Are you ready to directly impact the lifesaving of thousands of animals, work with a mission-driven team in a state-of-the-art facility, and know you’re making a difference every day? Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is hiring for our Director of Shelter Medical Services position. We’re looking for a highly skilled, licensed DVM with strong organizational and leadership skills, and demonstrated experience in a shelter medicine environment.
The Director of Shelter Medical Services is responsible for working alongside the Chief Operating Officer in providing guidance and leadership to department staff and veterinarians as well as assuring regulatory compliance relating to the practice of veterinary medicine within the shelter. The Director of Shelter Medical Services will act as lead shelter veterinarian and provide direct oversight to shelter medical operations and staffing. At the direction of the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Shelter Medical Services may also provide oversight to all other aspects of the Medical Services department, including Wellness Clinic and Surgery and may act as a proxy to provide decision-making across the Medical Services department in conjunction with or in the absence of the Director of Veterinary Center Services.
Population Management and Medical Care • Ensure every animal in the shelter’s care has clear and objective medical notes in the shelter database to support efficient movement through the shelter, and ultimately, shortened length of stay. • Coordinate daily rounds with shelter veterinarians and other key staff to ensure all animals in the shelter’s care receive any needed medical attention in a timely manner. • Lead, guide, and consult shelter veterinarians on medical treatment plans for shelter animals. • Perform physical exams, treatment plans, and surgical or other procedures as deemed necessary by the organization. • Maintain and improve quality of medical and surgical procedures. • Provide oversight and direction of medical standards and protocols, ensuring they are in line with progressive animal sheltering and high quality of care. • Make humane euthanasia decisions when deemed medically appropriate. • Perform humane euthanasia when necessary. • Provide operational support to Director of Veterinary Center Services in overseeing Wellness Clinic and surgery. • Minimize waste and control costs related to medical supplies, surgical instruments, and drug inventories. • Document the required hours of continuing education credits per calendar year and CE completion. • Perform high quality, high volume spay and neuter surgeries. • Perform operational rotations in Wellness Clinic.
Staff and Volunteer Support:
• Directly manage performance of shelter veterinarians and other shelter medical staff. • Conduct and lead productive regular medical meetings during which shelter medical cases and treatment plans are discussed. • Create and maintain a workplace conducive to high employee morale and output, ensuring positive working relationships between clients, doctors, staff, and volunteers. • Participate in the recruiting and interviewing process for veterinarians and other staff positions as deemed appropriate. • Create a culture of embracing volunteerism, emphasizing the importance of volunteers in all aspects of the Medical Services department.
Client Support • Provide accurate, concise medical information to clients regarding adopted animals and wellness clinic clients. • In conjunction with the Director of Veterinary Center Services, ensure client experience is exemplary when interacting with the Medical Services department (Adopters, foster parents, Wellness Clinic and surgery clients, etc.). • Work in tandem with the Admissions department to gather complete medical information on medical cases prior to and during their arrival to the shelter and provide available medical resources to clients prior to surrender to retain pet in the home.
• Must have Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited university. • Minimum of five (5) years hospital or shelter supervisory experience. • Ability to lead and direct professional veterinary staff. • Supports the Animal Rescue League’s mission, policies, and practices. • Currently Licensed by Florida Department of Professional Regulations to practice Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. • Minimum of three (3) years shelter medicine and epidemiology. • Minimum of (3) years High Quality High Volume Spay/Neuter experience required. • Currently USDA accredited veterinarian. • Current DEA license. • Ability to work independently and effectively with managers, directors, staff, and volunteers to accomplish daily tasks as well as strategic plans and contribute effectively as part of a team. • Affection for animals, concern for their welfare, and an ability to handle the physical and emotional aspect of work in an animal shelter environment, including euthanasia. • Working knowledge of Chameleon shelter database preferred. • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office required. • Bilingual preferred. • Willing to stay at the shelter during a hurricane or other disaster. • Willing to work weekends
Additional Salary Information: Reimbursement for approved CE up to $2,500 annually, full benefits package, reimbursement for processional licenses.
About Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League
The Mission of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League of the Palm Beaches, Incorporated is to provide shelter to lost, homeless and unwanted animals, to provide spay and neuter and other medical services for companion animals, and to care for, protect, and find quality homes for homeless and neglected companion animals, to advocate animal welfare, community involvement and education to further the bond between people and animals.
Our Vision is to create a community where 100% of the adoptable animals find loving homes and no animals will be euthanized because of pet overpopulation.
Are you ready to work in a state of the art facility, help thousands of animals, and know that you are making a difference every day? Our growing team is passionate about animals and we embrace our mission. We look forward to learning more about your talents and skills.