The Animal Defense League of Texas (ADL) is San Antonio’s oldest and largest yet most progressive nonprofit companion animal shelter. Under new leadership, our medical program has expanded its lifesaving services portfolio to include a medical foster program, expanded parvo treatment capacity and FELV adoption program. In 2020, our hospital underwent a major retooling initiative to leverage the most up-to-date sheltering best practices and now provides medical intervention to 6,000 animals each year. We are seeking a compassionate and energetic licensed DVM to join our team as a full-time shelter veterinarian. By working for ADL, the successful candidate will qualify for the federal government student loan forgiveness program.
In addition to base compensation, ADL also offers a monthly stipend to assist with student loan repayment.
ADL has a diverse surgical caseload, and operates a high volume, high efficiency spay/neuter clinic. This position ensures sound and humane veterinary medical practices, in accordance with the Texas Veterinary Board. The ADL hospital is well-equipped with newly remodeled surgery suite, wet-room and digital x-ray suite. Our medical program is supported by a robust team of vet. techs proficient in the use of diagnostic and treatment equipment. Our in-house lab is fully functional and well equipped with Idexx equipment and microscopes for sample analysis.
Duties include but are not limited to:
Diagnosis and treatment of disease; disease identification and surveillance with a focus on infectious diseases
Performs high volume spay/neuter surgeries as scheduled
Performs other surgeries (primarily soft tissue) on an as needed basis
Efficiently stabilizes and manages a infrequent variety of trauma cases
Completes daily rounds through shelter and hospital to evaluate animals
Participates in a ADL wellness clinic for owned animals
Participates in media interviews as needed and is an occasional public face and spokesperson for ADL
Physical demands and working conditions:
Physical requirements include frequent lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds. Subject to climbing, kneeling, lifting, sitting, standing, stooping, bending, and walking to perform the essential functions. Working conditions are inside and outside. Must be willing to be on call as needed and to be a public face and spokesperson for the Animal Defense League of Texas.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - graduate from a college or university accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, licensed or the ability to procure a license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Texas. All applicants will be considered.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: ADL offers a competitive salary and benefits package including vacation, sick leave, medical, dental, vision, retirement, and more.
Internal Number: 052020
About Animal Defense League of Texas
Chartered in 1934, the Animal Defense League (ADL) is a non-profit organization that is a true no-kill shelter for abandoned, abused or neglected dogs and cats. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for these animals by providing needed medical care, including spaying and neutering. Food, shelter, and safety are also provided – along with compassion and attention. While maintaining a healthy and loving facility, ADL consistently works to find the best possible home for each resident animal.
Supported by contributions and directed by a volunteer board, ADL provides programs and services which strengthen the bond between animals and people. Through grassroots advocacy, education and rescue, the organization is the leading voice for dogs and cats in crisis.
The Animal Defense League provides a variety of services and resources including:
Sheltering of animals, regardless of their conditions when they arrive.
Complete medical treatment provided to animals under the care of the shelter.
Spay/neuter program for pets of low-income families.
Humane education programs in schools and the broader community.
Active adoption services to find homes for all the animals taken in by the Animal Defense League.