Animal Friends’ Clinic Services program provides access to high-quality spay/neuter and primary veterinary care to pet owners experiencing financial and accessibility constraints. Through our stationary clinic at the Howard Ash Animal Wellness Center and our Mobile clinic we eliminate the barriers to veterinary care which allows pets to stay with the person or family who loves them and empowers them to provide basic, necessary care.
We are seeking a uniquely qualified veterinarian who excels at providing high quality, compassionate care primarily to dogs, cats and rabbits. This includes spay/neuter, wellness care, vaccine services, dentals and other routine veterinary care. The successful candidate must have a passion for working with pets as well as providing education and resources to people, with a focus on underserved populations. This position requires a positive, outgoing personality and comfort working with diverse populations. The ability to offer care and education in a compassionate, nonjudgmental way is a must.
Animal Friends’ Clinic Services Program consists of three core components each uniquely designed to support a targeted population by offering pets high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter, vaccines and wellness services. The components include our Animal Wellness Center Program offering spay/neuter, vaccine and wellness services; our Mobile Program supporting small, rural shelters and community groups where access to low-cost spay/neuter services is limited; and our Community Program partnering with local veterinary clinics to provide subsidized spay/neuter options for clients in their communities.
The Associate Community Medicine Veterinarian assists in ensuring that our program meets the needs of our target communities by providing high-quality, high-volume (HQHV) spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and basic wellness services through our spay/neuter program at the Animal Wellness Center and on the Mobile Resource Center. The Veterinarian also provides support at high-volume vaccination clinics at the Animal Wellness Center and in the community during summer vaccine clinics and Animal Friends for Life outreach initiatives.
The Associate Veterinarian is supported by the Community Medicine Veterinarian and a compassionate, positive, and well-trained technician and administrative team. As well, you are supported by the Animal Friends’ organization, which is a leader in progressive sheltering practices.
Provide compassionate, high-quality preventive and basic medical care to patients in underserved areas of our region overseeing all aspects of veterinary care during a clinic day including physical examination, diagnostics, treatment recommendations and delivery, prescriptions and discharge information.
Perform pre-surgery physical examinations on all surgical candidates. Perform high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter surgical procedures at the Animal Wellness Center or onboard the Mobile Resource Center according to the standards set forth by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Spay-Neuter Task Force in “The Association of Shelter Veterinarians Veterinary Medical Care Guidelines for Spay-Neuter Programs” (JAVMA, Vol 233, No. 1, July 1, 2008) and the organization.
Diagnose and treat post-surgical complications of patients.
Triage and refer cases that do not fall within the parameters of care as appropriate.
Provide support and medical services, when needed, to the animals under our care at the Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center.
Customer Service (15%)
Communicate respectfully with clients and be able to relay important medical information about patients. Discuss examination and medical test results with owners in order to allow owners to make informed choices about the medical care of their pets.
Counsel owners about end of life and other sensitive medical care decisions.
Provide discharge instructions for patients and oversee the dispensing of medications.
Provide positive direction and feedback to veterinary technicians and other staff members as well as veterinary and veterinary technician students.
Document all exam findings, test results, and treatment recommendations on medical record forms.
Follow written and verbal Animal Friends’ standard operating procedures.
Attend staff meetings, doctor meetings, and other requested meetings.
Other duties as assigned.
The candidate also must be willing to work in a learning environment and provide support and training for
veterinary and veterinary technician students.
Education and Experience:
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or equivalent
Current Pennsylvania Veterinary license
Current DEA license
Background in small animal medicine and surgery
Experience in high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter preferred
Additional Salary Information: Animal Friends offers a competitive wage, a positive work environment, as well as:
Health, vision, and dental benefits
Profit sharing retirement plan with employer contribution
Continuing education expenses
Paid time off – holidays, sick time, vacation, and your birthday!
Free and confidential employee assistance program
Limited on-call responsibilities
One priceless adoption per year
Discount at our clinic and retail store
Being part of a lifesaving team making a difference every day
About Animal Friends
For 75 years, Animal Friends has been saving, impacting, engaging, enriching and affecting the lives of the pets and people of our region. Since our humble beginnings in 1943, we have grown into a full-service companion animal welfare organization serving the pets and people of Pittsburgh and the surrounding area.