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Job Title: Shelter Veterinarian
Employer: Fort McMurray SPCA (“FMSPCA”)
Reports to: Executive Director
Closing Date: This position will remain open until filled.
Salary: Competitive to be negotiated, benefits

Scope of Position: To perform and oversee all veterinary services for shelter animals. To provide medical care, humane care, and treatment to all animals in accordance with the policies and procedures established by the Employer and applicable provincial law. Maximize the use of clinic resources to ensure resident animal health at an effective cost.

The Fort McMurray SPCA (FMSPCA) is a non-profit society within the Societies Act of Alberta and a Registered Charity. Created in 1978, the Society works to educate, advocate, and promote respect, compassion and humane treatment towards all animals. The FMSPCA serves to strengthen the understanding of relevance and need for the humane treatment of animals; an integral part of enhancing the overall well-being of all members of our community.

The FMSPCA is seeking a talented and driven full time Veterinarian to help lead our health team and support our amazing animal welfare organization. The ideal candidate would possess a passion for providing the highest level of care at our animal shelter in order to keep our companion animals healthy and ready for adoption. The successful candidate be working alongside a compassionate and dedicated team and have an opportunity to make a real impact on the lives of animals in our region. Experience in a high paced surgically driven environment and a strong interest in learning the practice of shelter medicine is required. We offer a competitive salary, benefits and positive mentorship from our leadership team. This position offers flexible hours.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Work collaboratively with other staff.

2. Diagnose and treat medical conditions in all WBHS animals. Follow progress of all patients placed on treatment, keeping records of all treatments and final outcomes in coordination with other staff.

3. Direct, conduct and evaluate treatment plans, disease control measures, hands-on medical treatment and progress of animals housed at the shelter including but not limited to:
a) Vaccine protocols;
b) Nutrition and feeding protocols;
c) Parasite control measures;
d) Housing and sanitation;
e) Treatment protocols for routine infectious diseases;
f) Preventative medicine procedures;

4. Emergency evaluation, treatment and procedures; Pre-adoption examinations in accordance with regulations and policies and procedures of the FMSPCA. Create, implement and measure compliance with procedures and protocols to ensure continued health of shelter animals. Develop, conduct and monitor medical program protocols and procedures.

5. Direct and conduct a sterilization program, including performance of ovariohysterectomies and castrations on cats and dogs. Supervise all aspects of the procedures including anesthesia and post- operative care of the patient. Perform non-sterilization surgical procedures when deemed appropriate for the adoptability of a FMSPCA shelter animal.
6. Oversee the scheduling of outside veterinary resources and services for procedures not available at the WBHS. The veterinarian will decide what treatments or procedures are needed in coordination with other senior staff, as appropriate.

7. Assist with internal and public relations, consultation and education services as they pertain to veterinary medical issues.

8. Provide telephone consultation with staff as needed during normal business hours.

9. Oversee the instruction of Animal Health Care Staff.

10. Possess the skills necessary to train kennel staff and Veterinary Technology & Veterinary Assistant students.

11. Various other duties as may be assigned as needed.

12. Meet quarterly with the Board of Directors.

By email to or in person at the shelter.

Job Title: Veterinary Technician/Technologist MATERNITY LEAVE COVERAGE
Employer: Fort McMurray SPCA (“FMSPCA”)
Reports to: Executive Director/ Shelter Veterinarian
Closing Date: This position will remain open until filled.
Salary: Competitive to be negotiated, benefits


Is responsible for ensuring the physical health of all the animals in the care and control of the Fort McMurray SPCA. Must be a Registered Veterinary Technologist/Technician, registered with the ABVMA.


Works under the direct supervision of the Shelter Operations Manager/ Veterinarian. Ensures that shelter animals receive proper medical care on a daily basis. Prioritization and triage skills are vitally important to ensure resources are used most efficiently and for the greatest benefit of the animals and the shelter. Must show initiative, and have the ability to work independently and confidently. Able to understand the importance of uniform systems, processes, proper documentation, and attention to detail as well as professional language.


1. Follow all FMSPCA Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), Employee Manual, Code of Ethics and Conduct and Municipal and Provincial Laws.
2. Administers all prescribed medications to shelter animals on a daily basis in accordance with veterinary instructions.
3. Ensures all animal pre-op/post-op is followed in accordance with veterinarian recommendations.
4. Fills in as a replacement kennel staff when required.
5. Reviews animal health checks and follows up on any unusual observations or concerns. Shall report back immediately to the Shelter Veterinarian/ Operations Manager if issues are found.
6. Daily rounds to check on general health of the animals and follow up on any incident reports submitted.
7. Responsible for ensuring each animal is being fed the correct food/amount of food per feeding.
8. Maintains accurate records using Shelter Pro software and all other records maintenance requirements. File completed medication sheets, health checks, or incident reports in the appropriate files.
9. Maintains inventory of medications/medical supplies and complies WDDC order for approval by management.
10. As a registered Animal Health Technician, performs intake medical assessments and administers vaccines to all animals upon intake. Keeps vaccine schedule current for in shelter animals and ensures the dates are met as required.
11. Works off-site as part of the NAME program providing Veterinarian and animal health services to regional rural and first nation communities or any other off-site programs as assigned by the Organization.
12. Primary responsibility for the up keep and cleanliness and sanitation of the Fort McMurray SPCA Veterinary and Preventative Medicine Clinic in addition to the meds area and personal office space.
13. Responsible for executing all monthly duties required in the Fort McMurray SPCA Veterinary and Preventative Medicine Clinic.
14. Must be willing to work flexible hours and shifts.
15. Clean driver’s abstract with an unrestricted class 5 license, and must have own transportation to work.
The above statements describe the principal functions of this job and its scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including working in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the work load. It is the expectation that all staff of the FMSPCA are cross trained to perform various roles within the organization.

By email to or in person at the shelter.