Job Description

Our mission is building a community of caring by helping animals and educating people.

The Anti-Cruelty Society is seeking a dynamic Medical Director to lead a team of five Clinic Veterinarians to support all shelter veterinarian care, the low income clinic and the low cost spay/neuter program which completes nearly 10,000 procedures each year. With the expansion of services beyond the walls of the shelter, the veterinarian staff also provide outreach within underserved communities at vaccination pop-ups and wellness fairs.

The Society opened the first Charity Clinic in the US in 1916, at a time when veterinary facilities for small animals were almost nonexistent

In 1975, the Society took the bold step of limiting clinic services to low income clients. In addition to providing free spay and neuter services for all adopted animals, the Society launched a spay subsidy program to assist low income pet owners with the cost of private spay or neuter surgeries. In 1994, the Society opened its low-cost spay/neuter clinic. Recognizing that prevention is the future of the humane field, this change allowed us to make a significant impact on Chicago’s pet overpopulation problem in the years to come.

In 2016, the operating suites were renovated with state of the art technology. The area includes the operating and recovery rooms, ample examination and holding rooms, a pharmacy, and radiology area. New dental equipment was added in 2019.

The Organization

The Anti-Cruelty Society has been on the forefront of animal welfare and humane education since it was founded in 1899. Its focus is to provide the following:
• Compassionate care for any animal in need
• An attempt to find a home for every healthy or rehabilitatable dog and cat
• Intervention to prevent cruelty to animals
• Community education on animal issues to inspire compassion and respect; and
• Low or no cost spaying or neutering

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s mission is to build a community of caring by helping pets and educating people. It is an open admission shelter which means the organization will care for all animals and not turn away any animal in need. There are no time limits placed on any animal in its care and the Society operates under the belief that no healthy or rehabilitatable pet should be euthanized. Based on the premise that the key to pet overpopulation is sterilization, the Society offers access to low or no cost spaying or neutering and it relies on its education programs to promote responsible pet ownership.

The Position
Reporting to the Vice President of Quality and Best Care, the Medical Director is responsible for all aspects of medical and surgical care given to animal in both the clinic and shelter as well as the community events hosted by The Anti-Cruelty Society, assuring that all veterinary practices conform to both The Association of Shelter Veterinarians Standards of Care guidelines and Anti-Cruelty Society policy. The Medical Director will also work to ensure the fiscal stability of the clinic.

Significant Expectations
• In conjunction with the Vice President of Quality and Best Care, recruit, train, and develop Clinic Veterinarians.
• In consultation with Clinic Veterinarians, follow the established guidelines concerning the range of services offered to animals under the care of The Anti-Cruelty Society.. This includes outpatient services, shelter animal care, and community animal events. .
• Schedule veterinarians so as to assure that all clinic and shelter needs are met.
• Performs all duties of a Clinic Veterinarian to ensure the maximum level of service to shelter animals and to the community as a whole.
• Establish Low Stress handling protocols for all clinic functions
• Meet regularly with Clinic Veterinarians to review policy and procedure. Consensus among veterinary staff is the goal.
• Prepare annual performance evaluations of Clinic Veterinarians and make salary recommendations to the Vice President of Quality and Best Care.
• Cooperates with the Vice President of Quality and Best Care and Director of Clinic Services to assure that the clinic is appropriately staffed and that supplies are adequately stocked.
• In conjunction with the Vice President of Quality and Best Care, will maintain fiscal stability in all areas of the clinic.
• Provides information to the Director of Clinic Services about all members of the clinic support staff, to assist in the preparation of their annual performance reviews.
• Responds to all feedback about the medical care given to an animal in the clinic in a caring manner, and resolves them in an appropriate way.
• Works with the Vice President of Quality and Best Care and Director of Clinic Services to promote the cohesion of the clinic staff through teamwork and leadership and builds effective relationships through positive interaction and communication with the community, all staff, and volunteers.

Key Personal Qualities and Abilities
Knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of a Veterinarian, and that is typically in or related to the work of a Veterinarian; such as Professional knowledge of anatomy, physiology, diseases of both domestic and exotic animals, medical sciences, and the general methods of diagnosing and controlling the more common animal diseases and disorders.

• Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA).
• Must have a current, valid Illinois license that allows the practice of veterinary medicine.
• Three years of previous supervisory experience is preferred.

Please submit a letter of interest, including salary expectations, and a resume for consideration. Pay will be commensurate with experience and ability. Please note that applications that do not include all required documentation will not be considered.
Direct all applications to:
The Anti-Cruelty Society
ATTN: Meshia Burrell, Vice President of People and Culture
157 West Grand Avenue
Chicago IL 60654
Facsimile: (888) 391-0164
No phone calls please
The Anti-Cruelty Society is an equal opportunity employer

This is a full time job

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Meshia Burrell
VP of People and Cultue

Closing Date: Sunday, November 1, 2020

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