Reporting to the Chief Veterinary Officer, this position supports the Society in achieving its mission, vision, strategies and tactics, serving as a lead staff person in population management, disease prevention, medical and behavioral diagnosis, medical and behavioral treatments, spay-neuter surgeries, humane education, and cruelty investigation support. Responsible for daily care and sterilization of all surgical patients and maintenance of preventative health programs and medical protocol, ensuring all clinic staff members are adhering to proper peri-operative care of patients. Quality patient care is first and foremost. Must be willing to work on the spay/neuter mobile unit which will travel throughout the state of South Carolina. Will be expected to participate in training the veterinary students, veterinarians, and shelter support staff.
Adhere to the highest ethical standards and provision of animal care in a safe, competent, professional and humane manner at all times.
Population Management (35%): Working in conjunction with the Chief Veterinary Officer, Chief Lifesaving Officer, other veterinarians, management, and staff to manage the intake and efficiently track animals for disposition to achieve the most lives saved humanely. Examine animals pre-op to determine their ability to undergo surgery. Inoculate animals and provide recommendations for follow up care (this may consist only of referring client/patient to their regular veterinarian if an owned animal). Supervise cleaning program for prevention of infectious/zoonotic disease. Continue research and maintenance of safe and efficacious medical protocol regarding anesthesia and surgery.
Medical/Behavioral Diagnosis and Treatment (35%): Working in conjunction with the Chief Veterinary Officer, Chief Lifesaving Officer, other veterinarians, management, and staff, to examine, diagnose, and treat animals with medical or behavioral problems.
Spay-Neuter Surgeries (20%): Working in conjunction with the other Veterinarians and staff to perform spay-neuter surgeries efficiently and humanely. Perform surgical sterilizations, examine animals, supervise post-op rechecks, and oversee order of medical treatments as necessary to ensure complete surgical recovery.
Humane Education (5%): Working in conjunction with the Chief Veterinary Officer and the Chief Humane Education Officer, provide veterinary support to the education curriculum and youth camps. Actively promote spay and neuter, and educate clients on responsible animal ownership. Actively support associate staff and volunteers, and promote the development of skills related to the advancement of our goals and mission. Mentor and teach veterinary students and visiting veterinarians in the tenants of spay/neuter and shelter medicine.
Cruelty Investigation Support (5%): Working in conjunction with the Vice President of Operations and Strategy, Chief Lifesaving Officer, and other Veterinarians to examine, diagnose, and report findings in animal cruelty and neglect investigations.
Provide quality service to clients, volunteers, and staff recognizing their individual contributions to the success of our organization.
Provides initiative, strategic planning and leadership to assure CAS achieves its mission and goals.
Assures responsible and effective management of financial, physical and human resources and operations of the organization.
Represents CAS in the public arena and works collaboratively with local veterinarians and local and national veterinary organizations; works collaboratively and effectively with local and national shelter veterinarians.
Assures the organization and its mission, programs, operations and services are effectively managed and consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders.
Participate on committees and special projects as assigned.
Execute the existing operational structure and system for daily rounds and population management strategies to maximize life-saving capacity.
Analyze intake, inventory, and capacity data to evaluate population management procedures in conjunction with the Chief Veterinary Officer.
Help execute and evolve existing operational structure and system to evaluate and treat medical and behavioral problems.
Knowledge of local, state and federal laws and regulations, which relate to the welfare of animals.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with community groups and law enforcement.
Strategic and tactical planning experience and creative thinking ability.
Ability to represent CAS to a wide and varied audience.
Ability to work with shifting priorities and in an organization, which is highly visible in the community.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Demonstrated passion for the mission of CAS and the overall welfare of companion animals.
Knowledge of issues, concerns and challenges facing animal welfare organizations.
Demonstrated personal credibility and ability to lead others with honesty and integrity.
Sense of humor and ability to put issues in perspective.
Veterinary medical degree (DVM or VMD).
Active and current South Carolina veterinary license.
DEA registration and SC-DHEC drug registration.
Valid driver’s license required and must have excellent driving record.
Occasional travel throughout Charleston County, the State and Nation.
Must be self-guided individual requiring minimal supervision.
Strong experience in animal welfare and shelter medicine.
Collaborative team player with good relational and communication skills. Effectively “team leadership,” displaying a positive attitude and acting as a motivating force for all staff members.
Physical requirements include, but are not limited to, walking, standing, high-volume spay-neuter surgeries for 8 hours per day, and moving of equipment and animals (ability to lift 45 pounds).
Additional Salary Information: Exempt; Full-time, commensurate with experience and qualifications
About Charleston Animal Society
Charleston Animal Society is South Carolina’s largest animal rescue. Every day we combat cruelty by using innovative, scientifically-based strategies including a large-scale spay/neuter program, a free roaming cat initiative, educational outreach programs that teach our children to be humanitarians and a food bank for pets. We also work with police, prosecutors and lawmakers to make sure animal cruelty laws are enforced and made stronger.
Reaching our goal of maintaining a No Kill community involves a 10-point strategy that we have already been following since 2008, under the guidance of the ASPCA. It includes our massive spay/neuter clinic, our free roaming cat initiative and a dedicated medical fund (Toby’s Fund) to treat our most critical cases.