Municipal Shelter Veterinarian - Seattle Animal Shelter
City of Seattle
Location: Seattle, Washington
Type: Full Time
Required Education: DVM or equivalent
Salary: $55.00 to $57.69/hour
Historically the City of Seattle increases salary with an annual cost of living allowance of 2.5-4% (not guaranteed).Generous benefits package including 14 paid holidays plus additional executive and merit leave days, full paid insurance, state retirement (pension) plan, and much more.
Internal Number: 2021-01787
The Seattle Animal Shelter (municipal open-admission) is hiring a Shelter Veterinarian: performs high volume spay/neuter and other soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, provides veterinary care for the shelter medicine program including prescriptions, examinations, diagnostics; performs forensic exams/necropsies and assists with criminal investigations; program enjoys full digital and dental x-rays, touch ultrasound, in-house Idexx machines, tonopen; performs dental procedures; supports the foster/volunteer and animal care programs; provides management support to the Medical Director and oversees 3 LVTs and a dedicated CSR. Advanced AI telehealth patient management and protocol based veterinary services program with a commitment to progressive, community-based shelter practices. $55.00-57.69/hour with unbeatable benefits including 14 paid holidays, plus additional executive and merit leave and 4/10 schedule. WA DVM license required, will mentor new graduates. Apply online for position 2021-01787: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/seattle
• Assists with recommendations regarding policies and procedures for the shelter; recommends changes in procedures as needed.
• Performs in-house animal health inspections with shelter staff.
• Provides preventative treatments for infections, disease prevention and control, general health, parasite diagnosis and treatment and dietary evaluations in accordance with developed shelter medicine protocols. • Examines animals, evaluates animals' health and performs veterinary medical and surgical procedures including vaccinations, prescribing and administering of medications, anti-parasite treatments, tests and lab work for infections and related health issues. • Performs spay and neuter surgeries in a high-volume clinic and other types of surgery, as needed. • Establishes and maintains medical records and drug use logs to standards of veterinary and sheltering practices. • Ensures that all state and federal laws, state regulations, accepted standards, the practice of veterinary medicine, drug control, and animal care and handling are adhered to. • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of shelter animal health protocols, surgical procedures (including dog, cat and rabbit ovariohysterectomy and castration and dental preventative care) and other companion animal health issues. • Assists with euthanasia according to established protocols. • Assumes the role of the Medical Director in his/her absence.
Promotes and follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe work environment.
Actively supports and promotes communication and cooperation between staff and volunteers and promotes the development of skills related to the advancement of our goals.
Represents SAS and COS in a professional and courteous manner at all times. Provides professional credibility to the organization's endeavor to help animals
Is visible to staff, communicates with management team on significant developments within the department.
• Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (or equivalent). • Must be available and willing to work evenings, weekends and holidays.
Licenses Requirements: • Ability to obtain an unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Washington. Must have this license or a temporary certificate by the first day of work. • Ability to obtain and maintain a DEA license for controlled substances. • Ability to obtain and maintain special police commission.
Physical Requirements: • Tasks involve the ability to exert moderate but not constant physical effort, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching, lifting, standing, walking and carrying objects and animals of moderate weight. • Must be able to lift 50 pounds without assistance and heavier amounts with assistance. • Potential for exposure to zoonotic diseases, dangerous and fractious animals, high noise levels, hazardous chemicals, anesthetics and sharp objects.
Preferred Qualifications: • Knowledge of shelter animal health protocols, surgical procedures and companion animal health issues in a shelter setting. • Knowledge of City, County, State and Federal animal health laws. • Excellent organizational skills. • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills, including ability to communicate effectively with all levels of management, employees, key partners, volunteers and the public. • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word and Outlook, and electronic veterinary medical records. • Management experience. • Previous experience using PetPoint, ClinicHQ, and Petriage computer programs. • Certification(s) or specialization in shelter medicine, veterinary forensics, animal behavior or high-capacity spay and neuter services. • Ability to operate, maneuver and provide simple but continuous adjustments on all types of medical equipment. • Ability to coordinate eyes, hands, feet and limbs in performing movements requiring skill and training, such as performing surgery and giving injections.
• Bilingual/multilingual language and/or communication skills
Please attach a resume and cover letter with your application to be considered for this position.
The Seattle Animal Shelter has a team of officers with the field services unit who regularly conduct criminal investigations into animal cruelty. The Shelter's Veterinarian may assist with these investigations by examining animals who may be victims of these crimes and their living conditions on scene when necessary. The Shelter's Veterinarian would document their findings for the criminal case and testify in court as needed. Additionally, the Shelter's Veterinarian maintains medical records and drug-use logs, and assist staff in developing and implementing certain medical-related policies and procedures to veterinary and sheltering practice standards.
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