After 21 years of operation, Furry Friends is ready to hire our first ever paid employee. The position will be a paid part-time Lead Medical Director position. Please message if interested.

Location: Furry Friends Cat Shelter, Vancouver WA

Position:  Medical Director/Veterinarian Assistant or Vet Tech

Hours:      Part time/Flex 25 hours

Furry Friends Cat Shelter in Vancouver WA is looking for a self-motivated Medical Director skilled in managing a diverse team of medical volunteers and capable of providing high-quality medical care.  He or she must demonstrate an aptitude in shelter/clinical medicine.  The Medical Director will act as a lead shelter Veterinarian Assistant and provide oversight to shelter medical operations and medical volunteers as well as establishing relationships within the veterinary community.  This is a paid position and reports to the Furry Friends Board of Directors.

Managerial Duties:

  • Assure regulatory compliance relating to the practice of veterinary medicine within the shelter
  • Establish low stress, fear-free handling protocols
  • Review and create medical and pain management protocols
  • Oversee disease management protocols to ensure a high standard of care and best practices
  • Ensure that the medical supplies are adequately stocked
  • Mentor medical volunteers and support a learning environment
  • Maintain all medical records and medical record data entry
  • Answer calls and questions from Fosters to provide medical guidance
  • Communicate and Collaborate with Vets, schedule medical appointments

Medical Duties:

  • Examine cats at the shelter and in foster care and maintain a comprehensive medical care plan
  • Start and complete medical treatment and prescriptions for shelter animals
  • Will be responsible for the overall care of all the cats and kittens within Furry Friends
  • Providing general nursing care when needed
  • Examining animals and checking vitals
  • Administering first aid for emergencies
  • Drawing Blood samples for testing is a plus

Required Skills:  Veterinary Assistant or Technician with a minimum of 1-year experience in a clinic or shelter setting.

A successful Medical Director candidate will have multiple prerequisite skills and qualifications needed for the performance of their duties.  Some necessary skills and qualifications include:

  • Working knowledge of the pharmaceuticals that are prescribed by the Veterinarian
  • Good listening skills, Compassion, Communication skills, Physical Stamina
  • Leadership skills

Education:  A Vet Assistant or Vet Tech degree or equivalent on the job training/education

If you are interested in this paid position, please contact Jaimie Garver at or leave a message for her at (360) 993-1097 and she will get back to you.

Posting date January 2, 2021

Furry Friends is a nonprofit cat adoption organization. Its mission is to help homeless, relinquished and abused cats by providing spaying and neutering, medical care, and foster shelter for as long as it takes to find their forever home. Copyright © 2013 – 2020 Furry Friends. All rights reserved. Website design and development by Christina Roberts.