Spay/Neuter Associate Veterinarian

    • Job Tracking ID: 512912-623925
    • Job Location: San Francisco, CA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: Doctoral Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: November 12, 2018
    • Years of Experience: Up to 2 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • Campus Location: Mission
    • Status: Regular Full-Time
    • Department: Header: Spay Neuter Services
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Summary:

The Spay/Neuter Associate Veterinarian helps design and implement best practice, high-quality veterinary surgical and medical care for SF SPCA animals in the High Quality High Volume Spay/Neuter (HQHVSN), Clinic shelter, and other community medicine programs. This position provides service for medical intake, pre/post adoption medical, Community Cats program and Spay/Neuter program. This position consists of mostly shifts in the Spay/Neuter Clinic, but may include occasional work in the Shelter Medicine department.

Essential Duties and Functions:

Veterinary Medical Care

  • Implement veterinary care protocols for animals under the supervision of the Medical Director, Prevention Programs and Shelter Medicine Director, and establish medical and general care protocols for the health and well-being of the animals
  • Assess animals pre- and post-operatively to ensure appropriate candidacy for surgery and healing
  • Perform 25 - 40 high quality, high volume spay/neuter surgical procedures per day for client-owned and shelter animals, as well as community cats.
  • Diagnose and treat post-surgical medical complications of outpatient animals
  • Follow and support all organizational and medical protocols
  • Adhere to aseptic/sterile techniques throughout surgical process
  • Must be able to work efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Collaborate with administrative staff to ensure proper collection of data to maintain comprehensive and detailed medical records in compliance with all laws/regulations.
  • Provide select veterinary services including mass removals, wound management and other minor procedures in accordance with SF SPCA guidelines.
  • Provide situational leadership, management and supervision to HQHVSN support team members.
  • Comply with all laws pertaining to controlled drugs and work with our pharmacy staff as needed to follow prescription protocols.
  • Triage and refer cases that do not fall within the HQHVSN parameters of care as appropriate.
  • Work with Community Cares Program staff to evaluate animals and perform humane euthanasia of suffering or unhealthy animals as needed.

Administrative Duties

  • Work with our HQHVSN support staff to ensure clients are properly charged for services rendered according to clinic protocols
  • Keep thorough and accurate medical records in compliance with all laws/regulations and collaborate with administrative staff to ensure proper collection of data
  • Act as a liaison between departments
  • Enhance the veterinary extern/intern program and ensure proper instruction and evaluation

Staff Development

  • Monitor and evaluate medical support staff performance
  • Responsible for staff development through teaching, mentoring and training
  • Keep staff informed on latest relevant medical techniques and information and encourage stimulating interchange of medical knowledge

Open Communication

  • Facilitate open, direct communication throughout the Society.
  • Embrace and promote the Society’s BLISS direct communication
  • Ensure decisions, policies and procedures are effectively communicated
  • Facilitate good working relationships through teamwork and collaboration
  • Maintain effective communication with staff through daily contact in scheduled meetings, daily medical rounds, informally or in writing as needed to coordinate and direct medical functions of the Spay Neuter Clinic and Shelter Medicine

Safety

  • Ensure a safe work environment by following all safety guidelines and modeling safe work practices
  • Take immediate action to address any safety concerns that could put a staff member, volunteer, customer, animal, or the organization at risk
  • Maintain a clean, healthy, and sanitary work area; follow all pest and rodent control protocols. Participate in keeping the SF SPCA campus clean and well maintained

Volunteers

  • Work cooperatively with all volunteers and recognize the talent and commitment they bring to the Society

Reporting Relationships and Contacts:

  • Reports to the Medical Director, Prevention Programs

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Regular standing, bending, stooping and crouching while seeing patients and performing surgery
  • Intermittent sitting at computer stations and operation of electronic equipment
  • Regularly moves about the campus to coordinate work
  • Frequent lifting, carrying animals weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Exposure to disinfectant solutions when in kennel area
  • Subject to animal bites and scratches while handling animals
  • Consistent exposure to animals in the workplace and animal allergens under conditions with limited alternatives available

Education and Experience:

  • Graduated from an accredited veterinary medical college - DVM or equivalent
  • Licensed to practice in the State of California
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in a HQHVSN setting strongly preferred.
  • Experience with Shelter Medicine and herd health preferred
  • Commitment to the mission, values, goals, and success of the San Francisco SPCA
  • Demonstrated aptitude in clinical medicine and surgery
  • Demonstrated success in working with a diverse team of professionals, skilled in managing varied relationships and successful at facilitating collaboration and cooperation
  • Knowledge of methods and means of dealing with human behavior situations in a variety of business circumstances
  • Proficient in effective written and oral communication within a varied range of audiences and settings
  • Ability to mediate conflicts and give and receive feedback
  • Willingness to work the hours necessary to accomplish targeted responsibilities
  • Ability to delegate responsibility, achieve and measure results with team members
  • Commitment to practice excellent quality medicine and uphold the veterinary code of ethics
  • An enthusiastic, effective advocate for the San Francisco SPCA mission and programs internally and through the community.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Commitment to the mission, values, goals, and success of the San Francisco SPCA
  • Demonstrated aptitude in clinical medicine and surgery
  • Demonstrated success in working with a diverse team of professionals, skilled in managing varied relationships and successful at facilitating collaboration and cooperation
  • Knowledge of methods and means of dealing with human behavior situations in a variety of business circumstances
  • Proficient in effective written and oral communication within a varied range of audiences and settings
  • Ability to mediate conflicts and give and receive feedback
  • Willingness to work the hours necessary to accomplish targeted responsibilities
  • Ability to delegate responsibility, achieve and measure results with team members
  • Commitment to practice excellent quality medicine and uphold the veterinary code of ethics
  • An enthusiastic, effective advocate for the San Francisco SPCA mission and programs internally and through the community.

Benefits

Salary and Benefits:

The starting salary for this position depends on the length and breadth of experience. Eligible for full benefits package including: vacation and holiday pay, paid sick time, medical, dental & vision insurance, life insurance, long-term disability, tax-deferred retirement plan with matching, pre-tax commute expense deductions, discounted veterinary care, employee discount on retail, pet supplies, and training classes.

The SF SPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who contribute to our diversity. We are an at-will employer and conduct pre-employment background checks and drug screening.This job description reflects the assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.