Job Summary: Be part of changing the world by doing what you love! Come work for an organization located in vibrant Washington, D.C. that drives innovation and national collaboration in the realm of animal welfare. The Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA), a celebrated leader in animal welfare, seeks a Spay / Neuter Veterinarian. Veterinarians receive a continuing education allowance of $1,500 and are eligible for a $5,000 annual student loan repayment stipend. HRA will pay for and help facilitate DC veterinary and controlled substance licenses and AVMA PLIT.
Help rebuild our medical team and be part of a mission-oriented organization committed to changing the landscape of animal welfare. Donor support allows HRA to invest in up-to-date medical equipment including digital radiographs; IDEXX equipment for in-house CBC and chemistry panels; microscopes including one dual-head microscope; digital dental radiographs; ultrasound; and three surgical suites all for use in providing the best treatment to shelter and community animals.
HRA offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. Working for a 501(c)3 organization may help you qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Join a positive and rewarding work culture with excellent support. For more information on this exciting job opportunity, please visit www.humanerescuealliance.org/careers.
Duties and Responsibilities: • Perform up to 25 spay / neuter surgeries per day for shelter animals, community cats, and client-owned pets using high-quality, high-volume efficiency techniques. • Complete other general practice-type surgeries such as mass removals and dental procedures. • Provide medical care for the animals listed above, including but not limited to preanesthetic exams and post-operative instructions for surgery patients. • Mentor and work alongside surgical technicians on surgical prep, anesthesia monitoring and recovery. • Assist in identifying animals in need of emergency intervention and specialist consultations. • Uphold the mission of HRA by adhering to organizational policies, procedures and values. • Assist in the development, implementation, and revision of goals, policies, and procedures for HRA. • Educate clients, adopters, and the general public on sterilization protocols and related topics. • Maintain an understanding of the programs of HRA and work collaboratively with all departments across the organization to ensure the highest level of service and care are provided to animals and people. • Maintain medical records and controlled substance logs to standards of veterinary and sheltering practices and organizational SOPs; ensure that records are in order and complete and maintained in organizational systems; provide information in a manner understandable by adopters. • Communicate professionally and provide excellent customer service to a diverse range of public clients in person, by phone, and via written communication. • Coordinate and collaborate with local veterinarians and clinic/shelter professionals to promote positive and productive relationships; participate in arranging for care at private veterinary hospitals as needed. • Work with the Humane Law Enforcement team to properly assess, document and treat animals who are part of law enforcement cases. • Perform euthanasia according to established protocols including decision making requirements. • Maintain continuing education requirements and up-to-date knowledge of surgical procedures, shelter animal health protocols, and companion animal health issues. • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned.
Qualifications and Requirements: • Knowledge of and ability to provide general veterinary medicine and care. • Knowledge of and ability to perform high-quality, high-volume spay / neuter (up to 25 spays / neuters per day). • Knowledge of animal behavior, shelter operations, and infectious disease control. • No sanctions with the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners • Passion for the HRA mission, and for caring for all animals regardless of age, breed, temperament or species. • Ability to work effectively, both independently and in a team environment, in an atmosphere of multiple projects, shifting priorities, and deadline pressures. • Ability to be flexible, detail oriented and able to prioritize. • A team-oriented and collaborative approach to work, with an ability to bring out the best in peers • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. • Proficient at use of computer programs including Microsoft Office programs, email, Internet and database management software to efficiently accomplish work.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment: • Ability to work weekends, holiday shifts, and evenings. • Ability to be comfortable working with cats, dogs, small animals, reptiles, fish and wildlife. • Work is performed in a shelter medical center setting and outdoors. • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate • Due to nature of shelter work, may be exposed to deceased, fractious, or aggressive animals; hostile or irate persons; zoonotic or other diseases; unpleasant noises, odors, or sights; and extreme temperatures. • Ability to lift 50 pounds unassisted regularly, 50+ pounds assisted. • Ability to perform strenuous physical activity on a daily basis, including but not limited to: lifting and carrying, reaching, stooping, squatting and bending, walking and standing on feet. • Exposure to disinfectant and bleach solutions when cleaning.
Education and Experience: • Current valid license to practice veterinary medicine in the District of Columbia or willingness to pursue a D.C. license. • Current DC Controlled Substance license or willingness to obtain one. • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university.
About Humane Rescue Alliance
The Humane Rescue Alliance cares for more than 60,000 animals annually. The broad range of programs offered include: rescue and adoption, humane law enforcement, low-cost veterinary services, animal care & control, behavior and training, spay-neuter services, humane education, and many others. Operating three animal-care facilities in Washington, D.C., the organization occupies a significant footprint in the District, and serves as a resource to current pet guardians and prospective adopters across the region.