Part Time or Full Time - Any experience level considered
DVM or equivalent
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ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following (Other duties may be assigned):
ANIMAL CARE & WELLBEING
General oversight of medical program and efficiencies needed to promote minimal stay in shelter, quality care and thorough medical treatment in alignment with organizational strategic goals. Responsible for researching and implementation of medical best practices.
Prevents and controls diseases in the shelter animal population. Leads best practices implementation of disease management protocol.
Examines all animals (strays, owner surrenders or those transferred in) upon intake or within two days to assess overall well-being; determine nature of disease or injury and makes a recommendation to treat animal surgically or medically.
Direct Inputs and updates to medical records as soon as possible, so that it is accessible and usable to the entire Direct Animal Care team. Performs routine audits of medical records.
Diagnoses and prescribes treatment for diseases, illnesses, and injuries of animals in our care including dogs, cats from various sources including owner surrenders and strays. Advises the public, including but not limited to potential adopters about medical conditions, treatments or special medical conditions for animals in our adoption program
Conducts observations of bite animals undergoing rabies quarantine to ensure compliance with State Rabies Regulations.
Oversight and responsible for timely completion of all written and oral instructions, such as administering vaccines and medications, deworming, bathing, grooming, flea and tick treatment. fecal testing, ear flushing, FELV/FIV testing, heartworm testing and treatment, skin scrapes, and coordinating lab work. Inoculates and provides written certification for all animals over 12 weeks old against rabies.
Participates with euthanasia of aggressive animals or as needed for difficult cases. Consults on other euthanasia cases. Provides general supervision of Vet Assistants and Technicians trained to perform euthanasia.
Coordinating with local veterinarians and clinic professionals to promote positive and productive relationships. When appropriate, arranging for additional care at a veterinary hospital for severely injured, sick, or diseased dogs and cats and providing full orders for such care.
Overseeing the establishment and maintenance of medical records to comply with Minnesota requirements and standards of veterinary and sheltering practices; ensuring that records are accurate and complete.
Ensuring that all local, state, and federal laws, state regulations, accepted standards, and AAHS policies and procedures regarding shelter operations, the practice of veterinary medicine, drug control, and animal care and handling are adhered to.
Determine load balance opportunities and outsourcing of services to external veterinarians, in collaboration with Practice Manager, to meet established metrics and length of stay expectations
Provides clinical supervision to medical staff including vet assistants and technicians.
Responsible for accurate recording and inventory of controlled substances.
TEAMWORK & COLLABORATION
Active member of the Leadership Team. Participates in Program and Operations Committee,, Critter Team and other committees as deemed appropriate. Work collaboratively with staff in all departments to achieve strategic goals. Completes projects and research as outlined or assigned to advance shelter animal care and placement.
Works with other Department Heads and their staff in a collaborative manner that promotes a positive work environment.
Graduation from a college or university accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or Veterinary Medical Doctor degree.
Strong commitment to the Animal Allies Mission and Vision statements.
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
Must have willingness and ability to follow direction and work efficiently as part of a team environment.
Must have ability to communicate well and resolve conflict successfully.
Ability to define opportunities and challenges, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Provide input into animal behavior, temperament testing and behavioral modification techniques and positive reinforcement training.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally to a wide range of audiences including but not limited to the public, media, animal welfare organizations, and co-workers. Ability to effectively present information to staff, volunteers, and/or boards of directors. Must have strong focus on customer service, ability to resolve conflict successfully and a commitment to positive outcomes for pets and people.
Knowledge pertaining to animal health and wellbeing which includes nutritional needs, available resources; ability to identify animal species, breeds, ages and sexes. Must be willing to perform euthanasia according to organization policies.
Demonstrated proficiency in computer skills with internet and standard office applications.
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Minnesota, maintains a current DEA License for controlled substances.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations. Individuals may need to sit or stand as needed. May require walking primarily on a level surface for periodic periods throughout the day. Reaching above shoulder heights, below the waist or Lifting as required to file documents or store materials and provide care and supervision of domestic animals up to 150 lbs. throughout the workday. Proper lifting techniques required. Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations. Most work performed in animal shelter setting. Potential for exposure to zoonotic diseases and cleaning chemicals. Potential for exposure to dangerous and fractious animals. Potential exposure to high noise levels when in kennel area. Potential for animal bites and scratches while handling animals. The performance of this position may occasionally require exposure to animal shelter areas and interaction with domestic animals of varying temperaments which may require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses with side shields, protective gloves, and hearing protection. For the most part ambient room temperatures, lighting and traditional equipment as found in a typical Animal Care and Control facility.
About Animal Allies Humane Society
The mission of Animal Allies Humane Society is to ensure that every pet has a loving home. Care
protocols are not driven by clients but by compassion. We focus on Humane Education,
Diversion, and Adoption-driven Capacity to serve Duluth and the surrounding communities. Our
Shelter Veterinarians play a critical role in determining strategies and systems that ensure the
best in-shelter care and outcomes for pets and people. Animal Allies is recognized as one of the
top Adoption Centers for canines and felines in the state and nationally.
The Shelter Veterinarian will play a key role in all medical aspects of animal welfare including
diagnosis, treatment, and spay/neuter surgeries. This position will work closely and
collaboratively with the Practice Manager to assist in training and supervision of medical staff
including certified veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants. This position provides
leadership and technical expertise to the medical team and makes recommendations to Direct
Animal Care leadership for policy, protocol and decision making.