Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh – Clinic/Shelter Veterinarian


Job Type: Veterinarian

Work Type: Mixed - Small and Large Animal

Business Name: Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh

City: Pittsburgh

State: Pennsylvania

Contact Name: Angelina McDade

Contact Email: [email protected]

Contact Phone: (412) 345-7300

Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh (HARP), one of the largest animal welfare organizations in Pennsylvania, is seeking an experienced, energetic, and engaged shelter veterinarian to join our growing team! This is a combined position in shelter medicine, clinical medicine, and surgery. The ideal candidate will share our vision and passion for the humane and ethical treatment of animals within the community. Our doctors provide high-quality medical and surgical care to both shelter animals and public clinic patients.

Our medical team shares a strong commitment to community programs such as Pet Retention Program, Pet Food Pantry, Community and Working Cat Programs, and Street Medicine and Outreach. We also provide medical and surgical care as needed to a large variety of wildlife at HARPs Wildlife Center.


HARP operates three facilities: two large shelters, both with full service Veterinary Medical Centers open to the public, and a Wildlife Center run by licensed wildlife rehabilitation specialists. The shelters are both open door/managed admission and committed to providing the animals and people in the community with high-quality, low-cost wellness care and veterinary services. Our East End location recently moved into a state-of-the-art facility that includes modern, low-stress housing for shelter animals, a full surgical suite, digital radiography, ultrasound, electrocautery, suction and a full in-house diagnostic lab (Idexx Procyte, Catalyst and Sedivue). Our North Side location also has a full surgical suite, digital radiography, ultrasound and a full in-house diagnostics lab.

The HARP medical team is also committed to mentorship, which includes a pre-vet and veterinary student extern programs, as well as in-house and off-site CE opportunities for our veterinary staff. This is an exciting and unique opportunity for a veterinarian who is interested in working in an environment that offers the opportunity to pursue high quality, progressive shelter and clinical practice.

HARP provides competitive pay and excellent benefits and PTO to our employees. Applicants are eligible for signing and relocation bonuses. Our Veterinary positions are PSLF eligible.


Responsible for surgical and medical care for shelter and owned animals, as well as wildlife through the Wildlife Center as needed. Veterinarians are primarily scheduled at the East End or Northside. Variable work schedule, including weekend rotation. This role is approximately 30% surgical, 30% clinical, 30% shelter, and 10% administrative.
Maintain up-to-date knowledge of shelter animal health protocols, surgical procedures and companion animal health issues. Ensure compliance with Humane Animal Rescue (HAR) approved standards and national guidelines. Ensure that all state and federal laws, state regulations, and veterinary accepted standards regarding clinic operations, the practice of veterinary medicine, drug control and animal care and handling are adhered to.
Help develop and implement protocols for superior veterinary care and disease control.
Perform surgical sterilization of owned and shelter animals, including pediatric and HQHVSN (high-quality, high-volume spay-neuter).
Perform veterinary medical and surgical procedures, including dentistry, appropriate for the care of shelter animals, owned animals, and wildlife; administer treatments, including vaccinations, when needed to ensure the health of shelter animals; prescribe and administer medications and anti-parasite treatments; perform diagnostic procedures.
Perform all necessary client-requested euthanasia according to established protocols.
Coordinate with local veterinarians and clinic/shelter professionals to promote positive and productive relationships.
Establish and maintain medical record and drug use logs to standards of veterinary and sheltering practices; ensure that records are in order and complete.
Allow for scheduling flexibility to cover for emergencies (i.e. staff veterinarian call off on a fully scheduled clinic and/or surgery day).
Serve as positive mentor to veterinary technicians, veterinary technician students, pre-vet student volunteers, and veterinary student externs.
Assist in training staff.
Maintain positive relationships with co-workers, managers, directors, clients, and stakeholders.
Ensure confidentiality of employee, client, and animal information.
Required Education and Experience:

Doctorate: Veterinary Medicine (Required)
Current Veterinary License to practice in state of Pennsylvania (or ability to obtain)
USDA APHIS Certified (or willingness to enroll in certification)
Valid drivers license

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