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PAWS Chicago Veterinary Surgeon in Chicago, Illinois

Job Summary The surgeon is responsible for care of all surgical patients, ensuring all clinic staff members are adhering to proper pre-, peri- and post-operative care of patients. The ideal Veterinarian has a deep, personal passion for the PAWS Chicago mission of building No Kill communities, being part of solving Chicago’s pet overpopulation challenge and is committed to serving homeless animals of the Chicago area. PAWS Chicago was fully renovated as of September 2020 with state-of-the-art surgical suites, equipment and medical facilities.  PAWS Chicago offers competitive benefits including 401k, Continuing Education reimbursement and a sign-on bonus.  Full-time candidates will have a 4-day work week. This position has a nearly exclusive focus on high quality high volume spay/neuter surgeries and occasional other soft tissue surgery. Typical surgery case mix includes dental extractions, mass removals, amputations, wound repairs and optic surgeries, and possible emergency surgeries.  The potential exists for additional interdepartmental work in the Shelter Medicine program or Community Medicine programs.  Part-time is also available. Responsibilities * Perform surgical and medical (i.e., ultrasounds) care for shelter animals based on need and capabilities. Surgical procedures are primarily spay/neuter, but may include dental extractions, mass removals, amputations, wound repairs and optic surgeries and emergency surgeries. * Manage anesthetic and surgical complications, report all complications for surgeries completed to clinic management, and support a culture of continuous improvement * Make reasonable medical decisions based on available resources * Follow and support all organizational and medical protocols, recommending updates, innovations and improvements to management as relevant. * Communicate, consult and collaborate with Shelter Medicine veterinarians and technicians, as well as Clinic colleagues * Be a leader among staff, displaying a positive attitude and acting as a motivating force for all staff members Requirements * Must be a licensed Veterinarian in the state of Illinois. * At least one year spay/neuter surgery experience * Able to perform cryptorchid neuters and difficult spay surgeries such as pyometra, dystocia, in heat, obese and large patients. * Mobile surgical (spay/neuter or other) experience not required, but preferred. * Demonstrated passion and prior experience working with homeless animals and/or underserved communities preferred. * Must be able to work standing or sitting for 8 or more hours. PAWS Chicago Values-in-Action * Respect:  for each and every life. * Community:  of people and organizations committed to helping homeless pets. * Innovation:  to constantly improve best practices and seek out new ideas and strategies to save more lives.  To be a Learning Center that evolves and grows. * Pro-activity:  to solve difficult problems and to be prepared to offer emergency and crisis support. * Transparency:  that informs the public about the fate of homeless animals. * Education:  that raises awareness about the realities that homeless animals face in the community and across the nations, providing a forum for people to get involved in effecting change.  Promotes and support reasonable pet ownership. * Sustainability:  through financial management practices that maximize the impact and reach of our resources and endure that PAWS Chicago will always be a resource for homeless animals. * Compassion:  towards all people and animals.

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