Job Description: Veterinarian- Temporary (part-time possible)
General Position Summary:
PAWS is seeking a veterinarian to join our team starting immediately, through June 2020. The ideal candidate would be able to fulfill both wellness clinic and spay/neuter duties, but candidates who can only serve in wellness clinic or spay/neuter will be considered.
Veterinarians at PAWS are responsible for the provision of excellent veterinary care for all animals in PAWS’ facilities, both rescued and publicly owned. Veterinarians must be able to promote PAWS’ mission, uphold the integrity of the organization at all times, and work collaboratively with other staff members and volunteers to ensure the Wellness and Spay/Neuter clinics’ smooth operation.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
- – Provide quality veterinary care in accordance with established professional standards and requirements, applicable laws and regulations.
- – Ensure the safe, sanitary, and humane treatment of animals in PAWS’ care and provide guidance and training as necessary to staff and volunteers to ensure the same.
- – Perform high-volume sterilization surgery, as well as other surgical procedures as needed and appropriate, on publicly owned and rescue/foster animals. Includes assessing and preparing animals for surgery and managing after-care needs, and/or supervising clinical staff in the provision of these services.
- – Complete exams and record keeping for client-owned animals in wellness appointments efficiently and within a 20 minute timeframe to ensure smooth patient flow.
- – Develop treatment plans and prescribe medications and diets for rescue, foster, and client-owned animals in wellness appointments.
- – Review, approve, and reject pending prescription requests for client-owned animals.
- – Perform exams, develop treatment plans, and maintain clear and concise records for in-house and foster shelter animals.
- – Collaborate with other PAWS veterinarians, foster staff, and adoptions staff on care for in-house and foster animals.
- – Uphold PAWS’ policies, procedures, and protocols regarding disease control, clinical and surgical operations, animal care and protection of inventory of medications, drugs and treatment supplies.
- – Keep current on developments, changing standards, and the emergence of new treatments in veterinary medicine, especially those specifically suited to shelters.
- – Work with Director of Operations, Lead Surgery Technician, and Veterinary Services Manager to ensure that all clinical and surgical equipment is maintained in safe working order.
- – Work in cooperation with, and accommodate visiting veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary instructors and unskilled volunteers.
- – Perform humane euthanasia as needed and directed.
- – Handle all animals properly, humanely and with compassion at all times, including those that are sick, injured, feral or aggressive, and promote a humane and caring attitude toward all animals.
- – Maintain a calm, pleasant, tactful, professional, and respectful demeanor at all times when dealing with the public, even in stressful situations.
- – Work courteously and cooperatively with staff and volunteers to foster an environment of effective teamwork.
- – Perform other duties as assigned.
- – No allergic conditions which would be aggravated when handling or working with animals.
- – Ability to stand and work effectively for long periods of time and tolerate loud noises.
- – Ability to work with and around animals including diseased, injured and/or vicious animals.
- – Ability to lift and move objects and animals weighing up to 50 pounds for short distances and to humanely restrain an animal when necessary.
Educational and Licensure Requirements:
- – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited university and valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Veterinary license with no history of complaints or disciplinary action required.
- – Experience in shelter setting and performing quality high-volume spay/neuter surgery strongly preferred.
Additional Job Skills Required:
- – A self-starter who is well organized, innovative, flexible and professionally motivated to develop and implement the goals, objectives, and policies of the agency.
- – Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Ideal candidate is personable, outgoing, patient, professional, empathetic, and able to get along well with a culturally diverse community.
- – Strong sense of initiative and ability to problem-solve, identifying tasks that need to be accomplished and prioritizing appropriately, working independently with minimal supervision and direction.
- – Maturity, good judgment and a professional personal appearance.
- – Flexibility, ability to manage multiple tasks and accommodate varied work assignments and schedules.
- – Comfort and experience with Google and Microsoft applications strongly preferred. PAWS uses a variety of web-based software that veterinarians must be comfortable learning to use on a daily basis for managing client care.
- – Must be personable, able to communicate well, and work effectively in a team environment.
- – Must have a strong attention to detail.
PAWS is open seven days a week, so candidates who can work one weekend day are strongly preferred. The ideal candidate would work a minimum of three days a week, for a minimum of 8 hours per day. Changes to the schedule will be discussed and agreed to by both parties before any changes are made.
There is no minimum period of employment guaranteed or implied by acceptance of an employment offer. It is the policy of PAWS that exempt positions are at-will, which means that employment is for no specified term and the employee or PAWS may terminate that employment at any time without cause. Should you choose to terminate your employment we ask for 4-6 weeks’ notice.
Please send your resume and cover letter via this link.
About PAWS Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
PAWS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. PAWS is Philadelphia’s largest rescue organization and only no-kill shelter, and is working to make Philadelphia a city in which every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. Through its adoption locations, special events, and foster care network, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of animals each year. PAWS operates two low-cost, high-volume spay/neuter and wellness clinics serving pet owners and rescues in an effort to keep pets healthy and reduce the homeless pet population. The two clinics serve approximately 37,000 pets each year. The clinics serves pet owners who have difficulty affording or do not have access to basic veterinary care (sterilization, vaccinations, treatments for upper respiratory infections/parasites/fleas, etc.) and rescue organizations that need affordable spay/neuter surgery and basic veterinary care to carry out their lifesaving work.