Are you ready to join a positive organization that empowers our team members to make a difference in the community? We currently have an opportunity for a shelter veterinarian. Although this individual would be responsible for the care of the shelter animals, the organization utilizes 24 hour facilities if care is required after hours. Come be part of a collaborative veterinary team!
The Shelter Veterinarian supports East Bay SPCA’s mission to eliminate overpopulation and improve animal welfare. The Shelter Veterinarian is responsible for providing comprehensive care, treatment and surgical services for the animals entering the East Bay SPCA shelters. This position provides guidance to staff and volunteers in relation to shelter medicine. The Shelter Veterinarian works closely with the medical support staff, shelter team, foster parents, volunteers and the clinical veterinary service team.
Category: Full-time, Exempt
Location: Oakland, Dublin; must be willing to travel between locations
Perform surgical procedures on shelter animals including, but not limited to, ovariohysterectomy, orchiectomy/castration, dewclaw removal, hernia repair, teeth extractions, tumor/lump removal, amputations and enucleations.
Ensure that appropriate medication is administered by veterinary staff within clinical and statutory requirements, and supervises the use and security of controlled drugs
Induce and maintain animals under anesthesia. Operate anesthetic machine and surgical monitoring equipment. Ensure that all animals are monitored while under anesthesia.
Implement and maintain medical record and drug use logs to established standards of veterinary and sheltering practices, ensuring that records are complete, accurate and compliant at all times
Regularly perform veterinary health care functions, including examination and treatment of sheltered animals, and aid in the evaluation of the disposition of sheltered and foster animals as needed, within established shelter animal and companion animal health protocols
Oversee the administration of medications and treatments to shelter animals, ensuring they are completed and monitored appropriately
Explain medical needs to potential adopters and foster parents and conduct follow-up appointments as needed
Work collaboratively with the Behavior and Training Manager and other shelter leaders to ensure highest level of behavioral health of shelter animals
Perform in-house walkthroughs with shelter management team as needed at both facilities and conduct rounds with medical support team
Maintain up-to-date knowledge of shelter animal health protocols, surgical procedures and companion animal health issues
Maintain medical records for sheltered animals during rounds and collaborate with the shelter medical support team
Work collaboratively with the shelter management team to ensure the daily administration of the shelter disease control program
Ensure that quality client care is provided to staff and volunteers. Provides guidance to staff for situations regarding immediate problem solving
Consult with specialists on specific medical cases when appropriate.
Euthanize and/or assist with euthanasia of animals as needed in accordance with East Bay SPCA policies and procedures and California state law. Provide necropsy services when needed
Assist in the development and implementation of goals, policies and procedures in regards to the animals at East Bay SPCA facilities
Limited rotation, in the veterinary clinic and spay/neuter facilities performing surgery and examinations of client-owned animals only as need.
Assist with emergency and disaster response as needed.
Prioritize cases to ensure shelter animals receive care in a timely manner
Oversee the shelter medical support team
Regularly review shelter protocols and updates as needed
Provide medical training to shelter staff as needed
Conduct euthanasia certification training
Attend meetings as needed
Attend community events to provide education and advice to community members on the proper care of animals.
Work collaboratively with the VP of Medical Services to create the annual medical support budget
Manage the medical support budget to ensure fiduciary responsibility within the department
Ensure accurate records are entered and maintained in the shelter management and veterinary clinic software systems
Participate in writing educational materials and articles for East Bay SPCA
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and a valid California Veterinary License
Must possess, or have the ability to obtain a DEA license within 60 days of hire
Must use fear-free handling methods and become Fear Free Certified within 90 days of hire
Must have a valid California Driver’s License and insurable driving record for occasional patient transport and driving between campuses in East Bay SPCA’s vehicles
A minimum of two years-experience working in a shelter is desired
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients, volunteers, fosters and staff both verbally and in writing
Ability to work cooperatively with the shelter staff and management team
Computer literate in a Windows environment; proficient in Microsoft Office Applications
Ability to work independently and to work collegially with other managers and technicians in order to accomplish daily tasks, as well as meet strategic goals
Demonstrated track record of managing priorities with positive results
Desire to thrive in a high volume, fast paced environment
Extended periods of standing, stretching and bending. Must be able to lift 50 pounds independently due to lifting animals for examinations and surgeries
Ability to perform repeated hand movements in surgery without accommodation
Work may be performed in an animal shelter environment with exposure to seasonal outdoor conditions. Noise exposure varies, and there may be contact with animal waste and smells
Weekend work is required. Occasional holiday and evening work may be required. Shelter animals needing overnight or after-hours care are transferred to emergency clinic partners.
Animal contacts and related injuries, including bites and scratches, may occur
About East Bay SPCA
The East Bay SPCA has been committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in the communities we serve since 1874. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. The East Bay SPCA’s veterinary services clinics are a cut above the rest. In 2015, we achieved accreditation from the American Veterinary Hospital Association (AAHA), placing us in the top 12% of veterinary clinics nationwide. The East Bay SPCA has long realized that the solution to the plight of homeless pets is not only more adoption homes, but access to spay and neuter surgery. The East Bay SPCA was one of the first animal welfare organizations in our community to direct that no animal would leave our facility unaltered. Since 1998, we have performed more than 150,000 surgeries! Our veterinarians and veterinary staff have seen it all: working with shelter animals as well as a healthy practice of privately owned animals.