Are you ready to use your animal care passion and medical skills to help homeless animals? Halifax Humane Society (HHS), an award-winning animal shelter located in Daytona Beach, Florida- the city known for "The World's Most Famous Beach", is seeking candidates for Staff Veterinarian with a desire to excel. This is a great career opportunity to live, play, and work by the beach!
The Veterinary Services Department includes working at the open admission shelter performing High-Quality, High-Volume spay/neuter (HQHVSN) surgery, health care of the sheltered pets, and assisting in animal cruelty investigation as well as working at the public spay/neuter clinic.
New to shelter medicine? We are happy to train new graduates or veterinarians interested in pursing shelter medicine through mentor-ship and in a relaxed environment that fosters mastery of HQHVSN.
We value four main values for our department: communication, integrity, teamwork, and a hard-working attitude. Come join a shelter and culture that is animal-centered.
We are accepting applications of candidates looking for full time employment or for part time employment with the interest/potential in becoming a full time member of our organization.
As a not for profit organization, this full time position also qualifies for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF).
Responsible for the overall health and medical care of animals undergoing surgery and animals in need of medical attention. Provides surgical sterilization of adopted shelter animals and privately owned pets who participate in the Society’s high volume spay/neuter, microchip, vaccination and/or wellness clinic. Maintains a positive relationship between the society and the local veterinary community, stays abreast of zoonotic concerns and methods of control.
Essential Duties and Functions
Compliant of applicable laws, licensing and ethical regulation of all medical requirements and medications including controlled substances.
Responsible for the quality and effectiveness of the surgical suite.
Train Veterinary Services Specialists in all clinic functions including but not limited to preparing surgical suite for daily surgery.
Identifies and performs other veterinary procedures and surgeries as needed.
Responsible for ordering, inventory, records and control of all medication including controlled substances. Verifies and inventories all incoming orders.
Coordinates with the Veterinary Services Director (VSD) training classes for Certified Euthanasia Technicians. (Must be a Florida Animal Control Association (FACA) euthanasia certification instructor)
Provide quality and humane manner of veterinary care to all animals serviced through HHS programs. Assists process when outside medical care is sought including recommendation, record keeping and follow up care.
Communicates with other staff members and departments as to ongoing medical issues with shelter animals and makes medical recommendations when needed. Provides input to VSD or other relevant staff members regarding euthanasia decisions of animals with injuries or ailments.
Oversight for any health records of animals examined under the Veterinary Services Department. Provides other departmental reports as necessary.
Assists and instructs staff in veterinary/medical issues relating to animal care under the direction of the VSD. Provides instruction on euthanasia to relevant staff. Enhances and supports team development of the entire staff.
Assists the public in veterinary/medical issues when needed. Maintain and promote a positive public image standard relevant to HHS.
Performs veterinary services, documentation and testimony in court for cruelty and/or neglect cases.
Assists the HHS release program. Assists public with questions, keep records, coordinate appointments, train staff and perform releases when needed.
Implements, maintains and monitors the correct application of HHS policies and procedures.
Remain current on veterinary practices and where applicable, make recommendations on healthcare advancement and emerging shelter medical trends to the VSD.
Assists with training and ongoing evaluation of veterinary staff. Responsible for discipline and performance management of staff in the Veterinary Clinic Department, including recommendations for hiring and terminations, performance reviews and suggestions for promotions or salary increases. Follows organizational policies for disciplinary measures when necessary.
Works with VSD to provide input for departments budgetary needs.
Participate in disaster preparedness and response activities for the shelter and community as it pertains to pet animal related needs.
Help promote fundraising activities and solicit support of agency overall.
Interacts with co-workers and volunteers in an efficient and courteous manner to ensure a cooperative team environment amongst all departments.
Attend and participate in departmental and shelter meetings. Attend educational venues as recommended/approved.
Address and/or report any safety hazards or unsafe use of HHS equipment.
Perform other duties as requested by the VSD.
Is flexible with scheduling and is available when away from the facility as needed to meet the needs of the organization.
Arrive to work on time and work the entire shift.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty in a satisfactory manner. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Valid license to practice Veterinary Medicine in the State of Florida.
Possess a current DEA Registration.
Previous experience and/or exposure to shelter medicine and/or high volume spay/neuter programs a plus.
Must possess a valid and unrestricted Florida driver’s license with a clean DMV record for the past 3 years.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledgeable in the principles of organization, administration, supervision and animal care procedures.
General knowledge of pet behavior and care.
Ability to become a Florida Animal Control Association (FACA) euthanasia certification instructor.
Excellent public relations skills. Ability to form and maintain professional relationships. Professional in appearance and behavior.
Sound judgment and ability to exercise complete discretion when dealing with confidential information.
Excellent verbal, written and observation skills.
The ability to work compassionately with animals that may be fractious and possibly attempt to bite or scratch.
Demonstrated ability and experience to prepare and present reports in a narrative and graphic form; understand, interpret teach and apply rules and regulations of detailed procedural instructions to specific situations.
Knowledgeable and sympathetic to the principles, purposes and objectives of a humane organization.
Extreme flexibility and adaptability, a strong work ethic and an ability to accommodate broad responsibilities and shifting priorities.
Must be goal oriented self-starter with a willingness and maturity to go beyond prescribed work and time schedules and meet assigned deadlines.
Computer skills in a Windows environment preferred including Word, Excel, Power Point, Humane Solutions and PetPoint.
Must have the ability to multi task, prioritize and handle high levels of stress. Position requires excellent organizational skills, as well as high level of accuracy and attention to detail. Must be dependable and have proven ability to meet deadlines. Self-starter with ability to work independently and follow detailed instructions without need of constant support.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to frequently reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to stand, walk, sit, stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits include: health, dental, and vision insurance; retirement options; paid vacation, holidays, and sick time; licenses paid; membership dues; CE budget
About Halifax Humane Society
The Halifax Humane Society is a 501 (c)(3) private nonprofit organization servicing the Greater Daytona Beach area in Volusia County, Florida. Halifax Humane Society was founded in 1937.
We are an open-door animal shelter that services over 25,000 animals annually. Kennel and cage capacity can comfortably house approximately 350 animals per day and is usually full.
Equipped with a spay/neuter clinic, we perform early-age spay/neuter surgeries to ensure that all adopted animals are altered before entering a new home. Subsidized spay/neuter surgeries are also available at Halifax Humane Society's Redinger Spay/Neuter Clinic, located at 600 Mason Avenue in Daytona Beach.
Humane Education is made available to any and all schools, businesses, civic groups, etc. through speaking engagements, tours and material. In addition, Halifax Humane Society has a focus on keeping pets with their families through animal training and behavior classes.