• Chief Veterinarian

    ConfidentialBirmingham, AL 35226

    Job #1192023808

    1. Veterinary services for all animals at our facilities, including, but not limited to, examination and treatment of Animals residing in our care, diagnosis and medication of sick and injured impounded animals, and high volume spay/neuter surgery of designated animals.
    2. Surgical services shall:
      1. be comprised of a complete ovariohysterectomy for female animals and castration for male Animals as well as surgical procedures for injured animals;
      2. include a pre-surgical physical examination of animals to determine an animal's suitability for surgery. Any medical and physical abnormalities that present upon examination will be documented in the animal's medical record and communicated to management;
      3. be provided during the time period Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and as needed for emergency animal treatment;
      4. be provided by the Veterinarian, licensed veterinarians contracted by management to provide back-up coverage, veterinary Residents under the supervision of a veterinarian, or by others as approved by the Chief Program Officer.
      5. Provide appropriate training for staff to become certified euthanasia technicians.
      6. Document the physical examination, any abnormalities, treatments, and/or surgical procedures performed for each animal in the animal's medical record.
      7. Direct and coordinate the implementation of a shelter externship and residency program in collaboration with the organization and statewide veterinary schools including:
        1. Supervision of all veterinary Residents,
        2. Documentation as required by the residency program,
        3. Sharing of all information learned from the residency program with management.
        4. Supervise, manage, and oversee the work of all licensed veterinary technicians providing care to animals.
        5. Oversee administration of the rabies vaccination program, perform brain removals of rabies suspect animals (when trained staff is unavailable), and observe quarantined Animals as directed by the Director of Clinical Services and/or the County Public Health Director.
        6. Provide training and guidelines for staff on the care of impounded animals.
        7. Provide consultation during animal cruelty investigations, including court testimony.
        8. Provide telephonic veterinary consulting for animal services staff regarding the health of impounded animals in accordance with the Alabama Veterinary Medical Practice Act including assisting the staff with operating guidelines that include animal health and husbandry, disease outbreak, and management and care of individual animals with infirmities and injuries.
        9. Act as a professional liaison with the local veterinary community.
        10. Education

          Required Doctorate or better in Veterinary Medicine.



          • On-call availability
          • Valid driver's license and insurable driving record
          • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
          • High attention to detail
          • Ability to work well within a fast-paced environment
          • Effective time management skills with the ability to triage cases and workload
          • Ability to effectively communicate in writing
          • High emotional intelligence
          • Strong interpersonal communication skills
          • Demonstrated excellent surgical skills
          • Ability to effectively lead a team
          • Experience in shelter medicine and/or HQ/HV setting
          • 3-5 years experience practicing veterinary medicine in a full service, high surgical volume environment
          • Current DEA license or ability to obtain DEA license
          • Current Alabama veterinary license with clean practice record
          • Ability to obtain a premise permit from the Alabama Veterinary Board


          • Leadership or management experience in clinic, hospital, or shelter environment
          • Experience performing orthopedic surgeries.

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