Job Title: Spay/Neuter Veterinary Surgeon
Department: Spay Neuter Clinic
Reports To: Chief of Surgery / Director of Animal Services
FLSA Status: Exempt - Applies to full-time, part-time, temporary positions (must meet specific criteria to be exempt)
The Sacramento SPCA is a vibrant, well-established and respected non-profit animal welfare organization. Through our nationally-ranked high-volume spay and neuter clinic (we are ranked as one of the top 10 clinics in the country!), successful adoption program, behavior and training programs and more, the Sacramento SPCA is giving more than shelter and saving animals one life at a time.
This position performs spay and neuter surgeries on cats and dogs, occasionally rabbits, and other animals in our high quality/high volume Spay/Neuter Clinic. Veterinarian may be required to help with shelter medicine cases on occasion.
Essential Job Functions:
- Performs spay and neuter surgeries as scheduled in any of our clinics, including feral cat and mobile clinics.
- Performs 20 to 25 surgeries on average each working day, with minimal complication rate.
- Performs pre-operative exam and provides reasonable post-operative care for the animals, including prescribing appropriate medications or treatment for animals requiring care beyond established clinic protocol.
- Makes decisions regarding the animals’ health and suitability to undergo surgery.
- Assists with shelter medicine cases when needed, particularly when the Shelter Medicine Veterinarian is unavailable.
- Helps ensure the safe storage, access, and use of controlled and non-controlled drugs in compliance with applicable State and Federal regulations.
- Responsible for maintaining a current veterinary license in good standing.
- Must be punctual and maintain regular, predictable attendance.
- Must be committed to a high standard of safety and willing and able to comply with all safety laws, safety policies and rules, and be willing to report safety violations to supervisor or management.
- Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in assigned work areas.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Proficient at performing spay and neuter surgeries for dogs, cats and rabbits with minimal complications.
- Ability to perform common surgical procedures including mass removal, dental extractions, umbilical and inguinal hernia repairs, dewclaw removal, enucleation, and amputation.
- Comply with standard guidelines of the California Veterinary Medical Practice Act.
- Understand, interpret and apply pertinent provisions of county, state and federal laws, rules, regulations and standards that affect the operation and administration of the clinic.
- Ability to work effectively with the public, management, fellow employees, volunteers, and other agencies and groups.
- Ability to comprehend simple and complex instructions, correspondence, and memos.
- Ability to provide detailed correspondence and information in one-on-one situations and demonstrate good public relation skills.
- Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed written or verbal instructions.
- Ability to understand and comply with company policies as stated in the employee manual of the Sacramento SPCA.