The Veterinarian is responsible for the daily care of all surgical patients, ensuring all staff member adhere to proper care of patients. Position will include high volume, high quality spay/neuter surgery and occasional vaccination or preventative care clinics. Our clinic is fast-paced, and our hardworking staff is passionate about the Tulsa SPCA’s mission.
Reports to: Clinic Supervisor
Created on: December 2020
Status: Exempt, 40 hours, schedule varies, some evenings may be required and a minimum of two Saturdays per month
Primary functions include providing the highest quality of veterinary care and client education on a daily basis, performing spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, medical assessments and treatments and procedures to improve and ensure the health of Tulsa SPCA animals and animals belonging to members of the public when accessing our public services.
Achieve Organizational Results
Direct the veterinary medical care at Tulsa SPCA.
Use/make evidence based medicine, treatments and diagnoses
Stay up to date on current research to provide excellent, prompt and current treatment regimens
Perform spay/neuter surgeries
Perform health assessments on animals and treat same
Perform emergency veterinary care
Develop protocols to ensure a clean, healthy environment is maintained
Work with other staff to develop and implement program goals, objectives and outcome measurements that are consistent with the long-term strategic plan of the shelter
Coach and mentor staff and volunteers on the day-to-day job requirements/expectations
Work with public/staff/volunteers:
Help staff achieve a better understanding of the medical needs of animals
Help staff and volunteers grow in their knowledge of recognizing common shelter diseases
Daily responsibilities and delegations are communicated to appropriate staff
All computer and hard copy documentation is performed within 24 hours
Staff demonstrates appropriate, skilled and humane animal handling techniques
Professional and mutually beneficial relationships with partners are maintained
Staff Leadership and Direction
Work collaboratively with the executive and leadership team to ensure shelter goals are achieved through strategic program planning and management of operational budgets; provide necessary data (statistical and other) for reports in a timely manner, meeting deadlines as required.
Assist in fostering a workplace that results in the development of a high performing team of professionals and staff. Recruit, develop, and inspire a highly effective team. Ensure that all staff are properly coached and directed, and that clearly defined measurements of performance and rewards are utilized to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness
Assist in selection and management of staff including interviewing, training, planning, review and evaluation, daily oversight and staff training
Resolve conflicts, and ensure that all assistants perform their functions in a manner consistent with organizational policies, procedures, and best practices associated with their respective disciplines.
Contribute to the success of the Tulsa SPCA as a whole. Working with others on executive and leadership team(s); identify, develop and pursue business opportunities that support and/or improve outcomes for Tulsa SPCA departments and services
Assist as necessary with any public relations and community education/outreach activities
Promote positive, collaborative relationships between Clinic, Pet Care and other Tulsa SPCA departments
Collaborate with other staff to coordinate training for new hires and volunteers
Work with Clinic Manager and Cruelty Investigator on cruelty cases
Meet regularly with others on the executive and leadership team(s) to review procedures, reports, problems and discuss new strategies.
Compliance and Accreditation
Be currently licensed and maintain an Oklahoma Veterinary Medical License
Must hold a current DEA license
Practice ethical Veterinary Medicine at all times
Comply with the Oklahoma Veterinary Practice Act
Ensure compliance with all regulatory, safety, security and operational standards related to animal care and the practice of Veterinary Medicine with respect to healthcare, daily maintenance, impounding, behavior modification/enrichment and euthanasia – including limiting the practice of Veterinary Medicine to licensed Veterinarians
Work with staff to make sure they are properly performing both veterinary daily tasks for the shelter animals and paperwork/computer aspects of the position
Ensure all animal care services performed through the Tulsa SPCA meet or exceed all best practices and professional standards, and are consistent with client expectations
Stay abreast of current animal welfare issues, regulations, standards, best practices, etc. as well as the changing needs of the community
Act as a principal steward of the organization’s resources. Ensure that all of the Tulsa SPCA’s resources are utilized properly, legally & ethically, and that all those entrusted to manage or represent the affairs of the organization are properly directed and highly effective.
Uphold the mission, values, and principles of the organization at all times. Ensure all business endeavors and relationships as well as the individual performance of each direct report are consistent with the organization’s mission, values, policies and goals.
Primary Tasks and Duties
Perform spay/neuter surgeries (shelter animals and the public)
Perform low-cost, public vaccination clinics as needed
Train and teach staff and volunteers where appropriate
Act as medical spokesperson for the Tulsa SPCA with the media
Perform routine and emergency veterinary medical care
Work with staff to ensure that all duties are carried out
Work is both indoors and outside and can be exposed to heat, cold, rain, snow, ice, and a variety of conditions including humidity and dust.
Travel to area events/locations in year-round weather conditions is possible.
Use of computer, keyboard, telephone, copy machines, and fax machines.
Will be exposed to animal smells, fumes, chemicals, cleaning supplies, airborne particles, parasites, pests, zoonotic diseases and sharp objects.
Will work with and be exposed to a variety of animals (some may be sick, injured and/or vicious) and animal waste.
Animal bites and/or scratches are possible.
Must be able to lift (to waist height) and carry 50 lbs.
Repetitive movements such as bending, kneeling, stooping, crawling, standing, and other similar activities are required.
Ability to hear, talk, use hand dexterity required. Additionally, specific visual abilities, including close vision and ability to adjust focus is required.
Noise level is moderate to high.
DVM degree required with active and current Oklahoma license
Additional Salary Information: Benefits include: health, dental, and vision insurance; 401K; paid time off; short term disability
About Tulsa SPCA
The Tulsa SPCA is a non-profit animal rescue agency in Tulsa, OK. Our mission is to improve the lives of dogs and cats, and their human companions. In 2019, 689 dogs and 438 cats found their forever homes through our organization. We also have a low cost vet clinic that provides necessary medical services to our shelter animals as well as public services - spay/neuter surgery, low cost vaccine clinics, and preventative care clinics.