At Nevada Humane Society, our goals are simple: our mission is to care for pets, find them homes, and save lives because we believe that all pets deserve a happy, healthy life. If you have a passion for lifesaving and high-volume spay/neuter, we invite you to apply for the role of Shelter Veterinarian with Nevada Humane Society.
A veterinarian for Nevada Humane Society (“NHS”) is responsible for working with a team of veterinarians to continually develop and maintain day-to-day operations of a comprehensive shelter medicine program and public spay/neuter program for a full service animal shelter, including but not limited to: (1) diagnosis and treatment of animals throughout the shelter (2) caring for sick and injured animals; (3) surgically sterilizing adopted animals and animal owned by the public; (4) working with adopters to ensure that their pets stay healthy and stay in their homes through post-adoption intervention; (5) performing emergency surgical procedures as required; (6) providing leadership, direction, guidance and training for veterinary support staff and other shelter staff.
Essential Job Functions:
· Monitor the condition of animals in the shelter and address any conditions which would warrant care, including daily rounds in the shelter and clinic.
· Perform physical exams on animals upon intake and as needed, and diagnose and prescribe treatment for sick and injured animals in the shelter.
· Perform high-volume spay/neuter surgeries and additional surgery as necessary on shelter animals. Additional surgeries include but are not limited to dentistry, enucleations, exploratory laparotomies, orthopedics, tumor removal, amputations, etc.
· Provide emergency medical care as needed, including but not limited to IV catheter placement, emergency surgery, etc.
· Provide leadership, direction, guidance and training for veterinary technicians and other support staff.
· Maintain comprehensive computerized medical records for medical management and surveillance of illness within the shelter.
· Assist with coordination and supervision of NHS-sponsored veterinary clinics, e.g., low cost spay/neuter and vaccination of public animals and free roaming cats.
· Adhere to a comprehensive health care program with the following components - environmental sanitation, record-keeping, disease surveillance, physical examinations, vaccination, parasite control, disease testing, disease treatment, surgery, nutrition, outbreak response, and environmental enrichment for animals in the shelter and in foster homes.
· Educate staff and volunteers regarding animal disease.
· Promote a caring attitude toward all animals and treat them humanely and compassionately at all times, regardless of circumstances, including those that are sick, injured, feral or aggressive.
· Treat people (staff, volunteers, and the public) with respect and courtesy.
· Foster a spirit of teamwork and perform duties in a manner that assists NHS in the achievement of its goals and encourages community support of its work.
· Work cooperatively with managers and other key staff.
· Participate in collaborative programs with the Truckee Meadows Veterinary Technician Program.
· Be available for rotating on-call schedule with all veterinarians for emergencies as needed.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
· DVM degree from an accredited university required
· Experience with high-volume spay/neuter and dentistry preferred
· Experience working in an animal shelter or TNR program preferred
· Nevada veterinary license or ability to obtain a Nevada license within 30 days
· Valid CA or NV Driver’s license and ability to pass Nevada Humane Society Motor Vehicle Report criteria. Current auto insurance.
· NHS is open seven days a week, as animals need daily care. Availability and a willingness to work a flexible schedule are a plus.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
· Excellent veterinary and supervisory skills
· Ability to help build and work within a cohesive and positive team, which is customer-service and animal-oriented
· Self-starter who is well organized, innovative, flexible and professionally motivated to develop and implement the goals, objectives and policies of NHS
· Exceptional interpersonal skills that can build bridges with the community and must be an effective communicator with the ability to speak to a variety of audiences
· Maturity, good judgment and a professional personal appearance
· Ability to remain pleasant and calm even in stressful situations
· Ability to ask appropriate questions to gather information along with the ability to feel and show empathy for others
· Physical ability to walk and/or stand on your feet throughout a normal workday.
· Physical ability to engage in repetitive motions of legs, arms, and hands, to hear, and to see.
· Allergic conditions, which would be aggravated when handling or working around animals, may be a disqualification.
**We want to make employees aware that from time to time we euthanize animals who are sick or injured. Also, from time to time we need to end the life of a dog who has displayed aggressive tendencies and who poses a risk to public safety or to the safety of other animals.
Additional Salary Information: Great benefit package offered: PTO and paid holidays, medical/dental/vision insurance, $1500 CE stipend, two paid professional dues, and paid licensing fees.
About Nevada Humane Society
Nevada Humane Society (NHS) is a charitable, non-profit organization and the only open-admission, no-kill shelter in the state of Nevada. Incorporated in 1932, it was originally created to address the suffering of local stray animals. In 2007, our Board of Directors changed the mission of the organization to one of lifesaving, promoting animal welfare while finding homes and providing care for homeless pets in Northern Nevada. In 2014, NHS expanded to include Carson City. In October 2016, we moved into a brand new shelter in Carson City, which will increase the number of lives saved in Northern Nevada. It’s an exciting time for homeless pets and animal lovers, as more than 100,000 animals have been placed into loving homes since our lifesaving mission began in 2007, and we are only continuing to grow.