Animal Doctor

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

On behalf of our client

Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh (HARP), one of the largest animal welfare organizations in Pennsylvania, is seeking an experienced and passionate animal doctor to join our team in Pittsburgh, PA. This position encompasses shelter medicine, clinical medicine, and surgery. The ideal candidate will share our vision and commitment to the ethical and humane treatment of animals in our community. Our doctors provide high-quality medical and surgical care to shelter animals and patients in our public clinic.

Our medical team is deeply involved in community programs such as Pet Retention Program, Pet Food Pantry, Community and Working Cat Programs, Humane Health Coalition, and Street Medicine and Outreach. We also provide medical and surgical care for a wide variety of wildlife at our Wildlife Center.

Our Purpose

HARP operates three facilities, including two large shelters with full-service Veterinary Medical Centers open to the public and a Wildlife Center run by licensed wildlife rehabilitation specialists. Our shelters are open door/managed admission facilities that are dedicated to providing animals and community members with high-quality, affordable wellness care and veterinary services. Our East End location is housed in a state-of-the-art facility that features modern housing for shelter animals, a full surgical suite, digital radiography, ultrasound, and a full in-house diagnostics lab.

HARP also operates a mobile clinic unit that provides care at two free outside clinics per month, with plans to expand this service. The mobile clinic offers veterinary care to individuals facing housing challenges and low-income individuals.

The HARP medical team is committed to mentorship and offers a veterinary student extern program, as well as in-house and off-site continuing education opportunities for our veterinarians. This position provides an exciting opportunity for a veterinarian interested in working in a dynamic environment that promotes high-quality, progressive shelter and clinical practice.

HARP offers competitive pay and excellent benefits, including PTO. Signing and relocation bonuses are available for qualified applicants. Our Veterinary positions are PSLF eligible.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for surgical and medical care for shelter and owned animals, as well as wildlife through the Wildlife Center as needed. Veterinarians primarily work at either the East End or Northside locations, but may also work at our mobile unit. The role involves a variable work schedule, including weekend rotation. This position involves approximately 30% surgical, 30% clinical, 30% shelter, and 10% administrative work.
  • Stay updated on shelter animal health protocols, surgical procedures, and companion animal health issues. Ensure compliance with HARP's approved standards and national guidelines. Adhere to state and federal laws, state regulations, and veterinary accepted standards regarding clinic operations, the practice of veterinary medicine, drug control, and animal care and handling.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of protocols for superior veterinary care and disease control.
  • Perform surgical sterilization of owned and shelter animals, including pediatric and HQHVSN (high-quality, high-volume spay-neuter).
  • Perform veterinary medical and surgical procedures, including dentistry, appropriate for the care of shelter animals, owned animals, and wildlife. Administer treatments, including vaccinations, to ensure the health of shelter animals. Prescribe and administer medications and anti-parasite treatments. Perform diagnostic procedures.
  • Perform all necessary client-requested euthanasia according to established protocols.
  • Coordinate with local veterinarians and clinic/shelter professionals to promote positive and productive relationships.
  • Establish and maintain medical records and drug use logs to meet veterinary and sheltering standards. Ensure that records are in order and complete.
  • Be available for scheduling flexibility to cover emergencies, such as when a staff veterinarian is unable to attend a fully scheduled clinic or surgery day.
  • Serve as a positive mentor to veterinary technicians, veterinary technician students, pre-vet student volunteers, and veterinary student externs.
  • Participate in weekly on-call rotations with other staff veterinarians for shelter and foster animals.
  • Assist in training staff.
  • Maintain positive relationships with co-workers, managers, directors, clients, and stakeholders.
  • Ensure the confidentiality of employee, client, and animal information.
  • Work at HARP Humane Health Coalition clinics as scheduled. Maintain and develop positive relationships with HHC and SDC clients.
  • This is a full-time, exempt position with a 40-hour workweek. Weekend work may be required.


  • Outstanding customer service skills - ability to handle customers with tact and diplomacy in sensitive or stressful situations.
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to multi-task and work under pressure.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain rapport with the public and staff.
  • Ability to relay medical information to different audiences.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work with a diverse workforce.
  • Proficient in MS Office.
  • Experience with shelter software is a plus.

Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to hazards associated with aggressive animals, infected animals and controlled substances, unpleasant odors and noises, bites, scratches, and animal wastes, and contagious diseases. The employee will primarily work in the shelter environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands:

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

Safety & Health Program:

  • Report all accidents immediately to their supervisor.
  • Wear required personal protective equipment without exceptions.
  • Report all hazardous conditions or other safety and health concerns to their supervisor immediately.
  • Participate in Safety Committee activities and support Safety Committee membership.


Travel between locations and to vaccine clinics may be necessary.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (Required).
  • Current Veterinary License to practice in the state of Pennsylvania (or ability to obtain).
  • USDA APHIS Certified (or willingness to enroll in certification).
  • Valid driver's license.
  • DEA license (or willingness to apply).
  • Experience and/or interest in shelter medicine preferred.
  • Experience in HQHV spay/neuter surgery preferred.

Preferred Experience:

Prior shelter experience preferred.

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