Generous signing bonus, paid annual CEUs and licensing fees, benefits (medical, dental, vision and life insurance), paid leave, generous paid time off, 401K with employer match.
2 openings available.
The Athens Area Humane Society offers a competitive annual salary, remarkable benefits, signing bonus, paid continuing education credits, state license fee reimbursement, and ample paid time off to enjoy your life (did we mention . . . no on-call or after-hours work, minimal paperwork, and an amazing support team?).
Learning and Growth: Mentorship from experienced veterinarians and a partnership with the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine means you’ll always have an opportunity to expand your knowledge, confidence, and clinical skills in a specialized shelter medicine environment.
Competent Clinical Team: Our strong team of LVTs, VAs, scheduling coordinators, and externs are dedicated to supporting you and positioning you for success.
Surgery Training: AAHS supports the development of mastery in performing high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter (HQHVSN) procedures and provides ample opportunity to help you become a more efficient, technical surgeon.
Positive, Collaborative Culture: AAHS has a reputation for being the ‘happiest workplace in Athens’. We pride ourselves on having an energetic, cohesive, friendly vibe and our clients pick up on the positive atmosphere.
Ready tomake a difference in the lives of animals? Join our team!
The Athens Area Humane Society rescues and protects companion animals by providing for their wellbeing, uniting them with loving homes, and advocating for a compassionate society. We envision a society where all dogs and cats have a loving home and the bond between pets and people is celebrated. Founded in 1899, AAHS is among the first charitable organizations in Athens and one of its most beloved. Thanks to the generosity of individual donors, small family foundations, and legions of community volunteers, AAHS helps, heals, and homes more than 5,000 pets annually.
Responsible for daily care of all surgical patients, ensuring all clinic staff members are adhering to proper pre-, peri- and post-operative care of patients. During designated training sessions, responsible for training participants in all aspects of patient care and efficient/safe clinic practices, maintaining a professional and friendly manner at all times.
Examine animals pre-operatively to determine their ability to withstand surgery
Perform surgical sterilizations
Examine animals post-operatively to ensure appropriate healing
Inoculate animals and provide recommendations for follow up care
Supervise handling and recording of controlled substances by Veterinary Technicians
Supervise post-operative rechecks and order of medical treatments as necessary to ensure complete surgical recovery
Assess individual patient issues, and provide appropriate solutions
Creatively problem solve daily
Make reasonable and sensible medical decisions
Follow and support all organizational and medical protocols
Communicate effectively with CEO, to keep management apprised of all out of the ordinary situations
Communicate any issues concerning staff or patients with CEO
Communicate any issues concerning training programs and/or participants to CEO
Provide input and communicate any issues regarding the clinic’s disease control protocols, surgical protocols, or other medical issues with the CEO as appropriate
Behave in a manner that upholds both personal and professional standards, as an ambassador of the Athens Area Humane Society, always
Train any designated persons in all aspects of patient care and efficient/safe clinic practices, maintaining a professional and friendly manner at all times
Strive to continually improve all training programs
Be a leader among staff, displaying a positive attitude and acting as a motivating force for all staff members
Ensure all clinic staff members are adhering to proper pre-, peri- and post-operative care of patients
Work with other veterinarians and staff to establish, and ensure adherence to, procedures and protocols for the medical care and health of pets in the shelter environment, including foster care
Promote the health and wellness of pets through wellness visits by providing client education regarding basic preventative care.
Be able to perform, or be willing to learn to perform, basic dental cleanings, extractions, and other dental care needs for public and shelter pets as scheduled.
Surgical Techniques & Skills:
Adheres to aseptic/sterile techniques while scrubbing, gowning, and gloving
Adheres to sterile field throughout the surgical process
Understands ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance theory on incision placement
Performs efficient and concise entrance into abdomen
Performs safe and correct square knots
Performs safe and gentle spay hook technique
Performance of the ovarian cutaway technique in canine patients
Performance of the ovarian pedicle tie in feline patients
Usage of the modified Miller’s knot, able to set using carmalts
Performance of scrotal neuter techniques in both adult and pediatric patients
Completes efficient, safe, and attractive closures, utilizing cruciate sutures
Must be a licensed Veterinarian in the state of Georgia
Must maintain all current and correct licensure
Must be able to work standing or sitting for 8 or more hours
Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds repeatedly, with assistance
Must be able to bend and kneel repeatedly
Must be able to see fine detail in a variety of situations
Must have good hearing including ability to distinguish changes in pitch
Must have reasonable degree of agility to move through tightly cramped areas in various situations
Must have acceptable sense of touch and smell
Must have good range of motion in joints especially wrist, knees, elbows
Must have good range of motion in your back for twisting etc.
Must be able to work in potentially extreme environmental temperatures
Must have acceptable sense of balance
Must be able to work and reach on hands and knees
Must be able to use a ladder and or step stool
Must possess excellent hand-eye coordination
May be asked to move large oxygen tanks
Must possess an acceptable degree of dexterity in hands and fingers
Must have good vision, including peripheral vision, fine detail, distance, depth perception, and ability to focus
Must be able to work under stressful conditions and work efficiently and effectively under those conditions
Must be able to respond quickly to a variety of medical situations (with training)
Must be able to cope with death due to surgical complication or euthanasia
Ability to process information rapidly and accurately
Ability to delegate tasks
Ability to recognize a need for assistance and ask for help
Ability to make decisions
Ability to cope with frustrating situations and remain calm
Potential and Prolonged Exposures
Prolonged exposure to various aqueous solutions including but not limited to dish soap, chlorhexidine, and spectra soap
Prolonged exposure to isopropanol, hydrogen peroxide
Potential exposure to formalin solution
Potential/Prolonged exposure to isoflurane gas
Prolonged exposure to quaternary ammonium cleaners and bleach
Prolonged exposure to pressurized steam
Potential exposure to sharps, including needles and surgical blades
Athens, GA is the home of the University of Georgia. Known as the Classic City, Athens has a vibrant music, cultural, and culinary scene. Great weather and beautiful natural surroundings, Athens has something for everyone!
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to themselves or others' health or safety. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at-will" relationship.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Statement:
We work to recruit diverse candidates and ensure our team members have all the tools they need to be successful. Our mission is most effectively fulfilled through proactively supporting the values of equity, inclusion, and diversity. Diversity may be measured by, but is not limited to, differences in age, ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic circumstance, class, religion, disability, geography, and profession. We acknowledge and respect the many differences that comprise thriving communities and seek diversity in our staff to ensure that a range of perspectives, opinions, and experiences are recognized and acted upon in achieving our purpose. We intend to promote a fully equitable animal welfare sector that justly represents and serves all our constituencies. Consequently, we strongly encourage applications from candidates of color, LGBTQ+ identity, and other historically marginalized communities.
Please email cover letter and resume to Dr. Cheryl McCormick, Chief Executive Officer, at: firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.
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