Medical Director

  • New York, NY
  • Full-time

Company Description

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.

Job Description

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.


  • 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.



  • 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

Additional Information

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