POSITION SUMMARY: The Staff Veterinarian provides medical and surgical care of shelter residents and client-owned patients of AWS’ Community Veterinary Clinic. The AWS clinic serves shelter pets, Trap-Neuter-Return cats, individual clients, Cleo Fund spay/neuter clients and animal rescue groups. The Staff Veterinarian is responsible for assisting the Director of Veterinary Medicine in the development and recommendation of medical and surgical protocols and assists in overseeing the establishment and implementation of approved policies and procedures for effective disease control, management and treatment.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Work collaboratively with the Director of Veterinary Medicine, Directors, Managers and Staff to meet program goals and fulfill the mission of AWS.
• Practice veterinary medicine from a shelter-centered as well as a traditional general practice perspective. Flexibility to practice in accordance with AWS policies and budget guidelines.
• Knowledge of the Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters desired.
• Responsible for enforcing and maintaining medical and surgical protocols and ensures AWS compliance with all applicable state and federal requirements. AWS protocols will follow shelter medicine best practices as closely as possible.
• Assist in planning and implementing a comprehensive shelter health care program. • Responsible for daily rounds to assess the health of all shelter animals, provide basic health exams, diagnosis and treatment as necessary.
• Provide emergency and non-emergency medical treatment of shelter animals, foster animals, and patients of the AWS clinic.
• Perform dental, orthopedic and soft tissue surgical procedures for shelter residents and AWS clinic patients.
• Perform spay/neuter surgeries on shelter and public animals, including pregnant animals.
• Work in conjunction with the behavior team to ensure the mental wellbeing of shelter residents.
• Provide diagnostics, treatment and follow-up care to client owned patients.
• Oversee the scheduling of outside veterinary resources for procedures not available at AWS.
• Provide a health certificate for any animal crossing state lines.
• Perform or supervise humane euthanasia as required.
• Supervise veterinary support staff and clinic volunteers to ensure consistent high quality care.
• Mentor and oversee Veterinary Technicians on animal examination techniques, shelter medicine protocols, surgical prep, anesthesia monitoring and recovery, including Veterinary Technician students as necessary.
• Ensure medical records are complete and accurate in a timely manner.
• Responsible for meeting DEA requirements and maintaining current licensure.
• Attend staff meetings as needed.
• Perform other various duties as assigned by the Director of Veterinary Medicine and the Executive Director.
About Animal Welfare Society
The Animal Welfare Society, located in West Kennebunk, Maine, is a private, non-profit humane society formed in the early 1960's. The founders included the late Mrs. Elmina B. Sewall and the late Mr. Donald Shepard who served as the Society's first President of the Board of Directors. In 1967, the Society became incorporated and has now expanded to a shelter of more than 13,000 square feet. Our service area for adoptions and other services extends throughout Southern Maine. We provide municipal shelter services to 21 communities representing a population of nearly 150,000.
Our mission statement reads: "The Animal Welfare Society, a non-profit organization, exists to provide humane shelter and care to companion animals temporarily in need of housing, to assist in disaster response, and to further the cause of responsible animal adoption and ownership through education and public awareness. The society actively promotes kindness, the elimination of cruelty to and neglect of all animals, and the lifelong commitment of people to their pets."
We accomplish these goals through the generosity of concerned citizens who contribute to our non-profit society through donations, pledges, ...membership and bequests. These funds go directly to the care of the animals and the many other programs we offer to the people and animals of our communities.