No Animals Were Harmed®Veterinarian/Certified Animal Safety Representative
Full-Time and Part-Time, On-Call Opportunities
American Humane Association (AHA) is seeking No Animals Were Harmed® Veterinarians to be trained as Certified Animal Safety Representatives (NAWH Veterinarians) to represent AHA’s Film & Television Unit on motion picture, television, commercial and new media locations in either a full-time or part-time, on-call basis in the following cities to ensure the humane treatment of animal actors:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
New York City
American Humane Association monitors animals in filmed media and holds the exclusive right to award its No Animals Were Harmed® end-credit certification to productions that meet its rigorous standard of care for animal actors. American Humane Association works with production personnel and trainers in the pre-production planning stage, monitors the animals on set during production and enforces American Humane Association’s Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media. NAWH Veterinarians combine veterinary, animal welfare and behavioral expertise to look out for animal actors and protect their interests.
For 136 years American Humane Association has been the nation’s leading voice for the protection of children and animals, the most vulnerable in our communities. As one of this country’s oldest humanitarian groups – and the only one devoted to this dual mission and the power of the human-animal bond - American Humane Association has since 1877 been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in the prevention of abuse and neglect and the promotion of wellbeing of our most precious assets.
Responsible for representing American Humane Association Film & Television Unit on motion picture, television, commercial, and new media locations, assuring the humane treatment of animal performers, and documenting how the animals are housed and cared for and how various scenes and /or stunts using animal performers are accomplished. NAWH Veterinarians will advise productions regarding animal safety issues and uphold AHA’s Guidelines For The Safe Use Of Animals In Filmed Media. Work includes critical and sensitive contacts with animal trainers, production executives, crew members and occasionally the media.
NAWH Veterinarians are on the set solely to look out for the safety of animals used in the production. A NAWH Veterinarian’s approach, professionalism, diplomacy and willingness to keep an open mind can make the difference between an animal being 100% safe and an animal being seriously injured or killed. Decisions made in this role are sometimes difficult, but NAWH Veterinarians must use good judgment, follow AHA’s guidelines and be prepared to explain and defend their decisions.
• Monitoring Animal Action in Filmed Media
Educate film personnel in humane matters, assist in any manner that pertains to the animals that are performing in the film, and ensure the safety and welfare of the animal(s) involved.
• Report Writing
Timely and accurate report writing is critical; the report has to be detailed in a manner that gives the reader a comprehensive understanding of the animal action, how it was achieved, and all safety precautions that were set in place to achieve the safety and welfare of all animals involved. Reports enable post production staff to determine whether or not a production will receive the AHA end credit certification, “No Animals Were Harmed®”, provide information for the written review and determine a rating. Reports also serve as an accountability record regarding the treatment of the animal(s).
• Communication and Diplomacy:
Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential, along with diplomacy to work effectively with Film & Television Unit staff and production personnel, including: producers, directors, assistant directors, special effects personnel, pyrotechnics personnel, firefighters, wranglers, trainers, veterinarians, and local enforcement agencies, in the event that an incident requires adjudication. The Vet Rep may need to act as liaison to local agencies that have jurisdiction over animal welfare issues.
• Location of Work Assignments:
NAWH Veterinarians are needed primarily to work in their local areas in the cities listed above; additionally, travel to various locations may be necessary at times. International travel requiring a passport may be requested and is optional. Work assignments are often given on short notice and are subject to change. Production assignments vary greatly in length, from one hour to several months at a time on location. NAWH Veterinarians must be equipped with various types of gear to adapt to extreme and changeable weather conditions that may occur during the filming of a production.
The Film and Television Unit will make every attempt to schedule NAWH Veterinarians that have experience and knowledge of the type of animal/animals that are scheduled to perform on a given production. At times the NAWH Veterinarians may need to research a particular species to perform effectively on an assignment.
If there are questions, requests for further information regarding an assignment, the NAWH Veterinarian is expected to contact the Film and Television Unit’s scheduling department to assist with any information. For instance, dangerous animal action, explosives, stunts, pyrotechnics or any type of animal action that has the potential for serious injury requires the NAWH Veterinarian to contact the Film & Television Unit for instruction and/or experienced advice.
The general process is as follows:
1. The script will be read to determine the animal action that is being filmed.
2. Time permitting, the trainer and/or production will be called to determine how the scripted animal action will be achieved.
3. The pre-production information will be logged in the Film & Television Unit database.
4. The Film & Television Unit’s scheduling department will contact a NAWH Veterinarian who is capable and available.
5. The available information will be given to the NAWH Veterinarian assigned to the production.
6. The scheduling department/production will make arrangements for housing and transportation when necessary.
7. The NAWH Veterinarian will be instructed with all the available, necessary information re: production contacts, geographical locations, potentially dangerous animal action, wrangler/trainer information, prior interactions with the company/trainer/animal species/etc. as the information applies to their work with American Humane Association.
8. All the necessary paper work will be given to the NAWH Veterinarian.
9. The NAWH Veterinarian will coordinate with AHA operational staff on business and legal paperwork, e.g., confidentiality agreements.
10. The Film & Television Unit’s goal is to educate film personnel in humane matters, assist in any manner that pertains to the animal(s) performing in the film, and most of all to ensure the safety and welfare of the animal(s) involved.
11. All reports must be turned in on time and be complete per the Report Writing policy.
Essential experience, knowledge, skills and abilities:
Physical demands and work environment:
The work environment principally consists of motion picture production sound stages and off-lot motion picture production interior and exterior location sets in various types of buildings and/or outdoor locations. Requires the ability to work outdoors in rough terrain, and the ability to work in a variety of climatic conditions.
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American Humane Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer