Veterinary Officer

Position Objective:

To support the emergency response and veterinary teams in handling emergencies (including night and weekend emergencies), animal rescue, and PETA India’s sterilisation and rehabilitation operations and to support cruelty case work through inspections and assisting law enforcement.

Term of Employment:


Reports To:

Director of Veterinary Services



Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Handle emergencies by providing guidance to veterinary assistants and delivering effective veterinary treatment and care to animals in distress
  • Maintain PETA India’s standard operating procedures (SOP) and ensure veterinary assistants adhere to them
  • Work closely with PETA India’s Emergency Response Team and others involved with emergency response and ensure adherence to PETA India’s SOPs on emergency response, animal rescue, and sterilisation and rehabilitation work
  • Maintain stocks of veterinary medicines and equipment and ensure proper storage and maintenance of supplies, including treatment kits for veterinary assistants
  • Conduct timely quality and quantity checks of stock
  • Ensure that veterinary records kept by the ambulance team and veterinary assistants are maintained regularly and that veterinary reports are submitted weekly
  • Manage and help maintain a database of contacts and service providers
  • Inspect animals, document their condition for cruelty-to-animals cases, and participate in law-enforcement activities, including raids and rescues, travelling for them when necessary
  • Coordinate professional development training on animal handling, restraint, first aid, and other skill sets required by veterinary assistants for providing emergency response, rescue, and rehabilitation services
  • Be available for a rota that will involve night and weekend work
  • Perform any other tasks assigned by the supervisor


  • Veterinary graduate degree approved by the Veterinary Council of India
  • Prior experience in a similar role, including working with stray animals, preferred
  • Ability to handle a heavy workload and a high-pressure environment.
  • General knowledge of handling veterinary emergency, rescue, and rehabilitation work
  • Compassion, responsibility, and self-motivation
  • Fluency in written and verbal Hindi and English
  • Knowledge of other local Indian languages a plus
  • Computer proficiency
  • Passion for working to end cruelty to animals and helping animals in need
  • Outgoing and personable manner with excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptional organisational and time-management skills, including multi-tasking
  • Ability to deal professionally with animal-protection organisations, volunteers, other contacts, and the general public
  • Ability and willingness to travel independently, as needed, to handle cruelty, emergency, rescue, and rehabilitation work
  • Supportive position vis-à-vis PETA India’s philosophy and the ability to advocate for the group’s positions on issues professionally
  • Adherence to a vegan lifestyle
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organisation

How to Apply:

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