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Shelter Veterinarian Part Time

POSITION DESCRIPTION TITLE: Shelter Veterinarian

THIS POSITION REPORTS TO Executive Director

THIS POSITION MAY SUPERVISE: Clinic Veterinary Technician Staff

In general, the clinic provides the following services:
Monday mornings various surgeries from tumor removal to amputation for clients and shelter pets.  Monday afternoon clients have access to veterinary services at deep discounts.

Tuesday and Wednesday are full days of spay/neuter for clients and for shelter pets.  Shelter pets also have exams and other veterinary care. 

A well trained experienced staff and practice manager have 10 years of experience making things as easy as possible for clients and the doctor.  You will save lives and provide health care to the pets of people who are low and moderate income. 

Now for the technicalities:

 

Essential Functions of the Position:

 • Must understand and practice “herd” health principles as well as individual animal care.

• Must have respect for and willingness to work with shelter staff and all types of animals.

• Must perform physical examinations and diagnostic/medical procedures in a way that will deliver quality care while minimizing patient stress and discomfort. 

. Must be able to explain physical examination findings and communicate to the staff a diagnosis of the animal’s problems and must generate and present a treatment plan for the animal.

• Must be able and willing to help develop and administer disease prevention for shelter animals which can encompass traditional medical practices such as vaccination, parasite control, and nutrition as well as areas less commonly considered such as air quality, facility design, stress reduction and management of population density.

• Individual may be asked to serve as a resource to assist Shelter Manager with protocols for sanitary measures, feeding, disease prevention and general care to promote quality healthcare for the animals.

• Individual is required to perform spay and/or neuter surgeries on shelter animals, primarily dogs and cats as well as client pets.

• Individual is required to perform other surgeries, such as but not limited to cryptorchids and hernia repairs for shelter pets and client pets.

• Will be designed as the Veterinarian of record for Pet Allies Inc.

• Help establish and recommend ongoing training for all shelter staff.

• Report to work at assigned start time; be flexible as client practice and shelter needs can change with very little notice. 

• Work with Lead Veterinary Technician to ensure that controlled drugs are maintained under DEA compliance.

• Ability to meet physical demands.

Typical Decisions This Position Has Total Authority to Make

• Medical decisions related to the care of shelter and client animals.

Typical Problems This Position Will Face

• Compassion fatigue.

• Fractious animals.

• Adverse reactions to treatments and/or anesthesia.

• Unexpected complications after surgery.

. Difficult clients.

Major Responsibilities

• Maintaining active Arizona Veterinary license

• Maintaining $1,000,000.00 personal liability insurance.

• The ability to make decisions and communicate clearly and effectively with fellow team members.

• Understanding of and a willingness to apply management practices relating to shelter medicine and/or access to veterinary care.

• Working knowledge of breeds, diseases, medical conditions, and animal handling and behavior.

• Ability to handle animals safely and with patience and gentleness.

• Ability to create and sustain positive working relationships within Pet Allies, with volunteers, the public, and be a team player.

• Must be patient, courteous and work well under stressful conditions.

• Knowledge and ability to accurately work with detailed information in paper and computerized format.

• Ability to learn and quickly adapt to changes in programs and procedures.

• Required Professional Licensing or Certifications

• Licensure in good standing to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Arizona.

• Graduate degree from an accredited veterinary college (DVM or VMD).

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

• This position is regularly required to use hands to fingers, handle, talk, hear, stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel or crouch. • The position holder must be able to regularly lift and/or move up to 80 pounds without assistance, up to 200 pounds with assistance.

• Specific vision abilities required for this position include close vision, distant vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to focus.

• While performing the duties of this job this position may be exposed to animal odors or airborne particles.

• The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Working Conditions

• The individual performing this job may be required to work more than 8 hours in a day.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required by the individual. Other duties than those listed herein may be assigned.

Kennel Technician part-time

Hours:  7 a.m. to 11-noon, 3-5 days a week, depending on number of animals at the shelter, opportunity for longer hours will occur as operations increase.

Salary:  Starting Salary $12.00 per hour plus benefits

Primary Purpose of the job:  This position is responsible for providing quality care of the dogs and puppies housed in the kennels as well as the cleaning and maintenance of the kennels, dog exercise yards, and kennel complex, and occasionally cat room areas.

Essential Duties:

Sanitation/Maintenance

. Clean and disinfect kennels, exercise yards, training areas, grounds, and other kennel facilities using approved cleaning tools and methods.

. Report maintenance problems or repairs to the supervisor.

Feeding/Care

. Provide quality care, humane housing, and a safe environment to kenneled dogs, kenneled puppies and campus felines, including but not limited to:

. Proper preparation and distribution of food, including special diets.

. Monitor and record weights, dietary needs, and diet transitions.

. Identify signs indicating a change of diet may be required.

. Administer oral, topical, and injectable medications under direction of the veterinarian or supervisor on occasion.  This is not a primary duty.

. Assess and report any medical or behavioral changes to the supervisor and/or appropriate departments.

. Report an animal in distress.

.  Assist in emergency first aid, wound treatment, blood draws, fecal collection, tests, and health exams on occasion.  This is not a primary duty.

. Groom dogs, including bathing, trimming, and nail clipping.

. Exercise and socialize dogs and puppies.

. Provide behavioral correction.

. Transport and shuttle dogs using crates or approved methods on occasion.  This is not a primary duty.

. Provide care to campus cats, including feeding, medicating, and cleaning cat-related areas.

 

Inventory

. Monitor, inventory, and replenish kennel supplies as needed. 

. Report needed supplies to supervisor.

Administration

. Work with volunteers and assist with special events.

. Organize and maintain detailed records.

. Complete necessary paperwork and meet deadlines.

. Effectively and efficiently use a computer, including familiarity with software packages (Word, Excel, Outlook, Databases, etc.).

. Be accountable not only for direct responsibilities outlined in this job description but also to serve fellow staff and other constituents with whom position interacts.  Ensure actions and communications are honest and transparent.

. Other duties as assigned by supervisor or department.

Required Abilities

. Perform several tasks concurrently, good time management, and good organizational skills.

. Excellent interpersonal skills, including quality customer service and teamwork.

. Great oral, verbal, and written communication skills.

. Maintain confidential information.

. Ability to use computers, word processing, spreadsheets, email and database applications.

. Ability to assess medical and behavioral changes in dogs both visually and audibly.

. Ability to lift 50 pounds, and to restrain active dogs weighing up to 110 pounds.

. Ability to work, stand, or walk on cement for extended periods of time.

. Ability to follow procedures governing safe work practices.

. Ability to work flexible schedules including different day, evening, and weekend shifts.

. Ability to work with people with a wide array of disabilities.

Required Experience:  Familiarity with dog handling, training, behavior, and heal preferred

Required Licenses:  Valid driver’s license and at least 3 years driving history

Required Education:  High School graduate or GED.

Working Conditions:  Subject to hazards than can be caused by working with animals and chemicals.  Activities include regular and/or repeated walking, standing, grasping, bending, stooping, and kneeling with exposure to cleaning chemicals and high temperature steam cleaning.

This job description does not list all the duties of the job.  You may be asked by supervisors or manager to perform other instructions and duties.  You will be evaluated in part based upon your performance of the tasks listed in this job description.

Management has the right to revise this job description at any time.  The job description is not a contract for employment and either you or the employer may terminate employment at any time, for any reason. 

Adoption Ambassadors Coordinator - Volunteer Position

Summary of Duties

To find, train and support Adoption Ambassadors for the duration of their foster experience in order to get more shelter animals adopted; and to act as liaison between Adoption Ambassadors and staff

Primary Responsibilities

1. Recruit Adoption Ambassadors

  • Tap existing foster parents
  • Advertise for Adoption Ambassadors online and via outreach in the community

2. Train and Equip Ambassadors

  • Provide one-on-one and/or group training
  • Distribute and collect Adoption Ambassadors agreements/contracts
  • Assign a foster animal or assist Ambassadors in choosing one
  • Provide resources to Ambassadors (leash/collar, food, bowls, bed, Adopt Me vest, business cards, etc.)

3. Communicate with Ambassadors on a regular basis and as needed (including outside business hours)

  • Initiate weekly phone call or email to Ambassadors to check in on each animal; make sure they know
  • Coordinator is the shelter’s point of contact and they should not be contacting anyone else on staff about their animal
  • Make sure Ambassadors know to contact Coordinator immediately for an emergency (bite, lost animal and any health or behavior concerns)

4. Communicate with shelter staff

  • Share information about the Adoption Ambassadors program with staff
  • Invite staff to participate in the program
  • Keep shelter staff apprised of the status of animals in the program
  • Adoption Ambassadors
  • Coordinator Job Description
  • Pet Allies
  • Adoption Ambassador Job Description

5. Help Ambassadors optimize adoption possibilities

  • Make sure Ambassadors have a good photo/bio of their animals and assist them if necessary
  • Share good marketing/social media tips with Ambassadors
  • Post all animals in the program on agency website and social media channels
  • Frequently notify Ambassadors about upcoming adoption events where they can bring animals
  • Provide Ambassadors with additional information to help them succeed: tips on potty training, crate training, loose-leash walking, litter box use, etc.
  • If Ambassadors go on vacation or are no longer able to care for their animal, assist them in finding an alternative Ambassador or other care

6. Maintain database of all animals in the program

  • Include details about the animal (age, gender, breed and medical info)(can be done in Pet Point on line software)
  • Include contact information for Ambassadors

7. Assist with adoption paperwork and follow-up

  • Answer any questions Ambassadors have about completing adoption paperwork
  • Make sure adopted animals are entered into the agency’s computer system
  • Make sure Ambassadors return all supplies to the agency if they are not taking another animal
  • Celebrate every adoption! Send a thank-you note or email to Ambassadors for helping save a life and shout out the success on social media, with staff and volunteers, etc.

Veterinarian Recovery Room Assistant - Volunteer Position

Observation and documentation is an essential role of the Recovery Room Assistant

  • Dependable
  • Pays attention to detail
  • Monitor the patient while still under the effects of anesthesia
  • Clips the nails and cleans the ears while patient is still under anesthesia
  • Checks for fleas and tics
  • Follows procedures for a safe recovery of the patient
  • Follows procedures for the safety of the technician while dealing with feral feline
  • Takes direction from the veterinarian or veterinarian assistant
  • Documents times of recovery such as focusing the eyes, moving the head and body
  • Removes any instruments from the mouth when recovery is observed
  • Assures the patient is breathing properly
  • Communicates with the front desk technician
  • Lifting is helpful but not required
  • Sitting on the floor is helpful but not required
  • Launders the towels used for patient bedding
  • After surgery cleaning of floors, mats, laundry, restroom, etc

Packs Technician - Volunteer Position

Sterilization and contamination prevention is essential for a Packs Technician

  • Dependable
  • Follows procedures for sterilizing the surgical instruments
  • Cleans the work area
  • Assembles the sterilized surgical tools into packs in preparation for the next surgery
  • Launders linen used for patient bedding
  •  After surgery cleaning of floors, mats, laundry, etc.
  •  Helps with recovery patients 

Discharge Technician

Communication is essential for the Discharge Technician

  • Dependable
  • Checks incision and condition of patient
  • Follows discharge procedures
  • Observes whether the patient is ready to go home
  • Communicates thorough detailed instructions for home care of the patient
  • Communicates thorough instructions for medication administering 

More Volunteer Opportunities

Spay/Neuter Clinic 

Computer entry, forms design

  • Cage/kennel cleaning
  • Cleaning/maintenance/laundry
  • Supply inventory
  • Provide lunch for clinic volunteers
  • Post clinic cleanup 
  • Clinic client/pet morning intake
  • Preparation for clinics stocking supplies
  • Surgery pack cleaning/prep/sterilization
  • Pet discharge/release post surgery
  • Pet Recovery post surgery
  • Serve lunch for clinic volunteers

Hands-on work with foster animals

  • Socializing animals in the store: (grooming/playing with cats)
  • Adoption counselor at offsite adoption events or at the store
  • Bottle feeding orphaned kittens or puppies
  • Feeding feral cats
  • Trapping feral cats for neutering
  • Foster home for: cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, other small pets 

Phone work, paperwork, computer work, and other volunteer opportunities

  • E-mail and phone volunteers to assist People with information about animal Behavior and to follow up on adoptions (training provided)  
  • Pick up donations for thrift store
  • Creating adoption flyers for animals
  • Tabling and/or event day volunteer
  • Writing thank you notes, filing
  • Animal food donation coordinator
  • Advocates for feral cats, to solve problems
  • Publicity; outreach to local media  
  • Fundraising
  • Special Events Coordinator; organize outreach events or meetings
  • Team Leader; assist with managing volunteer programs
  • Data entry
  • Barkin' Basement Thrift Store
  • Distribution; putting up posters/flyers to promote adoption and special events
  • Manager for programs or special projects
  • Sewing, knitting or crocheting cat beds
  • Carpentry

Professional Services

  • Lawyer; provide pro bono legal advice
  • Veterinarian or veterinary technician
  • Photographer, to promote adoptions
  • Web design and maintenance
  • Desktop publishing, graphic design 
  • Writer, editor
  • Computer technician
  • Public relations, marketing
  • Groomer
  • Trainer