Charleston Animal Society is seeking a full time Associate Director of Veterinary Care!
Reporting to the Senior Director of Veterinary Care, this position supports the Society in achieving its mission, vision, strategies and tactics, serving as a lead staff person in population management, disease prevention, medical and behavioral diagnosis, medical and behavioral treatments, spay-neuter surgeries, humane education, and cruelty investigation support. Responsible for daily care and sterilization of all surgical patients and maintenance of preventative health programs and medical protocol, ensuring all clinic staff members are adhering to proper peri-operative care of patients. Quality patient care is first and foremost. Must be willing to work on the spay/neuter mobile unit which will travel throughout the state of South Carolina. May be asked to manage the veterinary student externship program.
Adhere to the highest ethical standards and provision of animal care in a safe, competent, professional and humane manner at all times.
Population Management (35%): Working in conjunction with the Senior Director of Veterinary Care, Senior Director of Animal Services, other Veterinarians, management, and staff to manage the intake and efficiently track animals for disposition to achieve the most lives saved humanely. Examine animals pre-op to determine their ability to undergo surgery. Inoculate animals and provide recommendations for follow up care (this may consist only of referring client/patient to their regular veterinarian if an owned animal). Supervise cleaning program for prevention of infectious/zoonotic disease. Medical/Behavioral Diagnosis and Treatment (35%): Working in conjunction with the Senior Director of Veterinary Care, Senior Director of Animal Services, other Veterinarians, management, and staff, to examine, diagnose, and treat animals with medical or behavioral problems.
Spay-Neuter Surgeries (20%): Work in conjunction with the other Veterinarians and staff to perform spay-neuter surgeries efficiently and humanely. Perform surgical sterilizations, examine animals, supervise post-op rechecks, and oversee order of medical treatments as necessary to ensure complete surgical recovery. Perform other surgeries and dental procedures as indicated by patient condition. Continue research and maintenance of safe and efficacious medical protocol regarding anesthesia and surgery.
Humane Education (5%): Work in conjunction with the Senior Director of Humane Education, Senior Director of Veterinary Care, and Senior Director of Animal Services provide veterinary support to the education curriculum and youth camps. Actively promote spay and neuter and educate clients on responsible animal ownership. Actively support associate staff and volunteers, and promote the development of skills related to the advancement of our goals and mission. Mentor and teach veterinary students and visiting veterinarians in the tenants of spay/neuter and shelter medicine. Provide support, including planning and lesson delivery, to the Maddie’s Apprenticeship program.
Cruelty Investigation Support (5%): Work in conjunction with the Senior Director of Anti-Cruelty and Outreach, Senior Director of Veterinary Care, Senior Director of Animal Services, and other Veterinarians to examine, diagnose, and report findings in animal cruelty and neglect investigations. May be called upon to testify in court.
Provide quality service to clients, volunteers, and staff recognizing their individual contributions to the success of our organization.
Provide initiative, strategic planning and leadership to assure CAS achieves its mission and goals.
Assure responsible and effective management of financial, physical and human resources and operations of the organization.
Represent CAS in the public arena and work collaboratively with local veterinarians and local and national veterinary organizations; work collaboratively and effectively with local and national shelter veterinarians.
Assure the organization and its mission, programs, operations and services are effectively managed and consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders.
Participate on committees and special projects as assigned.
Execute the existing operational structure and system for daily rounds and population management strategies to maximize life-saving capacity.
Analyze intake, inventory, and capacity data to evaluate population management procedures in conjunction with the Senior Director of Veterinary Care.
Help execute and evolve existing operational structure and system to evaluate and treat medical and behavioral problems.
Execute existing and evolve protocols for standard operating procedures for intake of animals, housing, cleaning, medical and behavioral treatment in conjunction with the Senior Director of Veterinary Care.
Strong experience in animal welfare and shelter medicine.
Collaborative team player with good relational and communication skills. Effectively “team lead,” displaying a positive attitude and acting as a motivating force for all staff members.
Knowledge of local, state and federal laws and regulations, which relate to the welfare of animals.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with community groups and law enforcement.
Strategic and tactical planning experience and creative thinking ability.
Ability to represent CAS to a wide and varied audience.
Ability to work with shifting priorities and in an organization which is highly visible in the community.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Demonstrated passion for the mission of CAS and the overall welfare of companion animals
Knowledge of issues, concerns and challenges facing animal welfare organizations.
Demonstrated personal credibility and ability to lead others with honesty and integrity
Sense of humor and ability to put issues in perspective.
Veterinary medical degree (DVM or VMD).
Active and current South Carolina veterinary license.
DEA registration and SC-DHEC drug registration.
Active professional liability insurance
Valid driver’s license required and must have excellent driving record.
Occasional travel throughout Charleston County, the State and Nation.
Must be self-guided individual requiring minimal supervision.
Physical requirements include, but are not limited to, walking, standing, high-volume spay-neuter surgeries for 8 hours per day, and moving of equipment and animals (ability to lift 45 pounds).
Must be able to learn basic veterinary medical concepts including but not limited to vaccine protocols and anesthetic risks
Must also be able to communicate basic veterinary concepts to owners and be able to repeat information relayed by a veterinarian
Will be asked to take medical histories for surgical rechecks
Communicate with the public on a daily basis in a professional manner
Will be asked to handle (on average) 50 dogs and cats per day
Must be able to learn characteristics of animal behavior (for example: be able to identify aggressive or fearful behavior)
Must be able to use appropriate safety equipment for fractious or feral animals (will train) – the use of safety equipment is mandatory
Must possess excellent reflexes
Should be able to identify own limitations and be willing to ask for help
Must become proficient at animal restraint for various procedures
Must be able to work standing or sitting for 8 or more hours
Able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs repeatedly throughout the day with help
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 sufficient range of motion in the back to perform assigned daily tasks
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
May be asked to learn to drive the 32 foot truck and trailer combination
Must be able to work efficiently and effectively under stressful conditions
Able to respond quickly to a variety of medical situations (with training)
Able to cope with death either due to surgical complication or euthanasia
Able to communicate with clients, staff, and constituents on difficult or emotional subjects (death, euthanasia, disease, and similar)
Ability to rapidly and accurately process information
Ability to delegate tasks
Ability to recognize a need for assistance and ask for help
Ability to control instinct
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 Accel disinfectant
Prolonged exposure to isopropanol, hydrogen peroxide
Potential exposure to formalin solution
Potential/Prolonged exposure to isoflurane gas
Prolonged exposure to quarternary ammonium cleaners and bleach
Prolonged exposure to pressurized steam
Potential exposure to sharps including needles and surgical blades
Schedule and Working Areas:
Primary schedule includes weekdays with some weekends, as appropriate. Special event participation is expected. Regular work on the Spay/Neuter Mobile Clinic is expected. Local travel will be regular with out of the area or state travel possible.
About Charleston Animal Society
Charleston Animal Society is South Carolina’s largest animal rescue. Every day we combat cruelty by using innovative, scientifically-based strategies including a large-scale spay/neuter program, a free roaming cat initiative, educational outreach programs that teach our children to be humanitarians and a food bank for pets. We also work with police, prosecutors and lawmakers to make sure animal cruelty laws are enforced and made stronger.
Reaching our goal of maintaining a No Kill community involves a 10-point strategy that we have already been following since 2008, under the guidance of the ASPCA. It includes our massive spay/neuter clinic, our free roaming cat initiative and a dedicated medical fund (Toby’s Fund) to treat our most critical cases.