Job Title: Veterinarian – Low Cost Care Department: Public Support Reports To: Director of Community Outreach
FLSA Status: Exempt
Join a dynamic veterinary team, committed to providing affordable, quality and compassionate service to pets. The veterinarians and animal healthcare professionals of the Atlanta Humane Society’s Community Outreach team provide the highest of quality services at affordable prices to ensure that vet costs aren’t a barrier for pet owners.
Atlanta Humane Society offers a comprehensive selection of health benefits, paid time off and a 401k with company match. Paying off student loans? As a not-for-profit organization, employment with AHS may qualify you for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
If you or someone you know is looking for the opportunity to truly make a difference in the lives of Atlanta's animals, this may be the perfect fit!
The Veterinarian-Low Cost Care provides the highest quality of care, including examinations, spay and neuter surgeries, and ancillary services primarily to public patients; may provide care to shelter animals as needed. Supports the Director of Community Outreach in managing the conscientious utilization of resources to ensure operating efficiencies to effectively grow AHS’s low-cost veterinary care services. Provides superior customer service. Must be committed to the mission of the Atlanta Humane Society.
Duties & Responsibilities
Ability to perform up to 40 spay/neuter surgeries per day for community cats and client-owned pets (both dog and cat) using high-quality, high-volume efficiency techniques per the Humane Alliance’s recommended protocols and procedures
Complete other general practice-type surgeries such as mass removals and dental procedures
Provide medical care for the animals including but not limited to preanesthetic exams; provide post-operative instructions for surgery patients
Communicate directly with clients whose animals have experienced intra- or post-operative problems
Assist in identifying animals in need of emergency intervention and specialist consultations
Educate clients, adopters, and the general public on sterilization protocols and related topics
Perform veterinary services at AHS locations, Community Outreach events, deployments, disasters, offsite events and assist other animal welfare organizations as needed
Work with the Animal Protection Unit team to properly assess, document and treat animals who are part of law enforcement cases as needed
Perform euthanasia as needed
Coordinate and collaborate with local veterinarians and clinic/shelter professionals to promote positive and productive relationships; participate in arranging for care at private veterinary hospitals when necessary
Maintain an understanding of the programs of AHS and work collaboratively with all departments across the organization to ensure the highest level of service and care are provided to animals and people
Assist in the development, implementation, and revision of goals, policies, and procedures of AHS
Establish and maintain medical record and drug use logs compliant with standards of veterinary and sheltering practices; ensure records are in order and complete
Maintain continuing education and licensing requirements and up-to-date knowledge of surgical procedures, shelter animal health protocols, and companion animal health issues
Ensure that all applicable state and federal laws, regulations, and industry accepted standards and procedures regarding clinic operations, the practice of veterinary medicine, drug control, and animal care and handling are followed
Assist in monitoring inventory and ordering of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals
Mentor and work alongside surgical technicians on surgical prep, anesthesia monitoring and recovery
Assist in the training of veterinary students on externship
Guide and direct staff responsible for following surgical protocols and procedures
Ensure that employees are compliant with operational and personnel policies
Promote and follow safety guidelines to ensure a safe work environment; take immediate action to address any safety concern that could put an employee, volunteer, client, animal, or organization at risk
Maintain clean work environment, clinic, animal housing facilities and equipment
Perform other duties and special projects as assigned
The position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related duties required by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited college or university
Possession of a current license to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Georgia
Possession of current Georgia DEA distribution license or ability to obtain
Minimum three to five years veterinary medical experience; experience in shelter environment preferred
Working knowledge of guidelines and practices in a high-volume, high quality spay neuter clinic
Ability and confidence working with both cats and dogs
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with ability communicate effectively with the public, fellow employees and volunteers
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 and prioritize effectively
Willingness and ability to adjust to tasks in accordance with changing deadlines and priorities
A team-oriented and collaborative approach to work, with an ability to bring out the best in peers
Strong work ethic and ability to maintain high degree of accuracy with strict attention to detail
Administer personnel-related tasks, including new hires, terminations, leave requests, rewarding and disciplining employees
Perform periodic and annual evaluations in accordance with AHS policies
Ensure that employees are complying with operational safety and personnel policies at all times
Proficient at use of computer programs including Microsoft Office programs, email, Internet and database management software to efficiently accomplish work
Must handle agency funds in accordance with established verbal and written agency guidelines
Requires humane handling of animals and safe handling of cleaning supplies, chemicals and equipment in compliance with safety rules and according to SDS rules
Exposure to disinfectant and bleach solutions when cleaning
Ability to lift, pull or push up to 50 lbs. with reasonable accommodations
Ability to perform strenuous physical activity on a daily basis, including but not limited to lifting and carrying, reaching, stooping, squatting and bending, walking and standing on feet
Ability to work weekends, holiday shifts, and evenings
Valid GA driver’s license or ability to obtain a valid GA driver’s license and must be insurable by AHS’s insurance provider
About Atlanta Humane Society
The Atlanta Humane Society is a no-kill shelter providing 60,000 direct points of care to animals each year through sheltering and adoption, veterinary care, and community outreach. We operate out of three locations in metro Atlanta and help find nearly 10,000 animals loving homes each year. As one of the oldest charities in Atlanta, we have been caring for our community and her animals for more than 147 years.
We believe the relationship between humans and animals has deep significance, and we call on our city and each other to take action. Together we put up a united front against cruelty, neglect, and displacement. With a heart to better lives, we connect homeless animals with good homes and neglected animals with safe spaces—uplifting our community by instilling compassion.
We’re proud to be able to work together with animal advocates, other animal welfare organizations, and our community partners to save lives.