- New York, NY
Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C) is the largest pet organization in the northeast, rescuing nearly 34,000 each year. As a not-for-profit since 1995, AC&C is under contract with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to rescue, care for and find loving homes for homeless and abandoned animals in NYC. To service all NYC communities, AC&C operates facilities in all five boroughs. AC&C is a Full Service animal organization that takes in any animal in need in NYC.
DEFINITION: Executive level position responsible for providing leadership and direction for the efficient and smooth provision of medical and surgical care and maintenance of health for all animals cared for by AC&C. Knowledgeable of best practices and standards for veterinary care in shelters. Manages medical inventory and budget, including oversight and authorization for purchasing of supplies, equipment, and medications. Supervises medical staff within the department. Develops treatment protocols and written policies/ guidelines for medical and surgical care, including timely and appropriate attention to emergency cases. Ensures quality programming that is in accordance with AC&C’s mission, goals and management. Maintains compliance with relevant laws.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Acts as AC&C’s chief veterinarian, responsible for general oversight of all veterinary medical and surgical functions.
- Responsible for creating and ensuring compliance with guidelines and policy and procedures to maintain the general health of the population of animals within all of the facilities.
- Provide oversight to veterinary team regarding veterinary care and decisions.
- Monitors and implements procedures and programs to reduce the rate of infectious diseases throughout the building.
- Provides medical care, written reports and expert witness testimony in court for animal cruelty cases and other medical cases. Ensures appropriate training and adherence to policy regarding handling and documentation of cruelty cases by all medical staff and advises on referral of cases to law enforcement.
- Manages a team of veterinarians, veterinary technicians and support staff to ensure programmatic needs are identified and addressed. Responsible for hiring, firing, coaching, and performance evaluations as well as development of necessary training programs.
- Responsible for scheduling and ensuring that medical needs are covered at all times. Act as a staff veterinarian when needed to perform exams, surgery, necropsy evaluations, treatments, on-call decision making, euthanasia decisions, and other duties as needed.
- Ensures organizational licensure is met and act as the licensing veterinarian for certain facilities.
- Oversees medical budget and ordering. Monitors inventory for supplies, equipment, and medications. Ensures equipment is regularly maintained, serviced when needed, and is working to the highest standard.
- Ensures thorough record keeping and maintains quality control, including complete, accurate and up-to-date medical records, drug logs, statistics, etc.
- Provides on-call services for shelter animal emergencies when scheduled and during closures.
- Directs and monitors all aspects of humane euthanasia. Ensures all personnel are certified and appropriately trained. Responds to specific problems and requests directed from the public, staff, and partner groups, adopters relating to medical/surgical care or health problems. Work with DOH to assist with bite protocols and release.
- Work with the Director of Operations and Placement Manager to provide oversight and develop policies and protocols for operational issues such as feeding, housing, handling, cleaning, and general care. Provide guidance and support for policy development and individual case decision making for placement of animals including adoption, transfer, foster care, and euthanasia.
- Act as the liaison and case manager for AC&C to outside veterinary services i.e. spay/neuter, and other collaborations. Provides programs, presentations, training to staff and community as needed. Represents the organization at outreach events and on committees as appropriate.
- Other duties and projects as assigned.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is frequently exposed to odors or airborne particles including animal fur and toxic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is very loud. Frequent driving between facilities is required as well as consistent availability after-hours, on weekends, and holidays.
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
OVERTIME: This position is exempt from overtime.
NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may be required to perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.
SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS:
- Must have a current DVM, VMD or equivalent license
- Minimum of five years clinical shelter experience or advanced training in shelter medicine, including experience managing and supervising staff; previous management experience in an animal shelter setting preferred
- Excellent clinical skills including extensive experience with population management, epidemiology, infectious diseases, and animal abuse
- Ability to gather, assemble, correlate, and analyze facts and devise solutions and plans
- Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills, able to multi-task and prioritize
- Excellent planning, organizational, interpersonal and supervisory skills
- Dependable, reliable, professional, and efficient