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Employment Opportunities

Job Title: Shelter & Community Medicine Veterinarian

Location/Department: LTBHS Shelter and Vet Clinic

Reports to: Lead Veterinarian

Salary Range: $100,000-115,000 annually + $10,000 signing bonus

Overview: The Shelter & Community Medicine Veterinarian provides high–quality medical care to shelter animals, including spay/neuter, treatment of various medical conditions, and herd health maintenance. They will assist in developing, advancing, and implementing shelter medicine protocols and ensures humane medical treatment of all animals seen in the shelter. They will also provide high quality, spay/neuter for our community spay/neuter program. The vet will facilitate deep engagement in the mission of the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society and serve a key member of both shelter and clinic teams.

This is a full-time salaried role, 40 hours/weekly. Weekends and evenings as necessary.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • With the Lead Veterinarian, leads the evaluation and establishment of shelter medical protocols.
  • Continually improves the medical management program and ensures high-quality medical care and services for shelter guests including those in foster homes; focusing on treatment and prevention of health problems thereby increasing adoptions and decreasing return rate.
  • Makes recommendations and collaborates with the Medical Director and Hospital Director in the formulation of shelter medical objectives, practices, plans and decisions that influence operations to ensure optimal health of sheltered animals.
  • Actively participates as a member of the veterinary team; attends applicable meetings.
  • Fulfills commitments to donors, as needed, in a manner or support LTBHS needs supporting events, fundraising, and media spots as needed.
  • Performs duties in a manner, which encourages attainment of goals, contribution and business for LTBHS and its programs.
  • Cultivates positive and productive relationships with LTBHS staff, foster families, transport partners, service clients, and members of the public.

Performs the duties of a staff veterinarian, including but not limited to:

  • Evaluates and determines the disposition of incoming animals.
  • Provides medical services to all shelter animals, including physical examination, diagnostics, medical rounds and treatments.
  • Performs spay & neuter surgeries and other surgical procedures for shelter animals along with our community spay & neuter program clients.
  • In partnership with the Operations Manager, ensures appropriate medication, animal care, handling, and sanitation is administered by shelter staff.
  • Ensures department staff maintain accurate and updated records in appropriate medical records software.
  • Advises and performs euthanasia performed within the shelter.
  • Provides on-call services for shelter animal emergencies.
  • Maintains appropriate licensing and completes required continuing education courses.
  • Adheres to state regulation and organizational protocol regarding animal care, treatment, advocacy, and the mission of LTBHS.
  • Maintain a clean and safe work environment.
  • Proactively/urgently takes action to address any safety concerns or noncompliance of safety rules that could put an employee, volunteer, client, animal or the organization at risk.

Demonstrated Competencies:

  • Ability to provide excellent service and care for internal and external customers and animals.
  • Ability to create an environment that promotes excellent customer service at all levels and by all positions.
  • Ability to function in a busy environment. Ability to be flexible and work within a rapidly changing environment. Possess a genuine concern for animals and their welfare.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with other employees, board members, community members and volunteers.
  • Strong analytical and financial skills, including problem solving and critical thinking. Integrity and ability to build trust relationships and to communicate in an open and transparent manner.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion. Demonstrated oral, written and spokesperson presentation skills.
  • Strong leadership and management skills including ability to achieve results through others.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Impromed (or other veterinary) software. Ability to operate computer, printer, copier, telephone, fax machine, and smartphone.

Qualifications:

  • Current license in the State of Michigan to practice veterinary medicine.
  • Current DEA License.
  • Current USDA Certification.
  • Valid Michigan Driver’s license with acceptable driving record.
  • Maintenance of malpractice insurance.
  • Reliable transportation.
  • Ability to pass required background checks.
  • Preferred two years of experience in shelter medicine with spay and neuter experience.
  • Ability to work well within frenetic nature of shelter environment.
  • Effective written and verbal communications skills.
  • Proven organizational, time management, and planning skills required.
  • Ability to communicate skillfully and effectively with a culturally diverse staff, volunteers, and community in a professional, pleasant and respectful manner at all times.
  • Maturity with ability to use good judgment and display a professional manner. Good analytical skills and ability to identify and access department issues/opportunities.
  • Fostering a positive work environment.
  • Be viewed as a motivator and leader.
  • Experience in molding and developing staff into a cohesive team, molding individuals and work units accountable for their results.

Physical Demands:

  • Moderate physical effort – regularly lifting or moving up to 25 pounds and occasionally up to 50 pounds.
  • Walking and prolonged standing.
  • Stooping, kneeling, bending, and crouching.
  • Carrying, pushing, and/or pulling. Facility operations include areas of high noise levels.
  • Exposure to animal feces and potential for scratches and bites.
  • Exposure to hazardous chemicals.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.

Interested individuals can send their resume to Little Traverse Bay Humane Society Executive Director, Danielle Blasko, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job duties required by the organization. This job description is not intended to and does not constitute an expressed or implied contract between any individual and the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society. All employment is “at-will”.