Provide leadership and direction for the medical and surgical care of animals in the shelter. Responsible for the day to day health of animals in the shelter. Triage and stabilize ill and injured animals (including on-call as needed), diagnose and treat a wide variety of medical conditions, anesthetize animals as needed, and perform surgery. Recognition and documentation of animal cruelty, including expert witness testimony.
Diagnosis and treatment of disease
Disease identification and surveillance, including daily rounds
Triage and examination of a variety of species
Efficiently stabilize and manage a variety of trauma cases, including vehicular traumas, high-rise traumas, etc.
Recognize, manage and treat a wide variety of medical conditions, with a particular focus on infectious diseases
Direct veterinary technicians and assistants in the daily performance of their duties
Oversee controlled substances use and logging with the assistance of the medical clerk (where applicable)
Administration and monitoring of anesthesia
Performance of routine surgery, focusing on high-volume high-quality spay/neuter
Collect appropriate samples and perform and/or request appropriate laboratory tests, including decapitation for rabies testing
Interpretation of laboratory data and radiographs
Assist in placement and euthanasia decisions
Properly record all drug activity, DEA logs, and statistics, as required by law and ACC policy
Maintain accurate and complete medical records, including computer data entry
Recognition and documentation of cruelty cases, including preparation of veterinary statements and expert witness testimony
Necropsy examinations of deceased animals
Work with the medical director to ensure compliance with relevant state law and city code
Other duties as assigned by the Medical Director
Education and Work Experience
DVM, VMD, or equivalent degree. Licensure in NYS to practice veterinary medicine. Previous clinical experience, particularly in shelters, preferred but not required.
Ability to work in an animal care facility where euthanasia is performed. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is frequently exposed to odors or airborne particles including animal fur and toxic chemicals. The noise level in the environment can be very loud.
Reports To: Senior Director – Veterinary Medicine
Overtime: This position is exempt from overtime.
Strong surgical and diagnostic skills. Interest in and understanding of shelter medicine, epidemiology, and herd health. Good written and oral communication skills. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills, able to multi-task and prioritize. Dependable, reliable, and efficient. Must have a valid NYS driver’s license. Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds, stand for prolonged periods of time, and perform multiple surgeries on a daily basis.
About Animal Care Centers of NYC
Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) is one of the largest animal welfare organizations in the country, taking in approximately 30,000 animals each year. We are different from other rescue organizations because we never turn away any homeless, abandoned, injured or sick animal in need, including cats, dogs, rabbits, small mammals, reptiles, birds, farm animals and wildlife. ACC is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit in NYC with this unique responsibility.