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Veterinary Director, DVM

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The Veterinary Director, DVM plays an essential role within the Animal Welfare League of Arlington and performs all veterinary services for our animals. The Veterinary Director, DVM maximizes the use of clinic resources to ensure animal resident health and performs high volume spay and neuter surgeries.  The Veterinary Director, DVM provides medical care as well as humane care and treatment to all animals in accordance with the policies and procedures established by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. The Veterinary Director works together with the behavior and foster team and provides support to staff and foster families on best practice medical interventions. This position may act in the capacity of an expert witness in court cases.  This position is based in Arlington, Virginia.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Conduct high volume shelter spay/neuter surgeries (including pediatric); supervise all aspects of the procedures including anesthesia and post-operative care of the patient

Manage and provide lead direction/instruction of Veterinary Care staff

Diagnose and treat medical conditions in all AWLA shelter animals

 Advises the C.O.O and other supervisors  in areas of veterinary medicine

Collaborate with training staff to provide behavioral medication as needed

Follow progress of all patients placed on treatment, keeping records of all treatments and final outcomes in coordination with other staff members

Conduct and evaluate treatment plans, disease control measures, and hands-on medical treatment and progress of animals housed at the shelter including but not limited to: 

o   vaccination protocols 

o   nutrition and feeding protocols 

o   parasite control measures 

o   preventative medicine procedures 

o   emergency evaluation, treatment and procedures

o   pre-adoption exams in accordance with guidelines

Monitor medical program protocols and procedures

Assist with internal consultation and education as they pertain to veterinary medical issues

Coordinate with local veterinarians and clinic/shelter professionals to promote positive and productive relationships; arrange for full-service care at a veterinary hospital for severely injured shelter animals and provide full orders for care

Perform necessary euthanasia according to established protocol

Establish and maintain medical record and drug use logs to standards of veterinary and sheltering practices ensuring that all records are in order and complete

Ensure state and federal law compliance regarding clinic operations, veterinary medicine practice, drug control and animal care; act as veterinarian-in-charge for shelter

Maintain up-to-date knowledge of animal shelter health protocols, surgical procedures and companion animal health issues

Build effective relationships within the community, with volunteers and with staff

Work with Community Support staff to ensure adequate and qualified staffing of our in-house or community-based wellness clinics; fill-in as a relief veterinarian for clinics if necessary

Assist in monitoring inventory/ordering of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals

Be available to attend stakeholder or engagement events, when appropriate. 

Attend meetings as required and requested

Provide and monitor yearly budget based on need and resources

Additional duties as deemed necessary and assigned

Required Qualifications

Graduate of an accredited school of veterinary medicine

Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Virginia

Minimum of one year of surgical experience

Knowledge of county, state, city and federal animal health laws and regulations

Ability to work under often unsafe and uncomfortable conditions where there is a risk of injury

Consistently perform high quality/high volume surgical sterilizations in a fast paced environment

Ability to provide technical and functional supervision including scheduling, approving time off, providing technical training and employee feedback

Ability to positively and professionally communicate orally and in writing with pet owners, staff, volunteers, the general public and animal control officers

Ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensitive, disapproving and subjective criteria along with the ability to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to problem resolution

Enthusiasm and passion for both Shelter Veterinary Medicine and community veterinary clinics in underserved populations 

Desired Qualifications (helpful but not required)

Experience in the fields of animal care or animal welfare

Experience with “hands on” nonprofits

Bilingual

Fear free certified

Experience working with PetPoint

Personal Characteristics

Commitment to the mission, vision and values of the Animal Welfare League of Arlington

Energetic, hard-working, and a team player

Ability to work in a fast paced, ever evolving atmosphere

Discretion with confidential and sensitive information

Travel Requirements

This position may require occasional travel in order to attend meetings and other community events and/or conferences. 

Typical Physical & Mental Demands

Requires frequent bending, reaching, stooping, kneeling, walking/standing, eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, telephone, photocopier, calculator and other equipment or machinery. Will have exposure to injured and deceased animals, disinfectant solutions, and variable indoor and outdoor temperatures. May assist in animal restraint and deal with distressed or dangerous animals, and could be subject to bites and scratches. Requires manual dexterity to keep a strong animal on leash or operating a door while holding a strong animal on leash simultaneously. May be required to lift heavy items or animals (upwards of 50 lbs) and be otherwise physically active. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to communicate with the public, volunteers, staff, and animals. Also requires flexibility and adaptability to work with frequent interruptions. 

Must be comfortable around dogs, cats, small companion animals, reptiles, amphibians and wildlife.

Will be required to receive rabies prophylaxis and tetanus vaccinations.

The Veterinary Director, DVM plays an essential role within the Animal Welfare League of Arlington and performs all veterinary services for our animals. The Veterinary Director, DVM maximizes the use of clinic resources to ensure animal…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    Other Education Requirement
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

$90,000 - $100,000Salary bonus for language ability in Arabic, Mandarin, Sign Language, Spanish or Vietnamese.

Benefits

Generous benefits include: medical, dental, and vision coverage, 12 annual paid holidays, 3 floating holidays, 7% employer retirement contribution after 2 years of employment and much more. This position qualifies for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Generous benefits include: medical, dental, and vision coverage, 12 annual paid holidays, 3 floating holidays, 7% employer retirement contribution after 2 years of employment and…

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual helpful but not required

Bilingual helpful but not required

Location

On-site
2650 S Arlington Mill Dr, Arlington, VA 22206, USA

How to Apply

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please send applications to Claudia West and apply directly through our website: https://www.awla.org/about/careers/. This position will remain posted until filled. No phone inquiries, please. 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please send applications to Claudia West and apply directly through our website: https://www.awla.org/about/careers/. This…

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