Forensic Veterinarian

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Summary:

The ASPCA strives to maintain a COVID-free workplace.  To that end, being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment for all ASPCA employees, including new hires.  The ASPCA makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that prohibit a person from being vaccinated. 

The salary range for this position is $120,000-$130,000. 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.

This position is 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.

The ASPCA Forensic Sciences team supports animal cruelty casework throughout the U.S. by providing forensic services at the request of law enforcement, enabling others to do this work through educational efforts and conducting collaborative and novel research that supports criminal casework.

The Forensic Veterinarian will play a key role on this team serving under the direction of the Senior Director of Veterinary Forensic Sciences at the ASPCA Veterinary Forensic Science Center (AVFSC) in Gainesville, FL. This position will consult internally as well as externally, providing ASPCA veterinary medical expertise on cruelty and neglect for National criminal cases and AVFSC cases as directed by his/her supervisor.  Additionally, this position will collaborate on teaching and research in veterinary forensic sciences.

Due to the nature of the work, this role requires extensive travel (up to 50%), occasionally with short notice, to support case work and the demands of the department. 

Responsibilities:

Provision of Forensic Sciences Services for AVFSC Criminal Cases (40%) 

  • Serve as an ASPCA Forensic Veterinarian for AVFSC criminal cases.  Consulting and providing case assistance as necessary.
  • Work closely with the Senior Director of Veterinary Forensic Sciences to ensure performance and facilitation of forensic veterinary services for AVFSC criminal cases.
  • Assist with planning of AVFSC criminal case responses and participate in scene investigations.
  • Serve as an animal medical examiner and provide forensic analysis of evidence (e.g., necropsies).
  • Responsible for performing clinical forensic exams, gross necropsies, completing reports for law enforcement, and expert witness testimony, as needed.
  • Utilize appropriate chain of custody, evidence transfer and disposition procedure for forensic evidence.  
  • Utilize current accepted and standardized scientific procedures for the analysis and reporting for scientific findings.   
  • Create and implement veterinary forensic sciences training/education for veterinarians, law enforcement, attorneys, and veterinary students/residents.
  • Develop, update, and implement forensic protocols and procedures for AVFSC criminal cases.
  • Assist with training, mentoring, and assisting other veterinarians who are involved in AVFSC cases.
  • Produce administrative reports and communicate progress updates and status as needed.

Provision of Forensic Sciences Services for National Criminal Cases (30%) 

  • Serve as an ASPCA Forensic Veterinarian for national criminal cases.  Consulting and providing case assistance as necessary.
  • Work closely with the Senior Director of Veterinary Forensic Sciences to ensure performance and facilitation of forensic veterinary services for national criminal cases.
  • Assist with planning of national criminal case responses and participate in scene investigations.
  • Serve as an animal medical examiner and provide forensic analysis of evidence (e.g., necropsies).
  • Responsible for performing clinical forensic exams, gross necropsies, completing reports for law enforcement, and expert witness testimony, as needed.
  • Utilize appropriate chain of custody, evidence transfer and disposition procedure for forensic evidence.  
  • Utilize current accepted and standardized scientific procedures for the analysis and reporting for scientific findings.   
  • Create and implement veterinary forensic sciences training/education for veterinarians, law enforcement, attorneys, and veterinary students/residents.
  • Develop and implement forensic protocols and procedures for national criminal cases.
  • Assist with training, mentoring, and assisting other veterinarians who are involved in national criminal cases.
  • Produce administrative reports and communicate progress updates and status as needed.

Collaboration on Research, Teaching and Other Assignments (30%)

  • Collaborate with the Senior Director of Veterinary Forensic Sciences and others on research.
  • Lecture at national and regional conferences and provide of other lectures.
  • Obtain courtesy faculty appointments, as needed, and develop and teach both graduate and undergraduate courses.
  • Contribute to ongoing changes in forensic protocols and procedures.
  • Facilitate and assist with the implementation of a veterinary forensic internship/externship program. 
  • Be available to all ASPCA departments, specifically; ASPCA Animal Hospital, Humane Law Enforcement, Legal Advocacy and Investigations, Cruelty Recovery Center, National Field Response, Legal Department, and Animal Relocation and Placement, to answer any questions or address any concerns regarding animal cruelty.
  • Other duties 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

Qualifications:

Ability to work on a team as well as independently; ability to lead as well as follow instructions, Board certification in Pathology a plus, Detail oriented; organized and willing to take ownership of project-critical tasks in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment., Excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills, Experience in conducting forensic necropsies, Experience in courtroom testimony in animal cruelty cases a plus, Experience in developing education programs and teaching, Experience in evidence handling and analysis, Experience in working cooperatively with law enforcement or other regulatory agencies, Experience with veterinary issues associated with common cruelty including bloodsports, animal hoarding and intentional abuse, Membership in peer-evaluated veterinary and forensic professional organizations, Research experience a plus

  

Language:

English (Required)

Education and Work Experience:

Doctorate: Veterinary Medicine (Required)

  

3-5 years’ experience in the practice of veterinary medicine and some formal training in Veterinary Forensic Medicine.

COVID Statement:
The ASPCA strives to maintain a COVID-free workplace. To that end, being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment for all ASPCA employees, including new hires, except where prohibited by applicable state or local law. The ASPCA makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that prohibit a person from being vaccinated.

Our EEO Policy:

The ASPCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws.  A reasonable accommodation is a change in the ASPCA’s standard application process, which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the ASPCA.  Please inform the ASPCA’s People Team if you need an accommodation in order to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.

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ASPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V).

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About Us:
The ASPCA was founded in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment by humans and must be protected under the law. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout the United States.

The ASPCA is headquartered in New York City, where we maintain a full-service animal hospital, spay/neuter clinic, mobile spay/neuter and primary pet care clinics, a rehabilitation center for canine victims of cruelty, kitten nursery, adoption center, and two community veterinary centers.

The ASPCA also operates programs and services that extend nationwide. We assist animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty interventions, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and the advancement of the sheltering and veterinary community through research, training, and resources.

At the ASPCA, we are committed to fostering a collaborative and compassionate culture and we welcome all voices to contribute to our lifesaving mission. Our staff represent a vast array of backgrounds and diversity dimensions, bringing with them valuable experiences and perspectives. They join the ASPCA to learn, grow, and continually do their best work on behalf of animals. We are inspired by our staff, partners, and the communities we support across the country who work to improve animal lives. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the ASPCA because it elevates our organizational culture, aligns with our Core Values, and enables us to move further and faster toward the ASPCA’s vision – that all animals live good lives; valued by society, protected by its laws, and free from cruelty, pain and suffering.