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.
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.
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
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.
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
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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