Become a Shelter Veterinarian for Palm Valley Animal Society and make a difference in the lives of animals in the Rio Grande Valley!
Palm Valley Animal Society (PVAS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit animal welfare organization serving five municipalities in Hidalgo County, as well as the county at-large. PVAS operates two facilities in Edinburg, TX, taking in approximately 25,000 animals on behalf of 775,000 residents each year. PVAS is on a journey to maintain “no-kill” status, broadly defined as saving 90% or more of the animals that enter into our care. As of March 2021 we have reached a 94% save rate and are working hard to continue to meet our lifesaving goals.
The Shelter Veterinarian works closely with the Medical Director, Shelter Manager, and Executive Director to oversee the health of the shelter populations. This position, with the Medical Team, works to provide surgical and medical care to the animals at two PVAS locations in the Rio Grande Valley. The focus is population-driven medicine, with attention on individual cases as the shelter’s resources continue to develop. You will work with an amazing staff at PVAS one of the most caring, dedicated, and professional veterinary teams working in shelter medicine today.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Performs spay/neuter surgeries on adopted, impounded, or owned dogs and cats including pre-pubescent sterilizations
Performs medical examinations on animals for which the department is responsible and prescribes, performs, and oversees recommended treatments as may be necessary
Maintains animal health and treatment records as required
Works to ensure the general health and welfare of sheltered animals by providing guidance and training to staff and volunteers
Addresses disease issues in the shelter through the development and implementation of appropriate sanitation and health management protocols
Monitors animals being held in quarantine for signs of illness and makes recommendations as needed if/when animals become sick regarding treatment, testing, etc.
Ensures best practices are in place regarding animal health and care
Through continuing education, stays current on new trends, protocols, and opportunities to improve animal care, surgical protocols, and techniques, sanitation, disease control, etc.
Helps ensure adequate medical supplies and equipment are available and in proper working condition at all times
Assists in training staff on matters of shelter health, sanitation, animal handling, and other related areas
Reports any issues or concerns immediately to the Medical Director and/or Executive Director and assists in the resolution of problems related to animal health
Serves as veterinary representation for PVAS in the community and area veterinary associations
Administers vaccinations and microchips to appropriate animals
Embraces a "one team" approach to accomplish daily tasks, goals, and projects by interacting, cooperating, assisting, training, and learning from volunteers
Performs other duties as necessary which are related to or logically associated with this position.
Education: Must possess a DVM or VMD degree from an accredited college or university and be licensed to practice as a Veterinarian in the State of Texas, or be able to obtain and maintain a veterinary license in good standing with the state veterinary board upon hire.
Experience: At least one (1) year of experience working in the capacity of a Veterinarian to include performing spay/neuter surgeries and pre-pubescent sterilizations required. Shelter Medicine Certification or experience working in an animal shelter preferred
Miscellaneous: Must possess and maintain a current, valid Texas Driver’s License.
Skills and Requirements
Must possess enthusiasm for working in a growing/evolving animal shelter environment. Leadership in this area is critical!
Must possess skills needed to perform various medical procedures, e.g., spay/neuter and other minor surgeries, examination and treatment of various injuries and illnesses, pre and post-operative care and monitoring of animals, etc.
Must have the ability to deal diplomatically and professionally with sensitive issues and problems.
Must have the ability to render quick, responsible decisions under stressful and emotional circumstances.
Knowledge and understanding of herd management practices and principles as they apply to shelter health.
Have the ability to teach/train staff, volunteers, and/or interns on matters of animal health, disease recognition, and control, animal behavior, restraint, etc.
Must be able to use and understand shelter/medical software programs and other basic equipment associated with day-to-day operations. Experience with ShelterLuv a plus.
Ability to establish and maintain effective and positive working relationships and communications with staff, volunteers, government agencies, veterinarians, law enforcement, volunteers, civic groups, and the general public.
Ability to troubleshoot during times of increased disease and develop appropriate solutions.
Ability to help establish and maintain best practices regarding sanitation, health, and animal well-being
Assist in securing necessary premises, clinics, and controlled drug permits.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: PVAS offers a comprehensive benfits package including:
457B Retirement Plan
Paid time off
Internal Number: Shelter Veterinarian
About Palm Valley Animal Society
Palm Valley Animal Society (PVAS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit animal welfare organization serving five municipalities in Hidalgo County, as well as the county at-large. PVAS operates two facilities in Edinburg, TX, taking in approximately 25,000 animals on behalf of 775,000 residents each year. PVAS is on a journey to maintain “no-kill” status, broadly defined as saving 90% or more of the animals that enter into our care. We currently have reached a 94% save rate.
PVAS accepts stray and surrendered companion animals from municipalities and counties who contract our services regardless of age, health, or breed, making us the largest intake facility in Hidalgo County, and one of the largest intake facilities in the country.