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Shelter Veterinarian

Honolulu, HI | Full Time
24 Days Ago

Job Description

JOB/POSITION TITLE: Shelter Veterinarian

STATUS: Exempt

PRIMARY PURPOSE: Supervises and performs healthcare according to Hawaiian Humane procedures to ensure sheltered animals are receiving safe, competent and humane care and are provided with quality health care and surgical procedures at all times.

Reports To: Chief Veterinarian

Supervises: Volunteers as needed


  • Oversight of Medical Procedures, Treatment and Drugs. Perform surgery and veterinary healthcare services of all shelter animals according to Hawaiian Humane procedure and industry best practices. Select and perform euthanasia of admitted animals according to Hawaiian Humane procedures. Maintain the use, control, and recording of drugs and supplies used in department according to federal and Hawaiian Humane procedure.
  • Professional Medical Opinion. Provides professional advice and opinions regarding the development and implementation of educational and enforcement programs.
  • Medical Forensics for Cruelty Investigations. Assist with the physical examination/necropsies, treatment protocol, testimony, and documentation of animal(s)'s condition that are involved in a cruelty investigation for field services department.
  • Professional Development and Organizational Improvement. Continue to educate oneself concerning veterinary medicine, animal welfare, and staff supervision; and improve or update current procedures as needed according to Hawaiian Humane policy.
  • Customer and Animal Care. Inform the public concerning questions of healthcare, welfare and condition of animals at the Hawaiian Humane Society. Conducts oneself in a pleasant, courteous, and professional manner. Treat all animals humanely and with compassion.


  • Other Duties as Assigned. Ensure a positive public image and to enhance the operation of the organization and improve the quality of life for animals. May include organization-wide support as needed such as but not limited to participation in events, serving as spokesperson, fundraising, covering other operational departments, and the organization's role as a first responder to disasters.


  • Work Environment: Outdoors in all types of weather; indoors under regular kennel and office conditions.
  • Equipment Use: Veterinary medical and surgical equipment, computer, telephone system.
  • Other Materials: Commercial disinfectant, gas anesthetic, euthanasia solution.
  • Hours: Based on operational requirements. Must be available full-time and available to work over 40 hours, as needed, any 7 days of the week, weekends and holidays. On call for emergencies seven days/week.


  • Must have passion and concern for both animals and people.
  • Must agree with and be committed to Hawaiian Humane goals, objectives, and programs.
  • Requires working with minimal supervision. Must be self-motivated.
  • Requires alertness and attention to detail in handling and procedures with animals.
  • Requires standing and performing surgery for periods up to four hours without a break.
  • Requires patience and tact when working with difficult, emotional, or angry people.
  • Requires handling people and animals in a pleasant, courteous, and professional manner.
  • Must be able to lift/carry up to 50 of weight, struggling or limp with or without reasonable accommodation. Must have no limitations to prevent handling or working with animals.
  • Requires detailed and correct written work with respect to reports on animal examinations, court testimony, and department records and reports.
  • Requires ability to supervise, delegate, train, and evaluate staff in department.
  • Requires speaking and writing effectively and clearly in a professional manner both individually and to groups.
  • Requires interpreting and integrating written materials from other staff and department reports, veterinary and animal welfare periodicals, and other regulatory agencies, and developing, recommending, and implementing changes into Hawaiian Humane procedures.


  • Skills/Knowledge: Ability to speak clearly in front of audience. Ability to write clearly. Ability to plan, organize, train, and supervise staff and volunteers.
  • Education/Training: DVM and current Hawaii veterinary license.
  • Experience: Prefer two years clinical practice experience post-graduation.

As a condition of employment, an applicant selected for hire is required to verify COVID-19 fully vaccinated status with HR prior to starting work. To be exempt from this requirement, an applicant must submit supporting documentation of exemption due to a medical reason, or because of a sincerely held religious belief to HR.

The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this classification. It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory, or all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of employees assigned to this job. Management has the right to add to, revise, or delete information in this description. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Company Overview

  • Website
  • Headquarters HONOLULU, HI
  • Size 50 - 100
  • Founded 1897
  • Type
  • Revenue $10M - $50M
  • Industry Edu., Gov't. & Nonprofit
  • About hawaiian humane society
  • Hawaiian Humane Society is an educational and advocacy organization that shelters, protects, rescues, reunites, and rehomes animals. It is Oahu's only open admission shelter that welcomes all animals. Established in 1883, the Society is an independent, local nonprofit not affiliated with or funded by any other organization.