FLSA Classification: Exempt Reports to: Executive Director
Summary: The Chief Veterinarian works in cooperation with Executive Director, Shelter Director, Veterinary Practice Manager, and Shelter Manager to monitor and improve the general health of the animals in the shelter; to help ensure that the transmission of disease is kept to a minimum; to diagnose and oversee the medical treatment of sick and injured animals; to oversee the administration of all vaccinations for both shelter and public wellness animals; and to perform spay/neuter surgeries, amputations, dental work, hernia repair and other surgical procedures on animals. In addition, the Chief Veterinarian’s expert input is valuable in reviewing the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for animals in incoming & work-up, the shelter, foster care, and in our public wellness clinic. It is vital that the Chief Veterinarian works to ensure that the mission and standards of CAP are upheld.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Recommend to Shelter Management that any animals beginning to show signs of illness be properly housed for observation, treatment or euthanasia.
Examine and prescribe treatment for animals that have been determined to be adoptable and are in the foster home process.
Check animals that are receiving treatment in–house to ensure the animals are recovering. Address any complications with the Shelter Management.
Work with the foster care management to ensure that foster home volunteers are given adequate directions for treating the animals in their care.
Examine or oversee the examination of foster animals who are brought back for follow ups.
Examine and administer vaccines and other wellness procedures for publicly owned animals. Be able to interact with pet parents in a positive manner.
Perform spay/neuter surgery on animals that have been placed for adoption and animals that have been adopted, feral cats, and public animals.
Perform surgical procedures on animals with medical needs e.g. hernia repair, amputations, dental work, enucleations, etc.
Improve shelter animals’ dental health by performing checkups, cleaning, and extracting teeth.
Maintain patients’ medical records by ensuring thorough notes are added to Avimark and/or PetPoint in a timely manner.
Review and make recommendations for updating the Work Up, Foster care, and wellness SOP’s.
Be involved with the management of clinic staff, reporting needs for disciplinary action to the Vet Practice Manager, training staff on skill sheet processes, acting as manager when the Vet Practice Manager is not on-site, keeping staff motivated to accomplish goals and stay on task, and assessing working interview candidates, giving feedback to the Vet Practice Manager.
Assist in overseeing the work of relief vets from a medical vantage point, report any issues to the Vet Practice Manager.
Report unsafe conditions for both humans and animals to Executive Management.
Report any activities that are outside of or unapproved by any veterinary licensing board, DEA licensure requirements, and standard veterinary protocol to Executive Management.
Maintain current knowledge of veterinary medicine by keeping up to date with new studies, research and reports.
Perform a daily walk through of the shelter to observe the animals and ensure that all are displaying signs of good health.
Participate in special events including, but not limited to, Big Fix, special vaccination clinics, Feral Cat Assistance Program, Children’s camps, etc.
Provide emergency animal medical care, when needed.
Attend Managers’ Meetings.
Serve as a liaison with the veterinary community.
All other duties as assigned by management.
Philanthropic Expectations: Citizens for Animal Protection is a charitable nonprofit organization. A nonprofit is organized and operated for a collective, public or social benefit and relies heavily on community involvement and resources. By its definition, a nonprofit is not owned by anyone and does not make a profit to be distributed to anyone. Any profits made are used toward a nonprofit’s mission; in our case all profits go to take care of the animals. CAP relies heavily on volunteers and donations to supplement adoption and intake fees which do not cover the cost of rehabilitating and taking care of the animals. Therefore, we empower and encourage our employees to actively participate in the philanthropic process at CAP. The following are examples of our expectations of each employee:
Be an Ambassador – speak highly of CAP, our services, and our impact on the community.
Be a Connector – Advocate CAP’s services within the shelter walls and beyond by speaking about our services and programs to others.
Be a Cultivator – Realize that every interaction you have with an adopter, client, employee, volunteer, CS worker, etc. has an impact. You are cultivating future donors, volunteers, fosters, etc.
Be a Solicitor – ALWAYS ask for an additional donation with each service. Perfect your “ask” and appeal to a donor’s love for animals.
Be a Steward – The best advertisement for CAP is how we treat our animals, each other, and our property. Treat everyone with respect, dignity and warmth.
Required Education and Experience:
Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine from an accredited school of Veterinary Medicine.
2 years’ experience in shelter medicine, preferred.
5 years’ experience in veterinary medicine, preferred.
Avimark experience is a plus.
Physical Requirements: Constant:
Moving self in different positions to accomplish tasks in various environments including tight and confined spaces. Includes working closely with others for a significant portion of the workday.
Remaining in a stationary position, often standing for prolonged periods.
Repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another.
Move, push, pull, and pick up items up to 30 lb. Occasional:
May be expected to chase and catch animals that have escaped on occasion.
Includes high level noise environments, including barking and other animal noises.
Includes pungent smells from animal caretaking, including from feces, abscesses, and other medical issues.
Includes small and/or enclosed spaces and working near co-workers.
Includes working around animals that are sedated, open to surgery, sick, and fractious.
Includes exposure to hazardous chemicals and regulated drugs.
Must have a current Texas Veterinary Medical License and stay in good standing with the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. (50% covered by CAP).
Maintenance of malpractice insurance (25% covered by CAP)
VIN membership (100% covered by CAP).
Must keep up on required Continuing Education hours ($750/annually covered by CAP).
Have and maintain a DEA license for CAP (50% covered by CAP)
Be available for flexible schedules as needed by the clinic/shelter, and for emergency situations with animals.
Willing to work one weekend date a week.
Willing to help train staff on medical terminology and skill sets.
Experience in shelter medicine with high volume spay neuter experience is a plus, but not necessary
Ability to work well within frenetic nature of shelter environment
Excellent verbal communication skills.
Ability to communicate skillfully and effectively with a culturally diverse staff, volunteers, and community in a professional, pleasant, and respectful manner at all times
Surgical skills necessary to spay/neuter all ages (including pediatric) and sizes of dogs, cats, and rabbits. Skills needed to perform amputations, enucleations, dental work, and other standard procedures.
Have the skills (or work up to within 6 months) to perform a minimum of 25-40 surgeries each day in addition to performing the other responsibilities listed in this description.
Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, with a high level of accuracy.
Excellent initiative with the ability to see what help is needed with the team and jump in.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, including making solid judgment calls when superiors are not available.
Ability to prioritize tasks and ask for help when appropriate.
Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment.
Must have a professional appearance, excellent communication skills, and the ability to deal tactfully and effectively with the public, volunteers and other staff members.
Should understand the principles of animal care and the policies and procedures of the association. Must also possess a humane and caring attitude concerning overall treatment and disposition of animals.
Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of immunization as related to infectious diseases of animals and zoonotic diseases
Willing to commit to the organization, supporting the mission and policies of CAP.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.