Community Outreach Medicine Veterinarian
Job Details
Bellevue - Bellevue, WA
Full Time
Graduate Degree
Up to 25%
Health Care


Seattle Humane is a private, not-for-profit, managed admission shelter committed to saving animal lives and improving the human-animal bond. Seattle Humane promotes the human-animal bond by saving and serving pets in need, regardless of age, ability, circumstance and geography. Seattle Humane has a 98.6% Live Release Rate. Last year we placed over 7,000 pets into loving homes and provided income-qualified households with access to affordable spay/neuter services through our public surgery clinic. We are searching for a veterinarian who can join us in our mission and help launch our Community Medicine and Wellness Program.

Lack of access to affordable veterinary care has created a human and animal welfare crisis. At Seattle Humane, we are committed to reducing the numbers of animals entering shelters and to keeping pets in their loving homes by increasing access to veterinary care.

The ideal candidate for this position should be passionate about preserving and strengthening the human-animal bond. They should be humble and kind, with a good sense of humor and deep desire to make a difference in the lives of people and their pets.


  • Provide medical care for community and client-owned pets, including evaluation, case management, treatment decisions and direction of support staff. Provide vaccinations and basic wellness care on site and in the community at subsidized free or low-cost clinics. Veterinary care may be provided through SH clinic or at offsite locations better situated to meet community needs.
  • Assist in the development, implementation, and revision of goals, policies, and procedures for Community Outreach Medicine Program along with Medical Director.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with local veterinarians and clinics, as well as other shelter professionals, to promote positive and productive relationships; participate in arranging for care at private veterinary hospitals as needed.
  • As part of a team, develop multifaceted community outreach and support programs that provide medical services with dignity to all those who use our services. Work with other programs and organizations locally to create the greatest community impact.
  • Perform euthanasia according to established protocols including decision making requirements.
  • Maintain medical record and controlled substance logs to standards of veterinary and sheltering practices and organizational SOPs; ensure that records are in order and complete and maintained in organizational systems; provide information in a manner understandable by clients and staff. Adhere to the files and records retention policy and procedures.
  • Carry out approved program or procedure changes in order to maintain compliance with any safety, health and labor regulations.
  • Follow all written and verbally communicated departmental standard operating procedures. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of shelter animal health protocols, surgical procedures and companion animal health issues.
  • Build effective relationships through positive interaction and communication with the community, volunteers and staff.
  • Provide instruction and direction to staff and volunteers regarding veterinary care, animal husbandry and animal behavior as needed.
  • Supervise and/or instruct veterinary students and/or shelter medicine/surgery intern.
  • Perform spay and neuter surgeries, and other surgeries, as needed.
  • Maintain an understanding of Seattle Humane programs and work collaboratively with all departments across the organization to ensure the highest level of service and care are provided to animals and people.
  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned.


  • Knowledge of and ability to provide general veterinary medical care and surgery. Shelter medicine background preferred but should have ability to assist in risk assessment and management of infectious disease on both individual and population level.
  • Knowledge of and ability to perform high-quality, high-volume spay / neuter (up to 25 spays / neuters per day) preferred.
  • Knowledge of animal breeds, behavior, shelter operations, and infectious disease control.
  • Ability to thrive in a busy and rapidly changing environment, while providing direction and leadership to staff. Ability to lead, manage and motivate a team, and in identifying skills in others that can be developed. Ability to work effectively, both independently and in a team environment, in an atmosphere of multiple projects, shifting priorities, and deadline pressures. Ability to be flexible, detail oriented and able to prioritize.
  • Proficient at use of computer technology including Microsoft Office programs, email, Internet and database management software to efficiently accomplish work.
  • Should be able to identify personal limitations and be willing to ask for help.



  • Due to the nature of shelter work, may be exposed to deceased, fractious, or aggressive animals; hostile or irate persons; zoonotic or other diseases; unpleasant noises, odors, or sights; animal hair, dander and wastes and extreme temperatures.
  • Work may be performed in various settings including: shelter medical center, outdoors, in community centers or client homes.
  • The operations of an animal shelter and veterinary clinic can be a high stress environment. Must be able to work efficiently under stressful conditions and respond quickly to a variety of medical situations.
  • Ability to perform strenuous physical activity on a daily basis, including but not limited to: lifting and carrying, reaching, stooping, squatting, kneeling and bending, walking and standing on feet.
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds with assistance.
  • Must be able to work standing or sitting for 10 or more hours.
  • Must have an acceptable degree of dexterity in hands and fingers.
  • Potential exposure to various aqueous solutions and gases including disinfectants, formalin, bleach and isoflurane gas.
  • Potential exposure to hazards including needles, surgical blades and other sharps; animal bites and scratches, x-rays


  • Minimum two years of experience in veterinary medicine. One year of a completed, shelter focused veterinary internship would be considered. Experience in shelter medicine, community medicine, and/or HQHVSN preferred.
  • Low Stress / Fear Free animal handling skills as related to a clinic/shelter environment.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (or V.M.D.) from an accredited college/university
  • Current veterinary license with the State of Washington


Candidate should be committed to Seattle Humane’s Core Values:

  • Compassion
  • Accessibility
  • Innovation
  • Responsibility
  • Teamwork