Animal Friends’ Clinic Services program provides access to high-quality spay/neuter and primary veterinary care to pet owners experiencing financial and accessibility constraints. Through our stationary clinic at the Howard Ash Animal Wellness Center and our Mobile clinic we eliminate the barriers to veterinary care which allows pets to stay with the person or family who loves them and empowers them to provide basic, necessary care.
We are seeking a uniquely qualified veterinarian who excels at providing high quality, compassionate care primarily to dogs, cats and rabbits. This includes spay/neuter, wellness care, vaccine services, dentals and other routine veterinary care. The successful candidate must have a passion for working with pets as well as providing education and resources to people, with a focus on underserved populations. This position requires a positive, outgoing personality and comfort working with diverse populations. The ability to offer care and education in a compassionate, nonjudgmental way is a must.
Animal Friends’ Clinic Services Program consists of three core components each uniquely designed to support a targeted population by offering pets high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter, vaccines and wellness services. The components include our Animal Wellness Center Program offering spay/neuter, vaccine and wellness services; our Mobile Program supporting small, rural shelters and community groups where access to low-cost spay/neuter services is limited; and our Community Program partnering with local veterinary clinics to provide subsidized spay/neuter options for clients in their communities.
As a regional leader in high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter, Animal Friends has altered over 102,000 companion animals and feral cats since 2008. Last year, our program also provided over 21,000 vaccines and related services. With the opening of the Howard Ash Animal Wellness Center in 2017 and the high demand for low-cost services, we are positioned to increase our annual spay/neuter numbers as well as meet the need for affordable, accessible wellness services for underserved pet owners.
The Community Medicine Veterinarian assists in ensuring that our program meets the needs of our target communities by providing high-quality, high-volume (HQHV) spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and basic wellness services through our spay/neuter program at the Animal Wellness Center and on the Mobile Resource Center. The Veterinarian also provides support at high-volume vaccination clinics at the Animal Wellness Center and in the community during summer vaccine clinics and Animal Friends for Life outreach initiatives.
The Community Medicine Veterinarian is supported by a compassionate, positive, and well-trained technician and administrative team. As well, the clinician is supported by the Animal Friends’ organization, which is a leader in progressive sheltering practices.
Provide compassionate, high-quality preventive and basic medical care to patients in underserved areas of our region overseeing all aspects of veterinary care during a clinic day including physical examination, diagnostics, treatment recommendations and delivery, prescriptions and discharge information.
Perform pre-surgery physical examinations on all surgical candidates. Perform high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter surgical procedures at the Animal Wellness Center or onboard the Mobile Resource Center according to the standards set forth by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Spay-Neuter Task Force in “The Association of Shelter Veterinarians Veterinary Medical Care Guidelines for Spay-Neuter Programs” (JAVMA, Vol 233, No. 1, July 1, 2008) and the organization.
Diagnose and treat post-surgical complications of patients.
Triage and refer cases that do not fall within the parameters of care as appropriate.
Provide support and medical services, when needed, to the animals under our care at the Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center.
Customer Service (15%)
Communicate respectfully with clients and be able to relay important medical information about patients. Discuss examination and medical test results with owners in order to allow owners to make informed choices about the medical care of their pets.
Counsel owners about end of life and other sensitive medical care decisions.
Provide discharge instructions for patients and oversee the dispensing of medications.
Provide positive direction and feedback to veterinary technicians and other staff members as well as veterinary and veterinary technician students.
Document all exam findings, test results, and treatment recommendations on medical record forms.
Assist in writing, editing, and updating protocols for the Clinic Services’ program.
Follow written and verbal Animal Friends’ standard operating procedures.
Attend staff meetings, doctor meetings, and other requested meetings.
Provide medical information and representation to other departments, to the public, and to the media.
Other duties as assigned.
In addition, the position will require a clinician who is capable of “thinking outside the box” when providing care for pets. The candidate must possess a strong background in clinical skills, a high level of professionalism and the willingness to treat both medically and/or surgically minor illness/disease and minor wounds/trauma. Flexibility and willingness to occasionally work beyond the scheduled end of the work day is a must.
As part of the Animal Friends’ organization, the candidate must be a positive ambassador for the organization and act as a mentor in guiding staff to work to the best of their abilities. This includes maintaining a close interdepartmental relationship with the Medical Wellness team as well as other departments within the shelter.
The candidate also must be willing to work in a learning environment and provide support and training for
veterinary and veterinary technician students.
Education and Experience:
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or equivalent
Current Pennsylvania Veterinary license
Current DEA license
Background in small animal medicine and surgery
Two years’ experience in high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter strongly preferred
Two years’ experience in general small animal practice or shelter medicine preferred
This is a full-time position requiring 40 hours per week (either 5 days at 8 hours or 4 days at 10 hours)
This position assists the Director of Clinic Services in overseeing other veterinarians
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Communication Proficiency – Ability to orally express information and ideas to others when speaking. Proficient knowledge of veterinary medicine specifically that of companion animals (dogs, cats, and rabbits).
Customer / Client Focus- Ability to work with people of various backgrounds including those from underserved communities, armed services veterans, and homeless. Ability to work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment with a commitment to developing long-term relationships with colleagues, clients, and community.
Diversity and Inclusion – Ability to welcome, support and value individuals with similarities and differences that may vary from your own.
Stress Management - Ability to maintain baseline behavior / composure during stressful situations.
Teamwork Orientation – Ability to work with others to accomplish likeminded goals and tasks for the organization.Ability to respond positively to direction and supervision.Ability to provide direction to Veterinary Technician staff and volunteers during surgery, vaccine clinics, and wellness appointments.
Time Management – Efficient in movement, thought, and time management. Ability to set the pace for the day.
Surgical Capacity - Ability to perform or the willingness to acquire the skills to perform at least 30-35 surgeries per clinic.
Additional Salary Information: Dependent on experience
About Animal Friends, Inc
Our HistoryIn 1943, at the height of World War II, a small group of Pittsburgh citizens came together to find homes for soldiers’ pets who had nowhere else to go when they left for war. They took a name that clearly articulated their mission to serve as friends to unwanted animals – becoming Animal Friends.When the war concluded, our region was still faced with the need for an ongoing and compassionate solution to the growing pet overpopulation and placement problem. This founding group opened a shelter and the organization continued to grow and evolve to meet the increased demand for our services – staying true to our founders’ vision that no animal should ever be unnecessarily euthanized. Our Present and FutureToday, more than three quarters of a century since it all began, we are continually setting the bar for humane programming in our region.In 2006, we were able to better serve our community’s pet-owning families by opening the Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center – a 30,000 square-foot companion animal resource center complete with creative kenneling for homeless pets, classroom, resource library, more than a mile of wooded walking trails and more.And, on July 15, 2017 we cut t...he ribbon on our Howard Ash Animal Wellness Center. This center of hope and healing is a region-wide commitment to put an end to the cost and suffering of pet overpopulation. Now fully operational, it offers an expanded array of low-cost supportive services including spay/neuter, vaccine and basic treatments like flea prevention. It has also allowed our Chow Wagon Pet Food Bank to expand and has provided more organization and storage for our Humane Investigations program.We are so proud that we have stayed true to the vision our founders had in 1943. And, we remain committed to our animal friends and those who love them. But we simply cannot wait to see what the next 75 years (and beyond!) have in store.