Adams County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center (ACASAC) is an open-admissions, municipal shelter, taking in over 5,000 animals per year. ACASAC is committed to providing compassionate and humane care for animals and promoting the cause of animal welfare within our community. The shelter is located in Brighton, Colorado and will be breaking ground on a brand new shelter facility within the next two years. ACASAC is seeking a skilled and compassionate, full-time Veterinarian to provide quality medical care for shelter animals and to support advancement of the shelter's mission.
Reporting to the Animal Shelter Executive Director, the Veterinarian will lead the Health Care team in providing a range of veterinary care services in accordance with best practices and State and Federal requirements. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate and engage with shelter staff members, animal management officers, patrons, and other community stakeholders. The Veterinarian will directly supervise shelter veterinary technicians and provide medical advisement for the shelter's foster care program.
CLOSING DATE: 07/17/17 4:30 PM MOUNTAIN
EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Complete examinations, daily rounds, and provide treatment plans for shelter animals.
Perform animal surgeries, including regular spay/neuter and dentals, as well as enucleations, mass removals, dental extractions, soft tissue damage repair, and orthopedic procedures/amputations.
Conduct emergency triage and stabilize ill and injured animals.
Provide examination, documentation, and expert testimony (as needed) in cases involving animal neglect or abuse.
Communicate medical-related information to new adopters, veterinarians, and transfer partners.
Provide direct supervision for veterinary technicians and veterinary interns.
Provide medical guidance and support for the shelter's foster care program.
Regularly review and update medical care and disease control protocols and standard operating procedures.
Foster positive working relationships with animal control officers, local veterinarians, rescues and metro shelter partners.
Assist with coordinating and administering vaccinations during public clinics.
Perform necropsies and provide reports to animal control agencies and/or the health department as needed.
Perform humane euthanasia and provide staff training and certification on the euthanasia processes.
Maintain appropriate licensing and continuing education course requirements.
Oversee the secure use of and record keeping for controlled substances in accordance with DEA, state, and federal regulations.
Maintain patient records through consistent and accurate documentation, utilizing shelter's operating software.
Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required.
Exercises direct supervision over staff.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated surgical and medical assessment skills.
Ability to perform high-volume spay/neuter procedures, while maintaining excellence in patient care.
Skill, interest, and experience performing dental cleanings and extractions.
Training and ability to perform safe and humane animal handling and restraint.
Solid understanding of herd health and effective disease management practices in a shelter setting.
Working knowledge of animal behavior and force-free training techniques.
Highly organized and detail-orientated with the ability to prioritize.
Excellent written and spoken communication skills; ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to use sound judgment in sensitive situations.
Ability to manage a fast-paced, fluid, and emotionally charged environment.
Proven leadership abilities and/or people management experience.
Must be willing to support and communicate Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center policies and decisions.
Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Ability to use shelter operating software (Chameleon ®) to accurately record medical notes.
Proficient in Microsoft Office programs.
At least three (3) years of experience as a practicing Veterinarian with at least one (1) year practicing shelter medicine in a high volume spay/neuter environment required.
Interest and experience with dentistry strongly preferred.
Interest and experience with managing people strongly preferred.
Education and Training: Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
License or Certificate:
Current Colorado veterinary license, (or the ability to obtain one in a relatively short period of time), and a clean practice record required.
DEA license required.
Membership in a veterinary medical association or veterinary alliance strongly preferred.
Background Check: Must pass a criminal background check.
Work is performed in shelter surgery suite, throughout shelter and in internal office settings.
Exposure to high noise levels, zoonotic diseases, potentially fearful/fractious animals and/or animal bites/scratches.
Exposure to cleaning agents, fumes, dust, dander and feces.
Work can be emotionally taxing.
Frequent lifting and restraining of animals of various sizes and weight.
Frequent computer use.
Potential for standing, walking, sitting for extended periods of time. Bending, reaching, squatting, kneeling, pulling, pushing, and cleaning.
Regular animal handling and restraint; handling surgical instruments, syringes and needles.
Repetitive motion associated with medical and surgical care.
Salary is dependent upon qualifications. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Some evenings and weekends will be required.
Additional Salary Information: Adams County provides a comprehensive benefit package to part-time employees (30-39 hours per week) and regular full-time employees (40 hours per week). Our benefit package includes the following:
2 weeks’ paid vacation per year
11 paid holidays per year
96 hours of sick leave in first year
Basic Term Life Insurance Policy
Deferred Compensation Plan
Flexible Spending Cafeteria Plan
Free onsite employee Health Clinic
Free onsite Fitness Center
Elective Employee Benefit Programs
Aflac Supplemental Medical Insurance
Credit Union Membership
Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
Employee Training and Management Development
Long Term Disability Policy
Optional Term Life Insurance
Tuition Reimbursement Program
Recreation Center Discounts
Why Work for Adams County?
Be a Part of Something Great
We hire exceptional people and give them a multitude of top-notch opportunities to grow, expand their capabilities and reach their full potential. We invest in their education and development, resulting in experienced, intelligent and dedicated colleagues. Adams County has a customer service-focused culture that offers employees exciti...ng and dynamic challenges to build successful careers they can be proud of, now and in the future. We are committed to hiring people who value a positive work environment, servant leadership, teamwork, transparency, and credibility.
Adams County is located in the northern metropolitan area of Denver. It ranks among the top five largest counties in the state and is projected to be the fastest growing county in the metro Denver area over the next two decades. With a population close to 450,000 residents, it is home to the cities of Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Northglenn and Thornton; the town of Bennett and portions of Arvada, Aurora, Lochbuie and Westminster. The county offers a professional business climate, a diverse labor pool, affordable land, a wide range of housing opportunities and community amenities and boasts a high quality of life for residents.
While employees have their own unique reasons for working here, we've given the matter some serious thought. After talking to a range of people from new employees to long-term employees, below are some common reasons employees give for working for Adams County:
• Challenging and rewarding work
• Collaborative team environment
• Employee recognition programs
• Enviable holiday / vacation benefits
• Fair and thorough recruitment process
• Friendly and helpful coworkers
• Generous salary and benefit package
• Growing county and community
• Only 20 minutes from Denver
• Stable organization with a 100-year history
• Effective sustainability and environmental responsibility
• Valuable health and wellness programs
• Wide range of career opportunities and advancement potential
Benefits of Adams County
Adams County provides a comprehensive benefit package to part-time employees (30-39 hours per week) and regular full-time employees (40 hours per week). Our benefit package includes the following:
• Aflac Supplemental Medical Insurance
• Basic Term Life Insurance Policy
• Credit Union Membership
• Deferred Compensation Plan
• Dental Plans
• Elective Employee Benefit Programs
• Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
• Employee Training and Management Development
• Flexible Spending Cafeteria Plan
• Long Term Disability Policy
• Medical Plans
• Onsite Medical Clinic
• Onsite Workout Center
• Optional Term Life Insurance
• Recreation Center Discounts
• Retirement Plan
• Tuition Reimbursement Program
• Vision Plan
• Wellness Program