Veterinarian, Adoption Center

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Are you a compassionate veterinarian with a passion for helping at-risk animals? Do you excel in a fast-paced and ever-changing work environment? Is working with a dynamic and dedicated team in a mission-driven organization the description of your dream job? If so, you should consider the role of Veterinarian, Adoption Center (AC) at the ASPCA.

As one of four staff veterinarians, you’ll be a critical player on this high-performing staff and volunteer team that works collaboratively and effectively with internal and external stakeholders to further the ASPCA’s ultimate desired outcome that all animals live good lives. Staff veterinarians attend to the health of individual animals and the entire shelter population equally, with an eye toward minimizing length of stay (LOS) for animals and utilizing best practices and innovative programs to ensure all animals in the care of the Adoption Center receive timely services and support in order to move quickly and successfully into safe and loving homes.

The Adoption Center currently provides shelter and adoption for five groups of animals: Animal victims of cruelty and neglect brought to us by the NYPD and our National Field Response team, animals brought to us through our Community Engagement team, underage kittens and other medically-compromised stray animals, animals surrendered by their owners and in need of adoption into new homes and animals transferred in from shelter/rescue partners.

At the ASPCA, we are passionate about minimizing fear, anxiety, stress and pain in our patients.  Team members in this position are responsible for providing service and communication to clients, members of the public, co-workers, and patients that is consistent with ASPCA standards and Fear Free® values.

To succeed in this role, the Veterinarian, Adoption Center will be a skilled clinician with a passion for attending to the welfare of each animal and the entire shelter population equally. The right candidate must be extremely well organized and efficient to operate in a fast-paced, continually changing environment.  Finally, the staff veterinarian must also be an excellent communicator and team player, as well as someone who excels at guiding and coaching team members in providing quality medical care for animals. 

* The schedule is Wednesday-Saturday (10-hour shift daily)


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Provide High Quality Patient and Population Care (60%):

  • Provide high-quality, practical, compassionate and cost-efficient veterinary care to a wide range of canines and felines in accordance shelter medicine principles and best practices
  • Provide skilled and efficient diagnosis and treatment of patients with timely recognition of, and planning for, conditions requiring care through the ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH)
  • Maintain regular and close communication with veterinary colleagues in other ASPCA programs, including with AAH regarding care of hospitalized patients, Community Medicine (CM), Animal Recovery Center (ARC), Canine Annex for Rehabilitation and Enrichment (CARE), and Kitten Nursery staff regarding medical needs and animal flow between the populations
  • Ensure that in-house and foster animals receive medical exams upon admission and are provided with on-going care as appropriate; ensure veterinary care provided is aligned with, and contributes to, the efficient and humane flow of animals from intake through outcome
  • Create Certificate of Veterinary Inspections (CVI) for animals being transported interstate.
  • Play a leading role in daily Medical-Behavior-Sheltering rounds (daily rounds/pathway planning); ensure individual patients and the population are assessed daily and treatment/intervention recommendations are implemented in a timely fashion
  • Ensure effective use of quarantine and isolation spaces to manage herd health; ensure appropriate use of PPE
  • Guide appropriate and timely decisions about euthanasia – with attention to animals’ physical, medical, social and behavioral needs collectively
  • Adhere to all protocols put forth by Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • Follow and enforce all written and verbally communicated ASPCA Adoptions SOPs
  • Offer input and feedback on medical protocols and standards of care
  • Obtain continuing education as required by ASPCA and state licensing board
  • Follow and provide input to written materials (protocols, information sheets, data sheets, etc.)
  • Provide medical information and representation to other ASPCA departments, public and media
  • Deploy with other ASPCA teams, including but not limited to Community Engagement, Community Medicine, National Field Response, and the Cruelty Recovery Center, per availability and programmatic needs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor

Teach and Coach Quality Patient Care (40%):

  • With the Manager, Veterinarians, contribute to a culture of learning at the Adoption Center, 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 Adoption Center care and handling of dogs and cats
  • Teach and mentor nursing and animal care staff on shelter medicine principles and Adoption Center shelter medicine protocols
  • Direct patient care provided by medical team members
  • Ensure the medical team provides timely adoption follow-up and foster support via email, phone and in-person; step in to handle situations that require a higher level of decision-making
  • Inform and advise relevant internal stakeholders of medical conditions of shelter animals, including outbreaks of infectious disease
  • Attend interdepartmental, AC, Medical Staff meetings and training sessions
  • Mentor and train residents, interns, and externs

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


  • Ability to successfully work efficiently and calmly in a high-volume, fast-paced environment and effectively multi-task with a high degree of integrity and accountability and without loss of attention to detail
  • Ability to work well within a team and communicate effectively and respectfully with all levels of staff
  • Solid veterinary medical knowledge, including familiarity with shelter medicine principles and best practices
  • Strong clinical skills, including efficient diagnosis and treatment of cats and dogs for a variety of medical conditions
  • Excellent low-stress animal handing and restraint skills
  • Ability to teach and coach others
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and a high level of attention to detail
  • Basic computer skills, including Excel, Microsoft Office, and email; familiarity with PetPoint or other shelter software systems a plus
  • Able to lift 40 pounds
  • Able to work standing for 8 or more hours

Compensation and benefits:

Starting pay for the successful applicant will depend on a variety of factors, including but not limited to education, training, experience, location, business needs, internal equity, market demands or budgeted amount for the role. The target hiring range is for new hire offers only, and staff compensation may 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. The expected hiring salary range for this role is set forth below and may be modified in the future. 

The target hiring range for this role is $148,000-$156,000. In addition to a competitive salary, this role offers a signing bonus.

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  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (or equivalent degree) from an accredited veterinary college
  • Eligibility for licensure in New York State (NYS) as a veterinarian required; current licensure in NYS strongly preferred
  • USDA accreditation (to be obtained upon hiring)


See above for qualifications details.


Veterinarian License - Other


English (Required), Spanish

Education and Work Experience:

Doctorate: Veterinary Medicine (Required)


Fear Free® certified or completed within 60 days of employment, Minimum 2 years clinical practice involving cats, Prior experience and/or advanced training in shelter medicine strongly preferred, Veterinary Internship Preferred

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.

Individuals seeking employment are considered without regards 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.

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.