Routt County Humane Society (RCHS) has a position available for a Shelter Veterinarian. This is a full-time, exempt position. The Shelter Veterinarian provides high-quality medical care to shelter animals, including spay/neuter, treatment of various medical conditions as well as low cost veterinary services to community pets. (S)he assists in developing, advancing, and implementing shelter medicine protocols and delivers and ensures medical treatment of all animals seen in the shelter and through the community wellness clinic.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Shelter Medicine Duties:
Works to ensure the best possible environment and outcomes for shelter animals.
Provides medical services to all shelter animals, including physical examinations, diagnostics, medical rounds and treatment.
Ensures appropriate medication is administered by shelter veterinary staff as directed.
Provides on-call services for shelter animal emergencies.
Assists in the development and/or review of sanitation, treatment, and euthanasia protocols.
Assists in the prevention and control of disease in sheltered animals.
Maintains appropriate licensing and completes required continuing education courses. Adheres to state regulations and organizational protocol regarding animal care, treatment, advocacy and the mission of RCHS.
Wellness Clinic Duties:
Provides quality preventative medicine to the community.
Educates clients about the value of preventative care such as heartworm and flea prevention.
Provides veterinary care for minor illness, injuries and surgeries.
Vaccinates pets against rabies and other disease, implants microchips and performs other veterinary procedures.
Provides excellent customer service and care to clients.
Works and communicates with other veterinarians and technicians to provide the best medical care.
Participates in interviews for openings in Veterinary Operations.
Conducts scheduled performance appraisals and provides counseling and training as appropriate.
Assists in the development and oversight of the clinic budget.
Provides general supervision to technicians performing vaccinations and treatment of animals.
Provides clinical supervision to technicians assisting with surgery.
Ensures clinic supplies are ordered and inventoried.
Oversees the maintenance of shelter drug and supply inventory while meeting and maintaining DEA and DORA standards.
Actively participates as a member of the management team; attends applicable meetings.
Maintains effective communication with staff through daily contact, in scheduled meetings, informally or in writing, as needed to coordinate and direct medical functions of the shelter and wellness clinic.
Current license in the State of Colorado to practice veterinary medicine.
Current DEA license.
Minimum of two years’ experience in shelter medicine with high volume spay/neuter experience.
Effective written and verbal communications skills.
Proven organizational, time management, and planning skills required.
Ability to communicate skillfully and effectively with a culturally diverse staff, volunteers, and community in a professional, pleasant, and respectful manner always.
Maturity with ability to use good judgment and display a professional manner.
Ability to foster a positive work environment. Be viewed as a motivator and leader. Experience in molding and developing staff into a cohesive team while holding employees accountable for job performance.
Standing for extended periods of time.
Exposure to high noise levels.
Ability to lift 50 pounds.
Subject to animal bites and scratches.
Exposure to hazardous chemicals.
The salary budgeted for this position is $80,000. Performance reviews are annual after the first year with employee development programs. Benefits include PTO/vacation time; health, dental and vision insurance; Simple IRA retirement program with employer contribution; access to low-cost veterinary care through the RCHS veterinarian and discounts for certain brands of pet food and pet medications. This position also has access to training and continuing-education programs internally with RCHS and through approved external industry sources.
RCHS is an At-Will employer. This job description is not intended to be exhaustive of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job. Duties, responsibilities, or qualifications may change at any time, with or without notice. This is not a contract for employment.
Equal Opportunity Employer
We do not discriminate on the grounds of age, race, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or any class protected by law.
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About Routt County Humane Society
Routt County Humane Society (RCHS) is located in beautiful Steamboat Springs, CO, approximately 3 hours from Denver, CO. An open admission animal shelter, RCHS takes in approximately 700 animals per year and provides animal related services and programs throughout Routt County. In addition to providing services to shelter pets, RCHS has also assisted community pets by offering grant funded spay/neuters and financial assistance to low income families.