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Humane Society of the Piedmont's Planned Pethood Spay Neuter and Wellness Clinic is looking for a dedicated doctor who understands how spay and neuter saves lives to act as our Associate Veterinarian.
Perform between 30 - 35 sterilization surgeries in an 8 hour period on owned and shelter animals in our high volume, high-quality spay and neuter clinic, 4 days per week. Provide wellness care and pet owner education every other Saturday, and in the wellness veterinarian’s absence.
Works closely with other Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Assistants, and other administrative staff. Reports to Medical Director.
Essential Job Functions
Examine animals preoperatively to determine their ability to undergo anesthesia and surgery
Perform up to 35 surgical sterilizations daily, 4 days per week
Examine animals postoperatively to ensure appropriate healing
Conduct post-operative rechecks and order of medical treatments as necessary to ensure complete surgical recovery
Access individual patient issues, and provide appropriate solutions
Creatively problem solve on a daily basis
Make reasonable and sensible medical decisions
Follow and support all organizational and medical protocols
Communicate effectively with the Medical Director to keep management apprised of all out of the ordinary situations
Communicate any issues concerning staff or patients to the Medical Director, Executive Director
Provide input and communicate any issues regarding the clinic’s disease control protocols, surgical protocols, or other medical issues with the Medical Director
Behave in a manner that upholds both personal and professional standards, as an ambassador of PPSNC/HSP, at all times, while observing our team values
Be a leader among staff, displaying a positive attitude and acting as a motivating force for all staff members
Other duties as assigned
Techniques & Skills
Adhere to aseptic/sterile techniques while scrubbing, gowning, and gloving
Adhere to sterile field throughout the surgical process
Perform efficient and concise entrance into abdomen
Perform safe and correct square knots
Perform safe and gentle spay hook technique
Performance of the ovarian cutaway technique in canine patients
Performance of the ovarian pedicle tie in feline patients
Usage of the modified Miller’s knot, able to set using carmalt
Complete efficient, safe, and attractive closures, utilizing cruciate sutures
Demonstrate principles of gentle tissue handling
Inoculate animals and provide recommendations for follow up care
Assist in operating our Wellness clinic in a customer-focused and patient-focused manner
Provide recommendations for follow up care of both Spay/Neuter patients and Wellness Clinic patients
Provide excellent customer service to all visitors and clients
Adhere to proper pre-, peri- and post-operative care of patients
Attend continuing education seminars annually to maintain up to date medical care, ideas and licensure.
The offices and operations of a high volume spay/neuter clinic has the potential to be high stress and very busy at times. This position is scheduled for 4 days/week, usually Monday through Thursday and alternating Saturdays. The schedule can change and may sometimes require weekend or evening hours to complete the job, this can include working overtime depending on clinic needs. Candidate must be flexible with schedule changes and short notice requests.
Values and Behaviors
These values and behaviors guide our actions and interactions to support and fulfill our mission and vision for The Humane Society of the Piedmont
Thorough, Honest and Just Communication
We employ thorough, honest and just communication with each other and the public
We listen to everyone even if they are not an expert
We cultivate effective communication
We cultivate good collaboration with our clients, partners and each other
We prioritize work dialogue
Integrity and Accountability
We hold ourselves and our team members accountable
We know what our responsibilities are and honor our commitments
We share knowledge and resources to help us learn and grow
We give attention to detail
Compassion and Patience
We express compassion and patience for all
We accept that we can only control the controllable
Respecting and Caring
We respect and care about our work, clients, animals each other, and ourselves
Must be a licensed Veterinarian in the state of North Carolina
Must maintain all current and correct licensure
ASPCA Spay Neuter Alliance training (Humane Alliance)
HQHVSN and/or shelter medicine experience preferred
Must be able to work standing or sitting for 8 or more hours
Must be able to lift and carry up to 40 pounds repeatedly throughout the day with help
Must be able to bend and kneel repeatedly and have a good range of motion, including a reasonable degree of agility to move through tightly cramped areas in various situations
Must be able to see fine detail in a variety of situations
Must have acceptable sense of touch, smell, hearing and vision
Must be able to work in potentially extreme environmental temperatures
Must be able to work and reach on hands and knees
Must possess excellent hand-eye coordination and balance
Must possess an acceptable degree of dexterity in hands and fingers
Must be able to work efficiently and effectively under stressful conditions
Must be able to respond quickly to a variety of medical situations (with training)
Must be able to cope with death either due to surgical complications or euthanasia
Ability to rapidly and accurately process information
Ability to delegate tasks and make decisions
Ability to recognize a need for assistance and ask for help
Ability to manage and handle frustrating situations and remain calm
Potential and Prolonged Exposures
Prolonged exposure to various aqueous solutions, including but not limited to, dish soap, chlorhexidine, isopropyl alcohol and hydrogen peroxide
Potential/prolonged exposure to isoflurane gas
Potential/prolonged exposure to quaternary ammonium cleaners and bleach
Potential/prolonged exposure to pressurized steam
Potential exposure to sharps including needles and surgical blades
Additional Salary Information: Generous benefits: 100% insurance paid (health, dental), company paid life insurance, Simple IRA match after one year, generous PTO. Licensing and memberships paid: AVMA, DEA, PLIT paid. Annual continuing education allotment.
Amazing team! Loyal and dedicated. All staff members have been with us for more than a year and a half, most several years.
Collaborative working environment. All voices recognized and heard.
Mission-driven. We are making a difference in spay/neuter rates in our region of NC.
Growth mindset. with a strong medical team in place, we will grow stronger and our impact will be greater.
About Planned Pethood Spay, Neuter and Wellness Clinic
The Humane Society of the Piedmont is a nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to provide basic health and wellness services to under served animals, reduce animal shelter populations through services provided at our high volume spay and neuter clinic, and share knowledge with the wider community about responsible pet ownership through a variety of programs. Our mission is, ““With respect for all life, we will lead the community in efforts to eliminate animal cruelty and the tragedies of pet overpopulation through an aggressive spay and neuter program.”The Humane Society of the Piedmont’s primary program, Planned Pethood Spay and Neuter clinic is one of only high volume spay/neuter clinics in the Piedmont solely focused on spay/neuter. We have been a leader in the effort to end animal euthanasia and shelter overcrowding through our high volume spay and neuter program since the clinic opened in 2003. Our wellness clinic offers affordable, basic preventative medicine, and prophylactic dental procedures, and is an essential part of our mission and the services we provide to our volume clients (shelters, rescue groups) and to the public. We see our wellness clinic as an introd...uction, gateway and orientation for new or inexperienced pet owners -- an opportunity to connect them to a full service vet so they may establish a relationship with an office that can provide holistic care for all stages of their pet’s life. Our two doctors performed 8,098 sterilization surgeries on dogs and cats, and saw 5,634 pets for healthy pet wellness visits in 2017.