Provide quality veterinary care for Best Friends Animal Society program animals. This includes performing medical and diagnostic exams as needed for all pets in care, along with overseeing general population health and movement through different programs to an adoptions outcome. In addition, support our mission and goals by providing quality high volume spay and neuter surgeries, other general (minor) surgeries, medical care, and vaccination services at our high quality high volume spay and neuter clinic.
Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM, VMD) or equivalent required. Accredited through the USDA APHIS National Veterinary Accreditation Program or be willing to obtain accreditation if requested for health certificate services. Proficiency in spays and neuters of dogs and cats. Ability to competently manage surgical complications and/or emergency treatment as the situation requires. Knowledge of and passion in continuing education in the field of shelter medicine, high volume high quality spay and neuter, and population medicine. Must be able to work with and safely handle all conditions and temperaments of cats and dogs, including those with health concerns/conditions and as well as behavioral. Must have or be able to obtain and maintain a license in good standing with the state veterinary board upon hire. Work experience preferred in shelter and/or high volume spay and neuter setting. Comfortable working with and/or around community (feral) cats. License in good standing with Drug Enforcement Agency. Strong interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations. The ideal person for this job would be a team player, personable, professional, upbeat, takes initiative, uses tact and diplomacy. Able to maintain clear and professional communication with internal staff and external stakeholders on all levels. Ability to educate staff and third-party partners via written or oral presentations. Interest in continuing veterinary education and exploration of new technologies and treatment modalities. Flexibility work schedule, may need to work nights, weekends, and holidays. Ability to answer calls from staff for emergency phone consultations per rotating schedule. Ability to professionally advocate Best Friends positions on animal welfare issues. Work requires continual attention to detail. Must be able to work at a fast pace with demonstrated good working habits in an environment that requires multitasking and multiple demands on time. Ability to stand for long periods of time (eight hours or more daily) while performing work requiring concentration and manual dexterity. Lifting animals of all sizes, bending, stooping, standing, and walking on a daily basis. Working at a computer for extended periods of time with repetitive typing, arm, and hand motion.
Nearly 30 years ago, when Best Friends helped pioneer the no-kill movement, more than 17 million homeless pets were dying each year in our nation's shelters, according to the Shelter Pet Project (consisting of Humane Society of the United States, Maddie's Fund, and the Ad Council.). Today, that number is around four million unnecessary deaths annually - that is tremendous progress, but Best Friends is committed to reducing that number to zero. By implementing targeted spay/neuter and TNR programs to reduce the number of animals who enter shelters, and by increasing the number of people who adopt pets, we know we can end the killing. We know we can Save Them All.