Senior Director of Veterinary Medical Services

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Senior Director of Veterinary Medical Services - Pittsburgh, PA

Our client is currently seeking a Senior Director of Veterinary Medical Services to support the organization's goals of decreasing pet overpopulation. This position will primarily focus on ensuring spay/neuter goals are met through daily sterilization of surgical patients. The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to patient care and possess qualities such as integrity, loyalty, and a strong work ethic. This position will be supported by a team of experienced technicians in surgery.

Our Purpose:

Our organization 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. These facilities are committed to providing high-quality, low-cost wellness care and veterinary services to animals and people in the community. Located in a state-of-the-art facility, our East End location offers the latest technologies and a modern, low-stress environment for shelter animals.

In addition to our shelter facilities, we have a mobile clinic unit that provides veterinary care at two free outside clinics per month. We are actively looking to expand this service to reach more housing-challenged individuals as well as low-income individuals with pets.

We are committed to mentorship and offer a veterinary student extern program, as well as in-house and off-site continuing education opportunities for our veterinary staff. This position provides a unique opportunity to work in a progressive shelter and clinical practice environment.

We offer competitive pay, excellent benefits, and paid time off to our employees. Signing and relocation bonuses are available for qualified applicants. Our Veterinary positions are eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Perform efficient and effective high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter surgeries for client owned and shelter animals (dogs, cats, and rabbits).
  • Perform an average of 30-40 routine spay/neuter surgeries daily.
  • Examine animals and recommend post-op rechecks as necessary.
  • Actively promote spay and neuter and educate clients on responsible animal ownership.
  • Support and mentor associate staff and volunteers, promoting skill development in line with our goals and mission.
  • Mentor and teach veterinary students and visiting veterinarians in spay/neuter and shelter medicine.
  • Perform minor surgeries for client owned and shelter animals, as needed (dentals, amputations, enucleations, mass removals, etc.).
  • Examine and develop treatment plans for shelter owned animals, as needed.
  • Record information pertaining to animal examinations and treatments accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Advise and perform euthanasia when medically appropriate.
  • Desire to learn and adopt shelter medicine practices if no previous experience.
  • Provide recommendations for follow-up care for owned animals.
  • Supervise handling and recording of controlled substances by Veterinary Technicians.
  • Represent our organization in a professional and courteous manner at all times.
  • Provide quality service to clients, volunteers, and staff, recognizing their contributions to our organization's success.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide input and communicate any issues regarding disease control and surgical protocols.
  • Ensure staff members adhere to proper peri-operative care for patients.
  • Communicate any issues regarding staff or patients to medical managers or the Senior Director of Medical Services.

Work Environment:

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

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to bend, stand, stoop, walk, sit, talk, listen, hear, and use hands to manipulate objects. The employee must also be able to lift and move up to 50 pounds.

Additional Information:

  • Reliable transportation is a must.
  • Travel between our two large shelters is required.
  • This role requires a self-guided individual who can work with 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 a high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter practice or shelter, with the ability to teach HVHQ techniques.
  • Current DEA license or ability to obtain one.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Strategic thinking and change management skills.
  • High emotional intelligence and leadership abilities.
  • Strong understanding of animal sheltering and animal welfare.
  • Collaborative team player with exemplary interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with shifting priorities in a highly visible organization.
  • Flexibility to work outside of normal working hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • Willingness to continue education and training in emerging areas.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • High level of personal organization and self-management.
  • Excellent social and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to make decisions and adhere to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work effectively under stress.
  • Knowledge of issues and challenges in animal welfare organizations and high-volume hospitals.
  • Demonstrated personal credibility and integrity.
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