| POSITION SUMMARY This position serves as the leader of the animal welfare and medical care team at HSTC and is a member of the senior leadership team. The role is responsible for the daily surgical and medical care of shelter animals, as well as surgeries for the public spay neuter program. The position develops, recommends and implements health care policies, procedures and protocols, and supervises part-time veterinarians and medical staff. The position works with shelter Animal Care staff focusing on enhancing the lifesaving capacity of shelter programs, reducing length of stay for shelter animals, and insuring that HSTC veterinary care meets the highest standards possible for shelter medicine programs. |
RESPONSIBILITIES •Executes duties in compliance with HSTC policies and procedures as well as all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations including Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine, OSHA and DEA compliance. Takes immediate action to address any safety concern or non-compliance of rules that could put an employee, volunteer, client, animal, or the organization at risk. •Promote and maintain the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Guidelines for Standards of Care and collaborates with shelter leadership in the formulation of shelter medical objectives, practices, protocols, plans and decisions that influence operations to ensure optimal health of sheltered animals. •Collaborate with shelter staff to implement a comprehensive animal health care program including: prevention, environmental sanitation, nutrition, record-keeping, physical examinations, vaccinations, parasite control, disease diagnosis and treatment, disease surveillance and outbreak response, surgery, environmental enrichment for animals in the shelter, and emergency care. •Trains and supervises Animal Care staff on shelter policies and protocols, including, but not limited to, proper low-stress animal handling and restraint, medical care, and personal safety. Conducts performance evaluations for veterinary staff with support. •Examines animals to detect and determine the nature of diseases or injuries; treats sick or injured animals. Performs and interprets laboratory tests for parasitic conditions and diseases. •Partners with Animal Care management in determining and monitoring animals’ paths forward considering the health of an individual animal and the population as a whole. Directs separation of diseased animals for treatment or other disposition. Perform or oversee euthanasia when deemed necessary and assist in euthanasia decisions. •Sterilizes, vaccinates and microchips shelter animals, and those of the HSTC public spay/neuter program in accordance with established laws, policies and standard operating procedures. •Directs staff in administration of prescribed treatment and maintains accurate and correct treatment records for all animals in the computerized medical records system; ensures the highest level of care and documentation of health monitoring. •Conduct daily rounds with medical and kennel staff to monitor the health and behavioral welfare of all animals in the shelter. Participates in population management policies and decisions, including enrichment options and the best disposition pathways for moving animals. •Perform forensic medical examination for cruelty/neglect cases and prepare veterinary statements for legal proceedings. May be required to testify. •Serves as the HSTC liaison with community Veterinarians, seeking their support and expertise when necessary. Makes decisions on what treatments or procedures to seek from outside veterinary resources in coordination with other shelter leadership team members as appropriate. •With support, coordinates the scheduling and duties of contract veterinarians. Oversees performance and compliance with HSTC procedures and protocols. •Member of the Senior Management Team, identifies and helps to resolve ethics issues. •Oversees controlled substance license, drug supply inventory, ordering and recordkeeping in compliance with all applicable regulations. •Monitors budget keeping medical expenses within budgetary guidelines by identifying opportunities to improve efficiency and effectiveness. •Participates as an active member of the HSTC leadership team, makes recommendations and prepares periodic evaluative reports on veterinary services. •Explores innovative shelter industry practices. Maintains professional credentials and remains active in professional network through participation in the Association of Shelter Veterinarian, attending shelter medicine educational opportunities provided at regional and national conferences. Identifies and uses accepted best practices to maintain high-quality standard of care. •Maintains effective and consistent communication methods and channels. •Fosters a positive, productive, team-based environment and culture which encourages attainment of goals, contributions, and business for HSTC and its programs. •Works overtime, on-call, some weekends and special events. Supports events, fundraising, and media spots as needed, and fulfills commitments to sponsors and donors. •Fulfills all other duties as required.