To ensure that the animals at the shelter receive proper and timely medical care. This position coordinates with the care provided by the external veterinary partners and works in a highly collaborative manner with the Canine Manager, Feline Manager. Operations Director, and Executive
Director. This position is classified at full time and reports directly to the Operations Director.
● Lead role for medical care: Engage regularly and collaboratively with feline and canine managers, to discuss medical care for the animal at the shelter, as well as any incoming animals and animals in foster. Stays up to date with medical protocols to collaborate with vets and determine best
● Administration and Monitoring of Medications: Dispensing medications and establishing back up personnel for dispensing when not at the shelter. Ensuring that staff and select volunteers are trained properly on how to dispense medications. Ensure our prescriptions are filled in RX containers and corresponding medications sheets are complete with full duration, dose and dispensing instructions. Updating as needed following changes in medical treatment plans or depletion of quantity.
● Immunizations: Ensure that all immunizations are scheduled and administered in a timely manner; Producing reports from PetPoint as needed to identify what is due each week.
● Medical Treatment Plans and Check Ups: Identify medical care needs for shelter animals and ensure proper follow up is provided; Triage animals and decide when ER visit (VECM)is needed; Establish weekly schedule based on medical needs; Work with other staff managers to assess when unplanned check ups and urgent care need to be added to the schedule for current or new incoming animals; Maintain logs and inventory.
● Veterinary Services: Ensure adequate vet and technician coverage, making arrangements as needed to ensure that there are no extended periods when a vet is unable to be present at the shelter; Primary contact for communications with veterinarians in the shelter. Establish a source of “backup” vets and techs who the shelter can turn to when regular veterinary services are not available. Will be the primary technician for vets to accomplish surgeries and exams.
● Maintain and communicate the surgery schedule.
● Take care of shipping and receiving of laboratory supplies, specimens and inventory.
● Compile and issue the weekly Vetting Report.
● Medical Supplies & Specialty Food
○ Maintain inventory and order supplies when needed
○ Conducting expired drug inventory four (4) times a year
○ Ensure there is sufficient surgical/medical supplies
○ Order rabies tags
○ Log control substances
○ Sharps disposal
● Medical Records/Documentation
○ Ensuring proper documentation is entered and maintained in the system.
○ Send info to staff with updates on the cases for the day
○ Adding indemnity waivers to the records of animals with special needs.
● Medical Room Maintenance
○ Ensuring that:
■ the medical room is organized and clean
■ instruments are clean and medical packs are prepared
■ autoclave is working properly.
■ machine maintenance is completed on time
● Strong veterinary technician knowledge and skills. Surgical experience required.
● Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work effectively with veterinarians, fellow staff, volunteers, and the public, and knows how to adapt interaction approaches to fit specific situations.
● Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
● Multiple distractions, need for constant reprioritizing to meet physical and medical needs of animals in our care, the need for constant care and relationship building between staff, foster providers, volunteers, adopters, and veterinarians.
● Needs to handle difficult situations diplomatically and with discretion. Multiple and simultaneous demands from people and animals, exposure to animals with varying physical and behavioral problems, subject to potential injury (animal and/or human source), contact with difficult people and clients, frequent heavy lifting, and exposure to emotionally draining situations.
● Ability to safely handle and restrain cats, dogs for exams and medical procedures. Must be competent in handling and restraining aggressive animals.
● Proficient in computer skills and learning.
● Strong resource management skills; Provides direction with timely and effective feedback to employees.
● Complete duties assigned from management that are not on the above job description are
expected to be completed in a timely manner.
Pay Structure:$25 per hour
Paid time off
Schedule:40 Hours per week - occasional weekends with flexible schedule.
Limited, pre-scheduled weekend community medicine clinic coverage
Director of Veterinary Services
The Salem Animal Rescue League (SARL) saves the lives of abandoned, neglected and injured animals by providing a safe haven, compassionate care and new permanent homes for them.
We are looking for a Veterinarian to join our leadership team, help transform our organization and realize our strategic vision:
To be the premier Regional animal shelter recognized for:
Personalized adoption services enabling a healthy match between animals and family
Excellence in animal welfare
Broad community partnership with sustainable financial stewardship
If you are an entrepreneurial individual who enjoys new and creative opportunities, this could be the role for you.
The Veterinarian has complete responsibility for all aspects regarding the health and well-being of our shelter animals, from incoming medical examinations to preventative and emergency care. He/She will have full oversight of the medical staff including staffing, training and development. In addition, the Veterinarian will develop, maintain and expand our Community Medicine outreach programs, working with local communities to evaluate needs and opportunities. He/She is also fiscally responsible for the complete medical budget.
As a member of the leadership team -
Collaborate with the Executive Director in the formulation of shelter medical objectives, practices, plans and decisions that influence operations to ensure optimal health of animals.
Provides regular updates to the SARL Board of Directors regarding medical status, initiatives, and Community Medicine outreach programs.
Takes part in long term planning regarding shelter vision and objectives, staffing, facilities, including plans for new / remodeled buildings to best fit animal needs.
Develop an animal enrichment program and instill into the overall culture.
Identifies and helps to resolve challenges facing the shelter, internally and externally.
Treats people and animals with respect, contributes to effective teamwork; promotes intra-and inter-departmental cooperation; and fosters public relations beneficial to SARL.
Performs the duties of a Veterinarian of Record.
Coordinates and directs shelter medical operations and ensures sound veterinary medical practices.
Provides training for staff on techniques and animal health, oversees testing.
Leads the evaluation of shelter medical protocols.
Continually improves the medical management program.
Ensures high-quality medical care and services for shelter animals, including those in temporary foster care.
Focus on identification, treatment, and prevention of health problems.
Oversees the maintenance of shelter drug and supply inventory while meeting and maintaining DEA requirements.
SARL offers a competitive salary and health, dental, vision and retirement plans. Continuing Educations allowance, and the organization will pay for NH and DEA licenses.
Per diem available
Valid license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of New Hampshire
Valid DEA License
Effective written and verbal communication skills
Experience in managing staff and budgets
Experience with community medicine (spay/neuter services & clinics) preferred
Shelter experience preferred
Experience with Pet Point Software is desired
Commensurate with experience
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