FUNCTION:To be a strong leader with vision, strategic insight and planning related to animal health and veterinary care. This is in accordance with the standards and procedures established by the NHSPCA and with the Sheltering License requirements of the NH Department of Agriculture and the State Veterinary Practice Act. To be responsible for the development and recommendation of medical and surgical protocols and to oversee the revision and implementation of approved policies and procedures for effective disease control, management and treatment. The Veterinarian is responsible for the medical and surgical care of shelter residents and client owned patients for our community programs. The veterinarian works collaboratively to fulfil the agency mission, helps develop new programs and bring to fruition the initiatives created in collaboration with board of directors and the leadership team.
Medical Care of In-house and Community Animals
Ensure that all medical and surgical programs are directed and comply with all regulations. These include internal medical care, In-house and Community Spay/Neuter, Low Cost Medical Care and inventory supply including DEA/controlled drugs.
Performs surgical and medical procedures, treats injured and ill animals in the shelter and monitors the health of the animals in the shelter and foster care program, practicing shelter medicine in accordance with NHSPCA policies related to health and adoptability to include euthanasia decisions.
Assists in the preparation and implementation of a comprehensive health care plan for animals in the shelter and foster care program, including methods of safeguarding the health of animals in the shelter/foster program and prevention of communicable diseases and adequate parasite control measures within budget guidelines.
Keeps abreast of developments in the field of veterinary medicine, particularly aspects of special concern to shelters, including overpopulation control measures like early spay/neuter, and their implications for shelter operations and programs. Obtains information and training necessary to spay, neuter, and treat, as needed all species of animals cared for in the shelter.
Examines animals and prepares reports to be used as evidence in cases of animal abuse being investigated by NHSPCA or legal authorities.
Provide health certificates for any animals crossing state lines as required by law
Clearly and accurately communicates medical terminology and concepts to staff and public
Establishes and maintains medical records and drug use logs to standards of veterinary and sheltering practices; ensures that records are in order and complete
Establish successful liaisons with the area veterinary community, local shelters, and
Promotes a strong and positive team environment both within the organization and with other collaborating facilities
Responsible for meeting DEA requirements and maintaining current licensure.
Mentor and oversee Veterinary Technicians on animal examination techniques, shelter medicine protocols, surgical prep, anesthesia monitoring, and recovery, including students as necessary.
Participates in educational events held for the community or volunteers/donors
Attend management and staff meetings as needed.
Some administrative work required
Other duties as assigned.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited college or university with a New Hampshire Veterinary license. Must currently have or be able to obtain a DEA License to purchase control drugs.
Experience should include five or more years of professional veterinary medical experience. Experience in Animal Welfare preferred.
Acquire and possess a thorough understanding of and dedication to the philosophies
of animal welfare.
Knowledge of and ability to do high volume spay/neuter surgeries and to conduct high quality surgical sterilizations in a fast paced environment.
Ability to work effectively, both independently and in a team environment, in an atmosphere of multiple projects, shifting priorities, and deadline pressures. Ability to be flexible, detail oriented and able to prioritize.
Enthusiasm for Shelter Veterinary Medicine is strongly desired.
Maintains a professional stance and encourages professionalism in all operations activities. Preserves cordial, productive relationships with all staff and board members while maintaining confidentiality pertaining to privileged administrative and operational information.
Self-motivated, well organized, goal orientated, and works effectively under pressure. Team player.
Work Environment: Most work is performed in normal shelter clinic setting; potential for exposure to zoonotic diseases; potential for exposure to deceased, dangerous and fractious animals; exposure to high noise levels when in kennel area; potential for animal bites and scratches while handling animals
Physical Activities: Lifting of up to 50 pounds; potential for sitting for several hours at a time; potential for standing on feet for 8 hours a day; driving a car; kneeling; cleaning cages (scrubbing); walking dogs on a leash; performing physical examinations on animals; animal restraint; handling syringes and needles.
The employee determines own work sequence and methods within the limits of established policy, practices and procedures to solve problems utilizing technical/specialized knowledge and/or experience resulting in minimal supervision while work is in progress. The employee operates under broad administrative direction and is given responsibility for independently planning, designing and carrying out programs
About NH SPCA
The NHSPCA is a non-profit organization (501c3) serving over 121 communities in the Greater Seacoast of New Hampshire, southern Maine and northern Massachusetts.