The Veterinarian provides leadership and supervision for the medical department employees and oversees the health of the shelter population and the surgery suite in coordination with the Veterinarian Medical Director. Works closely with Veterinarians and Surgery Manager to oversee the standards of care and ensure the humane treatment of animals. Daily responsibilities include providing medical care to shelter animals, surgery, assisting with oversight of medical and emergency cases, administering exams, and medical data entry.
Responsible for supervising and providing direction to the Surgery Manager, Veterinary Technician Manager, and Animal Care Manager who oversee new animals coming into the shelter, surgery, medical care of all shelter animals, and sanitation in the animal care areas
Responsible for the overall health status and disease control of the shelter’s animals
Establishes, manages, and implements surgical protocols for the shelter animals, including such procedures as spaying and neutering and other medically necessary surgeries to repair wounds and injuries
Participates daily in providing surgery and establishes positive working relationships with local veterinarians for assistance with surgery
Responsible for ensuring the humane treatment of animals at the shelter at all times
Works toward BARCS mission to lower euthanasia rates for healthy and treatable animals
Ensures protocols and procedures are followed for all aspects of animal care including, but not limited to: infectious disease protocols, cleaning protocols, enrichment protocols, kennel maintenance, and medical care
Performs physical examinations on animals in the shelter and evaluates bite case animals
Provides immediate medical diagnostics and response on animal health and safety concerns for animals in the shelter
Administers medical and surgical treatment as needed and creates treatment plans for veterinary technicians to administer
Responsible for the oversight of emergency cases, including being on call overnight
Works in coordination with management team to manage the shelter’s animal population and dispositions with the goal of saving all healthy and treatable animals
Evaluates animals confiscated for investigations and provides written documentation of evaluation for these cases
Responsible for training and maintaining employees knowledge on following proper shelter protocols and procedures, including, but not limited to, proper animal handling and restraint, medical care, and safety protocols
Responsible for maintaining a clean and sanitary work environment
Responsible for positive working relationships with local veterinary hospitals
Performs humane euthanasia
Responsible for all controlled substances and maintaining drug logs in accordance with veterinary and state law
Responsible for effective communication of shelter policies, practices, and procedures to employees, volunteers, and the general public
Responsible for clear and accurate data entry and signage for proper communication
Performs related work as required
Licensed DVM or VMD in the State of Maryland
Strong surgical skills and a minimum of one year of practical surgical experience highly desirable
Previous experience in shelter medicine and pediatric surgeries is highly desirable
Minimum of five years of experience in the care of animals in a veterinary hospital, animal clinic, or animal control, or shelter facility
Minimum of two years of experience supervising employees preferred
Must be comfortable with, and demonstrate, the ability to handle dogs and cats and animals that are sick, injured, frightened and potentially fractious
Must demonstrate being efficient and effective in math, writing, and data entry
Certified in humane euthanasia
Ability to modify work schedule to meet BARCS operational needs
Knowledge and Skills:
Strong leadership skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all staff and contribute to a positive working environment
Ability to follow both written and verbal directions concerning the care and handling and disposition of animals
Ability to work both independently as well as with a team
Ability to assess, detect and recognize animal behavior and health that is potentially dangerous for both humans and/or animals
Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment with a variety of people
Must be detail oriented and able to prioritize and perform duties efficiently and effectively
Committed to maintaining the BARCS high standard of animal care and mission
Additional Salary Information: Benefits:
Health insurance- fully covered by BARCS
Paid time off
About Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS)
The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care shelter (BARCS) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization operating Maryland’s largest open-admission animal shelter and pet adoption center, nestled in downtown Baltimore. More than 11,000 unwanted, abused and stray animals enter our doors each year – dogs, cats, kittens, puppies, even wildlife and exotic animals.
Our shelter grants refuge to every abandoned, neglected, abused, lost or surrendered animal that comes through our door - a staggering 30-35 or more animals are surrendered to BARCS daily, every single day of the year. No matter what the circumstance, we do not turn away any animal in need of shelter, food and a loving touch.
Prior to becoming a non-profit, the building housed was known as the Baltimore City Municipal Animal Shelter. Like many city agencies, the animal shelter had to compete with other agencies for the limited funding and resources Baltimore City could provide. This meant that the animal shelter was often placed as a last priority. As a result of these limitations, it was woefully underfunded and understaffed, which translated into poor husbandry practices, poor customer service, a poorly maintained building and a...stonishingly low adoption rates.
In 2005, in response to the need to improve the existing city shelter and make the conditions more humane, Baltimore City committed to dividing the animal shelter into two separate organizations. The Bureau of Animal Control, remained a public city agency and is responsible for operating a 24-hour, 7-days a week program that handles all animal issues outside of the shelter: brings strays into the animal shelter, impounds vicious animals, investigates rabid animal reports, handles enforcement of animal laws, and responds to animal cruelty complaints. The new organization, the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc. (BARCS), was officially recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in July 2005. In 2006 the Board of Directors was formed, comprising of a small group of community members and government officials. Together they hired an Acting Executive Director to begin the shelter's transformation. In the spring of 2006, BARCS became the responsible organization for the oversight of all shelter operations and programs for the Baltimore City shelter.
BARCS now provides animal care and adoption services, spaying and neutering for animals in its adoption program, public education and outreach, tracks lost and found pets, and sponsors low-cost vaccination and microchip clinics. Through this new partnership, the animal shelter’s resources have been increased through enabling it to have the flexibility of a non-profit, but the backing of the city government through a grant for some of the basic operations.
The positive results of this reorganization show that the plan is working. In just over a year, BARCS significantly increased the number of lives saved from a total of 240 in 2004 (under Animal Control), to 738 in 2005, and more recently more than 8,000 in 2015. Additionally, BARCS hired all non-profit staff members, created and expanded its volunteer program, created a foster program, began offsite adoptions, created a fund to care for sick and injured homeless animals (The Franky Fund), established working relationships with other local animal shelters and animal rescue groups, and increased the community’s awareness of the shelter and the needs of its animals.