Job Description

Title: Shelter Veterinarian
Reports To: Executive Director
Job Type: Full-Time

Are you seeking an opportunity to make a positive impact on the most vulnerable animals in our community?
The Humane Educational Society is a 501(c)3 animal shelter in beautiful Chattanooga, TN. Our mission at HES is to provide a safe haven for homeless, abused and neglected animals in our community and advocate on their behalf. HES takes in around 4,500 homeless animals per year and provides humane education, adoption services, animal protection services, and community support to pets and their people in the Tennessee Valley. Always moving forward, our organization is scheduled to be fully moved to a brand-new facility in Fall of 2020. Chattanooga was ranked Outside Magazine’s “Best Town Ever” with an abundance of outdoor activities, startup hubs, and vibrant cultural scene. We offer competitive compensation (with bonus potential) and comprehensive benefits. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to

The Shelter Veterinarian reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for daily veterinary care of shelter animals and the sterilization of all surgical patients according to protocols in the spay/neuter clinic. Quality patient care is of utmost importance. The Shelter Veterinarian will be expected to perform a minimum of 20 surgeries daily following the adjustment period.
In accordance with HES objectives and procedures, the Shelter Veterinarian will be responsible for the following:
• Develop and implement standards of medical care, goals, policies, and written procedures for the veterinary departments; recommends changes in procedures as needed
• Evaluate, diagnose, treat, monitor, and administer preventative care to HES animals within established shelter medicine protocols
• Carry out clinical rounds
• Perform sterilization and other surgical interventions on shelter animals through the spay/neuter clinic
• Provide crisis medical services for shelter animals
• Prevent and manage disease outbreaks
• Oversee daily veterinary operations and supervise veterinary staff
• Order and maintain responsibility for controlled substances
• Maintain balance between individual animal welfare and decisions and practices that support the overall population
• Provide necropsy and other tests and assessments to provide expert opinion and court testimony
• Assist animal protection operations as required
• Provide consultation and information to the public and HES staff as required
• Available for consult with shelter staff during office hours and make arrangements to have coverage when offsite
• Provide assistance and advice to the Executive Director and Director of Operations regarding policies and protocols related to animal health
• Consult with other professionals as required
• Ensure positive public relations and customer service practices
• Other duties may be assigned
• Represent HES in a positive manner
• Serve as Doctor of Record for shelter clinic operations
• Ensure that all state and federal laws, state regulations, accepted standards, and HES policies and procedures regarding clinic operations, the practice of veterinary medicine, drug control, and animal care and handling are adhered to
• Work collaboratively with staff leadership and other departments for the best outcome for each animal
• Assist in the development of shelter health procedures and protocols, and standing orders for veterinary technicians and assistants
• Ensure adherence to HES budget
• Produce written records and reports
• Maintain computerized files and veterinary records
• Ensure medical recordkeeping is detailed, accurate, and up-to-date on shelter management software and that all medical care rendered to each animal is documented
• Establish and maintain drug use logs to standards of veterinary and sheltering practices; ensure that records are in order and complete
• Maintain positive relationships with veterinary community, service providers, professionals, and HES partners and maintains membership with the Hamilton County Veterinary Medical Association
• Attend staff meetings and other meetings as required
• Directly train and supervise veterinary staff and assesses their performance, ensuring a high standard of professionalism within the department
• Participate in the identification and achievement of HES objectives
• Maintain a comprehensive knowledge of social, environmental, and cultural issues relating to animal welfare, shelter medicine, husbandry, kennel management and veterinary practices
• Be familiar with and ensure compliance with all health and safety policies and procedures
• May be required to participate in public relations and promotional activities

The following are general descriptions of some of the requirements necessary to carry out the duties and responsibilities of this position. The Shelter Veterinarian must have:
• Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited university with a Tennessee veterinary license or ability to obtain one within 30 days
• Experience with high volume spay/neuter and TNR programs
• Experience with population wellness in a shelter setting
• Current DEA license for controlled substances
• Minimum 3 years of supervisory experience in hospital setting
• Minimum 5 years of experience in field of veterinary medicine
• Must have working knowledge of shelter medicine practices and stay up-to-date on changing industry standards
• Computer software and office equipment skills, required use of Microsoft Office and shelter management software
• Willingness and ability to work hours necessary for successful veterinary operations, which may include weekends, holidays, and evenings
• Exceptional leadership in teaching and mentoring veterinary staff
• Able to identify key issues through sound analytical thinking
• Genuine concern for welfare of animals and appreciation for the role that animals play in society and our community
• Conduct business in accordance with the letter, spirit and intent of all relevant laws and refrains from any illegal, dishonest, or unethical conduct
• High level of integrity, confidentiality, and accountability


This is a full time job

Contact Information

Job Contact Details

Rebecca Bryan
Interim Executive Director

Closing Date: Sunday, August 30, 2020

Posting Date:

Closing Date: