Under general direction, is responsible for performing veterinarian services in the City's Animal Care Program. Performs examinations on animals brought into the animal care facility; vaccinates all animals leaving the facility; performs spay and neuter surgeries; and prescribes euthanasia for badly injured or sick animals. Advises citizens on rabies control procedures and works directly with animal bite victims and their physicians. Exercises technical supervision over assigned staff.
This position is an "unclassified" position and has no disciplinary appeal rights to the Municipal Civil Service Commission. This position is likewise subject to at-will employment status, and can be terminated at any time for any reason.
Essential Job Functions:
- Answers questions from the public pertaining to veterinary public health issues, City ordinances, and State laws dealing with animal control.
- Examines all impounded animals and prescribes euthanasia for the sick or injured animals.
- Vaccinates all animals entering/leaving the facility.
- Collaborating on nursing care and providing a service-oriented culture to internal organizations, such as, Rescue and Foster Care.
- Advises victims of animal bites and the correct procedures to follow to insure their personal safety.
- Certifies animals in rabies quarantine to be free of rabies, and in the case of dead animal, prepares and forwards tissue samples to be examined at an off-site laboratory.
- Performs high volume spay and neuter surgeries and other surgical procedures for shelter animals.
- Conducts medical rounds, performs medical examinations and oversees treatments. Setting standards and protocols for patient care.
- Follows up on requests for information from City Council and citizen groups.
- Provides emergency care to injured stray animals impounded at the shelter.
- Provides input in the development of department goals and objectives.
- Attends advisory board meetings, staff meetings, and committee meetings.
- Implements policies and programs related to shelter medicine and staff training.
- Performs necropsies for cruelty cases and as necessary.
- Provides examination, documentation, expert testimony in cases of animal abuse or neglect.
- Testifies in court on animal related cases as necessary.
- Develop and implement treatment and disinfection protocols; proactively and managing disease shelter-wide.
- Performs related duties and fulfills responsibilities as required.
- Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
- Experience as a practicing Veterinarian is highly desirable.
- Must be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Texas.
- Minimum of 2 years experience, such as, prior experience working with companion animals in a clinical, general practice.
- Maintain a Texas State License in good standing and adequate continuing education.
- Must have a current DPS and DEA license.
- Physical requirements include occasional lifting/carrying of 50 pounds and greater than 50 pounds with assistance.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Highly motivated and dedicated toward the humane care and treatment of animals.
- Ability and willingness to be "hands-on" to fill in during staff shortages or unexpected challenges.
- Ability to organize and execute policies and procedures as planned while maintaining the ability to be flexible.
- Ability to manage a team of support staff in a dynamic environment. Leads by example, both in production as well as values.
- Knowledge of veterinary medical procedures, techniques, methods, and practices.
- Knowledge of State, Federal, and local laws and ordinances pertaining to animal control.
- Knowledge of animal control facility functions, to include but not limited to, sanitation procedures.
- Knowledge of public health and rabies education procedures.
- Knowledge of basic supervisory practices, methods, and procedures.
- Knowledge of animal immunology procedures, techniques, and practices.
- Knowledge of animal control safety procedures and practices.
- Knowledge of surgical procedures, methods, practices, and techniques and skill in performing high volume neuter/spay surgeries.
- Ability to work effectively under stressful situations.
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff and the general public.
- Ability to perform veterinary medical examinations on animals and determine if euthanasia is required.
- Ability to perform all the physical requirements of the position.
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