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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. 

Qualification Requirements:

  •          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