Maine..the way life should be! Located in lovely central Maine, the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society is a dynamic and growing organization nestled in a lovely community with hiking, the ocean, mountains, skiing and so much more right outside your door! GAHS strives every day to address the needs of homeless animals, keep pets in homes where they are loved, and to provide top quality care to medical and surgical cases who would otherwise not have a chance. We’re seeking a diversely talented, team-oriented, full-time (will consider part-time for the right fit) shelter veterinarian who's ready to be part of our growing team. performing high quality, high volume spay/neuter (HQHVSN) and also seeing community animals in our busy wellness clinic.
Position is responsible for providing excellent veterinary care for all animals in GAHS custody, high quality, high volume spay/neuter (HQHVSN) and also seeing community owned animals in our busy wellness clinic.. Veterinarian must be able to promote GAHS’s mission, uphold the integrity of the organization at all times, and work collaboratively with other staff members and volunteers to ensure the clinics’ smooth operation.
We think you’ll be a great fit if you:
Want to work with pet owners and also play an integral role in caring for the 3,000 or more homeless animals that GAHS rescues yearly.
Are team-oriented and want to work with the GAHS medical and non-medical staff to find loving homes for animals.
Can work quickly and efficiently without compromising care.
Enjoy working with pet owners to find affordable solutions to keep their animals healthy.
Like teaching and guiding technicians and support staff.
Want to help families as well as pets by providing affordable, appropriate care.
The GAHS clinic provides sterilization services for animals owned by members of the community, feral or stray cats through “trap-neuter-return” programs, and in-house shelter animals. Additional soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, as well as dentals, are performed as needed. The ideal candidate will be able to:
Spay and neuter a minimum of 20 animals a day, generally 70% cats and 30% dogs. Training will be provided to a candidate who shows promising surgical skills. Experience with high volume spay/neuter is preferred but not required.
Perform, or have interest in learning how to perform, a variety of surgeries for our rescued animals, including but not limited to limb and tail amputations, various soft tissue surgeries, enucleations, eyelid repairs, cystotomies, FHOs, hernia repairs, wound care, and basic dental services.
Perform adequate preoperative examinations on animals and determine suitability for anesthesia and surgery.
Work as a team with veterinarian technician and assistant assigned to surgery, as well as front desk staff and other shelter staff.
Provide oversight on logging anesthetic drugs and maintaining controlled substance logs.
Demonstrate excellent leadership skills and ability to manage the surgical flow and ensure animal and human safety.
The GAHS Wellness Clinic provides a means for low income families and animal rescue organizations in our service area to access basic veterinary services for their dogs and cats while providing high quality care. The clinic is equipped with the medications and resources to handle routine outpatient cases including wellness exams, skin conditions, upper respiratory infections, gastrointestinal disease, non-emergent urinary tract conditions, minor soft-tissue injuries, and other preventative care. The ideal candidate will be able to:
Practice excellent customer service skills and provide client education in a non-judgmental manner.
Oversee patient flow to maximize time and efficiently fit in shelter animal checks.
Complete most appointments in the allotted time frame.
Maintain patient medical records in our online animal management system.
Work as a team with the assigned technician to obtain maximum efficiency.
Provide routine exams and vaccine administration during the periodic off-site wellness clinics we offer to our underserved communities.
Shelter and Foster Animal Care:
GAHS has roughly 30-100 animals housed in our facility at any given time, as well as a robust foster care program that places approximately 500 animals into foster care yearly. The veterinarian will work as a team with management and animal care staff to provide care for this population through scheduled appointments for foster animal medical care, daily rounds and routine/sick exams for in-house animals, and surgical care as needed. The ideal candidate will be able to:
Work as a team with foster staff, technicians, and other staff to determine treatment plans and coordinate appropriate care for shelter animals.
Participate in forming and revising medical protocols to enhance shelter operations.
Manage their time efficiently and effectively to ensure that all animals needing care are seen on any given day.
Consider cost when determining treatment plans and form reasonable alternatives when expensive diagnostics or procedures are not an option.
Perform humane euthanasia as needed and directed.
Educational and Licensure Requirements:
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or equivalent from an accredited university and valid Maine Veterinary license with no history of complaints or disciplinary action required.
Experience in shelter setting and performing quality high-volume spay/neuter surgery preferred.
Additional Job Skills Required:
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. The ideal candidate is personable, outgoing, patient, professional, empathetic, and able to get along well with a culturally diverse community.
Strong sense of initiative and ability to problem-solve, identifying tasks that need to be accomplished and prioritizing appropriately, working independently with minimal supervision and direction.
Maturity, good judgment and a professional personal appearance.
Flexibility, ability to manage multiple tasks and accommodate varied work assignments and schedules.
Comfort and experience with Google and Microsoft applications strongly preferred. GAHS uses a variety of web-based software that veterinarians must be comfortable learning to use on a daily basis for managing client care.
Must have a strong attention to detail.
Additional Salary Information: Plus health benefits
About Greater Androscoggin Humane Society
Our Vision: A compassionate community that promotes a safe and humane life for all animals.
Our Mission: The GAHS enriches lives; supporting and engaging the community by providing effective, accessible and innovative services and advocacy for animals.
Our Core Values: Respect, Positivity, Innovation, Teamwork, and Adaptability
The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(C)(3) charitable organization. We are supported primarily by the donations received from our kind friends and concerned citizens.