Director of Veterinary Services
JOB TITLE: Director of Veterinary Services
REPORTS TO: Chief Operating Officer
Exemption Status: Exempt
Revision Date: 04/29/2021
*A cover letter and resume are required to apply
The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA is proud to provide high quality veterinary care to our shelter animals as well as high quality high volume spay/neuter services to publicly owned animals. The Director of Veterinary Services oversees the SPCA’s onsite veterinary clinic, providing leadership, direction, and supervision to all members of the clinic staff. The Director of Veterinary Services is expected to be well versed in shelter medicine including protocol development, outbreak prevention and management, and staff training. They are expected to stay current in the field of shelter medicine through independent research and continuing education conferences. The Director of Veterinary Services reviews clinic statistics on a weekly basis and participates in executive meetings with the other directors. Due to the nature of the shelter setting, after-hours and on-call work is necessary. A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree is required.
The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA (“SPCA”) is an open-admission, lifesaving animal welfare organization located in Charlottesville, VA, whose mission is to advance the compassionate treatment of animals by providing sheltering, medical care and behavioral services for dogs and cats; promoting permanent, caring homes; and furthering education and outreach. In addition, the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA provides contractual pound services to the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County ensuring that all healthy and treatable animals are placed into loving homes.
2020 marked the highest number of adoptions in the history of the organization. We placed 3,758 pets into homes and 4,451 into foster care; 2,032 of those were adopted directly from foster care. The SPCA’s veterinary clinic serves the needs of all shelter pets in care in addition to offering spay/neuter services and monthly walk-in rabies and microchip clinics to the general public. Pet retention programs are offered including several Compassionate Care Clinics annually that provide affordable and accessible veterinary care to underprivileged pet owners in our community. In 2020, 5,444 pets were spay/neutered, 3,594 were microchipped, and 652 lifesaving surgeries were performed. The SPCA proudly maintained a 99% live release rate of canines and a 96% live release rate of felines in 2020, both the highest rates on record. We continue to develop new programs and services aimed at keeping animals in loving homes and assisting underprivileged animal shelters increase their own live release rates.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Ability to perform approximately 30 spay/neuter surgeries daily.
- Proficiency in additional surgical procedures including but not limited to, enucleations and amputations.
- Practice high quality shelter medicine; an emphasis is placed on problem solving through physical examination and use of in-house diagnostics when possible.
- Develop protocols on topics including but not limited to intake procedures, cleaning and disinfection, and treatment of infectious disease. Train staff on protocols as necessary.
- Oversee the Associate Veterinarian’s case management, provide second opinions as necessary.
- Maintain detailed medical records in Shelter Buddy; enter medical notes in a timely manner.
- Communicates with fosters, potential adopters, and volunteers as necessary.
- Assesses the quality of life of shelter patients and performs medical euthanasia when necessary.
- Provides input on behavioral euthanasia decisions, performs behavioral euthanasia.
- Performs forensic exams or necropsies as requested be Animal Control Officers, testifies in court.
- Organizes and participates in scheduled weekend events including Compassionate Care Clinics, monthly walk-in rabies/microchip clinics, and Saturday surgical days.
- Works with the Clinic Manager to ensure clinic budget is adhered to.
- Reviews and analyzes clinic data in an effort to ensure available resources are used in a suitable manner, achieving a balance between practicing progressive medicine and proactive efforts to deter intake.
- Oversee dispersal and recording of controlled substances and maintain the controlled drug log.
- Keep abreast of the status or any changes to Department of Health Professions.
- Build and maintain positive relationships with local veterinarians.
- Participates in work with surrounding shelters and rescue groups.
- Other duties as assigned by the Chief Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.
Experience and Qualifications
- Demonstrated knowledge and skill in veterinary medicine through a combination of education, training and experience.
- Creative problem solving, attention to detail, and strong communication skills.
- Maintains an active license to practice veterinary medicine in Virginia; ability to obtain DEA license.
- Experience in a leadership role preferred.
- Ability to work efficiently and effectively in a fast paced environment.
- Able to meet background check requirements.
- Health Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- Vision Insurance
- Disability Insurance
- 401K Match
- Employee Discount
- Employee Assistance Program