Sanctuary/Shelter Veterinarian Job Description

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, a GFAS and ASA-accredited sanctuary, is home to approximately 300 farm animals. At Indraloka they are given lifelong safety, personalized care, love, and enrichment. These animals require a great deal of veterinary care, especially when first rescued and in their old age. Nearby Griffin Pond Animal Shelter takes in and adopts out approximately 1,500 companion animals annually. Together, Indraloka and Griffin Pond are seeking a Full-time Veterinarian, ideally with a focus/certification in integrative medicine. The Shelter and Sanctuary Veterinarian will split her/his time between these two organizations (1 ½ days per week for each organization) and provide services to other rescue groups, shelters, and sanctuaries at either Indraloka’s or Griffin Pond’s location (for approximately 2 days per week). 

The Shelter and Sanctuary Veterinarian is responsible for providing and supporting high-quality integrative medical care to multiple species (both large and small) in collaboration with a team of dedicated and experienced caregivers and veterinary technicians. The Veterinarian reports to the Executive Director of Indraloka with a dotted line reporting relationship to the Executive Director at Griffin Pond, with a focus on excellence in all aspects of animal care.

The Shelter and Sanctuary Veterinarian provides high-quality medical care to shelter and sanctuary animals, including spay/neuter, treatment of various medical conditions, individualized care and herd health maintenance. (S)he assists in developing, advancing, and implementing shelter and sanctuary medicine protocols and delivers and ensures humane medical treatment of all animals seen in the shelter. The Shelter and Sanctuary Veterinarian is on call for emergencies outside of regular working hours.

Responsibilities

Patient Care

  • Lead Indraloka’sand Griffin Pond’s transitions to an integrative medical approach to animal care, with an emphasis on prevention and well-being. Identify opportunities to transition from allopathic medicine to holistic treatments, and identify when such transitions are not feasible or appropriate 
  • 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 sanctuary and shelter animals, including physical examinations, diagnostics, medical rounds, and treatments
    •  Performs sterilization surgeries and other surgical procedures for shelter and sanctuary animals
    •  Ensures appropriate medication is administered by shelter veterinary staff as directed
    • With director and appropriate staff, contributes to making decisions regarding medically necessary euthanasia
    • Performs or oversees medically necessary euthanasia performed within the sanctuary or shelter
    • Advises and consults with Shelter and Sanctuary Management team on the necessity of diagnostic work; conducts tests and assesses results as needed
  • Makes recommendations and collaborates with management in the formulation of sanctuary and shelter medical objectives, practices, plans and decisions that influence operations to ensure optimal health of sheltered animals
  • Provides guidance to staff for situations requiring immediate medical problem solving
  • Initiates, contributes to, and often leads discussions on the disposition of difficult and complex cases
  • Interacts effectively with veterinary specialists and referral institutions as necessary
  • Conducts telephone conversations as needed with adopters re: hospitalized patients, test results and general medical information
  • Participates in continuing education and remains current on veterinary literature
  • Work with caregiving team to maintain general health or address emergency situations regarding the sanctuary animals 
  • Participate in rescues, rehabilitation, and behavior modification of aggressive or fearful animals as needed, in order to ensure that the team is safely able to provide them with optimal care
  • Perform necropsies to establish causes of death, develop and implement SOPs / systems to address all preventable causes, teach the team to follow these systems

Executive Leadership

  •  Provides professional credibility to Indraloka’s and Griffin Pond’s endeavors to help all animals
  • Identifies and helps to resolve ethics issues
  • Treats people and animals with respect; contributes to effective
    teamwork; promotes intra- and inter-departmental cooperation; and fosters public relations beneficial to both organizations
  • Actively participates as a member of the management team; attends applicable meetings
  •  Fulfills commitments to sponsors and donors, as needed, in a manner that will support organizational needs. Supports events, fundraising, and media spots as needed
  •  Performs duties in a manner which encourages attainment of goals, contributions, and business for Indraloka, Griffin Pond, and their programs
  • Maintains effective communication with staff through daily contact, in scheduled meetings, informally or in writing, as needed to coordinate and direct medical functions of the shelter
  • Works with Animal Care Managers to train caregiving staff in performing treatments
  • Works with Management team to support caregiving staff professional development opportunities
  • Consults with Shelter and Sanctuary Management team on rescue and placement issues as needed
  • Participates in and represents IAS and/or GPAS in DVM Meetings and discussions of current disease trends, perceptions of efficacy of treatments and protocols
  • Serves as a representative of Indraloka and Griffin Pond to donors and members of the public
  • Assists with budget preparation and reports as assigned
  • Develop, implement, and teach SOPs related to general health and potential emergencies that may be experienced by rescued farm animals

Administrative

  • Develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and train staff on integrative veterinary medicine
  • Collaborates with management to assess and implement standard care protocols
  • Maintains medical recordkeeping standards
  • Oversees controlled substances and orders; manages prescriptions and accounts for medications onsite
  • Performs other duties as assigned by management

Qualifications

  • A Pennsylvania Veterinary License in good standing
  • Current DEA license
  • Previous experience working with farm and companion animals as a large animal, small animal, or avian specialist
  • Minimum of two years experience in shelter medicine with high volume spay / neuter experience
  • Comfort with and ability to develop expertise working with all species in Indraloka and Griffin Pond’s care, including horses, cows, sheep, goats, pigs, alpacas, llamas, donkeys, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, quail, peafowl, rabbits, dogs and cats
  • Strong skills in conventional and integrative medicine and diagnostics
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, positive attitude, team-oriented and committed to promoting animal welfare
  • Commitment to providing the highest quality of care in accordance with animal care policies and veterinary best practices
  • Commitment to Indraloka and Griffin Pond’s visions, missions, values, organizational programs and goals
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment while effectively managing multiple projects with creativity and flexibility
  • Confidence and ability to work independently, while maintaining consistent and relevant communication with supervisor, management team, and others
  • Resourcefulness, poise and fluent adaptability to unexpected situations and developments
  • Collaborative and motivated to work well as part of a diverse, multidisciplinary team, keeping others informed, managing expectations across the team, and highlighting opportunities and risks associated with projects.
  • Passion for animal protection movement and animal rights issues
  • Able to work in all weather conditions
  • Maturity with ability to use good judgment and display a professional
    Manner
  • Good analytical skills and ability to identify and access department issues/opportunities. Enjoys problem solving within existing resources; does not rely on additional dollars to resolve problems
  • Track record of fostering a positive work environment. Be viewed as a motivator and leader. Experience in molding and developing staff into a cohesive team while holding individuals and work units accountable for their results
  • Able to perform physical job requirements:
    • Standing for extended periods of time
    •  Exposure to high noise levels
    •  Ability to lift 50 pounds
    •  Subject to animal bites and scratches
    •  Exposure to hazardous chemicals
    • Exposure to common allergens including (but not limited to) peanuts, soy, and potential bee stings working outside

Job Specifications

  • Requires schedule flexibility, including weekend, evening and holiday availability as well as on-call responsibilities.  
  • This position requires regular travel between Griffin Pond and Indraloka (approximately a 20 minute drive). The incumbent must have the ability to drive or get a ride to and from locations
  • Some additional travel may be required (for example to accompany an animal to a veterinary hospital)
  • Position is based in Dalton and Clarks Summit, PA
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Competitive benefits package, including paid time off; health, dental, vision, and life insurance; 403(b) plan 
  • 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 related duties required by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship.

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to jobs@indraloka.org.