This position reports to the Senior Hospital Manager with respect to operational duties and to the Director of Veterinary Medicine with respect to the provision of professional veterinary services.
Associate Veterinarians are expected to diagnose, prevent and treat a variety of small animal illnesses and diseases while providing exceptional care to patients and service to clients of the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital.
Additionally, Associate Veterinarians are responsible for performing a complete range of professional veterinary services for small animals, including but not limited to: soft tissue surgeries; spay and neuter surgeries; some elective and non-elective surgeries; routine dental care; counseling pet owners in animal care; administering necessary medications and vaccinations; creating health plans; using diagnostic tools and tests, including blood sampling and x-rays.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide routine care during client appointments and recommendations for follow-up or continued care
Perform surgical sterilizations and other surgeries as necessary
Prescribe controlled substances and maintain appropriate records OR supervise the handling and recording of controlled substances by licensed veterinary technicians
Ensure charts are appropriately detailed and complete for all cases
Provide animal health care guidance for veterinary assistants and technicians as required
Provide guidance to veterinary assistants and technicians while working directly with the Coordinator of Patient Services, who oversees these employees, to develop appropriate trainings to improve employees’ knowledge and skills
Euthanize animals when appropriate, within established guidelines, and in accordance with the principles of no-kill philosophy with the knowledge of the Director of Veterinary Medicine
Supervise cleaning program for prevention of infectious/zoonotic disease
Ensure that continued education and additional training is properly documented and regularly updated as necessary
Deliver essential education to clients of the hospital (i.e. on the importance of spaying and neutering, adoption and other essential mission critical animal welfare topics)
Provide support to staff and volunteers and promote the development of skills related to the advancement of our goals and mission
Represent the Richmond SPCA in a professional and courteous manner at all times
Participate in special projects as assigned and provide support at signature events such as our Dog Jog and 5K Run and Fur Ball
Provide support to the medical staff by phone on a rotating schedule
Provide emergency advice and possibly care for shelter animals after hours as needed
Be able to stoop, bend, push, pull, reach and lift approximately 50 lbs unassisted
Perform all other related duties as assigned
Ability to multi-task
Strong communication skills
Considerable tact and diplomacy and ability to work well with all employees to ensure that your actions support the hospital, the doctors, and the medicine that we practice
Ability to observe animal appearance and activity for general physical condition, obvious signs of illness, disease and discontent
Knowledge of the procedures used for receiving, treating, and scheduling patients, for ordering medical supplies, and requesting laboratory tests
Knowledge of the use, care, and storage of veterinary instruments, materials, and equipment
Ability to perform extensive animal handling of dogs weighing up to 150 lbs. and to restrain animals using appropriate procedures
Applicants must hold a degree in veterinary medicine and possess a current State of Virginia license to practice veterinary medicine. Individuals with prior experience in a shelter or fast-paced hospital are encouraged to apply.
Non-profit, no-kill humane society with a full service hospital caring for the Richmond SPCA dogs and cats, the pets of our low income families in the community and the animals of our local humane organizations.