This full time DVM position will work primarily in IndyHumane’s vaccine clinics providing education and preventative care to pet owners in the community as well as working with the shelter medical team to provide care for IndyHumane’s shelter animals. Schedules are dictated by the needs of the organization and will change according to staffing constraints, and other factors. The ideal candidate will be able to have a flexible schedule and be willing to step in when needed.
Essential job functions at the Animal Welfare Center:
Medical • Physical examinations, vaccinations, micro chipping, heartworm testing, FeLV/FIV testing, fecal and urine exams, nail trims, client education, cleaning, and special projects as needed. • Diagnosing and establishing treatment plans in a shelter setting for IndyHumane’s shelter population. • Overseeing the processing and diagnosing of Fecal and urine testing. • Perform spay and neuter procedures on shelter animals as well as many other surgical procedures relating to: dentistry, orthopedics, ophthalmology, heartworm treatment, etc. • Demonstrate a high level of knowledge & skill in these areas.
Client Education • Must be able to communicate basic veterinary concepts to owners and be able to repeat information relayed by a veterinarian • Actively promote spay/neuter and educate clients on responsible pet ownership. • Will be asked to take medical histories for post-surgical examinations as needed. • Communicate with the public daily in a professional and welcoming manner. • Must possess cultural sensitivity and enjoy working with a diverse group of pet owners. • Commitment to treating people and animals with respect, contributing to an effective team, and fostering public relations that benefit the shelter and its programs.
Animal Handling • Will be asked to handle (on average) 40 dogs and cats per day • Must know characteristics of animal behavior (for example: be able to identify potentially dangerous or fearful behavior) and make appropriate decision making in handling and the administering of services. • 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
• DVM and Indiana licensing required. • Must possess a positive attitude. • Must be a self-starter and willing to be flexible. • Must be able to read dog and cat body language and be familiar with safe handling techniques. • Must have excellent interpersonal communication skills and be able to work well in a team. • Must have excellent customer service skills and good bedside manner. • Must always represent IndyHumane in a professional and courteous manner. • Must have the ability to learn and follow protocols consistently, adapt to constantly changing environments, and problem-solving.
Physical Requirements • Must be able to work standing or sitting for 8 or more hours • Able to lift and carry up to 45 pounds 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 good range of motion in your back, for instance, twisting • 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 • 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
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.
About Humane Society of Indianapolis
Serving Indianapolis and the surrounding counties since 1905, the Humane Society of Indianapolis provides vital services to animals and people alike through sheltering and adopting animals, providing positive reinforcement behavior training for adoptable animals through our behavior programs, and outreach through our community and shelter programs.
Our vision is that all Central Indiana animals are treated with dignity and respect and live free from cruelty, harm, and neglect.
The Humane Society of Indianapolis is the leading voice for the welfare of animals and improving their quality of life. IndyHumane is the first choice in providing direct services for shelter cats and dogs, including adoption, foster home placement, positive reinforcement behavior training for adoptable animals, appropriate medical care, and affordable spay/neuter services. As the voice for the animals, IndyHumane brings together like-minded, animal-focused individuals and groups to educate the public about animal welfare issues and concerns. For more than 100 years, it’s all about the animals.