Spay/Neuter Surgeon Educator
- National Spay/Neuter Project
- Animal Health Services
- New York, NY
The Spay/Neuter Surgeon and Educator is a trained and licensed Veterinarian who is capable of performing 35-40 surgeries per day in a high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter setting. This setting may be a Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic (MSNC), a MASH-style event or an In-Clinic Clinic. The Spay/Neuter Surgeon and Educator performs physical examinations on all patients to ensure their candidacy for surgery and ensures recovery of all patients. This surgeon spays/neuters cats and dogs using standardized surgical techniques as put forth by the ASPCA.
The Spay/Neuter Surgeon and Educator has a strong work ethic and commitment to the spay/neuter mission. In addition to performing surgeries, she oversees a team of veterinary professionals who travel extensively around NYC and nationwide to train animal welfare groups to perform HQHVSN in a variety of settings. This position has the surgical skills, career experience and professionalism to lead this team. This surgeon is able to travel up to 25% of the time.
- Perform pre-surgery physical examinations (or visual assessment of free-roaming cats in humane box traps) on all surgical candidates to determine if animals are acceptable anesthetic/surgical candidates.
- Document physical examination findings and any adverse events on appropriate medical records.
- Perform an average of 35–40 high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter surgical procedures per daily clinic using techniques defined in Standard Operating Procedures Manual.
- Oversee all other aspects of veterinary care on Clinic days, including pre and postoperative care, anesthetic administration and monitoring, emergency care, restraint and treatment.
- Examine, diagnose and treat post-surgical medical complications.
- Stay current in knowledge of emergency drugs and protocols.
- Offer feedback on anesthesia protocols and other departmental Standard Operating
- Delegate appropriate tasks to LVT and Senior Veterinary Assistant.
- Assist in developing protocols for various types of MASH Clinics.
- Educate, train and supervise National Spay/Neuter Project community surgeon regarding pre-surgical exam and implementation of HQHVSN techniques.
- Educate, train and supervise National Spay/Neuter Project community medical staff with documentation of medical records, administration of anesthesia and pain control, proper monitoring of patients, recovery, and emergency care as necessary.
- Facilitate community’s development as a team, with a focus on clinic flow of clients and animals.
- In collaboration with other NSNP Team members, devise a curriculum for training each group in the NSNP based on the individual group’s status and needs.
- Prepare and present Powerpoint presentations to groups in the NSNP as part of the training they receive in NYC. Subjects of these presentations may include, but are not limited to Medical Policies and Procedures and Post-Operative care.
- Assist in preparing a post-training report for each group that participates in the NSNP to summarize the training and make recommendations for their program.
- Remain composed while working in fast-paced environment.
- Actively promote spay/neuter and educate clients and local communities on responsible animal ownership.
- Represent ASPCA in professional and courteous manner at all times.
- Deploy in support of FIR when spay/neuter services are needed.
- Adhere to all protocols put forth by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
- Procedures to Medical Management.
- Follow all written and verbally communicated ASPCA Spay/Neuter Standard Operating Procedures.
- Obtain continuing education as required by ASPCA and for maintenance of professional license.
- Attend all staff meetings and training sessions.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Education and Qualifications:
- Must have Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or equivalent.
- Must have current New York State Department of Education Veterinary License.
- Must have background in small animal medicine and surgery.
- Must have excellent work attendance record.
- Minimum 3 years experience employed as veterinarian required.
- 2 years prior supervisory and training experience in animal hospital or clinic environment preferred.
- Veterinary Internship preferred.
Knowledge and Skills Requirements
- Must speak fluent English. Bilingual (fluent in English and Spanish) preferred.
- Must be interested in animal welfare population control and serving low-income communities.
- Must possess ability to work in high-volume, fast-paced clinic environment in various locations.
- Must possess ability to maintain good working relationship with clients and staff members.
- Must possess ability to work independently as well as part of team.
- Maintain open mind regarding changes and be willing to learn, implement, and teach new protocols.
- This is a full-time position with a flexible and varied schedule. Some weekends are required. The training period will be 4 – 6 months in New York City, after which the position will include up to 25% travel, most often for periods of up to 10-14 days at a time.
We encourage a candidate who demonstrates outstanding inter-personal communication and the ability to work in a team environment or independently, with a high degree of integrity and accountability. This position welcomes a candidate with a sense of humor that can balance flexibility and enthusiasm and thrives on detail!
Our generous benefit package includes the following for full-time employees and (if qualified, we offer domestic partner coverage!) Medical, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, 401(k), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Transit checks, Tuition Assistance Program, Training Seminars, EAP, 50% hospital discount, Vacation, Sick, Personal & Company Holiday time off.