The Arizona Animal Welfare League is a limited-intake shelter intaking about 4,300 animals annually. Our medical team provides leadership and direction not only to the shelter clinic and staff but is also responsible for AAWL's low-cost clinic which provides affordable vet care to the public. In addition, our medical team provides help and assistance to other rescue operations and shelters in rural areas of the state, serving as consultants and partners in all areas of operation. Our goal is to be innovative and a leader in the animal welfare sector and an important resource for partners throughout the state of Arizona.
AAWL provides quality medical care to shelter patients from public intakes, rural rescue, and other partner organizations. This includes, but not limited to, spays/neuters, exams, treatment procedures and daily rounds, various other duties.
The medical department consists of Clinic Administrator, Clinic & Outreach Manager, Shelter veterinarian(s), Public Clinic veterinarians and veterinary technicians. The department manages all medical care for shelter animals including preventative care protocols, spay/neuter, other surgical procedures and isolation care including ringworm and parvo. The veterinarians work closely and collaboratively with the established management structure to review and update policies and procedures for all animals under care. Establishing and maintaining the highest standards and quality of care possible for the animals at AAWL. Our medical program has in-house cbc/chem, SediVue for UA, dental radiology, standard radiology, ultrasound and state of the art anesthetic monitoring machines.
Summary: The veterinarian should have a good understanding of shelter medicine, the scope of knowledge should also include, but not limited to, moderate to high volume spay/neuter, physical exams, treatment procedures.
Responsibilities will include but are not restricted to the following:
Assist in the review, planning and implementation, as needed, of a comprehensive health care program with the following components: environmental sanitation, record-keeping, disease surveillance, physical examinations, vaccination, parasite control, disease testing, disease treatment, surgery, nutrition, and outbreak response.
Educate staff and volunteers regarding animal disease and treatments.
Ensure that each animal receives a physical examination and that sick and injured animals are diagnosed and appropriate treatment is prescribed.
Perform high volume spay/neuter surgeries and additional surgery as necessary. Additional surgeries include but are not limited to enucleations, exploratory surgery, minor orthopedics, tumor removal with biopsy, dentals, amputations, etc.
Provide emergency medical care as needed, including but not limited to, IV catheter placement, emergency surgery, transfusions, etc. to shelter animals.
Monitor the health of animals in the shelter (in collaboration with the shelter staff) and provide appropriate treatment when necessary.
Assist in training veterinary techs, other shelter staff and interns from local veterinary programs.
Promote a caring attitude toward all animals and to treat animals humanely and with compassion at all times, regardless of circumstances including those that are sick, injured, feral or aggressive.
Ensure accurate recordkeeping in the computerized medical records system for medical management and surveillance of disease within the shelter.
Treat people (staff, volunteers, and the public) with respect and courtesy, foster a spirit of teamwork and perform duties in a manner that assists Arizona Animal Welfare League in the achievement its goals while encouraging community support of its work.
Work cooperatively with other veterinarians, the CEO, medical staff and department managers.
Other duties as assigned.
Allergic conditions, which would be aggravated when handling or working with animals, may be a disqualification.
Ability to lift and move objects and animals weighing up to 50 pounds for short distances and to humanely restrain an animal when necessary.
DVM or VMD degree from an accredited university with an active Arizona license (or the ability to acquire an Arizona license).
Must be an enthusiastic team-player
Must able to be on-call every other weekend, as needed.
Must be able to work collectively on cases with other Veterinarians, and Specialists.
Ability to problem solve and work with minimal supervision.
Experience with high volume spay/neuter, and pediatric surgeries highly desirable.
Ability to work independently and to keep a neat and organized working environment.
Ability to accommodate varied work assignments and schedules.
Ability to provide leadership and direction to employees and volunteers.
Ability to communicate skillfully and effectively with staff, volunteers, and community in a professional, pleasant, respectful, courteous and tactful manner at all times.
Maturity, good judgment and professional personal appearance.
Internal Number: Shelter Veterinarian
About Arizona Animal Welfare League
The Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA is a limited-intake shelter intaking about 4,300 animals annually. Our medical team provides leadership and direction not only to the shelter clinic and staff but is also responsible for AAWL's low-cost clinic which provides affordable vet care to the public. In addition, our medical team provides help and assistance to other rescue operations and shelters in rural areas of the state, serving as consultants and partners in all areas of operation. Our goal is to be innovative and a leader in the animal welfare sector and an important resource for partners throughout the state of Arizona