Medical Manager

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Friends of Strays is St. Petersburg’s oldest no-kill shelter with a commitment to help Pinellas County become a community where 90% or more or the animals entering shelters find loving homes rather than being euthanized.

Do you love animals and the people who love them? Are you self-motivated? Do you enjoy a fast-paced job? Are you a bit of an organizational nerd looking for a leadership opportunity? This is your chance to join a fun, fast-growing organization and make a huge difference in the lives of homeless and at-risk pets.

The job is full-time and includes healthcare benefits, discounted veterinary care for your pets, and paid time off with holidays.

The Medical Manager is responsible for caring for animals under the supervision of the Medical Director/Veterinarian. Performs daily care of all patients throughout the shelter, and those presenting for surgery. Maintains the medical department and institutes procedures and policies to reduce spread of disease. Trains shelter staff to utilize approved patient care protocols. Responsible for care of all surgical patients, ensuring all clinic staff members are adhering to proper pre-, peri- and post-operative care of patients. During training sessions, responsible for training participants in all aspects of patient care and efficient/safe clinic practices, maintaining a professional and friendly manner at all times.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Maintain knowledge and ability to intake and release patients, including delivering post-operative instructions in a competent and friendly manner
  • Know basic veterinary medical concepts
  • Communicate in effective and professional manner with public, trainees, and all FOS staff members
  • Represent FOS in a professional and courteous manner at all times
  • Follow all written and verbally communicated departmental standard operating procedures
  • Prepare patients for surgery, observing all clinic procedures, to enforce sterility and safety of patients
  • Assist doctors and veterinary technicians with pre-, peri- and post-operative care of patients
  • General duties in the operating room during surgery including assisting with movement of patients, inducing patients, recovery of patients, and general flow
  • Able to monitor anesthesia, with a clear idea of abnormal conditions, and knowledge of emergency procedures
  • Ensure highest quality of care for animals in the shelter
  • Maintain a clean, organized, low-stress environment in all medical areas
  • Ensure proper care of animals in our foster program and provide follow up with foster families
  • Ensure prompt and accurate paperwork procedures are followed each day
  • Able to respond appropriately during an emergency, able to take directions from a veterinarian and/or veterinary technician, and maintain competency in CPR procedures
  • Able to perform math calculations to give animals needed medications using their weight
  • Able to help develop protocols for new programs
  • Train new veterinary technicians and assistants, new staff members, interns and trainees to utilize our patient care protocols
  • Evaluate and develop medical staff training
  • Solicit input and communicate updates regarding the clinic’s disease control protocols, surgical protocols, or other medical issues at regular meeting with Executive Director and Medical Director
  • Responsible for implementing complete medical protocol within all facilities
  • Assist in the hiring and supervise medical staff, in conjunction with, Medical Director, Shelter Director, and CEO
  • Maintain medical staff schedule with ability to fill in as needed.
  • Complete inventory of medical supplies, and ensure that supplies are ordered as needed
  • Establish and maintain a relationship with medical supply vendors
  • Other assigned duties.

Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • 4 + years experience working as a technician or manager in a veterinary or shelter setting
  • Must have a high school diploma
  • CVT, RVT, LVT (preferred)
  • Must be familiar with basic veterinary medical concepts, including but not limited to vaccine protocols and anesthetic risks
  • Must also be able to communicate basic veterinary concepts to owners and be able to repeat information relayed by a veterinarian
  • Will be asked to take medical histories for surgical rechecks, and exams.
  • Will be asked to communicate with the public on a daily basis in a professional manner
  • Must be proficient in venipuncture, IV catheter placement, and cystocentesis
  • Experience in a high volume surgical setting is preferred

Animal Handling

  • Must be able to identify characteristics of animal behavior (for example: aggressive or fearful behavior)
  • Must be able to use appropriate safety equipment for fractious or feral animals (will train) – the use of safety equipment is mandatory
  • Must possess excellent reflexes
  • Should be able to identify own limitations and be willing to ask for help
  • Must become proficient at animal restraint for various procedures

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $40,000.00 per year