Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) is a private 501 c 3 non-profit animal shelter serving the Wenatchee Valley. The mission of WVHS is to “protect, educate and adopt” with a vision statement “To create a compassionate community for pets and the people who love them”. WVHS has an average intake of 5,000 animals each year. Services includes Animal Care & Control (ACC) to a two county region and programs to assist income qualified pet owners.
The Staff Veterinarian reports to the Medical Director to provide humane medical care and treatment for animals housed within the shelter including stray pets and those in foster care. The WVHS clinic provides medical care to privately owned pets to the extent that the law will allow for income qualified pet owners.
Working Relationship: Works closely with the Medical Director, Veterinary Assistants, LVTs, Volunteers and other staff.
1. Perform physical examinations, vaccinate animals, prescribe treatments, select/interpret diagnostics and make euthanasia decisions as determined by resources, policies and budgetary guidelines.
2. Perform Spay and neuter surgeries including ovariohysterectomies and castrations of cats, dogs, and rabbits. Responsible for all aspects of the procedures including anesthesia and post- operative care of the patient.
3. Provide emergency treatment during normal work hours for injured animals.4. The DVM will decide what treatments or procedures are needed in coordination with the Medical Director or
other managers as appropriate.
5. Collaborate with outside veterinary resources for procedures not available at WVHS.
6. Remain knowledgeable in recognizing and relieving pain and suffering in individual and shelter population.
7. Ensure federal and state regulations regarding the practice of veterinary medicine and controlled substances are being followed.
8. Assist kennel staff to ensure the comfort and health of all shelter animals while remaining within budget guidelines.
9. Demonstrate highest ethical standards, trustworthiness and independent judgement.
10. Provide the Medical Director feedback regarding the performance of veterinary support staff.
11. Supports the relationship between the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with visitors, staff, Board of Directors, volunteers and business partners ; maintains confidentiality of work related issues; performs other duties as required or assigned.
12. Collaborate with Programs Coordinator to assist and participate in community Spay and Neuter Clinics
13. Collaborate with and maintain effective working relationship with local veterinarians and private practice clinics.
Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
1. Doctorate in veterinary medicine (DVM).
2. Must have State of Washington veterinary medicine license.
3. Must be able to obtain and maintain DEA controlled substance registration to administer, prescribe and dispense controlled substances for the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society.
4. Proficient in the use of a personal computer and related software.
5. Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.
6. Scheduling. Be punctual for all appointments internal and external. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers and the public.
7. Working with culturally diverse staff and community.
8. Compassion and affection for animals, concern for their welfare and willingness to accommodate animals in the workplace.
9. Handling animals safely and humanely.
10. Physical Requirements
a. Must be able to work standing or sitting for 8 or more hours.
b. Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds repeatedly throughout the day with help.
c. Must be able to bend and kneel repeatedly.
d. Must have good hearing.
e. Must have reasonable degree of agility to move through tightly cramped areas in various situations.
f. Must have good range of motion in joints especially wrist, knees, elbows.
g. Must have good range of motion in your back for twisting etc.
h. Must be able to work in potentially extreme environmental temperatures.
i. Must have acceptable sense of balance.
j. Must be able to work and reach on hands and knees.
k. Must be able to use a ladder and or step stool.
l. Must possess excellent hand-eye coordination.
m. Must possess an acceptable degree of dexterity in hands and fingers.
n. Must have good vision.
11. Emotional and Mental Requirements
a. Must be able to work under stressful conditions and work efficiently and effectively under those conditions.
b. Must be able to respond quickly to a variety of medical situations (with training).
c. Must be able to cope with death due to surgical complications or euthanasia.
d. Ability to rapidly and accurately process information.
e. Ability to delegate tasks.
f. Ability to recognize a need for assistance and ask for help.
g. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
h. Ability to make decisions.
i. Ability to cope with frustration situations and remain calm.
12. Potential and Prolonged Exposures
a. Prolonged exposure to various aqueous solutions, including but not limited to, dish soap, chlorhexidine, and spectra soap.
b. Prolonged exposure to isopropanol, hydrogen peroxide.
c. Potential exposure to formalin solution.
d. Potential exposure to isoflurane gas.
e. Prolonged exposure to quaternary ammonium cleaners and bleach.
f. Prolonged exposure to pressurized steam.
g. Potential exposure to sharps including needles and surgical blades.
The offices and operations of a high volume spay/neuter clinic can be high stress and very busy at times. Candidate must be flexible with schedule, may include rotating weekend hours both Saturday & Sunday. The fast paced environment requires multi-tasking and being a calming entity for people and animals who may be experiencing stress.