The Animal Protection League seeks a licensed veterinarian to provide high-quality veterinary medical and surgical care for the shelter animals at the Stockton Animal Shelter. This position reports to the Veterinarian Manager of the Animal Protection League and works collaboratively with the Stockton Animal Shelter management and staff.
Essential Duties and Functions:
Veterinary Medical Care
Tend to all health and related aspects of care for shelter animals at the Stockton Animal Shelter, including but not limited to, vaccinations, administration of medication, testing, medical evaluations, humane health care, euthanasia and disease prevention in the shelter.
Perform surgical procedures on shelter animals, as needed (for example, spay/neuter, hernia repair, tumor removals and ocular procedures).
Lead daily medical rounds and organize treatment plans for shelter animals.
Work with RVTs to develop a comprehensive spay/neuter plan in conjunction with current surgery schedule.
Offer consistent leadership and coaching for the medical care team and animal shelter staff, and sustain a strong commitment to teamwork, high professional standards and continuing development among all shelter employees.
Comply with all laws pertaining to controlled drugs.
Enhance professional knowledge and skills.
Participate in daily medical rounds during shelter medicine shifts.
Maintain surgical and medical records.
Work cooperatively with across departments and with SAS shelter partners.
Perform other duties as assigned and assist with special projects as needed.
Accurate Reporting & Documentation
Ensure medical record keeping is up to date and completed accurately and appropriately.
Maintain Chameleon database to ensure accurate recording of medical records on computerized patient charts (including, for example, treatments, examinations, test results, surgeries and outcomes) and other records as may be required by local and state laws.
Provide lead direction to staff in regards to medical treatment plans and medical records and ensure that medical summaries are properly prepared for animals requiring additional documentation.
Ensure compliance with applicable laws, including those pertaining to controlled drugs.
Act as a liaison between departments.
Collaborate with administrative staff to ensure proper collection of data.
Participate in SAS staff development through teaching, mentoring and training.
Keeps staff informed on latest relevant medical techniques and information and encourages stimulating interchange of medical knowledge.
Client and Community Services
Investigate and respond to medical concerns and complaints internally and externally, and report results.
As requested by Supervisor provide internal and external community veterinary education.
Ensure decisions, policies and procedures are effectively communicated.
Facilitate good working relationships through teamwork and collaboration.
Maintain effective communication with staff through daily contact in scheduled meetings, daily medical rounds, informally or in writing as needed.
Ensure a safe work environment by following all safety guidelines and modeling safe work practices.
Take immediate action to address any safety concerns that could put a staff member, volunteer, customer, animal, or the organization at risk.
Maintain a clean, healthy, and sanitary work area; follow all pest and rodent control protocols.
? Work cooperatively with all volunteers and recognize the talent and commitment they bring to the Stockton Animal Shelter and the APL.
Diversity and Inclusiveness
Work effectively with individuals and colleagues from diverse communities and cultures.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment:
Regularly stands, bends, stoops and crouches while seeing patients.
Regularly performs spay and neuter surgeries.
Frequently lifts, carries animals weighing up to 50 pounds.
Frequently exposed to animals under stress.
Regularly sits at computer stations and operates electronic equipment.
Consistently exposed to animals in the workplace and animal allergens under conditions with limited alternatives available.
Education and Experience:
Graduated from an accredited veterinary medical college – DVM or equivalent.
Licensed to practice in the State of California.
Experience in high volume spay/neuter clinic and/or post graduate surgical training.
Experience with Shelter Medicine and herd health preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Commitment to the mission, values, goals, and success of the Animal Protection League.
Demonstrated aptitude in clinical medicine and surgery.
Experience in animal welfare and shelter operations a plus.
Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing in a diverse range of audiences and settings.
Excellent communication skills including ability to mediate conflicts and give/receive feedback
Working the hours necessary to accomplish targeted responsibilities.
Delegating responsibility, achieving and measuring results with team members.
Practices excellent quality medicine and upholds the veterinary code of ethics.
Salary and Benefits:
The salary for this position depends on the length and breadth of experience. Eligible for full benefits package including: paid time off, medical, dental & vision insurance.
The APL requires pre-employment drug testing and background check. The APL is an at-will employer.
About Animal Protection League, Friends of the Stockton Animal Shelter
The mission of the Animal Protection League is to support the Stockton Animal Shelter and the community it serves.