Career Opportunity: Medical Director

MCAS is currently looking for a Medical Director, a licensed veterinarian responsible for hiring, supervision and team development of the Animal Health team of veterinarians, CVTs and vet assistants.

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This recruitment is open until filled.

The annual salary range for the Medical Director is $103,128.24 - $154,693.82. Multnomah County has a generous and comprehensive benefits package.


In this role, you will be responsible for hiring, supervision and team development of the Animal Health team. This team currently includes a Veterinarian, Veterinarian Technicians and Veterinarian Assistant staff, all who play a crucial role at the animal shelter. Not only will you supervise this team, you will be a working member and must have exceptional animal handling skills and the ability to assist in all aspects of veterinary medical care and surgery on a daily basis. With a fully staffed team, this position can expect to split time evenly between clinical and administrative work. 
Primary duties include:

  • Overseeing and monitoring medicine and surgery provided at MCAS according to standard operating procedures and guidelines
  • Facilitating the work of others through constructive, informative and professional interactions between the local and regional veterinary community, MCAS staff, volunteers, and the public
  • Ensuring that the standards of care are established and followed by providing appropriate training to staff and management and coaching of staff that align with best practices in shelter medicine
  • Implementing and assisting in the development of policies, procedures, and best clinical practices, including Fear Free veterinary practices
  • Developing and maintaining protocols for all aspects of veterinary care, and advising on animal care and sanitation protocols
  • Advising and coordinating with staff about animal behavior problems and behavioral pharmacology
  • Providing veterinary care, including spay, neuter, dental, pre-surgery examinations, treating post-surgical complications and other veterinary surgical and medical procedures
  • Working collaboratively internally and externally, acting as a liaison between the agency, the community, and other veterinary practices
  • Providing guidance to shelter leadership and staff regarding inventory control and budget management

In addition to the above duties, the Animal Shelter Medical Director will be a member of the MCAS Leadership Team and will consult on and coordinate any medical or otherwise pertinent duties of Animal Care, Field Services, and Client Services Staff, as well as any volunteers conducting medical duties.

To Qualify

We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant. For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page.

  • Graduation from a veterinary college or a veterinary department of a university or college
  • Three (3) years of experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Supervising the work of others and leading teams

License or Certificate: License required to practice veterinary medicine as outlined by Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 686.020

Preferred Qualifications/Transferable Skills*

You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Please clearly explain on your application how you meet any of the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills.

  • Demonstrated experience leading and implementing organizational development and change management initiatives, preferably with a focus on equitable outcomes both internally and externally
  • Demonstrated experience in operations management
  • Demonstrated experience in managing complex or large programs
  • Experience directly supervising managers and other management-level staff
  • Experience managing employees in a unionized environment
  • Exceptional leadership in teaching or mentoring veterinary staff, students and/or interns
  • 7-10 years of qualifying training and/or experience 
  • Experience equivalent to an internship and residency in Shelter Medicine
  • Specific knowledge of the care of animals in a shelter setting
  • Knowledge of and experience in a fear free environment

*Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experience that are relevant for this position . Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position.

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About Multnomah County Animal Services

The North Star of Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) is to provide excellence in the quality of care for animals in its shelter, and to provide equitable service to the community. MCAS is the primary agency serving found animals from all of the jurisdictions within Multnomah County, including: the cities of Portland, Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, Wood Village, and all unincorporated areas. MCAS is responsible for enforcing Oregon animal laws pertaining to cruelty, neglect, and minimum care standards, and for enforcing Multnomah County Code Chapter 13. MCAS is a Division of the Multnomah County Department of Community Services (DCS). Learn more at

MCAS is transforming its operations and approach to an equitable service model that focuses on under-resourced communities, removing barriers to pet adoptions or other placements, keeping pets with existing owners, and a supportive, resource-based approach to animal laws. As part of this transformation, the Medical Director must be open to understanding culturally responsive practices and implementing changes in our operations that decrease the overall length of animal stays. 

Parsley, a senior cat in the shelter in 2018

Motoya Nakamura