At PAWS we're fighting every day to end pet homelessness and to save the unique cases who would otherwise not have a chance. We need a veterinarian who's ready to put on a cape and be part of a historic change in Philadelphia, is that you?
As the city’s largest rescue partner, our goal is a no-kill Philadelphia where every savable pet has a home. We’ve always known that we can’t simply adopt our way out of the problem, which is where our two high volume, high quality, spay/neuter, and wellness clinics and you come in! PAWS is seeking a full-time veterinarian that is able to work at both of our clinics. The schedule will likely be Sunday through Thursday or Tuesday through Saturday 9-5. We are willing to split the full-time position into two part-time positions if desired.
We think you’ll be a great fit if you:
Not only want to work with pet owners but also play an integral role in caring for the 3,000 plus animals PAWS rescues yearly.
Want to be part of a fun, creative, and supportive team as passionate as you are about saving lives
Can work fast and efficiently without compromising care.
Geek out at the thought of frequently seeing new things you’ve never encountered and learning how to provide care for these cases.
Like teaching and guiding technicians and support staff.
Want to know that you’re helping families as well as pets - most clients genuinely want to help their pets, and with our low-cost services, they can afford the appropriate care, or we can work with them to find the best alternative option.
The ideal candidate would be able to split their time between surgery and clinic.
Spay neuter requirements
Ability to spay and neuter a minimum of 15 animals a day, an equal split of cats and dogs while working up to our normal caseload. Training will be provided to a candidate who shows promising surgical skills.
Ideal candidates will be able to perform 25-35 surgeries per day.
Shelter animals get worked into the day as time permits.
In addition to spay/neuter for the public PAWS performs a variety of surgeries for our rescued animals. These include but are not limited to amputations, various soft tissue surgery, enucleations, eye lid repair, FHOs, hernia repairs, wound care, and basic dental services.
Exam animals before surgery to asses their surgical readiness, for most patients this is the first time they’ve ever been to a vet.
Oversee the two-three vet techs that are assigned to work with you in surgery.
Provide oversight on logging anesthetic drugs used and maintaining controlled substance logs.
Willingness to research and learn new procedures for shelter animals minimizing the number of animals we need to send to specialty facilities.
Demonstrate excellent leadership skills and ability to manage the surgical flow and ensure safety.
Experience with high volume spay/neuter is preferred but we will train the right candidate.
Clinical and shelter requirements
The PAWS Wellness Clinic provides a means for low income families and animal rescue organizations in Philadelphia to access basic veterinary services for their dogs and cats while providing high quality care. The clinic is equipped with the medications and resources to handle routine outpatient cases including wellness exams, skin conditions, upper respiratory infections, gastrointestinal disease, non-emergent urinary tract conditions, minor soft-tissue injuries, and other preventative care. Laboratory services are provided at a reduced cost through Antech diagnostics. PAWS is also equipped with an ultrasound and will have an x-ray system within the next two months.
Provide excellent customer service skills and education in a non-judgmental manner.
Oversee patient flow to maximize time and ability to fit in shelter animal checks and foster parents with urgent issues in between appointments.
Complete most appointments in the 20-minute allotted time frame.
Maintain patient medical records in Clinic HQ and or Petpoint.
Guide the technician assigned to you to obtain maximum efficiency.
PAWS has a robust foster care program that places approximately 1,000 animals into foster care yearly. The veterinarians are also responsible for working as a team to provide care for this population.
In addition to our standard rescue work of pulling animals in danger of euthanasia PAWS is also continually expanding and finding additional ways to help achieve no-kill status in the city. We now have a strong intake prevention and owner diversion program where we have staff at animal control daily working to help owners who think surrendering is their only option to find other viable solutions. PAWS is also a founding member of the Philadelphia No Kill Coalition and are closer than ever to Philadelphia being a no-kill city and hope you will join us in our journey!
Experience: Must possess a valid State of Pennsylvania license to practice veterinary medicine, experience in shelter or low-cost medicine preferred, but we are happy to train the right new graduate.
Skills:Must be personable, able to communicate with and help train staff, and work as a member of a team. Must be able to lift 50 pounds on a regular basis.
Additional Salary Information: Part time or relief is typically $40-50 an hour
About PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society)
PAWS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. PAWS is Philadelphia's largest rescue organization and only no-kill shelter, and is working to make Philadelphia a city in which every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. Through its adoption locations, special events, and foster care network, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of animals each year.
PAWS operates two low-cost, high-volume spay/neuter and wellness clinics serving pet owners and rescues in an effort to keep pets healthy and reduce the homeless pet population. The two clinics serve approximately 37,000 pets each year. The clinics serves pet owners who have difficulty affording or do not have access to basic veterinary care (sterilization, vaccinations, treatments for upper respiratory infections/parasites/fleas, etc.) and rescue organizations that need affordable spay/neuter surgery and basic veterinary care to carry out their lifesaving work.