The Dutchess County SPCA is seeking candidates for the position listed below.  Please review the individual job posting for job specifications, required qualifications, application deadline, and how to apply.

  1. Shelter Staff Veterinarian
  2. Veterinary Technician
  3. Cat Caretaker

 

Position: Shelter Staff Veterinarian 

Department: Medical

Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt, full time position
Hours and days will vary depending on organizational needs.
Immediate Supervisor: Executive Director

Availability: January 1, 2020

General Position Summary: The Shelter Veterinarian oversees the health and wellness of all animals located within the DCSPCA campus and in DCSPCA foster homes.

Essential Function/Major Responsibilities:

· Oversee the health and wellness of all animals located within the DCSPCA campus and in DCSPCA foster homes.
· Diagnose and treat medical conditions in shelter animals.
· Create and implement treatment plans.
· Perform spay/neuter surgery and other surgical procedures as needed.
· Assist with internal and public relations consultation and education services as they pertain to veterinary medical issues.
· As necessary, testify in court cruelty cases; write reports for such cases providing professional opinion and diagnosis.
· Provide telephone consultation with staff during normal business hours.
· Treating all animals humanely, properly, and with compassion at all times, regardless of the situation or circumstance.
· Always maintains a friendly demeanor and provides excellent customer service while assisting with adoptions, volunteers, fosters, or other DCSPCA staff.
· Promoting a humane and caring attitude toward all animals.
· Filling in for other areas and performing other tasks/functions as needed, including helping out at special events.

Qualifications:

· Graduation from an accredited veterinary medical school.
· License to practice veterinary medicine in the state of New York.
· Valid DEA license and willingness to supply license for ordering accounts including controlled substances.
· At least 2 years of experience working as a veterinarian in a shelter setting.
· Enthusiasm for shelter medicine and the ability to see the value of shelter animals.
· Comfort with performing behavioral euthanasia as necessary.
· Excellent interpersonal, communication, customer service, and time management skills.
· Ability and initiative, working with minimal supervision and direction.
· Maturity, excellent judgment, and a professional appearance.
· Ability to read, write, and understand English is required. Bilingual a plus.
· The ability to treat people and animals with respect and contribute to effective teamwork.
· Foster and nurture relationships and public relations beneficial to the organization and our programs.
· Comfort and ability to work with animals of unknown disposition and those who exhibit medical and other problems, as well as aggressive tendencies.

Physical Requirements:

· Physical ability to walk and or stand on your feet throughout a normal workday required. Ability to bend and squat.
· Physical ability to engage in repetitive motions of legs, arms, and hands and to hear and see clearly.
· Allergic conditions, which may be aggravated when handling or working with animals, may be a disqualification.

Working conditions:

Conditions may include working alone, frequent interruptions, and some evenings/weekends meetings and classes.

Educational Requirements:

· Graduation from an accredited veterinary medical school
· License to practice veterinary medicine in the state of New York

Closing date:
Open until filled.

Please submit:
Résumé, cover letter and three references to apply@dcspca.org

Position: Veterinary Technician 

Department: Medical
Exempt/Non-Exempt:  Non-Exempt, full time position
Hours and days will vary depending on organizational needs. Includes weekend and holiday work.
Immediate Supervisor:  Medical Practice Manager 

Availability:  Veterinary Technicians must work within the needs of the organization. This may include holiday or weekend work. 

General Position Summary: Veterinary Technicians assist shelter veterinarians with the general care of animals. They may perform an initial evaluation of the animal’s condition, clean and wrap wounds, check vital statistics, collect samples and administer medication. They also perform basic lab work, including urinalysis and blood tests, and may assist with procedures. Veterinary Technicians will also assist in surgery as necessary. 

Essential Function/Major Responsibilities: 

  • Assist veterinarian with clinic appointments, animal intakes, daily rounds and in surgery. 
  • Conducts treatment plans for animal needing daily care. 
  • Administers oral, topical, and subcutaneous medications as needed. 
  • Draws blood for testing 
  • Prepares samples for outbound lab work 
  • Runs various in house laboratory diagnostics such as fecal tests, cultures, cytology and skin scrapes. 
  • Administers sub-q fluids 
  • Updates treatment records in animal management platform 
  • Maintains pharmacy and controlled drug records 
  • Completes ear cleanings and nail trims 
  • Maintains and uses medical equipment 
  • Admits and releases animals in a prompt, courteous and tactful manner 
  • Communicate regularly with veterinarians to ensure treatment plans are being monitored and executed properly. 
  • Helps to ensure a healthy, safe, clean and pleasant environment for the animals and the public at all times. 
  • Treats all animals humanely, properly, and with compassion at all times, regardless of the situation or circumstance. 
  • Promotes a humane and caring attitude toward all animals 

 Qualifications: 

  • Holds Veterinary Technician license in New York State 
  • 2 years of prior experience working in the animal medical field, preferably in a shelter environment 
  • Experience caring for and handling animals in a safe and effective manner 
  • Familiarity with diseases common to companion animals 
  • Knowledge of preventive, therapeutic and diagnostic veterinary treatment of domestic animals. 
  • Knowledge of contemporary shelter and clinic maintenance techniques and accepted sanitary practices 
  • Genuine affection for animals, concern for their welfare, and a willingness to accommodate animals in the workplace. 
  • Ability and initiative, working with minimal supervision and direction.   
  • Maturity, excellent judgment, and a professional appearance. 
  • Ability to read, write, and understand English is required.   
  • Ability to identify medical and behavioral problems immediately and communicate them effectively. 
  • Comfort and ability to work with animals of unknown disposition and those who exhibit medical and other problems, as well as aggressive tendencies. 

Physical Requirements: 

  • Physical ability to walk and or stand on your feet throughout a normal workday required. Ability to bend and squat. 
  • Physical ability to engage in repetitive motions of legs, arms, and hands and to hear and see clearly.
  • Physical ability to push up to 150lbs and to carry up to 50lbs regularly and independently throughout a regular workday required. 
  • Allergic conditions, which may be aggravated when handling or working with animals, may be a disqualification. 

 Working conditions:
 Conditions may include working alone, working inside or outside during varying weather conditions, frequent interruptions, and some evenings/weekends meetings and classes. 

 Educational Requirements: 
High school graduation required.
Registered veterinary technician in New York State 

Closing date:
Open until filled.

Please submit:
Résumé, cover letter and three references to apply@dcspca.org

Position: Cat Caretaker

Department: Animal Care

Exempt/Non-Exempt: Non-Exempt, full time or part time position 

Hours and days will vary depending on organizational needs. Includes weekend and holiday work. 

Immediate Supervisor: Director of Animal Care 

Availability: DCSPCA is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year as animals need daily care. Animal caregivers must be available to be scheduled for work, any day, between the hours of 8 am and 7pm without other conflicts (other jobs, school, etc). 

General Position Summary: 

The cat caretaker will be responsible to provide compassionate and attentive care to the cats at all times, maintain a clean and healthy environment for the cats and the public, and assist with cat adoptions as needed. 

Essential Function/Major Responsibilities: 

  • Ensures daily, thorough cleaning of all cat areas including the cage free cat room and the entire front lobby as well as quarantine spaces. 
  • Cleaning and disinfection of dishes, toys, bedding, cat trees, cat condos, and anything else that may be relevant to the cats at the time. 
  • Does laundry, washes dishes, cleans litter boxes, sweeps/mops, cleaning surfaces in the cat room and cat areas as needed. 
  • Feeds the cats, including providing special diets as needed. 
  • Rotates animals as appropriate throughout adoption areas to ensure maximum exposure to the public for each cat. 
  • Helps to ensure a healthy, safe, clean and pleasant environment for the animals and the public at all times. 
  • Monitors the health of the cats/kittens on an ongoing basis and rapidly identifying any concerns (medical or behavioral) and immediately reports it to the medical manager or supervisor on duty. 
  • Administer oral, topical, and subcutaneous medications as needed. 
  • Weigh cats and kittens as instructed to do so by medical manager. 
  • Keep cat food/kitten food, litter, and additional supplies properly stored and stocked and notify supervisor when running low on specific items. 
  • Treats all animals humanely, properly, and with compassion at all times, regardless of the situation or circumstance. 
  • Promotes a humane and caring attitude toward all animals 
  • Maintaining a friendly demeanor and providing excellent customer service 
  • Filling in for other areas and performing other tasks/functions as needed, including helping out at special events. 

Qualifications: 

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license and, if hired, be able to bring clean driving printout from DMV. Bilingual skills a plus. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, customer service, and time management skills. 
  • Genuine affection for cats (and other animals), concern for their welfare, and a willingness to accommodate animals in the workplace. 
  • Ability and initiative, working with minimal supervision and direction. 
  • Maturity, excellent judgment, and a professional appearance. 
  • Ability to read, write, and understand English is required. 
  • Treats people and animals with respect 
  • Contributes to effective teamwork, 
  • Familiarity with cats, knowledge of cat behavior or experience working with or volunteering with a rescue group, humane society, foster care involvement, or other animal welfare agency is a plus. 
  • Comfort and ability to work with cats of unknown disposition and those who exhibit medical and other problems, as well as aggressive tendencies. 

Physical Requirements: 

  • Physical ability to walk and or stand on your feet throughout a normal workday required. Ability to bend and squat. 
  • Physical ability to engage in repetitive motions of legs, arms, and hands and to hear and see clearly. 
  • Physical ability to push up to 150lbs and to carry up to 50lbs regularly and independently throughout a regular workday required. 
  • Allergic conditions, which may be aggravated when handling or working with animals, may be a disqualification. 

Working conditions: 

Conditions may include working alone, working inside or outside during varying weather conditions, frequent interruptions, and some evenings/weekends meetings and classes. 

Educational Requirements: 

High school graduation required. 

Closing date:
Open until filled.

Please submit:
Résumé, cover letter and three references to apply@dcspca.org