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Lead Shelter Veterinarian

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About Capital Area Humane Society

Lansing, MI

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Lansing, Michigan



Type & Experience Level:

Full Time - One to seven years




Canine, Feline


Non-Profit Associations

Preferred Education:

DVM or equivalent

The Capital Area Humane Society in Lansing, MI has an opening for a full-time lead shelter veterinarian in our expanding managed intake humane society. Over the years our ability to manage medical cases has expanded greatly resulting in a 97% live release rate with over 3500 adoptions annually.


Ensure that all state and federal laws, regulations, standards, policies and procedures regarding clinic operations, the practice of veterinary medicine, drug control and animal care and handling are followed.

Perform daily rounds for shelter animals.

Perform spay/neuter surgeries on all shelter animals.

Perform other surgeries as needed including amputation, enucleation, mass removal, wound management and more.

Respond to emergencies arising from post-surgical complications.

Provide emergency and non-emergency medical treatment of shelter animals and foster animals. Assist in identifying animals in need of medical intervention.

Continue education regarding shelter medicine, sterilization protocols and related topics.

Accept and explain the concept of pediatric sterilization, pre-adoption sterilization and humane euthanasia.

Assist in animal care and handling.

Medically examine and manage cruelty cases and testify in court if necessary.

Maintain relationships with area veterinarians and MSU CVM.

Certify staff in euthanasia.

Other duties as assigned.


Work is performed at an animal shelter in shared office space. There is potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, dangerous and fractious animals, high noise levels, hazardous chemicals, anesthetics and sharp objects. Occasional lifting of up to 100#, potential for standing 8 hours a day, animal handling and restraint in a veterinary setting are all required. There is possible exposure of infectious diseases to personal animals. Must be able to handle all sizes and activity levels of animals.


Provide work direction to clinic staff and carry out responsibilities in accordance with CAHS policies. Oversee clinic manager. Lead and develop initiatives to improve medical protocols and disease treatment processes.


Communicate effectively with superiors, colleagues and individuals both within and outside of CAHS. Have tact with above average communication and customer service skills.

Be depended on to report to work at the scheduled time, have minimal absences, and be depended on to complete daily tasks and responsibilities of your position.

Work effectively and relate well with others. Exhibit a professional manner in dealing with others and work to maintain and improve constructive working relationships.

Must have strong medical and surgical skills and the versatility and ability to adapt to new and different procedures.

In house diagnostics include Idexx Catalyst One chemistry and electrolyte machine with overnight Idexx laboratory services available for CBC evaluation. Plans are in the works for continued expansion of our veterinary facility which will include the addition of digital radiographs and possibly digital dental radiographs and expanded dental care. The lead veterinarian will have an exciting opportunity to be a part of the planning and expansion of the medical and surgical services provided in the planned expanded shelter clinical facilities.

This is a wonderful opportunity for a veterinarian to grow and build on a strong sheltering base as CAHS expands its scope of services to shelter pets.

DVM or VMD degree from accredited university, licensed in the state of Michigan. High quality/high volume surgery and shelter medicine experience a plus.

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About Capital Area Humane Society

The Capital Area Humane Society is a private animal shelter founded in 1936 in Lansing MI. We are a progressive managed intake shelter with an average annual live release rate of 97% and over 3500 adoptions per year.

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