Pittsburgh, PA

Veterinarian – Sr Director of Medical Services

We are currently seeking a Director of Veterinary Medical Services for our client located in Pittsburgh, PA. This position will report to the Senior Director of Medical Services and will play a vital role in achieving our client's goal of reducing pet overpopulation. The main focus of this role will be overseeing the daily sterilization of all surgical patients to ensure our spay/neuter goals are met. Patient care is of utmost importance and we are seeking an individual who is dedicated, hardworking, and possesses strong integrity and loyalty. The Director of Veterinary Medical Services will have the support of a highly qualified team of technicians in surgery.

About Our Client

Our client operates two large animal shelters with full-service Veterinary Medical Centers open to the public. They are committed to providing high-quality, low-cost wellness care and veterinary services to both animals and people in the community. In addition, they also run a Wildlife Center staffed by licensed wildlife rehabilitation specialists. They recently moved into a modern facility that includes advanced equipment and technology. They also have a mobile clinic unit that provides veterinary care to individuals in need.

The medical team at our client's organization is dedicated to mentorship and offers various educational opportunities for their staff and visiting veterinary professionals. This is an exciting opportunity for a veterinarian who is interested in working in a progressive and high-quality shelter and clinical practice environment.

Our client offers competitive pay and excellent benefits, including PTO. Signing and relocation bonuses are also available for eligible applicants. The Veterinary positions at our client's organization are PSLF eligible.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Perform efficient and effective high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter surgeries for both client-owned and shelter animals, including dogs, cats, and rabbits.
  • Conduct an average of 30-40 routine spay/neuter surgeries daily.
  • Examine animals and recommend follow-up rechecks to ensure complete surgical recovery.
  • Promote spay and neuter and educate clients on responsible animal ownership.
  • Support and mentor staff and volunteers to further our goals and mission.
  • Teach and mentor veterinary students and visiting veterinarians in spay/neuter and shelter medicine practices.
  • Perform minor surgeries for client-owned and shelter animals as needed.
  • Examine and develop treatment plans for shelter-owned animals as needed.
  • Record information on animal examinations and treatments in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Advise and perform euthanasia when medically necessary.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn and adopt shelter medicine practices if no prior experience.
  • Provide recommendations for follow-up care for owned animals.
  • Supervise the handling and recording of controlled substances by Veterinary Technicians.
  • Represent our client in a professional and courteous manner at all times.
  • Provide quality service to clients, volunteers, and staff and recognize their contributions.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide input and communicate any issues regarding disease control protocols, surgical protocols, or other medical concerns at meetings or with the Senior Director of Medical Services.
  • Ensure proper peri-operative care of patients by staff members.
  • 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 conducted in an office environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands:

The employee is required to bend, stand, stoop, walk, sit, talk, listen, and hear while performing the duties of this job. They must also have the ability to use their hands to finger, manipulate, handle, or feel, and to reach with hands and arms. The employee must be able to lift or move up to a minimum of 50 pounds.

Additional Information:

  • Reliable transportation is a must.
  • Travel between our client's two large shelters is required.
  • Must be a self-guided individual who requires minimal supervision.


Required Education and Experience:

  • Must be a licensed Veterinarian in the State of Pennsylvania.
  • Prefer a minimum of 2-5 years of proven veterinary and surgical experience in High Volume, High Quality (HVHQ) Spay/Neuter practice or shelter, and an ability to work well in a team.
  • Current or ability to obtain a DEA license.
  • Must thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Ability to think strategically and manage change effectively.
  • Excellent leadership and emotional intelligence skills.
  • Solid understanding of animal sheltering and animal welfare concerns.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with a diverse team.
  • Flexibility to adapt to shifting priorities and work in a highly visible organization.
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Commitment to continuing education and staying updated on emerging areas.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work well in a team.
  • Highly organized with strong self-management skills.
  • Excellent social and interpersonal skills, able to communicate diplomatically and empathetically.
  • Ability to take initiative and work well under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of issues, concerns, and challenges related to animal welfare organizations and HVHQ Hospitals.
  • Demonstrated personal credibility and integrity in leadership.
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