Adams County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center (ACASAC) is an open-admission, municipal shelter, taking in over 5,000 animals per year. ACASAC is committed to providing compassionate and humane care for animals and promoting the cause of animal welfare within our community. The shelter is located in Brighton, Colorado and will be breaking ground on a brand new shelter facility within the next two years. ACASAC is seeking a skilled and compassionate Relief Veterinarian to assist with providing quality medical care for shelter animals. Reporting to the Animal Shelter Executive Director, and working closely with the Full-time Shelter Veterinarian, the Relief Veterinarian will assist in providing a range of veterinary care services during those times that the Shelter Veterinarian will need to be off work, away from the shelter, or during occasions that there is a need for an additional veterinarian. The ideal candidate will have strong technical and interpersonal skills. The Relief Veterinarian will work closely with the shelter's Veterinary technicians and engage with shelter staff, patrons, outside veterinary clinics, and animal management officers as needed to ensure proper documentation and continuity of care.
SALARY: $34.77 - $48.68 Hourly
CLOSING DATE: 07/03/17 04:30 PM MOUNTAIN
EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Provide examinations, daily rounds and treatment plans for shelter animals
Perform animal surgeries, including regular spay/neuter and dentals, as well as enucleations, mass removals, dental extractions, soft tissue damage, and orthopedic procedures/amputations as needed
Conduct emergency triage and stabilize ill and injured animals
Communicate medical-related information to new adopters and transfer partners as needed
Provide medical guidance for the shelter's foster care program as needed
Communicate with animal control officers, local veterinarians, rescues and metro shelter partners
Assist with administering vaccinations during public clinics
Perform humane euthanasia
Maintain appropriate licensing and continuing education course requirements
Maintain patient records through consistent and accurate documentation utilizing shelter's operating software
Follow humane and veterinary best practices, as well as all State and Federal guidelines
Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated surgical and medical assessment skills
Ability to perform high-volume spay/neuter while maintaining excellence in patient care
Skill, interest and experience performing dental cleanings and extractions a plus
Training and ability to perform safe and humane animal handling and restraint
Solid understanding of effective disease management practices in a shelter setting
Working knowledge of animal behavior and force-free training techniques
Highly organized, detail-orientated with the ability to prioritize
Excellent written and spoken communication skills
Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to use sound judgment in sensitize situations
Ability to manage fast-paced, fluid, and emotionally charged environment
Must be willing to support and communicate Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center policies and decisions
Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
Ability to use (or learn) shelter operating software (Chameleon ®) to accurately record medical notes
Proficient in Microsoft Office programs
At least two (2) years of experience as a practicing Veterinarian with a clean practice record and at least one (1) year in a high volume spay/neuter environment required. Interest and experience with dentistry preferred.
Work is performed in shelter surgery suite, throughout shelter and in internal office settings.
Exposure to high noise levels, zoonotic diseases, potentially fearful/fractious animals and/or animal bites/scratches.
Exposure to cleaning agents, fumes, dust, dander and feces. Work can be emotionally taxing.
Frequent lifting and restraining of animals of various sizes and weight. Frequent computer use.
Potential for standing, walking, sitting for extended periods of time. Bending, reaching, squatting, kneeling, pulling, pushing, and cleaning.
Regular animal handling and restraint; handling surgical instruments, syringes and needles.
Repetitive motion associated with medical and surgical care.
Salary is dependent upon qualifications.
Work Schedule: 1 to 3 days per week, 6-8 hours per day. A combination of weekday and weekend shifts is available.
Relief Veterinarian Information:
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
License or Certificate: Current Colorado veterinary license.
Membership in a veterinary medical association or veterinary alliance preferred.
Why Work for Adams County?
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We hire exceptional people and give them a multitude of top-notch opportunities to grow, expand their capabilities and reach their full potential. We invest in their education and development, resulting in experienced, intelligent and dedicated colleagues. Adams County has a customer service-focused culture that offers employees exciti...ng and dynamic challenges to build successful careers they can be proud of, now and in the future. We are committed to hiring people who value a positive work environment, servant leadership, teamwork, transparency, and credibility.
Adams County is located in the northern metropolitan area of Denver. It ranks among the top five largest counties in the state and is projected to be the fastest growing county in the metro Denver area over the next two decades. With a population close to 450,000 residents, it is home to the cities of Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Northglenn and Thornton; the town of Bennett and portions of Arvada, Aurora, Lochbuie and Westminster. The county offers a professional business climate, a diverse labor pool, affordable land, a wide range of housing opportunities and community amenities and boasts a high quality of life for residents.
While employees have their own unique reasons for working here, we've given the matter some serious thought. After talking to a range of people from new employees to long-term employees, below are some common reasons employees give for working for Adams County:
• Challenging and rewarding work
• Collaborative team environment
• Employee recognition programs
• Enviable holiday / vacation benefits
• Fair and thorough recruitment process
• Friendly and helpful coworkers
• Generous salary and benefit package
• Growing county and community
• Only 20 minutes from Denver
• Stable organization with a 100-year history
• Effective sustainability and environmental responsibility
• Valuable health and wellness programs
• Wide range of career opportunities and advancement potential
Benefits of Adams County
Adams County provides a comprehensive benefit package to part-time employees (30-39 hours per week) and regular full-time employees (40 hours per week). Our benefit package includes the following:
• Aflac Supplemental Medical Insurance
• Basic Term Life Insurance Policy
• Credit Union Membership
• Deferred Compensation Plan
• Dental Plans
• Elective Employee Benefit Programs
• Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
• Employee Training and Management Development
• Flexible Spending Cafeteria Plan
• Long Term Disability Policy
• Medical Plans
• Onsite Medical Clinic
• Onsite Workout Center
• Optional Term Life Insurance
• Recreation Center Discounts
• Retirement Plan
• Tuition Reimbursement Program
• Vision Plan
• Wellness Program