The Veterinarian manages the DRHS’ medical efforts, spay/neuter surgeries, and disease control protocols in collaboration with the Director of Operations. The Veterinarian is responsible for developing and implementing standards of medical care and managing treatments for animals in the care of the DRHS.
Essential Job Functions
Responsible for medical examinations, care, monitoring, and health of animals in the care of the DRHS, including foster animals. Provide input on wildlife cases as necessary.
Perform spay/neuter and other surgeries.
Maintain medical records, both paper and electronic, for animals. Document physical examination findings and any adverse events on appropriate medical records.
Participate in group discussion regarding euthanasia decisions of animals.
Perform humane euthanasia according to established protocol. Provide euthanasia training to selected staff.
Provide medical information and representation to other DRHS departments.
Develop and follow all written and verbally communicated DRHS Spay/Neuter Standard Operating Procedures.
Provide direction to staff responsible for following prescribed treatment and maintaining treatment records for animals brought to the shelter. Ensure that the highest level of service and care are provided and that changes in animals’ conditions are recorded.
Provide preventative treatments for infections, disease prevention and control, general health, parasite diagnosis and treatment, and dietary evaluations.
Examine animals, evaluate animals’ health, and perform veterinary medical and surgical procedures including vaccinations, prescribing and administering medications, anti-parasite treatments, tests, and lab work.
Maintain up-to-date knowledge of shelter animal health protocols, surgical procedures, and companion animal health issues.
Monitor Foster Program. Ensure quality of program is in accordance with the DRHS’ mission and goals and quality care of foster animals.
Maintain knowledge of animal inventory and animal health including shelter and foster animals. Make daily rounds to ensure timely identification of medical issues.
Strive to achieve the Association of Shelter Veterinarian Guidelines of Standards of Care in Animal Shelters as they pertain to the medical care of DRHS animals.
Supervise veterinary staff including Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Assistants, Foster Coordinator, and foster parents. Ensure veterinary staff provides excellent effective, professional, and compassionate care to animals and customers.
Veterinary Clinic Management
Actively participate as a member of management team.
Ensure adequate inventory of supplies, medications, and drugs including DEA-regulated substances.
Participate in local, regional, and national veterinarian associations.
Represent DRHS in a professional and courteous manner at all times.
Manage veterinary services budget and provide financial analysis. Responsible for ensuring accuracy of invoices and statements from vendors.
Coordinate with local veterinarians and clinic and shelter professionals to promote positive and productive relationships.
Update President/CEO and other senior management on issues and successes that may affect their areas of the organization.
Have steadfast belief in the mission, policies, and procedures of the DRHS
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited college or university.
Possession of a current license to practice in the state of Iowa.
At least one (1) year of professional Veterinarian experience is preferred.
Effective decision making and diagnostic skills.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Public and employee relations skills.
Be at least 21 years old and have a valid driver’s license and current auto insurance.
Lift up to 50 lbs.
Work collaboratively with diverse groups of people including volunteers, department supervisors, and staff.
Make decisions in the best interest of the organization.
Strong organization, interpersonal, and multi-tasking skills. Able to prioritize and adhere to deadlines.
Detail-oriented and resourceful.
Additional Salary Information: 25-32 hours per week
About Dubuque Regional Humane Society
The Dubuque Regional Humane Society, located in Dubuque, IA, is an open admission, no-kill animal shelter. The DRHS' mission is to protect and promote the well-being of all animals by fostering respect for their inherent dignity. The DRHS provides critical medical and behavioral interventions and compassionate care for over 2,900 animals annually that are lost, abandoned, surrendered by owners, or rescued from neglect