Job Description

Job Summary:

Lead and direct veterinary operations including but not limited to shelter medical program, spay/neuter center operations and vaccine clinics.  Provide leadership to medical team in best practices in all aspects of job scope, including helping to train staff on new skills and best practices. Direct Reports include: Veterinarians  

Duties and Responsibilities:

Lead a team of staff veterinarians as their direct manager. Develop and maintain relationships within the local veterinary community, as colleagues and as sources of pro bono services and volunteering. This role includes providing medical services as a practicing vet. 
Direct the program and processes regarding the care of the animals in the shelter, those brought in by the public, and those brought through animal control officers and long-range rescue
Possess authority over medical protocols and medical decisions, including euthanasia decisions
Responsible for controlled substances.
Collaborate with VP of Medical Programs in ensuring excellent animal care, high customer satisfaction and financial vitality throughout the medical facilities.  
Work as part of a team leading community-based programs that bring our services directly into DC neighborhoods. This will include basic health care services; help scope, shape, and administer these programs to the extent that medical expertise is helpful.
Serve on an extended leadership team for the entire organization, responsible for the culture, climate, and overall brand of the organization. 

Qualifications and Requirements:

Demonstrated knowledge and ability to administer general veterinary medicine and care. 
Demonstrated knowledge of shelter medicine. 
Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to perform high-volume spay/neuter (30+ spays/neuters per day). Demonstrated ability to manage a high daily surgical caseload of spay/neuter procedures without sacrificing quality.  
Demonstrated knowledge of animal breeds, behavior, shelter operations, and infectious disease control. 
Demonstrated ability to lead, manage, and motivate a team, and identifying skills in others that can be developed. 
Ability to work effectively, both independently and in a team environment, in an atmosphere of multiple projects, shifting priorities, and deadline pressures. Ability to be flexible, detail oriented and able to prioritize. 
Ability to work with and manage a skilled team of veterinarians, veterinary technicians and support staff. 
Ability to work a flexible schedule including some on-call, nights and weekends.  
Strong commitment to the goals and mission of the HRA as it relates to shelter and community medicine.   
Passion for HRA mission, and for caring for all animals regardless of age, breed, temperament or species. 
Ability to work weeknights, weekends, and holidays as needed. 
Demonstrated track record of continuing education throughout veterinary career.   

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the primary functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to bend, stand, stoop, walk, sit, talk, and listen; may be required to walk or stand for long periods of time.
Will use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel; will reach with hands and arms.
The employee must be able to occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
Exposure to disinfectant and bleach solutions when cleaning.
Consistently exposed to animals and animal allergens under conditions with limited alterations available.
Ability to work under often unsafe and uncomfortable conditions where exposure to environmental factors such as temperature variations, odors, toxic agents, violence, noise, wetness, and disease can cause discomfort and where there is a risk of injury.

Education and Experience:

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited college or university. 
Current valid license to practice veterinary medicine in the District of Columbia (or willingness to pursue D.C. license). 
Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible experience as a veterinarian, preferably in a high-volume animal shelter. Experience in private practice or community medicine is highly desirable.   
Experience should include leading veterinary teams including veterinarians, veterinary technicians and support staff. 

This is a full time job

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Closing Date: Friday, December 18, 2020

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