Nov 14, 2022

Veterinarian, Animal Recovery Center (ARC)

$148,000 - $156,000 yearly
  • 424 East 92nd Street, New York, NY, USA
Full time Veterinarian

Job Description


The ARC (Animal Recovery Center) and CARE (Canine Annex for Recovery and Enrichment) facilities are dedicated to the recovery and rehabilitation of victims of cruelty and neglect admitted through NYPD and the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) and Community Engagement (CE) programs.

Our dedicated team of more than 45 sheltering, medical, and animal behavior professionals work closely with the ASPCA Animal Hospital, Forensics, Legal Advocacy and Investigations, Behavioral Sciences, Shelter Medicine Services, Community Engagement, Placement, and the Adoption Center teams to ensure coordinated response and operations, and holistic, balanced, high quality care for the animals we serve.

The Veterinarian, ARC and CARE will perform all the duties of a licensed veterinarian, including providing compassionate, high-quality, practical veterinary care to a wide range of cruelty, neglect, and at-risk animals.

*This is a 4 day schedule/10 hour days and includes one weekend day

Salary range for this position is $148,000-$156,000. Starting pay is for new hire offers only, and staff pay can increase beyond the maximum hiring range based on performance over time. The maximum of the hiring range is reserved for candidates with the highest qualifications and relevant experience.

New external hires for this position are entitled to a $20,000 signing bonus. The first $10,000 of this bonus will be paid upon hire, and the second $10,000 is to be paid 6 months after your start date


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Managing Medical Cases (80%):

  • Provide high-quality, practical veterinary care to a wide range of cruelty, neglect, and at-risk patients.
  • Perform medical intakes on all new NYPD and CE cases admitted to AAH/ARC/CARE and in collaboration with partner departments for animals admitted to veterinary partner hospitals and the Adoption Center.  
  • Develop skilled and efficient diagnosis and treatment plans following ARC/CARE/AAH medical parameters and guidelines.
  • Perform exams, diagnostic tests, and medical treatments with full utilization of Fear Free medical handling. 
  • Provide high quality individualized care while maintaining overall population medicine using shelter best practices.
  • Provide medical care for outpatients of owned, fostered out and/or animals in transition to the Adoption Center.
  • Maintain thorough, high quality medical records, documenting all exam findings, test results, and treatments.
  • Ensure LVTs and daily care teams are practicing Fear Free handing.
  • Work with partner hospitals as needed, including referral for advanced care, and assessing medical stability of new cases at partner hospitals
  • Guide rotating veterinary interns and fellows through diagnosis and treatment plans for individual patients, as well as provide medical context for departmental protocols.
  • Maintain ARC and CARE census daily.
  • Ensure effective use of quarantine and isolation spaces to manage herd health; ensure appropriate use of PPE, dog walk orders, and cleaning orders.
  • Ability to assess medical prognosis and make appropriate euthanasia decisions following ARC/CARE/AAH protocols and guidelines outlined by the ARC Medical Supervisor and AAH Medical Director.
  • Respond to after-hours medical concerns.
  • Keep the Director of Veterinary Services and ARC and CARE Medical Supervisors apprised of patient medical progress and flow of cases.

Teach/Coach/Team Support (20%)

  • Collaborate and support the work of partner departments, particularly the Humane Law Enforcement, Community Engagement, and the Adoption Center departments.
  • Provide a high level of customer service to external and internal clients.
  • Attend daily rounds; ensure individual patients and the population are assessed daily and treatment/intervention recommendations are implemented in a timely fashion considering medical, behavior, and sheltering perspectives.
  • With the ARC and CARE Management team, contribute to a culture of learning at ARC and CARE, including ensuring a respectful and welcoming environment, active participation in goal setting and monitoring, clear expectations, and regular practice of feedback and after-actions.
  • Model a standard of continual commitment to improvement in all aspects of ARC and CARE’s care and handling of dogs and cats.
  • Assist in teaching veterinary interns and fellows rotating through ARC and CARE.
  • Follow written and verbally communicated ASPCA and ARC Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Attend staff meetings, doctor meetings and other requested meetings.
  • Cover the ARC/CARE Medical Supervisors in their absence.
  • Assist the VP, Director of Veterinary Services, and Medical Supervisors with special projects, presentations and data collection as requested.

Exemplifies the ASPCA’s Core Values:

  • Has Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
  • Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
  • Believes in Team – that we are stronger together
  • Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible
  • Focuses on Impact, specifically making change for animals

Qualification Requirements:

  • Obtain continuing education as required by ASPCA and state licensing board
  • Deploy locally or nationally at least one time per year.
  • May be required to work or provide medical support for disasters/weather coverage.
  • Willing to accept rotating on call responsibility.

Education and Work Experience:

  • DVM degree (or equivalent) with NY State veterinary license.
  • Veterinary internship or minimum 2 years’ small animal medicine experience without internship.  Previous experience in shelters preferred but not required.
  • Fear Free Shelter certification within 6 months of hire date.
  • USDA certification within 1 year of hire.

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