Stray Hearts Seeking Part Time Shelter Vet
The Humane Society of Taos, Inc., dba Stray Hearts Animal Shelter, located in Taos New Mexico, is
offering a part time veterinarian position. Our shelter is dedicated to interim compassionate and
humane care for lost and abandoned canines and felines.
Stray Hearts Animal Shelter is a non profit organization, open admission and in part funded by the
Town of Taos and Taos County. Our average intake rate is 2400 animals annually and we have a 97%
live release rate.
The veterinarian will report directly to the Executive Director and work closely with that individual to
perform services and quality shelter medicine. This will include, but is not limited to, S/N surgeries,
perform or arrange other miscellaneous surgeries and treatments, intake exams and immunizations,
health certificate exams for animal transfers and medical care and treatment for shelter animals.
Periodically, low cost immunization clinics for the public are scheduled and conducted by the
veterinarian. The veterinarian will also provide oversight for the security and dispensing of drugs to
ensure compliance with Federal and state regulations, maintain a well equipped surgery suite and
oversee medical assistant staff.
Consistent walk throughs of the shelter facility to check the health and well being of animals in the
care of the shelter will be done. The veterinarian will treat all animals humanely, with compassion and concern, both on and off the job
and transmit these values to others.
- Graduate of an accredited school of veterinary medicine.
- Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the State of New Mexico or ability to obtain that license, must complete all professional requirements to maintain license.
- Possess or have the ability to obtain a DEA license.
- Minimum of two years experience as a veterinarian in an animal shelter, veterinary clinic or spay/neuter clinic.
- Proven organizational, job focus and effective communication skills.
- Enthusiasm and experience with compassionate shelter veterinary medicine, highly desirable.
- A firm understanding of the challenges and rewards of shelter based medicine.
This position will start at 20 hours per week but could lead to full time. The hourly starting rate is $40.00
This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by
the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job related duties
required by their supervisor.
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