JOB SUMMARY: The VDM oversees the day to day operations of the Veterinary Department, maintains complete and accurate records, and is the first point of contact in the Chief Veterinarian Officer’s absence, ensuring all department staff are adhering to proper pre, peri and post-operative care of animals served. VDM delegates duties as needed to achieve department goals and oversees staff to ensure individual duties are being completed; and is expected to step in and work alongside staff as needed to meet goals. This position is a management position that provides leadership, direction and discipline when necessary.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & FUNCTIONS:
Order all medications and Maintain medication inventory
Liaise with the CVO over all Department matters
Overall responsibility for the efficient maintenance of the department operation including maintenance of equipment
Manages the workflow of the department, including that of the surgeons and veterinarians and department staff (i.e. surgery schedule; staff work schedules; vacation schedules)
Oversee Health & Safety policy in the department
Budgets & Finance – carry out a monthly budget check to make sure we are on target and spending appropriately, assist the CVO with annual budgets and operational plans. Manage the equipment budget and source the best deals for equipment purchases.
Manages the hiring, training and development of technical staff, along with recommendations of Vet needs and hiring
Managing partnerships with drug companies, Vet Clinics contracts, etc.
Meetings with Reps to find savings in our products where possible without compromising on quality
Oversee the development and publishing of Vet Department Operational Policy & Procedures to include all protocol, animal handling, disease control and patient care, and ensures all data is updated and maintained in a Department Manual
Ensure an excellent level of record keeping is achieved throughout the department
Administer annual reviews, performance issues, etc. of all Vet Techs
Administration of Veterinary-related complaints in conjunction with the Marketing & Communications Department
Fills in for positions in the department where needed
Additional Duties and responsibilities:
Treats all animals humanely, with compassion and concern, both on and off the job and transmits these values to others.
Provides accurate information and friendly professional service
Collaborates with other managers on all organizational programs
Participates in tours, public education programs, special events and fundraising activities as needed
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of domestic animals, appropriate care and housing, and handling techniques
Knowledge of strategic and financial planning
Must be highly organized and accustomed to managing people
Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in unique situations
Excellent communications, supervisory, personnel management and written communication skills
Ability to plan and implement with little supervision and able to work independently
To apply, submit resume, cover letter and 3 references via email to Careers@thehumanesociety.org with “Vet Department Manager” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls or visits please.
Education and Experience:
Degree in related field, or Licensed Veterinary Technician with 3-5 years professional experience working in a clinic setting
Prior shelter (animal welfare) experience preferred; 3 years of supervisory management strongly preferred
Any allergic condition that would be aggravated from exposure or through contact with animals or chemicals used to sanitize facilities, or equipment, may be a disqualification
Must stand, sit, walk, bend and stoop frequently to perform duties. Must have the ability to perform prolonged strenuous physical activity, including lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 50 pounds alone or up to 100 pounds with the help of fellow employees for short distances
About The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County
Founded in 1888 by a handful of concerned citizens, The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County has grown into the state's largest animal welfare agency. We find loving homes for more than 6,000 pets a year, reunite thousands of lost pets with their owners, provide medical care for ill and injured shelter pets, and offer comprehensive low-cost spay-neuter programs.The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County is striving to create a compassionate community where every pet has a loving home. We invite you to support our mission through volunteering, donating, adopting, and advocating for the welfare of pets in our community.The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County is a local, independent 501(c)3 non-profit which relies on donations to fund its vital programs. The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County is not associated with any government agency, nor affiliated with any national organization.