Kitsap Humane Society (KHS), a highly progressive open-admission animal welfare organization located in Silverdale, Washington, just one hour from Seattle and close to the beautiful Olympic Mountains. We seek to hire a full-time Shelter Veterinarian to join us in our mission and vision to provide high quality care in a progressive animal welfare environment.
KHS takes in over 5,000 animals a year (including stray, owner surrender, and transfer animals) while maintaining a remarkable lives-saved rate of 96%, thanks in part to the outstanding medical care we provide to our animals. In addition to caring for our shelter pets, KHS also has an active low cost spay neuter program, performing over 2,000 procedures a year for our low income community. KHS operates a comprehensive shelter program with behavior, foster and animal control services.
KHS’s Veterinary Services Department consists of 13.0+ full-time equivalent employees, including three full-time Veterinarians and several contracted part-time Vets. The department is organized around providing a high level of life-saving care to shelter animals and performing over 6,000 high-volume spay-neuter surgeries per year, including more than 2,000 reduced fee surgeries to pets from low-income families. KHS is currently looking at further expansion of these low-cost veterinary services to better serve our local community.
JOB PURPOSE AND SUMMARY:
KHS’s Shelter Veterinarian will work in collaboration with the Director of Shelter Medicine, veterinarians, staff and volunteers to provide high quality shelter medicine, surgery, treatment and care for KHS shelter animals. The shelter veterinarian will be responsible for providing medical and surgical care to resident shelter animals, as well as high quality, high volume spay/neuter services. Our shelter veterinarian must be efficient at time management and able to thrive in a high volume, fast-paced environment with multiple priorities.
An interest in and willingness to support the mission, vision, and philosophy of KHS
A strong interest in progressive animal welfare and knowledge of shelter medicine practices
Proficiency in HQHVSN, an average surgery day includes 20-30+ spay/neuter surgeries
Adept at general soft-tissue surgeries including mass removals, wound repair, etc.
Must present a good appearance and have the ability to deal cheerfully and tactfully with the public, staff and volunteers with a consistent positive mental attitude
Must be skilled and able to handle conflict resolution
Meticulous and methodical attention to record keeping and reporting
Ability to have a flexible schedule, work weekends and overtime if necessary
KEY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE (but not limited to):
Examinations and medical care/treatment of KHS shelter animals
Surgical care for shelter animals including spay/neuter, soft tissue and additional procedures as needed.
Provide HQHVSN services for shelter animals and our low income community
Assists the Director of Shelter Medicine with procedures, protocols and management of animal health staff, volunteer vets and technicians
Contribute to the creation of animal wellness protocols including but not limited to disease control, rounds, intake, quarantine procedures etc.
Involvement in staff education, euthanasia certification, community outreach and partnerships with local vet clinics
Emergency care of shelter animals on site or on call
Participate in the Animal Welfare Committee
Health insurance, dental insurance, basic life insurance, vision, and EAP benefits offered beginning the 1st of the month after 60 days of employment.
Vacation leave available after 120-day introductory period.
Sick leave and holidays.
One free animal adoption per year for full-time and part-time regular employees after completion of 120-day introductory period.
About Kitsap Humane Society
Kitsap Humane Society is an independent nonprofit committed to providing positive life changing solutions to people and animals in need. We do so by accepting, sheltering and rehabilitating companion animals in need; providing humane rescue, protection, prevention, adoption and education services; implementing progressive life-saving and life-affirming programs; collaborating and partnering with our region and supporters to build a model humane community.
Our Vision is that every adoptable companion animal has a home.