We are seeking a Lead Veterinarian for the Northwest Spay & Neuter Center which provides spay, neuter, wellness and dentistry services to income qualified homes and local animal welfare agencies. Northwest Spay & Neuter Center is the largest spay and neuter center in Washington state providing over 15,000 surgeries and over 3,500 wellness exams per year.
Who you are:
An inclusive leader of people who provide comprehensive high-volume high-quality services to companion animals.
A well-rounded veterinarian with experience in HQHVSN, dentistry and/or shelter environments.
You care about animals AND their human companions.
You practice “We” thinking and recognize that teamwork is the key to success.
You’re excited to expand services and locations to bring new programs to more communities.
You want to be part of a dynamic hands-on leadership team, developing staff and programs, in addition to performing veterinary services.
You bring an incredibly positive attitude to active, fast-paced environments, setting the tone for the team, clients and visitors.
You know when to coach your team to encourage development and when to step in with expertise.
What you’ll be doing:
Lead, train, coach, schedule, and problem-solve medical support staff, encouraging a collaborative and kind working environment.
Assist the Director of Veterinary Services in the development of new programs and maintenance of current practices, medical support staff, and volunteer training programs.
Prepare, review, verify and maintain proper records of work performance and timekeeping of medical support staff and clinic operations.
Lead medical support team in providing, and regularly perform, high-quality high-volume spay, neuter, wellness and dentistry services. Guide and perform exams, inductions, surgeries, anesthesia, dental x-rays and prophylaxis, anesthetic recovery, and preventative medicine.
Support and promote Fear Free and similar animal handling practices within the clinic.
Supervise the euthanasia and or euthanize animals as to AVHS policy (infrequent).
Maintain proper records of animal care, medical charting and record-keeping in-line with current standards of care.
Oversee the scheduling of surgical, wellness, and dentistry appointments.
Manage and perform all services and requirements associated with site-specific controlled drug administration, in accordance with DEA licensure.
Assist the Director of Veterinary Services with development and implementation of an annual business plan, strategic plan, and budget to include, but not limited to, strategies to increase productivity and efficiency within the clinic and promote AVHS workplace culture.
Prepare monthly and annual departmental reports as they relate to program metrics.
Evaluate the risks associated with each program and take appropriate action to mitigate the risks associated with the program.
Create program materials (policies and procedures, applications, handbooks, trainings, etc.).
Regularly audit and evaluate programs to ensure clinic medical programs are targeted appropriately.
What you’ll need to be successful (minimum requirements):
DVM; licensed to practice in the State of Washington.
Current or eligible for DEA licensure.
Valid driver’s license with access to reliable transportation; ability to meet AVHS insurance requirements and appropriately operate AVHS vehicles in accordance with policy.
Ability to handle and assess potentially dangerous or fractious dogs and cats.
Proficient (or willing and able within one year) in all aspects of high quality, high volume, spay & neuter (HQHVSN), dentistry, and the knowledge and delivery of preventative medicine topics and care based on organizational policy.
Demonstrated experience in leading a diverse staff in a positive, friendly, collaborative, and inclusive manner.
Ability to engage with animals and humans who may be having a hard day with a commitment to quality care.
Strong communication skills to demonstrate professionalism, courtesy, tact, compassion, and sound judgment to your coworkers and community members.
Strong interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations.
Experience developing and implementing policies and procedures.
Available outside of regularly scheduled hours in a leadership role promoting support staff and operational success.
Able to work flexible hours, which may include weekends and some evenings.
Proficiency with Microsoft and clinic software programs; able to use effectively and guide others when needed.
Frequent ability to stand, walk or sit for extended periods of time; hear sufficiently; reach, bend, or stoop, regularly lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
This position works daily in a spay, neuter, wellness, and surgery clinic. This position will come in direct contact with animals and will be exposed to animal related smells and sounds.
What we’d love if you had (preferred requirements):
Experience with shelter software (ClinicHQ).
Multiple years of HQHVSN, dentistry and/or shelter environment experience.
Supervisory experience; especially of teams >20.
Experience opening / starting a new operation or location.
Program development experience.
What you can expect working here:
A positive team-focused culture of support and belonging.
Professional growth and development including training, raises, promotions, and paid continuing education.
A robust benefits plan including:
Health insurance for you at no cost
Paid Time Off (PTO)
10 paid holidays per year (1 is your birthday!)
Employer matched 401K contributions up to 3%
Employee Assistance Program accessible 24/7
Reduced cost employee pet wellness program
Professional organizational memberships (AVMA, WSVMA, ASV)
Professional Liability coverage
Veterinary and DEA License renewal coverage
Employer Eligibility for Public Student Loan Forgiveness
Auburn Valley Humane Society (AVHS) and all parts of its organization, including Northwest Spay & Neuter Center and the Thrift Store, is committed to an inclusive work environment that is full of opportunity for all, with a workforce that reflects the region’s diversity. At the core of it all, our approach is shaped by a strong respect for people. AVHS provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, status as an individual with a disability, genetics, status as a protected veteran, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or for inquiring about, discussing, or disclosing information about compensation or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need. AVHS uses E-Verify to verify the ability of all new employees to legally work in the United States. If you need assistance or an accommodation in the application process, please contact us.
Auburn Valley Humane Society and Northwest Spay & Neuter Center enrich the lives of companion animals and people through animal sheltering, programs and community engagement. Together, we strive to be a model of excellence in animal welfare.
We recognize our employees are our most important resource and the basis for our success. We respect and seek to empower each individual and support the diverse perspectives, skills, experiences and cultures within our workforce. We work hard, and we have fun. Join us!