Pittsburgh, PA

Veterinarian – Sr Director of Medical Services

Our Client, a well-known organization in Pittsburgh, PA, is currently seeking a Senior Director of Veterinary Medical Services to support their mission of decreasing pet overpopulation. Reporting to the Senior Director of Medical Services, you will play a crucial role in ensuring the achievement of spay/neuter goals through the daily sterilization of surgical patients. The well-being of the animals is of utmost importance, and as such, we are looking for a candidate who possesses integrity, loyalty, and a strong work ethic. You will be supported by a highly qualified team of technicians skilled in surgical procedures.

About Our Organization

HARP operates three facilities in Pittsburgh: two large shelters with full-service Veterinary Medical Centers open to the public, and a Wildlife Center run by licensed wildlife rehabilitation specialists. Our shelters are committed to providing high-quality, low-cost wellness care and veterinary services to animals and people in the community. Our recently upgraded East End location features state-of-the-art facilities including modern housing for shelter animals, a full surgical suite, digital radiography, ultrasound, and an in-house diagnostics lab. We also have a mobile clinic unit that offers veterinary care to both housing-challenged and low-income individuals.

As part of our commitment to mentorship, we offer a veterinary student extern program and provide ongoing continuing education opportunities for our veterinary staff. This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for veterinarians interested in practicing high-quality, progressive shelter and clinical medicine. We offer competitive pay, excellent benefits, and signing and relocation bonuses for qualified applicants. The position is also eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF).

Principal Responsibilities:

· Perform high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter surgeries for client-owned and shelter animals including dogs, cats, and rabbits.

· Perform routine spay/neuter surgeries at an average of 30-40 procedures per day.

· Conduct necessary examinations and recommend post-operative rechecks to ensure successful surgical recovery.

· Promote responsible animal ownership and educate clients about spay/neuter.

· Support and mentor staff and volunteers to enhance their skills in line with our goals and mission.

· Provide mentorship and instruction to veterinary students and visiting veterinarians in spay/neuter and shelter medicine practices.

· Perform minor surgeries such as dental procedures, amputations, enucleations, and mass removals for both client-owned and shelter animals as needed.

· Examine and develop treatment plans for shelter-owned animals as required.

· Maintain accurate and timely records of animal examinations and treatments.

· Perform euthanasia when necessary and appropriate.

· Willingness to learn and apply shelter medicine practices if no prior experience.

· Provide recommendations for follow-up care by referring clients to their regular veterinarians if necessary.

· Supervise the handling and recording of controlled substances by Veterinary Technicians.

· Represent HARP in a professional and courteous manner, providing quality service to clients, volunteers, and staff.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

· Provide input and communicate any issues regarding disease control protocols, surgical protocols, or other medical topics at meetings or with the Senior Director of Medical Services.

· Ensure staff members adhere to proper peri-operative care protocols.

· Communicate any staff or patient issues to medical managers or the Senior Director of Medical Services.

Work Environment:

The employee may be exposed to hazards associated with aggressive animals while performing the duties of this job. The majority of the work will be done in an office environment with a moderate noise level.

Physical Demands:

This job requires the employee to bend, stand, stoop, walk, sit, talk, listen, hear, use hands to finger, manipulate, handle, or feel, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must also be able to lift or move up to a minimum of 50 pounds.

Additional Information:

· Reliable transportation is required.

· Travel between both of HARP’s large shelters is required.

· This position requires minimal supervision, so the ideal candidate must be self-guided and motivated.


Required Education and Experience:

· Must hold a valid Veterinarian license in the State of Pennsylvania.

· Prefer a minimum of 2-5 years of proven veterinary and surgical experience, ideally in a high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter practice or shelter environment. Willing to train on high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter techniques if necessary.

· Current or ability to obtain a DEA license is required.

· Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with the ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize effectively.

· Strategic thinker with strong change management skills.

· High emotional intelligence and strong leadership skills.

· Thorough understanding of animal sheltering and animal welfare.

· Strong collaborator with excellent interpersonal skills.

· Ability to adapt to shifting priorities and work effectively in a highly visible organization.

· Willingness to work outside of normal hours, including evenings and weekends.

· Commitment to ongoing education and training in emerging areas of veterinary medicine.

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a strong commitment to teamwork.

· High level of personal organization and self-management skills.

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