This position is responsible for accurately entering medical information in each animal’s ShelterBuddy record and managing the files to move them through the shelter processes. This position requires strong organization, attention to detail, typing skill, and knowledge of ShelterBuddy and/or willingness to lean quickly. Additional responsibilities include assisting Exam’s Technicians and Veterinarians with medical patient’s care, cleaning, and basic restraint as needed. Employee will also be expected to assist staff and the public with handling animals, and keep the non-administrative areas of the shelter clean.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Accurately enter all medical information from Veterinary SOAP’s to ShelterBuddy
  • Manage the flow of animals through shelter processes, keep kennel cards updated, and create daily ‘Move List’ to make animals available
  • Create and submit the spay/neuter surgery list and correctly mark kennels
  • Keep exam patients comfortable and exam areas clean following the disease management protocol
  • Handle a wide variety of animals safely and effectively in a humane manner
  • Work with all departments (Exam, Foster, Behavior, Kennel, Communications, Admissions and Adoptions) to ensure animal’s records are complete and correctly entered

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Able to deal effectively with all types of difficult situations & evaluate problems accurately while displaying good, sound judgment when working with limited supervision and under emotional stress
  • Possess a high level of professionalism, strong interpersonal skills, and be a team player. Must be able to multi-task and be self-motivated
  • Must have strong computer skills to enable medical data entry into shelter system
  • Prior shelter experience, preferably in an exam environment
  • Familiarity with animal restraint techniques and medical terminology
  • Possess basic knowledge of animal breeds, characteristics, animal health, nutrition and humane care
  • Able to handle animals of various size and activity levels safely, compassionately and effectively
  • Knowledgeable of canine and feline behavior
  • Experience in the use of positive reinforcement methods, including appropriate use of food and humane products
  • Committed to and enthusiastic about the mission, programs and services of the Maryland SPCA

Physical Demands:

  • Physically capable of performing all duties in the shelter including moderately heavy work. Able to lift or carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Standing or walking 8 or more hours per day with frequent bending, kneeling, stooping and reaching

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in a clinic shelter setting
  • Assistant 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 workspace
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

Schedule: Full time (Tuesday through Saturday)

Position Summary:The Exam Room Veterinary Assistant is responsible for assisting the Exam Technicians and Veterinarians to ensure all animals in the MD SPCA’s care receive swift and appropriate medical attention. This person performs work related to the daily medical care of the animals housed at the shelter, working along with positions charged with the daily care of animals, help with smooth running of the shelter’s animal medical program and daily maintenance of the shelter, and performs related work as required. Employee will also be expected to assist staff and the public with handling animals, and keeping the non-administrative areas of the shelter clean.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Handle a wide variety of animals safely and effectively in a humane manner
  • Keep exam patients comfortable and exam areas clean following the disease management protocol
  • Medicate and give treatments to all dogs and cats receiving them, accurately record administration of medications and completion of treatments.
  • Assist with flow of animal care such as receiving, examining, vaccinating, and medicating.
  • Practice safe humane restraint techniques of dogs and cats.
  • Accurately collect specimens and perform laboratory procedures as well as paperwork for sending to an external laboratory.
  • Accurately record medical information into the ShelterBuddy database.

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Able to deal effectively with all types of difficult situations & evaluate problems accurately while displaying good, sound judgment when working with limited supervision and under emotional stress
  • Possess a high level of professionalism, strong interpersonal skills, and be a team player. Must be able to multi-task and be self motivated
  • Must have computer skills to enable medical data entry into shelter system
  • Prior shelter experience, preferably in an exam environment
  • Familiarity with animal restraint techniques and medical terminology
  • Possess basic knowledge of animal breeds, characteristics, animal health, nutrition and humane care
  • Able to handle animals of various size and activity levels safely, compassionately and effectively
  • Knowledgeable of canine and feline behavior
  • Experience in the use of positive reinforcement methods, including appropriate use of food and humane products
  • Committed to and enthusiastic about the mission, programs and services of the Maryland SPCA

Physical Demands:

  • Physically capable of performing all duties in the shelter including moderately heavy work. Able to lift or carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Standing or walking 8 or more hours per day with frequent bending, kneeling, stooping and reaching

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in a clinic shelter setting
  • Assistant 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

Schedule: The successful candidate will be available 15-20 hours per week. We’re flexible on specific days. The office is open Monday through Friday.

This is a spring internship. Start and end dates are flexible, with a preference for beginning in January.

Position Summary: The marketing and communications intern will support the daily work of the Maryland SPCA’s marketing and communications team. The intern will help document stories about our shelter pets, staff, and volunteers. This includes writing up descriptions, photographing and videoing, and adapting content for social media.

The intern will also help with event planning, social media monitoring, WordPress website updates, email marketing, creating flyers, and preparing pet information for local TV segments. Our 2020 Festival for the Animals is scheduled for April, so the intern will get a behind-the-scenes look at event marketing and logistics.

The Maryland SPCA is committed to giving you a meaningful experience. We want you to feel like you’re a valued part of the team. We’ll provide exposure to multiple nonprofit communications functions, help you understand how our team fits with other departments (including our animal care workers), and allow you to explore careers in animal welfare.

Qualifications:

  • Current undergraduate student in marketing, communications, or related field.
  • Experience using Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
  • Experience using WordPress CMS (preferred but not required).
  • Proficient in photography and videography (preferred but not required).
  • Good writing skills, including correct grammar and punctuation.
  • Reliable and detail oriented.
  • Sense of humor is a must.

Physical Demands:

  • Frequent sitting, with some standing, walking, bending, and reaching; and
  • Use of computer keyboard, cameras, and telephone.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in both office and shelter settings;
  • Exposure to various weather conditions when working outdoors; and
  • Occasional exposure to high noise when in kennel area.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Andy Beres at info@mdspca.org.

FULL TIME

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.

PART TIME

Position Summary: The Exam Room Veterinary Assistant is responsible for assisting the Exam Technicians and Veterinarians to ensure all animals in the MD SPCA’s care receive swift and appropriate medical attention. This person performs work related to the daily medical care of the animals housed at the shelter, working along with positions charged with the daily care of animals, help with smooth running of the shelter’s animal medical program and daily maintenance of the shelter, and performs related work as required. Employee will also be expected to assist staff and the public with handling animals, and keeping the non-administrative areas of the shelter clean.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Handle a wide variety of animals safely and effectively in a humane manner
  • Keep exam patients comfortable and exam areas clean following the disease management protocol
  • Medicate and give treatments to all dogs and cats receiving them, accurately record administration of medications and completion of treatments.
  • Assist with flow of animal care such as receiving, examining, vaccinating, and medicating.
  • Practice safe humane restraint techniques of dogs and cats.
  • Accurately collect specimens and perform laboratory procedures as well as paperwork for sending to an external laboratory.
  • Accurately record medical information into the ShelterBuddy database.

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Able to deal effectively with all types of difficult situations & evaluate problems accurately while displaying good, sound judgment when working with limited supervision and under emotional stress
  • Possess a high level of professionalism, strong interpersonal skills, and be a team player. Must be able to multi-task and be self motivated
  • Must have computer skills to enable medical data entry into shelter system
  • Prior shelter experience, preferably in an exam environment
  • Familiarity with animal restraint techniques and medical terminology
  • Possess basic knowledge of animal breeds, characteristics, animal health, nutrition and humane care
  • Able to handle animals of various size and activity levels safely, compassionately and effectively
  • Knowledgeable of canine and feline behavior
  • Experience in the use of positive reinforcement methods, including appropriate use of food and humane products
  • Committed to and enthusiastic about the mission, programs and services of the Maryland SPCA

Physical Demands:

  • Physically capable of performing all duties in the shelter including moderately heavy work. Able to lift or carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Standing or walking 8 or more hours per day with frequent bending, kneeling, stooping and reaching

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in a clinic shelter setting
  • Assistant 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

FULL TIME

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:

Organizational

  • 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.

Administrative

  • 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. 

Qualifications:

  • 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.

PART TIME

Schedule: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Position Summary: This position is responsible for accurately entering medical information in each animal’s ShelterBuddy record and managing the files to move them through the shelter processes. This position requires strong organization, attention to detail, typing skill, and knowledge of ShelterBuddy and/or willingness to lean quickly. Additional responsibilities include assisting Exam’s Technicians and Veterinarians with medical patient’s care, cleaning, and basic restraint as needed. Employee will also be expected to assist staff and the public with handling animals, and keep the non-administrative areas of the shelter clean. This is a 24-hour, 3-days-per-week position.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Accurately enter all medical information from Veterinary SOAP’s to ShelterBuddy
  • Manage the flow of animals through shelter processes, keep kennel cards updated, and create daily ‘Move List’ to make animals available
  • Create and submit the spay/neuter surgery list and correctly mark kennels
  • Keep exam patients comfortable and exam areas clean following the disease management protocol
  • Handle a wide variety of animals safely and effectively in a humane manner
  • Work with all departments (Exam, Foster, Behavior, Kennel, Communications, Admissions and Adoptions) to ensure animal’s records are complete and correctly entered

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED 
  • Able to deal effectively with all types of difficult situations & evaluate problems accurately while displaying good, sound judgment when working with limited supervision and under emotional stress
  • Possess a high level of professionalism, strong interpersonal skills, and be a team player.  Must be able to multi-task and be self-motivated
  • Must have strong computer skills to enable medical data entry into shelter system
  • Prior shelter experience, preferably in an exam environment
  • Familiarity with animal restraint techniques and medical terminology
  • Possess basic knowledge of animal breeds, characteristics, animal health, nutrition and humane care
  • Able to handle animals of various size and activity levels safely, compassionately and effectively
  • Knowledgeable of canine and feline behavior
  • Experience in the use of positive reinforcement methods, including appropriate use of food and humane products
  • Committed to and enthusiastic about the mission, programs and services of the Maryland SPCA

Physical Demands:

  • Physically capable of performing all duties in the shelter including moderately heavy work.  Able to lift or carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Standing or walking 8 or more hours per day with frequent bending, kneeling, stooping and reaching

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in a clinic shelter setting
  • Assistant 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 workspace
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
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