Northeast Animal Shelter (NEAS) is seeking a dedicated, caring and compassionate shelter veterinarian to join our team. If you have excellent technical, diagnostic, clinical, and surgical skills, as well as a natural ability to relate to our patients and staff, we want to hear from you. This individual is directly responsible for setting the standard of care and ensuring the delivery of high quality veterinary care to shelter animals in line with shelter medicine best practices. Additionally, this individual will support NEAS in all its programs and be a good steward in the community regarding the shelter’s mission and vision.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Responsible for veterinary care for all foster care animals and shelter animals residing at NEAS.
Provide training, oversight, mentoring, and consultation for technical and support staff; ensure that shelter staff participates in a comprehensive disease prevention program for the shelter
Maintain pharmacy/inventory (including controlled substances, regular orders and inventory); maintain and reconcile controlled drug log in accordance with DEA guidelines; assure accuracy as it relates to drug logs and submit reports within due dates.
Practice shelter medicine standards based on the Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters from the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare.
Provide comprehensive care to the extent possible and within reasonable financial constraints of the organization, including care to correct and treat illness that will render the animal adoptable. May include outsourcing surgical procedures that cannot be done in-house.
Work with operations director to ensure standard operating procedures related to veterinary medicine and animal care are well documented, up to date, and implemented by all staff and volunteers. Host learning opportunities for staff and volunteers.
Maintain impeccable records of all shelter animals: written charts, digital files, including treatments performed, vaccination histories, clinical findings, surgeries performed, etc., including health certificates as required by MA State Law.
Assist operations director with behavioral plans for animals in the shelter’s care. Experience with prescribing behavioral medication and monitoring animals on them is preferred.
Communicate with the public regarding adoption and surrendering when veterinary assistance or guidance is warranted, demonstrating professionalism and compassion
Act as a liaison on behalf of NEAS in maintaining positive, productive relationships with area veterinarians, state veterinary boards, and regulatory agencies as needed.
Able to perform spay and neuter sterilization on cats and dogs, while adhering to NEAS policies, including pediatric altering and late-term spays.
Mentor veterinary technicians & clinic staff on animal examination techniques, NEAS shelter medicine protocols, surgical prep, anesthesia monitoring, and recovery.
Attend management and staff meetings as needed.
Some administrative work may be necessary.
Other duties as assigned by director.
Qualifications and Requirements:
Graduation from an AVMA-accredited college or university with a DVM or VMD degree, plus at least 4 years’ experience in a veterinary hospital. Experience as a shelter veterinarian preferred.
Possess an active Massachusetts Veterinarian License in good standing at the time of hire.
Must have a current controlled substance license or be eligible to apply for one.
Strong spay/neuter skills; solid clinical, interpersonal and communication skills.
Ability to work effectively, both independently and in a team environment, in an atmosphere of multiple projects, shifting priorities, and deadlines. Ability to be flexible, detail oriented, and able to prioritize.
Must be current on shelter medicine best practices and committed to continued learning
Maintains a professional stance and encourages professionalism in all operations activities. Exhibits cordial, productive relationships with all staff and board members.
Must be able to work alone or with minimal supervision
May require lifting or carrying animals weighing up to 50 pounds and will require extensive mobility, including standing, walking, sitting, crouching and kneeling.
This job requires the ability to safely react to being pulled by large, active dogs.
Hectic work environment with multiple demands from staff, superiors, and daily needs of the animals in the care of NEAS.
May require working safely around sick, injured, unruly, vicious, or dangerous animals.
Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases.
About Northeast Animal Shelter
Northeast Animal Shelter (NEAS) is one of New England’s largest limited admission shelters for cats and dogs. Since 1976, NEAS has saved the lives of over 133,000 animals. We are located in Salem, MA, 13 miles north of Boston. Our facility is a modern 18,000 sq. ft. building capable of housing over 200 animals in 26 rooms. NEAS typically has 60-70 employees and 200+ volunteers.NEAS will often take in, and adopt out, 100+ cats and dogs in a week (over 5,000 annually), both from the local community and through our “Saving Homeless Pets Across America Program,” where unwanted pets are transported to our shelter from other states. NEAS takes great pride in ensuring that every animal in our care is provided nutritious food, soft bedding, medical care, exercise, and lots of attention and love! Most of our animals get adopted within a few days after passing their health checks, but while they are at NEAS, we de-stress them with piped in music, outdoor walks, and playtime in spacious outdoor yards.