Location: Best Friends - Utah (Salt Lake City)
**This is a CONTRACT Relief Veterinarian position**
Position Summary: Be part of a veterinary team that provides quality veterinary care for Best Friends Animal Society program animals, which includes, but not limited to: dogs and cats in our adoption center, kitten care center, foster program, and community cat programs. This includes completing medical exams, creating treatment plans, and performing surgeries as needed for all pets in care, along with overseeing general population health and movement through different programs to an adoptions outcome. In addition, provide quality high volume sterilization surgeries services at our high volume spay and neuter clinic.
Essential Duties / Responsibilities:
- Work with management team to inform and oversee all on-site animal populations. To include kitten nursery, Pet Adoption Center, foster, and community cat programs.
- Support shelter and rescue partners as needed by providing off-site medical operation consultations and special medical cases.
- Responsible for timely date entry for all performed exams, medical treatments, diagnostic tests and any other pertinent data in shelter management software.
- Facilitate exams of animals in foster care or newly adopted animals. Consult foster parents and adopters on medical concerns and treatment plans.
- Starting and completing medical treatment and prescriptions in adherence of medical protocol based on organizational SOPs.
- Work within budget to review and determine equipment and supply needs.
- Manage on-site inventory of controlled substances at the kitten nursery and Pet Adoption Center including ordering, oversight of controlled drug log books, and perform monthly drug counts in conjunction with clinic SOPs.
- In conjunction with the management team oversee and contribute to medical, animal care, and disease management protocols to ensure high standard of care and best practices.
- Other duties as assigned by Veterinary Services Manager and City Director.
Spay and Neuter Surgery Essential Duties:
- Perform high volume spay and neuter surgeries on dogs and cats. Be comfortable performing the following: cryptorchid castrations, in-estrus, pregnant ovariohysterectomies, and pyometra surgeries.
- Perform surgeries on a variety of animals, with varying temperaments, sizes, and ages.
- Perform pre-surgical exams on animals to determine if they are healthy enough for spay/neuter and determine appropriate plan of action if they are not approved for surgery.
- Build up to an average of 40-60 surgical sterilizations per day on dogs and cats. Majority of surgeries are feline.
- In conjunction with spay and neuter surgery, perform additional minor surgeries including, but not limited to: growth removals, hernia repairs, abscess drainage, dewclaw removal, scrotal ablations, enucleations, and medically necessary amputations.
- Able to competently manage complications and/or emergencies that arise from spay and neuter surgeries or other surgical procedures.
- In conjunction with the Veterinary Services Manager and Medical Director oversee and contribute to clinic medical, surgical, and anesthetic protocols to ensure high standard of care and best practices.
- Manage on-site inventory of controlled substances including ordering, oversight of controlled drug log books, and perform monthly drug counts in conjunction with clinic SOPs.
- Attend regular meetings with Veterinary Services Manager and Medical Director to identify areas of improvement and continuing education opportunities.
- Manage externships and provide mentorship to veterinary students at varying levels of education and experience.
Experience / Requirements:
- Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM, VMD) or equivalent required.
- Accredited through the USDA APHIS National Veterinary Accreditation Program or be willing to obtain accreditation if requested for health certificate services.
- Be able to travel to our two spay and neuter clinics in Orem and Salt Lake City, along with other locations, such as shelter partners, as needed.
- Proficiency in spays and neuters of dogs and cats.
- Ability to competently manage surgical complications and/or emergency treatment as the situation requires.
- Knowledge of and passion in continuing education in the field of shelter medicine, high volume high quality spay and neuter, and population medicine.
- Must be able to work with and safely handle all conditions and temperaments of
- cats and dogs, including those with health concerns/conditions and as well as behavioral issues.
- Must have or be able to obtain and maintain a license in good standing with the state veterinary board upon hire.
- Work experience preferred in shelter and/or high volume spay and neuter setting.
- Comfortable working with and/or around community (feral) cats.
- License in good standing with Drug Enforcement Agency.
- Strong interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations. The ideal person for this job would be a team player, personable, professional, upbeat, takes initiative, uses tact and diplomacy.
- Able to maintain clear and professional communication with internal staff and external stakeholders on all levels. Ability to educate staff and third-party partners via written or oral presentations.
- Interest in continuing veterinary education and exploration of new technologies and treatment modalities.
- Flexibility work schedule, may need to work nights, weekends, and holidays. Ability to answer calls from staff for emergency phone consultations per rotating schedule.
- Ability to professionally advocate Best Friends positions on animal welfare issues.
- Work requires continual attention to detail. Must be able to work at a fast pace with demonstrated good working habits in an environment that requires multitasking and multiple demands on time.
- Valid Driver's License with access to transportation.
- Ability to stand for long periods of time (eight hours or more daily) while performing work requiring concentration and manual dexterity.
- Lifting animals of all sizes, bending, stooping, standing, and walking on a daily basis.
- Working at a computer for extended periods of time with repetitive typing, arm, and hand motion.
Thank you for your interest in pursuing a career at Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.