At PAWS we're fighting every day to end pet homelessness and to provide top quality care to unique medical and surgical cases that would otherwise not have a chance. We need a diversely talented, team-oriented, full-time veterinarian who's ready to be part of a historic change in ending Philadelphia’s pet homelessness by performing HQHVSN and also seeing community animals in our busy wellness clinic.
Veterinarians at PAWS are responsible for providing excellent veterinary care for all animals in PAWS’ facilities, both rescued and owned by members of the community. Veterinarians must be able to promote PAWS’ mission, uphold the integrity of the organization at all times, and work collaboratively with other staff members and volunteers to ensure the Wellness and Spay/Neuter clinics’ smooth operation.
We think you’ll be a great fit if you:
Want to work with pet owners and also play an integral role in caring for the 3,000 or more homeless animals that PAWS rescues yearly.
Are team-oriented and want to work with PAWS’ medical and non-medical staff to find permanent homes for animals.
Can work fast and efficiently without compromising care.
Enjoy working with pet owners to find affordable solutions to keep their animals healthy.
Like teaching and guiding technicians and support staff.
Want to help families as well as pets by providing affordable, appropriate care.
The ideal candidate has experience in HQHVSN and will be able to perform surgeries as well as see appointments in the wellness clinic.
The PAWS spay/neuter clinic provides sterilization services for animals owned by members of the community, feral or stray cats through “trap-neuter-release” programs, and in-house shelter animals. Additional soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries are performed as needed on foster or in-house shelter animals. The ideal candidate will be able to:
Spay and neuter a minimum of 20 animals a day, generally 60-70% cats and 30-40% dogs. Training will be provided to a candidate who shows promising surgical skills. Experience with high volume spay/neuter is preferred but not required.
Perform, or have interest in learning how to perform, a variety of surgeries for our rescued animals, including but not limited to limb and tail amputations, various soft tissue surgeries, enucleations, eyelid repairs, cystotomies, FHOs, hernia repairs, wound care, and basic dental services.
Perform adequate preoperative examinations on animals and determine suitability for anesthesia and surgery.
Work as a team with other veterinarians and technicians assigned to surgery on any given day, as well as front desk staff and non-medical shelter staff.
Provide oversight on logging anesthetic drugs and maintaining controlled substance logs.
Demonstrate excellent leadership skills and ability to manage the surgical flow and ensure animal and human safety.
Wellness Clinic 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. The ideal candidate will be able to:
Practice excellent customer service skills and provide client education in a non-judgmental manner.
Oversee patient flow to maximize time and efficiently fit in shelter animal checks.
Complete most appointments in the allotted time frame.
Maintain patient medical records in our online animal management system.
Work as a team with the assigned technician to obtain maximum efficiency.
Review and process prescription requests through our online pharmacy.
Shelter and Foster Animal Care Requirements:
PAWS has roughly 50-100 animals housed in our medical facilities at any given time, as well as a robust foster care program that places approximately 1,000 animals into foster care yearly. PAWS veterinarians assigned to surgery and the wellness clinic work as a team to provide care for this population through daily walk-in hours for foster animal medical care, routine and sick exams for in-house animals, and surgical care as needed. PAWS veterinary staff have access to in-house digital radiography, ultrasound, and other diagnostic tools which allow us to provide a high level of care to homeless pets in need. The ideal candidate will be able to:
Work as a team with foster staff, technicians, and other veterinarians to determine treatment plans and coordinate appropriate care for shelter animals.
Participate in forming and revising medical protocols to enhance shelter operations.
Manage their time efficiently and effectively to ensure that all animals needing care are seen on any given day.
Consider cost when determining treatment plans and form reasonable alternatives when expensive diagnostics or procedures are not an option.
Perform humane euthanasia as needed and directed.
Educational and Licensure Requirements:
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or equivalent from an accredited university and valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Veterinary license with no history of complaints or disciplinary action required.
Experience in shelter setting and performing quality high-volume spay/neuter surgery strongly preferred.
Additional Job Skills Required:
A self-starter who is well organized, innovative, flexible and professionally motivated to develop and implement PAWS’ goals, objectives.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. The ideal candidate is personable, outgoing, patient, professional, empathetic, and able to get along well with a culturally diverse community.
Strong sense of initiative and ability to problem-solve, identifying tasks that need to be accomplished and prioritizing appropriately, working independently with minimal supervision and direction.
Maturity, good judgment and a professional personal appearance.
Flexibility, ability to manage multiple tasks and accommodate varied work assignments and schedules.
Comfort and experience with Google and Microsoft applications strongly preferred. PAWS uses a variety of web-based software that veterinarians must be comfortable learning to use on a daily basis for managing client care.
Must have a strong attention to detail.
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.