Humane Animal Rescue (HAR), one of the largest animal welfare organizations in Pennsylvania, is seeking committed and passionate full-time veterinarians to complete our current team. As of now we have 6 full time veterinarians, a senior medical manger, 2 clinic managers, 2 shelter services managers, 1 veterinary administrative coordinator and ~35 full time veterinary technicians. This position will provide high-quality medical and surgical veterinary care to both shelter animals and public clinic patients.
HAR operates three locations: two large shelter, both with full service Veterinary Medical Centers open to the public, and a Wildlife Center run by licensed wildlife rehabilitation specialists. The shelters are both open door/managed admission and committed to providing the animals and people in the community with high quality, low cost wellness care and veterinary services.
The East End location recently moved into a state-of-the-art facility that includes modern, low-stress housing for shelter animals, a full surgical suite, digital radiography, ultrasound, electrocautery, suction and a full in-house diagnostic lab (Idexx Procyte, Catalyst and Sedivue). Our North Side location also has a full surgical suite, digital radiography, ultrasound and a full in-house diagnostics lab.
We also provide medical and surgical care as needed to wildlife brought into the Wildlife Center.
Providing excellent medical and surgical care for the roughly 11,000 animals who come through our shelter annually is essential to HAR’s mission, as well as the additional 10,000+ patients we see through our outpatient Veterinary Medical Centers, Surgery, Community Cat and Pet Retention Programs. We also provide numerous low/no cost vaccine clinics and spay/neuter opportunities throughout the year.
Our HAR medical team is committed to mentorship, which includes a pre-vet and veterinary student extern program, as well as in-house and off-site CE opportunities for our veterinary staff. This is an exciting and unique opportunity for a veterinarian who is interested in working in an environment that offers the opportunity to pursue high quality, progressive shelter and clinical practice.
This is a combined position in shelter medicine, clinical medicine, and surgery. Responsible for surgical and medical care for shelter and owned animals, as well as wildlife through the Wildlife Center as needed. Veterinarians are scheduled at both the East End and Northside Locations with occasional trips to the Wildlife Center. Variable work schedule, including weekend and on-call rotation. Breakdown is approximately 30% surgical, 30% clinical, 30% shelter, and 10% administrative.
Maintain up-to-date knowledge of shelter animal health protocols, surgical procedures and companion animal health issues. Ensure compliance with Humane Animal Rescue (HAR) approved standards and national guidelines. Ensure that all state and federal laws, state regulations, and veterinary accepted standards regarding clinic operations, the practice of veterinary medicine, drug control and animal care and handling are adhered to.
Help develop and implement protocols for superior veterinary care and disease control.
Perform surgical sterilization of owned and shelter animals, including pediatric and HQHVSN (high-quality, high-volume spay-neuter).
Perform veterinary medical and surgical procedures, including dentistry, soft tissue surgeries and some urgent/emergent surgeries as appropriate for the care of shelter animals, owned animals, and wildlife; administer treatments, including vaccinations, when needed to ensure the health of shelter animals; prescribe and administer medications and anti-parasite treatments; perform diagnostic procedures.
Perform all necessary client-requested euthanasia according to established protocols.
Coordinate with local veterinarians and clinic/shelter professionals to promote positive and productive relationships.
Establish and maintain medical record and drug use logs to standards of veterinary and sheltering practices; ensure that records are in order and complete.
Allow for scheduling flexibility to cover for emergencies (i.e. staff veterinarian call off on a fully scheduled clinic and/or surgery day).
Serve as positive mentor to veterinary technicians, veterinary technician students, pre-vet student volunteers, veterinary student externs and Shelter Medicine Specialty Interns.
Assist in training staff.
Maintain positive relationships with co-workers, managers, directors, clients, and stakeholders.
Ensure confidentiality of employee, client, and animal information.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Outstanding customer service skills - ability to handle customers with tact and diplomacy in sensitive or stressful situations.
Detail-oriented and ability to multi-task and work under pressure.
Outstanding interpersonal skills with ability to build relationships.
Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
Excellent communication skills.
Ability to develop and maintain rapport with public and staff.
Ability to relay medical information to different audiences.
Analytical and problem solving skills.
Ability to work with a diverse workforce.
Proficient in MS Office.
Experience with shelter software (ShelterLuv) and clinic software (Cornerstone) a plus.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee could be exposed to hazards associated with aggressive animals; hazards associated with infected animals and controlled substances; exposure to unpleasant odors and noises; exposure to bites, scratches, and animal wastes; possible exposure to contagious diseases. The employee will primarily be working in the shelter environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to bend, stand, stoop, walk, sit, talk, listen, hear; use hands to finger, manipulate, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to a minimum of 50 pounds.
Safety & Health Program:
This position is expected to cooperate in all aspects of the shelter’s Safety & Health program. This requires that all employees must:
Report all accidents, hazardous conditions, or other safety and health concerns to their supervisor immediately.
Wear required personal protective equipment. No exceptions.
Participate in Safety Committee activities and support Safety Committee membership.
Limited travel as necessary.
Required Education and Experience:
Doctorate: Veterinary Medicine (Required)
Current Veterinary License to practice in state of Pennsylvania (or ability to obtain)
Valid driver’s license
USDA APHIS Certified (or willingness to enroll in certification)
Preferred Education and Experience:
Prior shelter or HVHQSN experience preferred
Additional Salary Information: Full time/exempt salaried position. CE PTO and budget. Full benefits.
About Humane Animal Rescue
Humane Animal Rescue is one of the largest animal welfare organizations in Pennsylvania, providing services to tens of thousands of animals each year at our two shelters and wildlife rehabilitation center. Formed in 2017, Humane Animal Rescue is the result of a merger between the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (established in 1909) and Western Pennsylvania Humane Society (established in 1874), each with independently rich histories of serving our community’s animals in need. Our new organization continues the legacies of our predecessors with the task of providing enhanced services to domestic and wild animals alike, while bringing greater efficiency in animal care processes, staff training, and cutting-edge practices to one cohesive organization.