Job Posting: Staff Veterinarian – Community and Shelter Medicine

REPORTS TO: Medical Director- Community and Shelter Medicine


This part-time (16 hour/week) position is key to the success of the Community and Shelter Medicine Department. This position will perform physical examinations, employ knowledge of population medicine, practice preventative medicine for both shelter and community animals, perform high quality/high volume spays and neuters (HQHVSN), as well as additional soft-tissue surgeries and dental procedures.  This role will require a high level of competence and proficiency in surgery and medicine.  The Staff Veterinarian must be available to perform these veterinary duties in each of our animal care and adoption facilities (Dedham, Boston, and Brewster) as well as on our mobile surgical unit, the Spay Waggin’.  The majority of time will be devoted to HQHVSN on the Spay Waggin’.


The Staff Veterinarian reports directly to the Medical Director of Community and Shelter Medicine.  A high level of professionalism and strong customer service skills are mandatory.  Strong interpersonal skills and a willingness to be a team player are absolute requirements.  This position has to be flexible in the duties and responsibilities to best fit the changing needs of the shelters, community medicine, and the mission of the Animal Rescue League of Boston.


  1. The regularly scheduled work will be 2 days per week for a total of 16 hours per week.
  2. The majority of time will be devoted to working on the Spay Waggin’ that is most frequently located in southeastern Massachusetts.
  3. Must be able to handle a wide variety of animal species effectively and in a humane manner. Both communicates and implements the policies and beliefs of the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
  4. Must be able to perform exams to render a professional written opinion on the medical conditions of animals.  Must also be prepared to testify in court, if needed, to support findings on written report.
  5. The Mobile Clinic is a HQHVSN clinic that travels throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. Must be able to perform spay/neuter procedures efficiently and effectively (training may be provided if needed).
  6. Shelter medicine will involve daily rounds, population management, pathway planning, collaboration with shelter management, preventive medicine, and spay/neuter surgery.
  7. Maintains strict control of all drugs. Completes paperwork efficiently.
  8. Keeps up to date in the field of shelter veterinary medicine (reads journals and attends seminars).
  9. Serves as a role model for staff and works in cooperation with management team.
  10. Acts as a liaison between outside veterinary hospitals and the Animal Rescue League of Boston on after-hours and emergency cases. Consults with other Veterinarians regarding cases as needed.
  11. Serves as a resource (including after hours telephone support) for the shelters as well as the Rescue and Law Enforcement Departments.
  12. May be assigned duties in shelter medicine, community medicine, and at any Animal Rescue League of Boston Facility as appropriate.
  13. Must practice medicine and surgery in accordance with League policies, practices, and procedures.


  1. Must complete a six-month orientation and training period.
  2. Must have a current and valid Massachusetts Driver’s License and be insurable with the ARL Insurance policy for driving a League vehicle.
  3. Must have and maintain a good driving record. Should be familiar with the local community streets and areas.
  4. Must poses a DVM or equivalent.
  5. Must have a current Massachusetts Veterinary License in good standing.
  6. Must be have or be able to obtain both a Federal DEA license and a Massachusetts Controlled Substance license.
  7. Must have background in small animal medicine and surgery.
  8. Experienced, high quality/high volume spay/neuter surgeon with excellent medical skills preferred.
  9. Must be of good moral character and must have an even disposition to be able to deal effectively and politely with people from diverse backgrounds.
  10. Must have ability to evaluate problems accurately and display sound judgment when working in a fast paced environment without supervision and under emotional stress.
  11. Must maintain a caring, humane, and safety-conscious demeanor.
  12. Must be responsible, nonjudgmental, and have the desire to help animals in need as well as their owners/caretakers. Must be comfortable meeting new people who might have different views from your own.
  13. Must know how to articulate and perform the League’s policies regarding its care, treatment, evaluation, placement and euthanasia of animals. Perform rabies suspect specimen preparation if needed and report zoonotic and other reportable diseases as necessary.
  14. A high level of professionalism and strong interpersonal skills are absolutely required.


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