Loudoun County Animal Services is seeking an enthusiastic Relief Veterinary to assist in the care of homeless pets at our open-admission animal shelter. The Department of Animal Services receives approximately 2,000 animals each year, and provides them with preventative health care and basic medical services. The Department is looking for compassionate and motivated Veterinarians to serve up to eight hours per week, with the possibility of additional hours available during peak season (May-Sept) in order to allow for optimal scheduling and ensure year-round coverage. The Relief Veterinarian will accompany staff on rounds, and handle all aspects of diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment to include prescription of medication for animals that present as sick or injured, as appropriate; and make recommendations for basic management of acute or chronic medical conditions within the budgetary and structural limitations of the facility and provide direct supervision for administration of rabies vaccines to cats and dogs while utilizing the Association of Shelter Veterinarians Animal Shelter Guidelines for effective population management, herd health and capacity for care.
In addition to direct patient care, the Relief Veterinarian will serve a key role in training staff on medical topics such as venipuncture, medication administration, restraint and euthanasia. However, this position very rarely, if ever, performs euthanasia. As availability permits and need arises, the Relief Veterinarian may periodically assist on animal welfare-related law enforcement efforts, including but not limited to necropsies, and field visits to assess medical needs in situations of suspected animal cruelty. Presently, the Department contracts with two veterinary clinics in Loudoun County for spay/neuter, general veterinary oversight and urgent care, therefore this position would not perform emergency or surgical procedures. Successful applicants will be proficient in standard veterinary skills and modern shelter medicine techniques, including but not limited to: herd health management, preventative care protocols, low-stress handling, venipuncture, fecal floatation, body condition scoring, prescription diet plans, subcutaneous fluid dosing, tube feeding and stimulation of neonatal kittens, physical examination, and administration of medication (all routes).
Additionally, candidates must be able to demonstrate consistent case management, sound judgment, and an aptitude for working within a budget. The applicant must have thorough knowledge of the care and handling of companion animals, preferably with some knowledge of small animals (exotics) and livestock. Strong verbal and written communication skills are required.
Requires education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in related field and DVM with either two years of experience in animal sheltering/animal rescue, or Shelter Medicine Certificate from accredited institution.
This position is expected to be physically demanding, with the potential for exposure to infectious diseases, viruses, noxious fumes and chemicals, as well as risk of injury. A rabies pre-exposure vaccination series will commence immediately upon hire unless proof of prior vaccination is provided. Candidates should not be allergic to companion animals, exotics, or livestock. Must have the ability to handle large and potentially dangerous animals over 75 pounds.
Successful candidate will undergo a criminal background check, DMV check and medical examination, to include a drug screening.