Reports To: Veterinary Clinic/Chief Executive Officer
Director Job Status: Full-Time
Date: December 9, 2019
Join our Energetic, Compassionate Team
Paws Humane Society of Columbus, GA is the regional leader in animal welfare. Receiving an average of over 1,800 animals per year, over the past three years Paws Humane Society has transformed from an animal shelter to a nationally recognized humane organization.
Paws serves as a Pets for Life Model for The Humane Society of the United States and also serves as a partner with the ASPCA and Best Friends Animal Society in Field Investigations and Response team assisting animals during disaster response.
Paws offers many progressive programs: a pet food pantry, low-cost spay and neuters, vaccine clinics, retail pet supplies, volunteer program, humane education for adults and children, alternatives to pet intake, lost and found pet services, community cat program and, of course, high-quality pet care for displaced and homeless pets.
We are adding to our passionate and committed 30-person team seeking a Full-time Shelter Veterinarian. Our culture aligns with The Five Freedoms for Animals and focuses on creativity, collaboration, and results!
The Shelter Veterinarian will work closely with the Veterinary Clinic Manager and shelter and medical teams to implement strategic initiatives, as set by the Board of Directors, which further the organization’s mission to enrich the lives of animals and the people who love them.
Paws follows the protocols of the ASV Guidelines (Association of Shelter Veterinarians).
Paws not only emphasizes high-quality animal care, we also focus on high-quality people care.
As part of the Paws commitment to raising the intrinsic value of animals in the region, we are seeking a licensed veterinarian to help design and implement best practices in humane population management and to provide high-quality, high volume veterinary medical and surgical care for animals.
This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer and works collaboratively with the Veterinary Clinic Manager, Paws management, staff, and volunteers. The position is in Columbus, GA. Occasional travel may be required.
Veterinary Medical Care
In collaboration with the Veterinary Clinic Manager and the Chief Executive Officer, design and implement medical and general care protocols for the health and well-being of shelter and foster animals
Consult and advise on health and related aspects of care for shelter animals at Paws, including but not limited to, vaccinations, administration of medication, testing, medical evaluations, humane health care, euthanasia and disease prevention in the shelter
Perform surgical procedures on shelter animals, as needed (for example, spay/neuter, hernia repair, tumor removals and ocular procedures) and publicly owned patients
Lead daily medical rounds and organize treatment plans for shelter animals
Work with RVT to provide outstanding patient care to publicly owned and shelter animals
Together with the Chief Executive Officer, identify, develop and recommend onsite management protocols designed to ensure adherence to sound veterinary medical practices by all clinic and support staff and, as may be needed, help to implement such protocols
As directed by the Veterinary Clinic Manager, provide routine training for staff concerning the medical care of shelter animals, including those relating to nursing care procedures, cleaning, handling, and vaccination and quarantine protocols
Knowledge of laws and codes pertaining to the care and record keeping of sheltered animals and veterinary hospital operations
Offer leadership and coaching for the clinic staff and kennel care staff, and sustain a strong commitment to teamwork, high professional standards, and continuing development among all shelter employees
Open to innovation and methods to ensure humane management and improving positive outcomes for sheltered animals
Encourages the use of volunteers, the solicitation of monetary and the use of in-kind donations whenever possible
Develops new ideas with staff in order to work towards the organization’s strategic goals
Communicates in an effective and professional manner with public and all Paws staff, volunteers, and patrons
Follows all written and verbally communicated Paws Standard Operating Procedures
Attend all staff meetings and training sessions
Serves as role model, leading agency staff and volunteers to a high standard of performance.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Commitment to the mission, values and goals of Paws Humane Society
Demonstrated aptitude in clinical medicine and surgery
Experience in animal welfare and shelter operations a plus
Experience in emergency medicine and veterinary forensics a plus
Demonstrated success in working with a diverse team
Skilled in managing varied relationships and successful at facilitating collaboration and cooperation
Outstanding record-keeping and patient documentation skills
Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing in a diverse range of audiences and settings
Practices excellent quality medicine and upholds the veterinary code of ethics
Knowledge and willingness to provide subsidized sterilization and wellness services to publically owned animals
Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to follow instructions as given in either form.
Ability to handle stressful and/or difficult situations as presented by visitors, staff and/or volunteers
Ability to humanely handle and restrain animals
Ability to multi-task, prioritize, delegate, and adhere to deadlines
Ability to gracefully handle difficult situations as presented by visitors, members, citizens, staff and/or volunteers.
Ability to operate standard office equipment.
Proficiency with MS Word, Excel and able to learn and use veterinary specific software.
Experience with common veterinary hospital diagnostic machines.
Ability to be vaccinated with pre-exposure rabies
Must possess a valid Driver’s License and insurable driving record
Graduated from an accredited veterinary medical college – DVM or equivalent
Licensed to practice in the State of Georgia
Experience in high volume spay/neuter clinic and/or post graduate surgical training preferred
Experience with Shelter Medicine and herd health preferred
Additional Salary Information: Salary and Benefits:
The salary for this position depends on the length and breadth of experience. Eligible for full benefits package including: paid time off, medical, dental & vision insurance and 403B retirement plan. The position also includes AVMA and GVMA membership, continuing education and training. Paws Humane Society is an Equal Opportunity.
Internal Number: 112019
About Paws Humane Society
Paws Humane Society is a non-profit spay/neuter and wellness clinic, and limited admission animal shelter.