Position Summary: The Medical Director’s primary duties include overseeing the health and welfare of all animals in the shelter and foster care. This position provides medical oversight of the shelter clinic and surgery, including ongoing development and evaluation of medical and surgical protocols. This position works in partnership and collaboratively with the Director of Operations and Senior Manager of Animal Care to coordinate animal operations within the shelter. This position requires knowledge and understanding of the mission of ACCT Philly as well as a background in shelter medicine, surgery and management. This position also requires a desire to engage in leading-edge shelter practices that are geared toward life-saving.
This full time salaried position reports directly to the Executive Director. The lead veterinary nurses, nursing team and staff veterinarians report to the Medical Director. This position also oversees all partnerships with educational programs, including ACCT Philly’s University of Pennsylvania shelter medicine program, and similar entities with on-site training or where shelter animals may be sent to receive medical care.
This is an excellent opportunity for a veterinarian who is innovative and interested in adopting best practices in sheltering, and who has a desired to really make a difference in the lives of Philly’s homeless animals, and the citizens of Philadelphia.
Experience managing people and programs in the fast-paced environment of a municipal animal shelter is ideal. Experience revising and as indicated drafting and implementing standard operating procedures/protocols (SOP) and training protocols for shelter animal care, disease control, and medical treatments and medical oversight of a shelter clinic program. Informed of contemporary shelter veterinary medical practices and supportive of ACCT Philly's goal of continuous improvement in lifesaving and animal care.
Knowledge of contemporary shelter medical protocols including vaccination on intake, risk assessment and infectious disease principles. Knowledge of various species, primarily dogs and cats, and familiarity with symptoms of diseases common to dogs and cats. Knowledge of preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic veterinary treatment of companion animals.
Comfortable with High Quality, High Volume Spay Neuter principles and techniques. The ideal candidate is also comfortable in teaching these essential skills.
Hiring and management of veterinarians, veterinary nurses and assistant nurses. Supervise staff with assistance from lead veterinary nurses.
Oversee euthanasia training and certification process, assure compliance with internal, state and federal regulations on this topic.
Perform ordering and inventory of medical supplies, oversee accounts with medical vendors in collaboration with the Business Operations Manager. Generate and follow annual budget for medical supplies and staffing resources.
Oversee partnerships with teaching or other entities that have on-site training, as well as volunteer veterinarians and veterinary student externs.
Strong communication skills in an environment where multiple cases are managed concurrently and often communication with an adopter, foster or rescue partner is made through a third party such as nursing or lifesaving staff.
Comfortable with electronic medical records, email communication and Microsoft office suite. The ideal candidate has experience with PetPoint shelter software program or other shelter software program, however training is available on the job and through web-based programs.
Maintain records and communications to assure compliance with DEA, Dog Warden, State Veterinary Board and any other relevant bodies of regulatory supervision. Oversee controlled substance protocol and oversee ordering, handling and recording of controlled substances.
Ability to think out of the box to surmount challenges and find innovative ways to solve problems.
Comfort and ability to work with animals of unknown disposition and those who may exhibit medical and other problems, as well as aggressive tendencies.
Ability to lift and move objects and animals weighing up to 30 pounds for short distances and to humanely restrain an animal when necessary.
Education and Licensure Requirements
Veterinary licensure in the State of Pennsylvania or licensure in another state with the intent and ability to gain licensure in the State of Pennsylvania within 2 weeks of being hired. Ability to acquire and hold a DEA license. Knowledge of, interest and passion in, or continuing education performed in the field of shelter medicine, high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter and high-volume, low-cost veterinary medicine. Valid driver’s license with no record of convictions.
Additional Salary Information: Excellent medical benefits
About ACCT Philly (Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia)
ACCT Philly is a non-profit organization that provides animal control and sheltering services to the City of Philadelphia. As an open admission shelter and a member of the Philadelphia No Kill Coalition, we are committed to pursuing best practice and partnerships in our efforts to save all healthy and treatable animals as far as our resources and capacity for care will permit. Our annual intake averages 19,000 and consists largely of stray and unwanted pet dogs and cats, with some wildlife and exotic species. Our live release rate is approximately 83 percent. We are open for urgent animal admissions 365 days a year, with on call emergency response services 24 hours a day. Our mission is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people and animals of Philadelphia by providing shelter, care, and lifesaving effort for animals in need. Our shelter statistics are posted online at acctphilly.org.