The Chesapeake Humane Society (CHS) operates a low-cost, high-volume clinic, offering preventative veterinary care, spay/neuter surgery, dentals, and various surgical procedures. CHS is currently hiring for the following two positions: Veterinarian in Charge and Associate Veterinarian.
The Veterinarian in Charge is responsible for providing veterinary oversight, establishing and maintaining protocols, and performing high-quality surgical procedures and other routine veterinary services in a fast-paced setting.
Associate Veterinarians are responsible for performing high-quality surgical procedures and other routine veterinary services in a fast-paced setting. The incumbent shall uphold and abide by clinic and shelter protocol as set by the Veterinarian in Charge.
We are considering part-time and full-time applicants for both positions.
Veterinarian in Charge
Duties and Responsibilities
Consult with and advise management with regard to clinic and shelter operations
Develop and maintain protocols for all aspects of veterinary care and advise on animal care protocols
Assess patient’s health and medical histories as it relates to their qualification as surgery/service candidates
Perform spay, neuter, dental, and other surgical and animal medical procedures
Oversee vaccine clinics and perform medical procedures as necessary
Oversee and perform surgical monitoring, administration of pre-anesthetic and anesthetic drugs, and post-surgical monitoring through discharge
Maintain clinic controlled substance log
Supervise, support, and train Associate Veterinarian(s), Licensed Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Assistants
Ensure clinic compliance with all applicable laws established by the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency
Participate in continuing education programs in accordance with state requirements
Provide medical counseling to clients
Order clinic supplies and products as needed
Perform veterinary services and provide protocol oversight for Chesapeake Animal Services (CAS) per the contract between CAS and CHS
Engage visitors in non-confrontational, educational conversations regarding animal care, surrender, sheltering policies, etc.
Work cooperatively with all staff to promote the CHS mission
Perform other duties as assigned
Skills and Educational Requirements
Degree in veterinary medicine from an accredited university of veterinary medicine
License to practice as a veterinarian in the state of Virginia
Drug Enforcement Agency controlled-substance registration
Must possess and maintain independent insurance and provide proof to CHS
Ability to make sound decisions with regard to patient care and clinic operations
Confidence using computer systems and learning new software
Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate with and relate to people of all age groups across a wide spectrum of the community
Strong written and oral communication skills including the ability to educate clients effectively in English
Preferably, experience in shelter medicine and in high volume spay/neuter clinics
Willingness to discuss euthanasia, open-admission sheltering, and surrender of pets in a non-judgmental, non-confrontational, fact-based manner
Ability to express organizational standpoints when serving as a CHS representative
Ability to handle confidential or sensitive information with discretion
Physical and Time Demands
Ability to work early mornings, evenings, and weekends
On call hours as needed for CHS foster animals
Ability to work in the presence of animals, wildlife, strong odors, and cleaning solutions
Ability to stand, walk, bend, and lift and carry materials up to 40 lbs
Valid driver’s license and reliable personal transportation to and from CHS and CAS
Additional Salary Information: Salary is contingent upon experience and full-time/part-time status
About Chesapeake Humane Society
Founded in 1972, Chesapeake Humane Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is funded by private donors – we do not receive government subsidies. The Society supports the homeless animals of Chesapeake in the following ways:
• Providing low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services
• Offering financial assistance to shelter animals in immediate medical need
• Serving on the Chesapeake Animal Services Advisory Board
• Lending countless volunteer hours to enhance the lives of shelter pets
• Running a media program that advertises adoptable pets
•Hosting off-site adoption events to advertise adoptable pets
Our Mission is to promote the welfare of companion animals through programs and initiatives that reduce pet overpopulation, increase adoptions, and encourage responsible pet guardianship through affordable pet care.
Our Vision is to help pets and the people who love them find each other and stay together.