Medical Director

Faithful Friends Animal Society offers life-affirming rescue, medical care, treatment, protection, and placement of companion animals that forever upholds the critical importance of the human-animal bond. We have an unwavering commitment to this mission and will always strive to deliver the most optimal, advanced care to our animal friends – and their owners.

The Medical Director provides full oversight of the in-house medical services and the public facing Wellness Clinic and Surgery Center.  Over 2,000 animals are cared for annually in the shelter and more than 6,000 animals and clients are seen through the Wellness Clinic and Surgery Centers, offering much needed low-cost care to the surrounding community.  The veterinary department consists of approximately12 paid staff members, including up to 4 veterinarians.

ACCOUNTABILITY:  This position reports directly to the Executive Director. This position is a full-time, exempt position.

REPRESENTATIVE TASKS AND MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Shelter Animal Care
    • Oversee the care of the shelter animals on a day-to-day basis, including foster animals, veterinary rounds, outbreak management, and the treatment of sick animals
  • Develop and update protocols and procedures for care of animals within the shelter
  • Euthanasia training and certification for staff members
  • Surgery and Community Veterinary Center
  • Performs surgical sterilization of dogs, cats, including pediatric and high volume spay/neuter
  • Oversee the 2,500 surgeries performed each year
    • Ability to perform pediatric spay/neuters
    • Perform specialty surgeries, amputations, foreign body removals, enucleations and mass removals
    • Lead surgeon on dental surgeries
    • Provide wellness exams and basic sick care for community animals when needed as part of a team
  • Assist Clinic Manager with growth and development of the Wellness Clinic
  • Hire, train, supervise, and develop staff veterinarians, vet technicians, vet students, vet volunteers, and support staff for the veterinary department
  • Full fiduciary responsibility of a $1.0 million annual medical department budget; oversight of offsite vaccine clinics and veterinary events
  • Primary contact in accepting and facilitating lifesaving surgeries for clients referred from other veterinary practices 
  • Active participation with donors who have special interest in supporting medical equipment, surgeries, and other medically related programs and services
  • Integrate newly developed and effective technologies to improve efficiencies within the     organization and improve client communication, including text messaging, online scheduling,   and upgrading medical record software
  • Attend relevant conferences to maintain continuing education credits and stay current in the field
  • Ensures that all state and federal laws, state regulations, and veterinary accepted standards regarding clinic operations, the practice of veterinary medicine, drug control, and animal care and handling are adhered to.
  • Serve on the Leadership Team with Executive Director and other Directors
  • Participate in Strategic Planning

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and task satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Must be a licensed veterinarian in the State of Delaware, or be willing to apply to get your Delaware license (paid for by the company in contract terms – State has an approximate 6-week process)
  • Must be able to hold a DEA license
  • Must have experience with high quality, high volume spay/neuter
  • Demonstrates knowledge of shelter medicine standards of care
  • Firm belief in agency mission, respect for all life, and to preserve life for as long as humanely possible (feral and non-feral, disabled, etc.)
  • Enthusiasm for no-kill mission
  • Builds effective relationships through positive interaction and communication with the community, volunteers, clients, and staff
  • Be available for after hour consultation on critical cases
  • Fear Free certification a plus
  • Funds allocated for CE credits, professional associations, vet license, and controlled drug renewals

Faithful Friends Animal Society is a comprehensive, nonprofit animal welfare agency that serves 18,000 pets and 20,000 people a year.  We operate a no-kill animal shelter and a standalone, quality community clinic and provide programs and services to help people keep their pets and to bring the loving touch of animals to people in need through partnerships with human-service organizations. 

Competitive compensation package offered.  Please send resumes with professional references for consideration to the Executive Director at jane@faithfulfriends.us.