Great Plains SPCA Veterinarians provide first-class medical care to shelter animals, as well as supporting our mission to drive change in our community through innovative programs that promote adoption, outreach, veterinary care, and a better life for pets and the people that love them.
Role: The Shelter Veterinarians work in our two-doctor Independence MO shelter attending to our shelter pets, with occasional support to the Merriam KS shelter location. This will include a surgery caseload consisting of spays and neuters, other soft tissue surgeries, as well as general care from wellness exams to critical emergencies. Adaptability and flexibility is required in this fast-paced and rewarding environment.
Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities: •Provide quality diagnostics and best-medicine to shelter pets and post-adoption appointments •Perform surgical procedures such as spays/neuters and general soft tissue surgery •Provide superior customer service to our staff and adopters through education, effective communication, and compassion •Educate staff and adopters on responsible pet ownership and medical care •Communicate with fellow veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and animal care staff to ensure efficient and appropriate medical treatment •Participate in moving our mission forward
Education / License Requirements: •Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited college or university •Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the states of Missouri and Kansas •Current, or eligible for, a BNDD and DEA license.
Experience, Abilities and Qualifications: •Flexible and adaptable •Advanced internal and external customer service skills •Ability to solve problems both medically and professionally •Demonstrate ability to work within a team •Willingness to coach and be coached about medical practices and procedures •Excellent time management and communication skills are key to this role •Self-starter and an independent problem solver, with the desire to be a team contributor
Work Conditions: Employee is required to stand for long periods of time, be able to physically manage large animals by lifting or restraining safely and manage fractious animals to keep employees and animals safe. Rabies exposure is a potential, and employee is strongly recommended to be vaccinated. Operational flexibility is required to meet sudden and unpredictable needs. Work schedule is typically Tuesday - Saturday. Work schedule and hours may vary; evenings and Sundays may be required for emergency situations.
Note: This position description is not intended to be all-inclusive. You may be required to perform other related duties within your skill set as negotiated and/or directed to meet the ongoing needs of your department and the organization.
About Great Plains SPCA
Our Mission: To drive change in our community through innovative programs that promote adoption, outreach, veterinary care, and a better life for pets and the people who love them.Three pronged approach
Kansas City animal welfare has come a long way thanks to a community of devoted organizations, rescue groups and individual animal advocates. Great Plains SPCA collaborates with many of the other animal welfare agencies in the area, because together we can accomplish more.
What sets us apart?
We are the Kansas City Metro’s most unique and comprehensive No Kill animal welfare organization, serving more than 35,000 needy pets annually – more than any other agency in the area.
As an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit, our lifesaving services for animals can only be provided because of your generosity and commitment to our mission. We do not receive government funding and we are not affiliated with national organizations such as The Humane Society of the United States or the ASPCA. Great Plains SPCA exists solely because of our caring Kansas City community and gracious donors like you.
With a bi-state presence in Merriam and Independence, we are ready to transform Kansas City and ...beyond to a lifesaving No Kill community.
We proudly report a live-release rate of 96% or higher. Our live-release rate is calculated by the number of adoptions, returns to owner, transfers and other live outcomes for a given time period divided by the total number of animals the shelter brought in for that same period.
In 2016, we received or cared for a total of 10,119 shelter animals and were able to either place them in loving homes through adoption, return lots pets to their owners, transfer them to another shelter or place animals in foster homes until their forever family finds them.
We offer a lifelong, full-circle approach for pets and their human companions with our three-pronged approach: prevention, adoption, retention.