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Job Openings at PAWS


Join our lifesaving team! PAWS frequently has positions available for caring animal lovers who are dedicated to serving the city’s most vulnerable pets and the people who love them. All open employment opportunities are listed below; please review the job descriptions for details on how to apply.

Available Positions

Medical Director – Hybrid

Are you looking for a rewarding leadership position in a diverse, vibrant, affordable city, where creativity and a culture of continuous improvement drives organizational culture? PAWS is seeking a Medical Director to lead our delivery of veterinary services, and to play an instrumental role in achieving our ultimate goal of making Philadelphia a no-kill city. As the city’s largest rescue partner and provider of affordable basic veterinary care for community pets, our passionate team works every day to end pet homelessness and to provide top-quality care to dogs and cats with medical and surgical needs who would otherwise not have a chance.


This is a
hybrid position: our Medical Director can typically expect to have the flexibility to work from a remote office up to one day per week. While onsite, the Medical Director will work from PAWS’ Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in Philadelphia’s Grays Ferry neighborhood and make occasional visits to PAWS’ Northeast Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in Northeast Philadelphia. The Medical Director has both clinical responsibilities (approximately 60%) and administrative responsibilities (approximately 40%). Clinical responsibilities include: performing HQHVSN surgeries and additional specialty surgeries as needed, conducting routine wellness and sick visits for pets whose owners rely on PAWS for affordable care, performing examinations and determining treatment plans for our in-house and foster population of rescued animals, and consulting and collaborating with specialty veterinary partners on special cases. Administrative responsibilities include: upholding and updating PAWS’ current medical procedures and protocols in keeping with industry best practices; establishing new protocols as needed; providing insight and oversight for in-house and foster animals with complex medical or surgical needs; and, leading and mentoring a cohesive and productive medical staff in partnership with all members of leadership. 


The Medical Director acts as a liaison among multiple departments within the organization to ensure optimal treatment and outcomes for animals who come into PAWS’ care. Therefore, successful candidates must have excellent interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills and be able to work well with staff with widely varying levels of medical knowledge. The ability to think practically about community-driven medical care, balancing animal welfare and “gold standard” practices with cost and reasonable outcomes, is essential.

 

Responsibilities:

  • — In collaboration with the Director of Operations, upholding, updating, and developing protocols and policies related to the treatment and care of shelter and client-owned animals
  • — Assisting in the development of a strong, qualified, and cohesive medical staff 
  • — Finding and/or supporting opportunities to conserve and raise funds and in-kind donations, including working with the Veterinary Technician Manager on building partnerships with vendors and local full service and specialty veterinary practices, and keeping the communications and development teams apprised of special cases for grants and fundraising opportunities. 
  • — Working with the Veterinary Technician Manager and Lead Surgery Technician to ensure that all clinical and surgical equipment is maintained in safe working order and overseeing inventory and ordering of medical equipment. 
  • — Providing oversight regarding the care and placement of PAWS shelter animals
  • — Holding the DEA license for PAWS’ Grays Ferry facility and maintaining accurate and complete controlled substance records as required by law
  • — Providing excellent veterinary care for all animals in PAWS’ facilities, both rescued and publicly owned, and ensuring the safe, sanitary and humane treatment of animals in PAWS’ care in accordance with established professional standards and requirements, applicable laws and regulations
  • — Conducting routine wellness and sick visits for pets whose owners rely on PAWS for affordable care, including communicating empathetically with owners about the treatment options available. 
  • — Performing high-volume, high-quality sterilization surgery on publicly owned and rescued/foster animals
  • — Performing specialized surgeries and procedures as needed and appropriate, including: mass removals, triage dentals, enucleations, entropion repair, amputations, and other procedures to prepare rescued animals for adoption
  • — Consulting and collaborating with specialty veterinary partners on special cases
  • — Providing “on-call” services as needed for medical consultation and emergencies


Educational and Licensure Requirements:

  • — Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or equivalent from an accredited university. 
  • — Valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Veterinary license with no history of complaints or disciplinary action.
  • — Valid DEA license, or ability to obtain one, with no history of complaints or disciplinary action.


Additional Requirements:

  • — A minimum of 3 years’ experience in supervisory roles with demonstrated success in leading a team.
  • — A minimum of 5 years’ of experience with HQHVSN surgery, as well as other soft tissue and specialty surgeries.
  • — A minimum of 5 years’ of clinical experience with health conditions common in shelter populations and community medicine settings.
  • — A self-starter who is organized, innovative, flexible, and passionate about PAWS’ goals and objectives.
  • — Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with strong attention to detail.
  • — Outgoing, patient, empathetic, mature, and able to get along well with a culturally diverse community.
  • — Good judgment and strong problem-solving ability, identifying tasks that need to be accomplished and prioritizing appropriately, and working independently with minimal supervision and direction.
  • — Ability to manage and accommodate varied work assignments and schedules.
  • — Comfort and experience with Google and Microsoft applications. PAWS uses a variety of web-based software that veterinarians must be comfortable learning to use on a daily basis for managing client care.

 

Benefits of PAWS employment: 

  • — Competitive salary and retention bonus.
  • — Moving stipend considered for outstanding out-of-state applicants.
  • — Potential eligibility for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF).
  • — 9am – 5pm schedule, with limited on-call duties. 
  • — Medical, dental, and prescription insurance coverage.
  • — 401(k) plan with employer matching.
  • — 9 paid holidays off (the shelter is closed).
  • — Paid time off (PTO).
  • — Yearly Continuing Education allowance, and up to four paid days off to attend conferences/participate in CE.
  • — Veterinary Medical Malpractice Liability coverage. 
  • — VIN membership.
  • — Pennsylvania bi-annual license renewal fees.
  • — DEA license renewal fees.
  • — Free and heavily discounted clinic services, lab work and medications for your personal pets.
  • — Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
  • — Voluntary benefits (long- and short-term disability, life, and accident insurance).

 

Interested?

For a full job description, or more information, please email  Maddie Camerlengo, Senior Clinic Operations Manager, at maddie@phillypaws.org.

Veterinary Technician Manager

Are you looking for a rewarding leadership position in a diverse, mission-driven organization where your veterinary technician and management skills will make a meaningful impact? PAWS is seeking a Veterinary Technician Manager to lead our talented and passionate team of veterinary technicians and assistants, playing an instrumental role in achieving our ultimate goal of making Philadelphia a no-kill city. As the city’s largest rescue partner and provider of affordable basic veterinary care for community pets, our passionate team works every day to end pet homelessness and to provide top-quality care to dogs and cats with medical and surgical needs who would otherwise not have a chance.


The Veterinary Technician Manager (VTM) is an exciting new position that will play a key role in maximizing the positive impact that PAWS’ shelter and clinics have in the communities we serve. Based at PAWS’ Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in the Grays Ferry neighborhood of Philadelphia (with occasional visits to PAWS’ Northeast Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in Northeast Philadelphia), the VTM is responsible for developing a strong, qualified, and cohesive medical support staff by training, leading, and managing veterinary technicians and assistants to provide excellent surgical, clinical, and shelter care. In addition, the VTM is responsible for coordinating the care of animals rescued by PAWS who must be referred to other practices for veterinary care, managing medical supply ordering and inventory protocols, and overseeing the maintenance of medical equipment. The VTM works in collaboration with other departments to ensure optimal treatment and outcomes for all animals who come into PAWS’ care, fosters a sense of teamwork, and embodies PAWS’ values.

 

Responsibilities: 

  • — With the overall goals of cultivating high employee satisfaction, engagement, retention, and performance among PAWS’ veterinary technicians and assistants: 
    • — Lead and mentor PAWS’ team of veterinary technicians, assistants, and Lead Technicians, defining their roles, assessing opportunities for growth, and ensuring they uphold PAWS’ values at all times 
    • — Create and implement formal onboarding and training and initial/ongoing skill assessment processes 
    • — Perform regular evaluations and performance reviews and take disciplinary action as needed
    • — Identify and coordinate continuing education and training needs and opportunities
  • — Schedule veterinary technicians and assistants to ensure adequate coverage for all operations, including being available to receive communication from staff who are unable to make their shift or running late and filling in if needed to prevent the cancellation of veterinary services
  • — Work hands-on as a veterinary technician 2 days per week in community clinic appointments, surgery (HQHVSN, shelter medicine soft tissue surgery), and shelter medicine exams
  • — Work with leadership to shape, create, uphold, and communicate policies, procedures, and protocols for all medical services
  • — Develop and maintain relationships within the local veterinary community to build partnerships and coordinate care for animals rescued by PAWS who are in need of specialized and emergency medicine outside the scope of what PAWS’ staff can provide
  • — Ensure proper medical supplies/equipment inventory, maintenance and ordering protocols are in place and followed to protect and maintain appropriate quantities of medical supplies, making spending decisions in the best interest of the organization
  • — In a typical week, hold the PAWS foster emergency phone for up to two nights, triaging occasional after-hours emergency medical situations for foster animals (referring to ER or coordinating care at a PAWS location the next day)


Required skills and qualities:

  • — At least two years’ management experience in the veterinary field, including supervising staff and coaching on performance and accountability.
  • — Commitment to PAWS’ mission to keep families together by providing excellent, accessible veterinary care to pet owners who may not be able to afford it otherwise, and to provide lifesaving opportunities to stray and surrendered animals, with the ultimate goal of a loving home for every savable pet.
  • — Familiarity with diseases common to cats and dogs and with the preventative, therapeutic, and diagnostic veterinary treatment of cats and dogs. 
  • — Ability to safely, humanely, and effectively care for and handle animals, especially those who are large, untrained, of unknown disposition, fearful, or reactive. 
  • — Excellent interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills. 
  • — Ability to maintain a calm, professional, and respectful demeanor at all times when dealing with the public, even in stressful situations.
  • — Computer proficient in Microsoft Office and Google products.
  • — Proficient in, or willingness to become proficient in, the various shelter and clinic management systems utilized by PAWS (Clinic HQ, ShelterLuv, Airtable, Trello, and others). 


Educational Requirements:

  • CVT/LVT license strongly preferred
  • — Post-secondary education in veterinary science preferred, BA/BS preferred
  • — Fear-Free Certification preferred


Physical Requirements:

  • — Ability to walk and/or stand on your feet throughout a normal workday and tolerate loud noises. 
  • — Ability to lift and move objects and animals weighing up to 50 pounds for short distances and to humanely restrain an animal when necessary. 


Benefits of PAWS employment: 

  • — Medical, dental, and prescription insurance coverage
  • — 401(k) plan with employer matching
  • — 9 paid holidays per year
  • — Generous paid time off (PTO)
  • — Yearly Continuing Education allowance
  • — Free and heavily discounted clinic services, lab work, prescription diets, and medications for your personal pets
  • — Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • — Voluntary benefits (long- and short-term disability, life, and accident insurance)


Interested?

For a full job description, or more information, please email Maddie Camerlengo, Senior Clinic Operations Manager, at maddie@phillypaws.org.

Veterinary Technician (Full and Part Time) – Grays Ferry

PAWS is looking for motivated, compassionate, and versatile veterinary technicians to join our medical team! We are Philadelphia’s largest animal rescue partner and provider of affordable veterinary care, offering wellness, sick, vaccination, and surgery services for a large and diverse caseload of in-house, foster, and client-owned animals.  Our veterinary technicians are the backbone of our medical operations and participate in virtually all aspects of daily animal care.  

Veterinary technicians interact regularly with the public, owned animals, foster parents, and shelter animals, and must strive to provide excellent customer service and positive experiences for these individuals at all times. Ideal candidates have a focus on animal welfare, are outgoing, patient, and flexible, and can get along well with a variety of people and animals.  Experience in an animal hospital, private veterinary practice, and/or shelter environment, as well as a basic understanding of veterinary diseases, treatment, and disease transmission, is preferred.

Benefits for veterinary technicians at PAWS include heavily discounted/at-cost veterinary care and pet food, as well as medical/dental insurance, 401(k) with employer matching, paid time off, and a budget for continuing education!


Primary Duties:

  • – Treat all animals and people compassionately and respectfully, and handle animals in a safe, effective and humane manner at all times, including those who are sick, injured, larger and possibly untrained, aggressive, or feral. 
  • – Collect histories and perform and accurately record examinations, vaccinations, and medical treatments for publicly owned and shelter animals under the direction of veterinarians using PAWS’ record keeping systems.
  • – Administer first aid treatments and medications to sick and injured animals
  • – Prepare owned and rescue animals for high-volume sterilization and other surgeries, including administration of anesthesia.
  • – Perform or prepare laboratory tests and diagnostics.
  • – Monitor animals’ conditions, rapidly identify and address any medical or behavioral conditions which might warrant veterinary attention, and work in cooperation with staff to attend to any immediate needs. 
  • – Euthanize animals as needed and appropriate under the supervision and direction of a veterinarian or the director of operations.
  • – Work courteously and cooperatively with staff and volunteers to ensure that all procedures and policies are followed.
  • – Other duties as assigned. 

 

Required Skills and Qualities:

  • – Minimum of one year of experience working in a shelter, animal hospital, and/or private veterinary practice.
  • – Minimum of one year of experience working in an animal hospital, private veterinary practice, and/or shelter. 
  • – Ability to read, write and understand English.
  • – Strong attention to detail; our patients’ health depends on accuracy and consistency in their medical treatment. 
  • – Computer proficient in Microsoft office and Google/G-Suite products, and proficiency or comfort with becoming proficient in all internet-based clinic management systems utilized by PAWS (ShelterLuv, Clinic HQ).
  • – Strong interpersonal, customer service, and verbal and written communication skills.
  • – Strong sense of initiative and ability to problem-solve, identifying tasks that need to be accomplished and prioritizing appropriately, working independently with minimal supervision and direction.
  • – Flexibility, maturity, and ability to manage multiple tasks and accommodate varied work assignments and schedules.
  • – Ability to communicate effectively with a culturally diverse staff, volunteers and community in a professional, respectful, courteous and tactful manner at all times.
  • – The ability to remain pleasant and calm even in stressful situations, including when delivering bad news and  turning people down firmly when necessary, without becoming aggressive or irritable.

 

Physical Requirements:

  • – Ability to work with and around animals, including those who are diseased, injured and/or stressed.
  • – Ability to walk and/or stand on your feet throughout a normal workday and tolerate loud noises.
  • – Ability to lift and move objects and animals weighing up to 50 pounds for short distances and to humanely restrain an animal when necessary.

 

Educational Requirements:

  •   – High school diploma or equivalent is required.
  •   – Post-secondary education in the veterinary sciences field preferred but not required.

 

Work Location/Schedule:

  • – Compensation commensurate with experience.
  • – This position is located at the PAWS Low-Cost Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at 2900 Grays Ferry Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19146.
  • – PAWS is open seven days a week. A minimum of 8 hours per day is required.

 

Interested? We want to hear from you! For a full job description, more information or to apply, please email Maddie Camerlengo, Senior Clinic Operations Manager, at maddie@phillypaws.org.

Surgery Veterinary Technician (Full and Part Time) – Grays Ferry

PAWS Surgery Veterinary Technician

PAWS is looking for motivated, detail-oriented, and versatile surgery veterinary technicians to join our medical team! We are Philadelphia’s largest animal rescue partner and provider of affordable veterinary care, offering wellness, sick, vaccination, and surgery services for a large and diverse caseload of in-house, foster, and client-owned animals.  Our veterinary technicians are the backbone of our medical operations and participate in virtually all aspects of daily animal care.  Surgery veterinary technicians prep, monitor, and recover animals in PAWS’ high-volume, high-quality spay and neuter clinics, dental procedures, and other soft tissue surgeries.  They are cross trained to assist with our client-facing wellness, sick, and vaccination appointments and in-house shelter animal medical services if needed.

Veterinary technicians interact regularly with the public, owned animals, foster parents, and shelter animals, and must strive to provide excellent customer service and positive experiences for these individuals at all times. Ideal candidates have a focus on animal welfare, are outgoing, patient, and flexible, and can get along well with a variety of people and animals.  Experience in an animal hospital, private veterinary practice, and/or shelter environment with a focus in surgery is required.

Benefits for veterinary technicians at PAWS include heavily discounted/at-cost veterinary care and pet food, as well as medical/dental insurance, 401(k) with employer matching, paid time off, and a budget for continuing education!


Primary Duties:

  • Prepping owned and rescue animals for high-volume sterilization and other surgeries, including assisting veterinarians with physical exams, administering sedation, shaving, intubating, placing IV catheters, and aseptically scrubbing patients.
  • Interpreting/Maintaining pre- and post-surgical paperwork to ensure all necessary services are provided.
  • Administering and monitoring anesthesia.
  • Recovering patients after surgery. 
  • Maintaining drug and surgical logs.
  • Cleaning and sterilizing surgical instruments.
  • Maintain a clean and safe surgical suite.
  • Treat all animals and people compassionately and respectfully, and handle animals in a safe, effective and humane manner at all times, including those who are sick, injured, larger and possibly untrained, aggressive, or feral. 
  • Administer first aid treatments and medications to sick and injured animals
  • Perform or prepare laboratory tests and diagnostics.
  • Monitor animals’ conditions, rapidly identify and address any medical or behavioral conditions which might warrant veterinary attention, and work in cooperation with staff to attend to any immediate needs. 
  • With sufficient notice, assist in wellness, sick, and vaccination appointments and with in-house shelter medical services when needed
  • Euthanize animals as needed and appropriate under the supervision and direction of a veterinarian or the director of operations.
  • Work courteously and cooperatively with staff and volunteers to ensure that all procedures and policies are followed.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

 

Required Skills and Qualities:

  • Minimum of two years of experience working in an animal hospital, private veterinary practice, and/or shelter. 
  • Minimum of one year of experience prepping, recovering, and monitoring animals during surgery.
  • Ability to read, write and understand English.
  • Strong attention to detail; our patients’ health depends on accuracy and consistency in their medical treatment. 
  • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment without compromising patient care
  • Computer proficient in Microsoft office and Google/G-Suite products, and proficiency or comfort with becoming proficient in all internet-based clinic management systems utilized by PAWS (ShelterLuv, Clinic HQ).
  • Strong interpersonal, customer service, and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong sense of initiative and ability to problem-solve, identifying tasks that need to be accomplished and prioritizing appropriately, working independently with minimal supervision and direction.
  • Flexibility, maturity, and ability to manage multiple tasks and accommodate varied work assignments and schedules.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a culturally diverse staff, volunteers and community in a professional, respectful, courteous and tactful manner at all times.
  • The ability to remain pleasant and calm even in stressful situations, including when delivering bad news and  turning people down firmly when necessary, without becoming aggressive or irritable.

 

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to work with and around animals, including those who are diseased, injured and/or stressed.
  • Ability to walk and/or stand on your feet throughout a normal workday and tolerate loud noises.
  • Ability to lift and move objects and animals weighing up to 50 pounds for short distances and to humanely restrain an animal when necessary.

 

Educational Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Post-secondary education in the veterinary sciences field is preferred but not required.

  

Work Location/Schedule/Compensation: 

  • Compensation commensurate with experience. 
  • This position is located at PAWS’ Low-Cost Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at 2900 Grays Ferry Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19146. 
  • PAWS is open seven days a week. A minimum of 8 hours per day is required. Full time and part time positions available. Candidates must be available for shifts on Fridays and Saturdays. 

 

Benefits of PAWS employment: 

  • Medical, dental, and prescription insurance coverage
  • 401(k) plan with employer matching
  • 9 paid holidays per year
  • Generous paid time off (PTO)
  • Yearly Continuing Education allowance
  • Free and heavily discounted clinic services, lab work, prescription diets, and medications for your personal pets
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Voluntary benefits (long- and short-term disability, life, and accident insurance)

 

Interested?

For more information or to apply, please email Maddie Camerlengo, Senior Clinic Operations Manager, at maddie@phillypaws.org.

 

About the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

PAWS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s homeless and at-risk pets. PAWS is the city’s largest rescue partner and provider of affordable, basic veterinary care for pet owners and rescue organizations that cannot otherwise access it. Through its three no-kill shelters, foster care network, and special events, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of animals each year. PAWS’ two spay/neuter and wellness clinics serve tens of thousands of pets each year who would not otherwise receive care. By keeping families together, reducing the number of pets entering shelters, and saving those with nowhere else to go, PAWS is working to make Philadelphia a no-kill city where every savable pet is guaranteed a home.