As part of the Humane Society of Washington County’s commitment to raising the intrinsic value of animals in the region, the HSWC seeks a licensed veterinarian to help design and implement best practices in humane population management and to provide high-quality, high volume veterinary medical and surgical care for animals.
Tasks and ResponsibilitiesThis position reports to the Veterinary Center Director and works collaboratively with HSWC management, staff, and volunteers. The position is in Hagerstown, MD. Occasional travel may be required.Veterinary Medical Care?In collaboration with the Veterinary Center Director and Director of Operations, design and implement medical and general care protocols for the health and well-being of shelter and foster animals?Consult and advise on health and related aspects of care for shelter animals at HSWC, including but not limited to, vaccinations, administration of medication, testing, medical evaluations, humane health care, euthanasia and disease prevention in the shelter?Perform surgical procedures on shelter animals, as needed (for example, spay/neuter, hernia repair, tumor removals and ocular procedures) and publicly owned patients?Lead daily medical rounds and organize treatment plans for shelter animals?Work with RVTs to provide outstanding patient care to publicly owned and shelter animals?Together with the Director of Operations, identify, develop and recommend onsite management protocols designed to ensure adherence to sound veterinary medical practices by all clinic and support staff and, as may be needed, help to implement such protocols?As directed by the Veterinary Center Director, provide routine training for staff concerning the medical care of shelter animals, including those relating to nursing care procedures, cleaning, handling, and vaccination and quarantine protocols?Knowledge of laws and codes pertaining to the care and record keeping of sheltered animals and veterinary hospital operations?Offer leadership and coaching for the clinic staff and kennel care staff, and sustain a strong commitment to teamwork, high professional standards, and continuing development among all shelter employees?Open to innovation and methods to ensure humane management and improving positive outcomes for sheltered animalsLeadership Responsibilities?Encourages the use of volunteers, the solicitation of monetary and the use of in-kind donations whenever possible?Develops new ideas with staff in order to work towards the organization’s strategic goals?Provide support in the absence of staff?Communicates in an effective and professional manner with public and all HSWC staff, volunteers, and patrons?Follows all written and verbally communicated HSWC Standard Operating Procedures?Attend all staff meetings and training sessions?Serves as role model, leading agency staff and volunteers to a high standard of performance. ?Is on call to the shelter and responds to emergencies seven days a week, 24 hours a day.Qualifications?Graduated from an accredited veterinary medical college – DVM or equivalent?Licensed to practice in the State of Maryland?Experience in high volume spay/neuter clinic and/or post graduate surgical training preferred?Experience with Shelter Medicine and herd health preferred
The Humane Society of Washington County exists to promote the welfare of companion and domestic animals through educational programs and initiatives that reduce pet overpopulation, endorse fostering, enrich adoptions, and encourage responsible pet guardianship.
The Humane Society of Washington County’s vision is to be the area’s leading resource for animal related issues.... Through strong community partnerships, we enhance and protect the lives of all animals by advocating responsible, compassionate relationships between people and animals while providing shelter, humane education, spay/neuter programs and adoptions (2006).
The Humane Society of Washington County was established in November 1921 by Ms. Daisy Derby Whipple. She operated in a one-room building on South Boulevard (now Wilson Boulevard) and began with twelve animals in her care. In April 1938, the HSWC moved to its current location on Maugansville Road. The organization grew and moved into a 13,200 square foot building in December 2001, and in 2015, the HSWC expanded its facility to include a 6,800 square foot Adoption Center and Veterinary Center. What started in a one-room building in 1921 has grown into a progressive animal welfare organization that offers a plethora of services to the community.