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Position Title Veterinarian Surgeon
Job Classification Exempt
Assignment Category Full time 40 hours per week
Salary Range $750 per day
Department Spay & Neuter Clinic
Reports to Executive Director

Job Description Summary

The Veterinarian Surgeon is to provide high-quality, high-volume spay-and-neuter surgeries. Provides diagnostic recommendations for dogs and cats of the general public, the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center / Spay & Neuter Clinic, within the guidelines of city and department policies and procedures, local ordinances and state laws. This position reports to the Executive Director, works with co-workers, volunteers, veterinarians, vendors, other animal clinics and/or shelters, rescue groups, and the general public.

Main Responsibilities/Functions Surgery – 75%

• Performs 35 - 40 surgical sterilizations per scheduled work day or as directed/needed using the ASPAC/Humane Alliance model of high-volume.
• Oversee and perform surgical monitoring, the administration of pre-anesthetic and anesthetic drugs, and post-surgical monitoring through discharge
• Administer vaccines, and microchips - provide recommendations for follow up care
• Examine animals pre-op to determine their ability to undergo surgery.
• Inoculate animals and provide recommendations for follow-up care (at client/patients regular veterinarian)
• Oversees pre-and post-operative care of animals undergoing spay/neuter.
• Creatively problem solve on a daily basis
• Make reasonable and sensible medical decisions

Surgical Techniques

• Adheres to aseptic/sterile techniques while scrubbing, gowning, and gloving
• Understands Spay/Neuter Alliance theory on incision placement
• Performs efficient and concise entrance into abdomen
• Performs safe and correct square knots
• Performs safe and gentle spay hook technique
• Performance of the ovarian cutaway technique in canine patients
• Performance of the ovarian pedicle tie in feline patients
• Usage of the modified Miller’s knot, able to set using carmalt
• Performance of scrotal neuter techniques in both adult and pediatric patients
• Completes efficient, safe, and attractive closures, utilizing cruciate sutures
• Demonstrates principles of gentle tissue handling

Other Critical Skills

• Demonstrates good speed when necessary
• Competently handles surgical complications and rechecks
• Understands and practices low stress animal handling
• Communicates effectively with clients and colleagues

Emotional/Mental Requirements

• Must be able to respond quickly to a variety of medical situations
• Must be able to cope with death due to surgical complication or euthanasia
• Ability to rapidly and accurately process information
• Ability to delegate tasks
• Ability to recognize a need for assistance and ask for help
• Ability to cope with frustrating situations and remain calm

Clinic Management – 20%

• Comply with the applicable state and federal laws established by the California Board of Veterinary Medicine and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
• Supervise handling and recording of controlled substances), medical supplies and equipment by veterinary technician(s
• Assists with the development of policies, procedures and protocols which relate to the veterinary needs of animals in care, to include disease prevention.
• Makes recommendations on clinic disease management and surgical protocols, sanitation, and procedures.
• Continue research and maintenance of safe and efficacious medical protocol regarding anesthesia and surgery
• Effectively “team lead”, displaying a positive attitude, communicate any issues concerning staff or patients with Director of Operations, Clinic.
• Provide quality service to clients, volunteers, and staff recognizing their individual contributions to the success of our organization.
• Actively support associate staff and volunteers, and promote the development of skills related to the advancement of our goals and mission.
• Represent the MSRPAC in a professional and courteous manner at all times.
• Participate on committees and special projects as assigned.
• Promote the humane care and treatment of animals, actively promote spay & neuter, and educate clients on responsible animal ownership

MSRPAC Center Veterinarian – 5%

• Responsible for weekly observations, and examination as needed, for all Center dogs and cats including those brought in from Foster Care.
• Expected for prompt response to requests for wellness/health checks from Center RVT or Animal Wellness Coordinator for Center dogs and cats including those brought in from Foster Care.
• In charge of diagnosing and prescribing treatment for the cure or relief of injury or disease of Center dogs and cats including those brought in from Foster Care.
• Ensures the review and approval of veterinary care protocols that Animal Wellness staff follow including when protocols are initiated, changed, and at least annually thereafter.

Other related duties as required.

Qualifications Education/Experience:

Must have a degree in veterinary medicine from an accredited university of veterinary medicine. Must have a current California veterinary license. Three years' experience practicing veterinary medicine. Experience in clinical medicine, supervision, and program responsibility as well as experience with high-volume spay-and-neuter surgeries. Must possess of or ability to obtain a DEA controlled-substance registration.

Knowledge and Skills:

• Strong interpersonal skills. Must be able to relate and confer with the Executive Director, managers, and associate staff in a positive and constructive way; exercises good judgment when dealing with the public and when making decisions in the absence of the Executive Director.
• Ability to make sound judgments and work independently and in a team setting in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands.
• Experience in management, human resource administration, animal behavior and shelter operations.
• Proven effective organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail
• Support the mission of the MSRPAC Care and Adoption MSRPAC and be able to professionally advocate the MSRPAC’s position on issues.
• Knowledge of animal health, care and welfare and ability to work with animals.
• Strong animal handling skills.
• A “can do” team player attitude and willingness to go the extra mile.
• Ability to maintain composure in an often stressful and emotional work environment.

Physical Capabilities

• Moderate: Includes standing or walking for 8 or more hours, with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching; fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. Work is performed in an office setting.
• Exerting up to 75 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 70 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Frequent lifting of objects more than 75 pounds and occasional lifting of objects more than 100 pounds are required, occasionally lifting objects weighing over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds. There may be risk of injury resulting from improper procedures.
• Frequent exposure to loud noise, odors and chemicals
• Walks on paved and unpaved surfaces that may be wet or dry.
• Exposure to controlled substances, needles, syringes, and other supplies used to treat animals.
• Must possess excellent hand-eye coordination and vision including peripheral vision, fine detail, distance, depth perception and ability to focus


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