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We’re currently looking to hire in the following position(s): 

Shelter Veterinarian of Record
(Part-time, Non-exempt; Flexible schedule; Reports to: Executive Director and Shelter Director)

North Country Animal League (NCAL) is seeking a veterinarian to join our staff who is eager to help homeless animals get a second chance at a forever home. The NCAL veterinarian will conduct high-quality medical care to shelter animals, including spay/neuter, and treatment plans for various medical conditions. As Vet of Record they will also be responsible for the overall health of all NCAL animals and work closely with the Animal Health Manager to carry out medical care. The NCAL Veterinarian will ensure all animals are receiving humane medical treatment throughout their time in the shelter and will work closely with the management team every step of the way.


  • Perform spay/neuter surgeries, dentals, check ups, and other non emergency surgeries as appropriate in the NCAL surgery suite.
  • Communicate in a timely manner with the Animal Health Manager regarding medical treatment plans
  • Guide the evaluation of shelter medical protocols and discuss with the Animal Health Manager, Shelter Director, and Executive Director best practices for shelter medicine.
  • Coach the medical team and NCAL staff on disease prevention and ensure that medical plans are understood and executed.
  • Oversee the shelter drug supply and inventory while being in compliance with DEA requirements. In addition, work closely with the Animal Health Manager on ordering and inventory management protocols.


  • Maintain effective communication with NCAL staff and participate in weekly check in meetings.
  • Provide written handouts for adopters taking home animals with ongoing medical concerns.
  • Consult with other veterinarians or specialists on cases requiring more in-depth attention.
  • Oversee the appropriate dispensing and dosing of medications.
  • Ensure all controlled substances are stored and used in accordance with DEA regulations.
  • Consult and perform humane euthanasia at the shelter as appropriate.
  • Review and maintenance of animal medical records with Animal Health Manager.


  • Current license in the State of Vermont to practice veterinary medicine.
  • Current DEA license.
  • Veterinary experience in a shelter setting or high volume spay and neuter clinic a plus.
  • Ability to adapt to the shelter environment and react appropriately to emotionally charged situations.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven organizational, time management, and planning skills required.
  • Use of good judgement and the ability to communicate effectively with the management team.

Please email your resume to info@ncal.com to apply (cover letter encouraged).  

Animal Care Specialist (Part-time)

NCAL’s Animal Care (AC) associates are responsible for the daily care and cleaning of animals and their enclosures. On average, there are 45 animals to care for each day, each having arrived under different, and often stressful circumstances. NCAL’s staff strives to provide a healthy, comfortable space which will allow the cats, kittens, dogs and puppies to adjust to their new environment. Staff are expected to perform daily duties in accordance with protocols to keep themselves, the animals, fellow staff members, visitors, and volunteers safe. AC staff routinely work with cleaning agents such as disinfectant, bleach, and other cleaners, and must be able to lift at least 50 lbs. We are looking for someone with compassion for animals and human beings, and a commitment to the mission, values, and goals of NCAL. The position requires customer service skills, teamwork and attention to detail.


  • Safely and comfortably handling a variety of domestic animals
  • Cleaning and disinfecting animal rooms, cages, supplies
  • Ensuring dogs are walked outside a minimum of three times a day and included in playgroups and cycled through indoor areas throughout the day as recommended by Canine Behaviorist or Animal Care Manager.
  • Ensuring cats are cycled through indoor areas throughout two indoor rooms (& outdoor Cat’illion when appropriate) throughout the day.
  • Feeding and administering medications to animals
  • Sorting and folding laundry, as well as operating commercial washers and dryers
  • Sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming throughout facility
  • Spending time with animals to provide comfort and help ease stress, and provide individual behavioral feedback to the management team
  • Performing animal intakes, entering records into PetPoint database and providing support to members of the public who are relinquishing animals
  • Socializing, working on basic obedience, nail-trimming, grooming
  • Other responsibilities as directed


  • Animal handling experience in a kennel environment preferred.
  • Must be able to work closely with animal dander.
  • A valid driver’s license as well as good driving record are required.
  • Adept and flexible multi-tasking abilities as well as excellent attention to detail
  • Comfortable receiving direction and guidance when needed
  • Mature, friendly, and outgoing personality and a commitment to superior animal care
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in intense and emotional situations on a daily basis
  • Interest in animals and commitment to animal welfare
  • Integrity and honesty in dealing with all facets of position
  • Willingness and ability to do moderate to heavy physical labor in relation to cleaning our facility and handling animals
  • Ability to bend, twist, and lift at least 50 lbs. repeatedly throughout the course of a day
  • Weekend and holiday work is required
  • Willingness to: work as a team member, pitch in as needed, and have fun!


  • Clean Driving Record: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Customer Service: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Animal Care: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Kennel: 1 year (Preferred)

LICENSE: Driver’s License Required


  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • Monday

BENEFITS OFFERED: Employee discounts

HOURS PER WEEK: 10-19/20-29



Please email your resume to info@ncal.com to apply (cover letter encouraged).  



Come find your next best friend!

To date, North Country Animal League has taken in, cared for, and found homes for over 11,000 homeless animals. Connecting humans with animals is what we do best - whether it be through adoptions, education and outreach, or volunteer opportunities. We created this video to show you what you can expect when you come to NCAL to find your next best friend!