The Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA (AAWL & SPCA) – the largest and oldest no-kill shelter in Arizona – is seeking a full-time Shelter Veterinarian. AAWL’s mission is to provide high-quality care for their patients from public intakes, rural rescue, and other partner organizations. The Shelter Veterinarian will work closely and collaboratively with the medical department consisting of the Medical Director, Clinic Administrator, Clinic and Outreach Manager, Shelter veterinarian(s), community clinic veterinarians, and veterinary technicians.

The Shelter Veterinarian will manage all medical care for shelter animals including preventative care protocols, spay/neuter, other surgical procedures, and infectious disease management. The clinic is equipped with in-house CBC/Chemistry analyzers, SediVue urinalysis equipment, digital dental radiology, digital standard radiology, ultrasound and state of the art anesthetic monitoring machines. There is also an established relationship if specialist referral is needed for shelter animals.

This is a full-time, exempt position based in Phoenix and presents an exciting opportunity for a professional who has a passion for quality medical care and a desire to serve the pets and clients in our community. The Shelter Veterinarian will be expected to work a five-day schedule, with one Saturday morning monthly for a vaccine clinic, and rotating on call schedule for weekends. The operating hours are 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Responsibilities

  • Practice in accordance with state practice act and principles of veterinary medical ethics.
  • Deliver medical and surgical treatments in accordance with AAWL’s medical standards.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of a comprehensive health care program.
  • Perform high volume spay/neuter surgeries and additional surgeries, as necessary.
  • Provide emergency medical care as needed.
  • Foster an effective veterinary support team by communicating medical standards, ethical practices, and sharing your veterinary knowledge and experience
  • Promote a caring attitude toward all animals and to always treat animals humanely and with compassion, regardless of circumstances including those that are sick, injured, feral, or aggressive.
  • Ensure accurate recordkeeping in the computerized medical records system
  • Treat people (staff, volunteers, and the public) with respect and courtesy. Foster a spirit of teamwork.
  • Work cooperatively with other veterinarians, the CEO, and medical staff and department managers.

Qualifications

  • Practice in accordance with state practice act and principles of veterinary medical ethics.
  • Deliver medical and surgical treatments in accordance with AAWL’s medical standards.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of a comprehensive health care program.
  • Perform high volume spay/neuter surgeries and additional surgeries, as necessary. 
  • Provide emergency medical care as needed. 
  • Foster an effective veterinary support team by communicating medical standards, ethical practices, and sharing your veterinary knowledge and experience
  • Promote a caring attitude toward all animals and to always treat animals humanely and with compassion, regardless of circumstances including those that are sick, injured, feral, or aggressive. 
  • Ensure accurate recordkeeping in the computerized medical records system
  • Treat people (staff, volunteers, and the public) with respect and courtesy. Foster a spirit of teamwork.
  • Work cooperatively with other veterinarians, the CEO, and medical staff and department managers.

Requirements

  • DVM or VMD degree from an accredited university
  • Veterinary license in good standing or eligibility for licensure in the state of Arizona
  • At least one year of clinical experience in shelter medicine or in high volume spay/neuter.
  • Ability to work with diverse individuals within the broader community and within our organization, including volunteers.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving conflicts.

To Apply for This Position

Please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references including their email, phone and relationship to anavidad@aawl.org and in your subject line please reference “Community Clinic Veterinarian” in your email. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

Employment Details

AAWL offers compensation that is commensurate with experience and competitive with other veterinary salaries. This position pays between $110,000-$115,000, based on experience.

Benefits:

  • The opportunity to save lives and help shape and grow an innovative, exciting shelter medical program.
  • The opportunity to embrace and support a culturally competent access to care program that is more patient- and client- centered and addresses the diverse needs of residents from historically marginalized communities.
  • The opportunity to work at an organization that values work-life balance. (Schedule is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F; Plus, very limited weekend/on-call work. Staff veterinarians are expected to only work one Saturday per month at our low-cost community vaccine clinic from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.)
  • The opportunity to receive formal training opportunities on how to incorporate an equity lens when delegating and “managing up,” while also learning how to nurture relationships on your team, how to take/receive feedback, resolve conflicts and implement new ideas.
  • Arizona Veterinary Medical and DEA license fees paid.
  • American Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Shelter Veterinarians, Arizona Veterinary Medical Association and Veterinary Information Network membership fees paid.
  • Liability and malpractice insurance paid.
  • Medical insurance provided at no cost. 
  • Paid time off (negotiable).
  • C.E. allowance.
  • Qualified Employer under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program