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Shelter Veterinarian

REPORTS TO:          Lead Shelter Veterinarian

FLSA STATUS:         Part-Time Hourly 


To provide the necessary medical care and expertise to maintain health and increase the adoptability of animals coming into the shelter including but not limited to:

  • Performing physical examinations and/or consultation on all animals under the care of HSCO, as strays, animal control holds or animals owned by the shelter, that exhibit clinical signs of disease and/or injury
  • Performing physical examinations on all animals prior to surgery
  • Performing spay/neuter surgery
  • Performing additional surgeries or procedures/treatments on shelter animals that will promote their adoption and/or alleviate illness, injury or discomfort; i.e., drain placement, dental care, ocular surgeries, etc.
  • Sharing Mission and Values of HSCO with the public
  • Seeking to improve shelter medicine and its application to the animals at HSCO


  • Keeps thorough medical records for all surgeries and exams performed
  • Maintains a good working relationship with all shelter staff and keeps all related health information freely and promptly available to them
  • Works closely with other managers and staff with regard to animal health and welfare programs, observes and makes suggestions on improving the quality of care for animals at HSCO, including daily rounds with the shelter manager
  • Assists with pathway planning for animals, including population management and decision-making
  • Monitors surgical and shelter medical protocols as required
  • Stays current in both medicine and surgical skills, especially those related to the care of animals in a shelter setting.
  • Disseminates medical finding to staff in lay terms when needed
  • Performs basic veterinary care for staff animals
  • Maintains all surgical and medical equipment in top working order and facilitates a highly efficient clinic
  • Performs euthanasia on animals occasionally
  • Provides assistance at BSN occasionally


  • Degree from an AVMA accredited veterinary school or equivalent degree with successful completion of the NAVLE and Clinical Proficiency Exam.
  • Current valid license to practice veterinary medicine in Oregon
  • Ability to pass background screening with no adverse veterinary disciplinary or criminal action on record


  • Spay/neuter experience, including pediatrics
  • Preferred experience in a shelter and/or high quality/high volume spay/neuter setting
  • Ability to work with all staff members, regardless of position
  • Clear and concise written and verbal communication skills
  • Professional and tactful interactions with the public and shelter staff
  • Ability to keep accurate and thorough medical records; PetPoint is utilized for medical documentation and experience with this software is preferred
  • Ability to teach various protocols to our staff
  • Follow all safety requirements related to current operational procedures related to COVID-19


Work may be performed in a noisy indoor environment.  There is the risk of being bitten, scratched, kicked, exposed to zoonotic diseases or otherwise harmed. This position requires lifting, bending, stretching, standing for long periods of time, computer work, writing, and filing. You must have the physical and mental ability to safely perform the full range of duties of the position without creating a hazard to self or others. 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not to be construed as an exclusive list of all position duties. Employees will be required to follow any other position-related instructions and to perform position-related duties requested by their supervisor. HSCO has the right to revise the Position Description at any time. The Position Description is not a contract for employment and either the employee or HSCO may terminate employment any time, for any reason.

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Our Locations

HSCO Shelter:
61170 S.E. 27th St.
Bend, OR  97702
Open M-F 10am-5:30pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Closed Sundays & major holidays

HSCO Thrift Store:
61220 S. Highway 97
Bend, OR  97702
Open Every Day 10am-6pm
Donations Accepted:
Mon., Wed., Fri. 10am-5pm
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Bend Spay & Neuter Clinic:
910 SE Wilson, Ste A1
Bend, Oregon 97702
Wednesday: 7:30am to 5pm
Thursday: 7:30am to 5pm
Friday: 7:30am to 5pm
Vaccine & Microchip Clinic:
Saturday: 9am-2pm
Closed Sunday & Monday