Career Opportunity – Veterinarian – PT/FT

The Willamette Humane Society (WHS) located in Salem, Oregon is looking for a qualified, self-motivated, energetic, organized, and outgoing individual with compassion for animals.
We’re a team of 60+ staff and over 700 volunteers working jointly to achieve our mission: establishing, maintaining, and enhancing the bond between companion animals and people of Marion and Polk counties.

The Veterinarian is responsible for providing oversight to the delivery of exceptional diagnostic, treatment, and surgical services to animals in the care of Willamette Humane Society (WHS). As a state licensed Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), the Veterinarian is also a primary care giver and must deliver services in accordance with state standards and best practices of shelter medicine. Additionally, the Veterinarian provides training for shelter staff, as well as occasionally providing high quality, high volume spay and neuter surgeries and other procedures for both public and WHS-owned cats and dogs. The Veterinarian represents WHS professionally and courteously while consistently exemplifying, mentoring, and reinforcing WHS values, principles, and mission-driven culture.

The Veterinarian shall perform job duties in a positive, helpful manner providing exceptional customer service. This person will share information and represent WHS with activities and behaviors designed to improve our reputation in the community and enhance the public’s knowledge of animal welfare as well as knowledge of WHS mission and programs. In addition, they will occasionally perform clinical and surgical veterinary duties in a high volume, high quality spay and neuter, general surgery and diagnostic clinic where patients include shelter owned animals and animals surrendered to WHS from the general public or as the result of cruelty investigations.

  • Provide veterinary examinations, perform diagnostic procedures, and recommend treatment plans for dogs and cats in the care of WHS. 
  • Handle and treat patients in a safe and compassionate manner at all times.
  • Provide clinical leadership and advice on complex euthanasia consults and/or transfer and intake decisions.
  • Work in partnership with other WHS department staff to effectively and efficiently coordinate care and quarantine of infectious disease patients. Draft and communicate protocols and guidance to staff, as needed. 
  • Participate in investigation of cruelty or neglect of animals. Perform live animal cruelty/neglect exams. Perform forensic necropsy. Document cases for law enforcement and testify as requested or when subpoenaed. 
  • Utilize and hone clinical skills to the fullest degree possible and within state practice acts regarding duties of credentialed veterinarians. 
  • Provide weekend and/or evening on-call services as needed.
  • Complete and maintain medical records in accordance with practice and state standards.
  • In the absence of the Spay/Neuter Clinic Veterinarian, perform high volume, high quality
  • sterilization surgeries on dogs and cats, and other procedures such as cystotomy, amputations, dental surgery, hernia repair, and enucleation.
  • Provide oversight to the quality of medical care provided to WHS animals. Work collaboratively with the Lead Veterinarian, Animal Care Manager (ACM), and Customer Care Manager (CCM) to ensure that animals receive prescribed treatments and medications; patient rechecks occur regularly and in a timely manner; and that animal care staff adhere to treatment and disease control protocols and standards.
  • Demonstrate continually expanding body of knowledge and clinical expertise.
  • Continually build knowledge about a wide variety of sheltering models as it relates to: Observing, documenting and researching trends in the practical application of veterinary medicine at WHS.
  • Providing animal care staff instruction and mentorship.
  • Participating in the design and implementation of shelter protocols; 
  • Consultation on facility design or improvements; 
  • Advising on disease outbreaks.
  • Provide backup support and coaching to WHS managers and staff charged with responding to inquiries, concerns, and/or complaints from clients regarding medical care provided, medical conditions diagnosed post-adoption, or WHS policies related to medical care.
  • Serve as a partner and consultant to the Lead Veterinarian, as needed, for client escalations and advanced or complex discussions.
  • Deal with difficult situations in a calm and professional manner and promote team development. 
  • Provide direct professional contact with veterinarians and community practitioners to answer questions or to follow-up on concerns related to WHS patient care and policies.
  • Assist in the development, implementation, and training of department policies and procedures.
  • Evaluate current protocols for accuracy, efficacy, and cost effectiveness on a regular basis. 
  • Support the process of certifying Euthanasia Technicians across WHS departments. 
  • Administer written and practical portions of the Euthanasia Technician test for certification.
  • Collaborate with all related WHS departments to ensure efficient and effective processing of animals.
  • Proactively communicate with other departments to minimize length-of-stay for shelter pets.
  • As a member of the leadership team, the Veterinarian must consistently exemplify, mentor, and reinforce WHS values and mission-driven culture of service. This includes representing WHS at the Marion-Polk Veterinary Association meetings and participation in other WHS public and humane education events as requested.  
  • Perform other duties as requested by WHS management.

The Veterinarian works under general direction of the Operations Director and is expected to pursue the established duties with minimal supervision. Confidentiality and professionalism must be adhered to at all times.

This position interacts and collaborates with all levels of the organization, ranging from entry level employees to executive team members. Interactions with volunteers, members of the general public, animal welfare professionals, and veterinary medicine professionals occur on a frequent basis.  Contact and communication is carried out through face to face, telephone, and electronic interactions. Communication must be clear, understandable, and respectful in all circumstances.


  • Will have regular contact with animals with varying degrees of domesticity and physical condition. (Will be expected to work around live and deceased animals.)
  • Will work directly with animal wastes, potentially harmful cleaners and disinfectants, high noise, and potentially hazardous conditions, including the risk of animal bites and zoonotic diseases. 
  • May be exposed to heights, such as step stools or ladders.
  • Must employ basic safety standards at all times. Will have access to, and be required to use, Protective equipment such as aprons, boots, gloves, protective eye and ear wear, etc.
  • Repeated/prolonged exposure to medical instruments, bodily excretions, and chemicals used for
  • Surgery and for cleaning.
  • Occasional exposure to anesthesia, biological hazards and medication/controlled substances occurs.


  • Frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach.
  • Work performed requires lifting, bending, stooping, pushing and other strenuous activities, as well as detail-oriented small motor tasks.
  • Good hand-eye coordination is required, as well as arm-hand-finger dexterity with the ability to grasp and the visual acuity to use a keyboard and operate equipment.
  • Specific vision ability required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds.  
  • Must be able to lift 20 pounds repetitively.
  • Must be able to move, restrain, guide or manage an animal weighing up to 150 lbs. on a leash and under the effect of anesthesia.
  • Work performed requires lifting, bending, stooping, twisting, pushing, and other strenuous activities for extended periods of time.
  • The position requires regular use of a computer, telephones, and other standard office equipment.
  • Work is often done in a time sensitive and demanding environment.
  • May be required to take a physical examination paid for by WHS prior to the start of work activities.


  • Able to provide high quality patient care to a wide variety of dog and cat breeds.
  • Able to demonstrate excellent surgical technique and medical diagnostic abilities in a high volume spay and neuter facility.
  • Able to recognize, diagnose, treat and properly quarantine infectious disease in a high- population environment.
  • Possess strong mathematical skills including the ability to compute rates and ratios and convert units of measurement.
  • Comfortable and confident using a computer and specialized medical software, as well as Microsoft Office and Google platform tools.
  • Able to manage multiple tasks at one time; quickly and accurately shift attention among tasks under distracting conditions without loss of accuracy or appearance of frustration. 
  • Able to demonstrate exceptionally strong verbal and written communication skills during interpersonal and technical, job specific interactions.
  • Must possess strong organization and problem solving skills.
  • Must demonstrate high tolerance for stress and repetitive work.
  • Able to maintain a positive outlook, rebound from frustrations quickly, and maintain composure and a friendly manner while dealing with stressful situations.
  • Able and willing to perform tasks without direct supervision.
  • Open to changing situations and opportunities, demonstrating a willingness to consider new ways of doing things and diversity of opinion.
  • Able and willing to work with others in a collaborative, solution oriented manner; shares relevant information with others in a prompt and accurate manner. 
  • Exhibit honesty, discretion and sound judgment.


  • DVM from an accredited academic institution in good standing.
  • Must possess a current Oregon DVM license in good standing or able to acquire within one month of hire. 
  • Must maintain licensure as a condition of continued employment.
  • 5+ years of experience practicing veterinary medicine.
  • Preferred candidates will have experience in shelter medicine and be USDA accredited.


Must maintain current malpractice insurance. Must have a demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for animal welfare and WHS Mission; be willing to work weekends and evenings (mostly for over-the-phone or electronic consultation) as required by the job; have a valid Oregon driver’s license and insurable by WHS vendors; meet the physical requirements of the job; and be bondable. Must understand and be able to support Board policies and position statements regarding animal welfare subjects.


Salary: DOE
Schedule: PT-FT Dependent on candidate’s preference

  • Include info about benefits after 60 days of employment if this is a full time position.
  • Paid time off provided after 90 days.
  • A 401(k) retirement plan is available After completion of one year of service with at least 1,000 hours.


  • a cover letter explaining your interest in this position; MUST BE IN PDF FORMAT
  • a résumé of your educational background and professional experience. MUST BE IN PDF FORMAT.

Due to the large volume of responses, WHS will contact only those candidates who are selected for interview. Completed application materials received by human resources will be reviewed upon receipt.  This position may close at any time.

All WHS employees are committed to the following mission-driven values:
Positive Service to All
Sharing Knowledge
Sharing Knowledge
Collaborative Problem Solving
Initiative and Innovation
Accountability and Responsibility
Safe Actions

Under the provisions of the Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, the successful candidate will be required to provide evidence of identity and eligibility for employment.  WHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic profile or any class protected by law.  WHS is a drug free/smoke free workplace. Employment will be contingent upon successfully passing a drug screen (testing only for substances that are illegal in Oregon) conducted at WHS expense.