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Staff Veterinarian

The Shelter Medicine program is a key component in the BCSPCA’s lifesaving efforts. The Staff Veterinarian is an integral member of the Shelter Medicine department, bringing his/her knowledge of shelter animal care, shelter animal health management and surgical expertise to the team. The Staff Veterinarian will be responsible for performing surgical procedures (primarily spay/neuter of cats, dogs and rabbits) and physical examinations on healthy and sick shelter animals. This position requires knowledge of and an interest in Shelter Medicine.

The Staff Veterinarian position is an exempt, full time, 40 hours per week position, which includes one day on the weekend. This position is split between our Lahaska and Quakertown shelters.


  • Maintain a focus on achieving the BCSPCA mission and places the good of the organization before the good of any single individual, animal, or department.
  • Ensure the humane medical care and treatment of animals always
  • Handle animals both fractious and calm safely, models and teaches such handling
  • Conduct self always in a professional manner
  • Carries out components of shelter medicine program at both BCSPCA locations including future offsite adoption locations
  • Competently examine, diagnose, prescribe and treat animals in shelter
  • Administer vaccines and perform other routine services, including client education, connected with preventative health maintenance
  • Perform emergency triage and stabilization of ill and injured animals
  • Perform adult and pediatric sterilizations and other routine soft tissue surgeries
  • Examine shelter animals and recommend treatment and assesses prognosis
  • Interpret diagnostic tests
  • Administer medication both oral and injections, including IV, IM, SQ
  • Administer controlled substances and keep an accurate log
  • Maintain accurate and complete medical records
  • Maintain a positive work ethic and rapport with staff and clients, including facilitating conflict resolution as needed in a professional manner
  • Participate in humane investigations (examines, documents, and treats cruelty cases)
  • Communicate complex medical issues with public clinic clients, staff, volunteers and adopters as needed
  • Responsible for cleanliness and safety of clinic areas both locations
  • Cultivate positive relationships with customers, volunteers and co-workers through professional, courteous and educational interactions
  • Responsible for the veterinary component of the decision-making process regarding which animals to euthanize and humanely euthanizes animals when necessary
  • Communicate proactively, openly, positively and regularly with the Executive Director, the shelter staffs, the community outreach department, the cruelty investigation team, the communications/development team, the animal behavior department, other veterinary professionals, and other BCSPCA staff and volunteers as appropriate
  • Possess the following knowledge and/or skills:
    • Animal shelter facility design and operation
    • Animal husbandry–including housing, nutrition, sanitation and disinfection
    • Preventive medicine, including vaccination
    • Infectious disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment
  • Perform other duties as needed


  • Graduation from a school of veterinary medicine with a VMD/DVM degree or equivalent
  • Advanced training in shelter medicine and/or veterinary forensics preferred
  • Must hold valid VMD/DVM license in the State of Pennsylvania
  • Must hold or be eligible to hold accreditation from the USDA
  • Valid State of Pennsylvania or New Jersey driver’s license and a good driving record
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Must be self-directed and self-motivated
  • Good conflict resolution skills
  • Must have good communication and customer service skills
  • Must have flexibility and commitment to be a team player
  • Ability to handle stress and emotional issues that frequently occur in a humane shelter/clinic setting
  • Must be able to multi-task
  • Basic computer skills consist of MS Office and PetPoint
  • Use of standard office equipment including but not limited to fax machines, scanners, copy machines, and printers
  • Excellent skills in math and calculations, including an understanding of shelter statistics
  • Serve as an animal advocate always
  • Good decision making and organizational skills as well as attention to detail
  • Ability to use logic and reason to resolve problems
  • Maintain a professional appearance always
  • Ability to carry out changes in policies and procedures whether in agreement or not
  • Ability to interpret animal behavior and stress level
  • Good time management skills
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including above and beyond an 8-hour day as needed
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule of weekdays as needed to support weekend neutering and/or microchipping clinics, for example
  • Ability to work in a positive manner in a team environment to assure all BCSPCA’s goals are met

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