Employment Opportunities


We are in search of a veterinarian to help us “Meet the Need” for pets and their families in Lancaster County. If you are a qualified veterinarian with a kind heart that wants to help make a difference for animals, we want to hear from you!

Our organization believes in the importance of spaying and neutering your pets, both to help limit overpopulation and to improve the overall health of companion animals. We provide a lower-cost spay and neuter option for pet cats and dogs to the public, and we are looking for a veterinarian interested in helping us continue to make this possible!


The Role: An Overview

As a veterinarian at the Pet Pantry, you will perform spay and neuter surgeries for the Pet Pantry’s Fix Lancaster Program.

You will be responsible for the medical and surgical care of all-day surgery patients from the time of their arrival until discharge. 

Good people skills are important as you will interact with clients at check-in as well as other times when issues pertaining to the surgical care of animals arise and need to be discussed. (Ability to speak Spanish is highly desirable but not required!)

Great animal skills are a must! We also will have you complete the Fear Free Shelter course, practice fear-free handling techniques, and advocate for the patient to minimize their stress during their stay. We want to make this experience as happy as possible!

The Requirements:

  • You must be a PA licensed DVM/VMD
  • You must be familiar with DEA requirements for recording and handling controlled substances. It will be your responsibility to maintaining drug logs.
  • You will need to perform physical examinations on all patients at the time of check-in and address concerns with the owner. It will be your responsibility to:
    • Maintain physical examination records on all animals scheduled for surgery 
    • Record all pre-surgical pharmaceuticals used for animals admitted for surgery
    • Evaluate pre-surgical blood results and contact the pets owners if any concerns arise
  • It will be your responsibility to lead the surgical team in keeping the patient flow for surgery professional and efficient
    • We ask that you lead practice drills for anesthetic and surgical emergencies with the team to keep everyone sharp!
  • Our requirements for performing surgery are as follows:
    • You need to be able to perform surgery for 4-8 hrs daily
    • We ask that you maintain surgery records on all animals undergoing procedures
    • You will need to limit anesthesia time to less than 1 hr per patient to avoid risks.
    • You will need to follow HQHVSN techniques for spay/neuter (including cryptorchid castrations)
    • You will need to perform subcuticular closures and scoring tattoos on all animals that are altered
    • It is important that you are able to handle surgical emergencies in a calm and effective manner.
  • The animals will need your care after surgery as well! You will need to perform post-operative evaluations on patients prior to discharge.
  • Prescribe post-operative pain medication and other pharmaceuticals deemed necessary for then surgical patients
  • You will meet with the Medical Director and Surgical Supervisor weekly for rounds

If you are interested in joining our team and helping us to “Meet the Need” for pets and their families, please gather your cover letter and resume and send it to:

Melody Sanders (CEO)
Pet Pantry of Lancaster County
26 Millersville Road,
Lancaster, PA 17603

Email: petpantryoflancaster@gmail.com



Job Description: Veterinary Assistant

General Job Description:

The Veterinary Assistant will assist the veterinarian in all tasks pertaining to the health and wellbeing of the animals being cared for at the Pet Pantry of Lancaster County and its medically related off-site events. They will be responsible for the maintaining of the hospital area, interacting with clients, foster parents, and members of the public regarding issues pertaining to veterinary care of the animals.

Job Requirements/Skills/Physical Demands

An employee in this position must have at minimum two years’ experience in the veterinary assistant field, have a strong desire to work with animals, show great compassion for their care, be able to recognize signs of basic illness and injury in animals, be able to work in a high-stress environment, be able to handle and work with scared and aggressive animals, be able to stand and work on their feet for 6-8 hours a day, have great organizational skills, understand basic computer word processing and data management software, read and write in English, be able to lift dogs up to 50 pounds to chest height, be able to walk dogs up to 100 pounds safely and be able to easily interact and work with various different departments in the Pantry.

Essential Duties

  • Help create and maintain records of all animals that are seen through the veterinary program
  • Induce and maintain animals under anesthesia under the supervision of the veterinarian
  • Check-in and check out animals that are presented for medical/surgical procedures
  • Prep animals for surgery
  • Monitor animals during surgery and recovery
  • Draw blood for basic testing purposes
  • Restrain animals for procedures/exams
  • Help schedule appointments for the spay/neuter service
  • Assist in vaccine clinics
  • Administer oral, injectable, and topical medications to animals
  • Maintain inventory of medical supplies and order supplies as needed
  • Keep the surgical suite clean and organized
  • Assist the public and foster parents with basic medical concerns of their animals
  • Maintain any drug logs
  • Fill prescriptions for animals and properly label medication containers/vials
  • Assist in the carrying out of feral cat TNR clinics
  • Vaccinate animals under the supervision of the veterinarian
  • Use proper cleaning protocols to sanitize cages
  • Other duties as assigned,

Reports To

Medical Director and/or President

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $12.00 – $14.00 per hour