Veterinarian, Animal Recovery Center

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The ARC (Animal Recovery Center) and CARE (Canine Annex for Recovery and Enrichment) facilities are dedicated to the recovery and rehabilitation of victims of cruelty and neglect admitted through NYPD and the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) and Community Engagement (CE) programs.

Our dedicated team of more than 45 sheltering, medical, and animal behavior professionals work closely with the ASPCA Animal Hospital, Forensics, Legal Advocacy and Investigations, Behavioral Sciences, Shelter Medicine Services, Community Engagement, Placement, and the Adoption Center teams to ensure coordinated response and operations, and holistic, balanced, high-quality care for the animals we serve.

The Veterinarian will perform all the duties of a licensed veterinarian, including providing compassionate, high-quality, practical veterinary care to a wide range of cruelty, neglect, and at-risk animals.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Managing Medical Cases (80%):

  • Provide high-quality, practical veterinary care to a wide range of cruelty, neglect, and at-risk patients.

  • Perform medical intakes on all new NYPD and CE cases admitted to AAH/ARC/CARE and in collaboration with partner departments for animals admitted to veterinary partner hospitals and the Adoption Center.  

  • Develop skilled and efficient diagnosis and treatment plans following ARC/CARE/AAH medical parameters and guidelines.

  • Perform exams, diagnostic tests, and medical treatments with full utilization of Fear Free medical handling. 

  • Provide high quality individualized care while maintaining overall population medicine using shelter best practices.

  • Provide medical care for outpatients of owned, fostered out and/or animals in transition to the Adoption Center.

  • Maintain thorough, high quality medical records, documenting all exam findings, test results, and treatments.

  • Ensure LVTs and daily care teams are practicing Fear Free handing.

  • Work with partner hospitals as needed, including referral for advanced care, and assessing medical stability of new cases at partner hospitals

  • Guide rotating veterinary interns and fellows through diagnosis and treatment plans for individual patients, as well as provide medical context for departmental protocols.

  • Maintain ARC census daily.

  • Ensure effective use of quarantine and isolation spaces to manage herd health; ensure appropriate use of PPE, dog walk orders, and cleaning orders.

  • Ability to assess medical prognosis and make appropriate euthanasia decisions following ARC/CARE/AAH protocols and guidelines outlined by the ARC Medical Supervisor and AAH Medical Director.

  • Respond to after-hours medical concerns.

  • Keep the Director of Veterinary Services and ARC and CARE Medical Supervisors apprised of patient medical progress and flow of cases.

Teach/Coach/Team Support (20%)

  • Collaborate and support the work of partner departments, particularly the Humane Law Enforcement, Community Engagement, and the Adoption Center departments.

  • Provide a high level of customer service to external and internal clients.

  • Attend daily rounds; ensure individual patients and the population are assessed daily and treatment/intervention recommendations are implemented in a timely fashion considering medical, behavior, and sheltering perspectives.

  • With the ARC and CARE Management team, contribute to a culture of learning at ARC and CARE, 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 ARC and CARE’s care and handling of dogs and cats.

  • Assist in teaching veterinary interns and fellows rotating through ARC.

  • Follow written and verbally communicated ASPCA and ARC Standard Operating Procedures.

  • Attend staff meetings, doctor meetings and other requested meetings.

  • Cover the ARC/CARE Medical Supervisors in their absence.

  • Assist the VP, Director of Veterinary Services, and Medical Supervisors with special projects, presentations and data collection 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

Qualification Requirements:

  • Ability to successfully work in a high-volume, fast-paced environment that combines emergency and shelter medicine and effectively multi-task with a high degree of integrity and accountability and without loss of attention to detail.

  • Must be able to handle multiple tasks at once and deal with high levels of stress in an environment of constantly changing priorities.

  • Excellent low stress animal handling skills.

  • Ability to work well within a team and communicate effectively and courteously with all levels of staff.

  • Maintain open mind regarding changes and be willing to learn, implement, and teach new protocols

  • Provide medical support for larger scale NYPD and CE cases.

  • Maintain strict confidentiality when dealing with criminal cases.

  • The ability to work closely with behaviorally and medically compromised animals and feel comfortable working in an environment where humane euthanasia is performed on a regular basis.

  • Obtain continuing education as required by ASPCA and state licensing board

  • Deploy locally or nationally at least one time per year.

  • May be required to work or provide medical support for disasters/weather coverage.

  • Willing to accept rotating on call responsibility.

Additional Information:

  • This is a full-time exempt position that works out of our 91st and 92nd Street office, but the incumbent must be flexible, as some early mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays will be required.

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.

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English (Required)

Education and Work Experience:

DVM (Required)


3+ years in GP, specialty, and/or shelter setting, DVM degree (or equivalent) with NY State veterinary license., Fear Free Shelter certification within 6 months of hire date., USDA certification within 1 year of hire

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.