This is highly responsible administrative, technical and supervisory work directing the operations of the Animal Services Veterinary Department and performing shelter veterinary medicine and services for shelter or public outreach programs. Work involves responsibility for planning, organizing, supervising and coordinating the activities of the veterinary department with a focus on shelter or public outreach programs. Work is performed under the general direction of the Director of Animal Services with considerable judgment and initiative exercised on carrying out the daily operations of the veterinary department. This position is reviewed through observation of results obtained, conferences, reports and evaluation.
Examples Of Essential Duties:
Hires, evaluates, and directly supervises subordinates; this includes, preparing, assigning, and reviewing work schedules, providing training, counseling, and conducting performance evaluations. Develops, prepares, and monitors department budget. Develops operational objectives, goals, and standard operating policies, procedures, and protocols. Assesses, examines, and provides (or authorizes) treatment for animals owned by qualifying low-income pet owners through the Animal Care Trust fund. Performs humane euthanasia for disease control and to relieve pain and suffering. Performs pre-surgical examinations including physical examination and evaluation, animal history, and vaccines. Performs sterilization procedures and pre and post operative care for public animals to reduce pet overpopulation. Prepares animal physical examination reports and appears as an expert witness in court proceedings working closely with the State and County Attorney's Office on animal abuse, neglect, and hoarding cases. Acts as liaison with veterinary community and other governmental or municipal agencies. Provides employee education and training on animal disease, injury or illness detection, animal handling, microchip scanning, vaccine, parasite, medical treatment, and humane euthanasia protocols. Fills in for the Veterinarian, Shelter Operations during vacancies or absences.
Requires a Doctorate's degree from an accredited college or university in Veterinary Medicine or American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Certification, and a Florida State License to practice veterinary medicine; and three years of professional experience in regulatory medicine, veterinary public health, military veterinary medicine or animal services. Possession of a valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record is required. Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
Extensive knowledge of veterinary medicine and the treatment and care of animals including animal diseases, illnesses and/or injuries. Knowledge of federal regulations, state statute, and local ordinances relating to animal licensing, leash laws, animal control enforcement procedures, and rabies control. Knowledge of two-way radio, wireless communications, digital camera, office equipment, veterinary equipment, tools and supplies, computer software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, etc. Ability to plan, assign, supervise, and review the work of subordinates in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale. Ability to train employees on proper animal handling, microchip scanning, and recognition of signs of Zoonotic diseases of animals. Ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with the general public, pet placement partners, co-workers, elected and appointed officials, and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Ability to analyze problems, render advice or assistance, and make appropriate decisions and judgments of effectiveness or compliance. Ability to work in a variety of environmental factors and in all weather conditions.
One year of supervisory experience is preferred.
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Extra and/or irregular hours may be required. Position is considered essential in a state of emergency.
The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this classification. All positions are subject to a criminal background check. A conviction in and of itself may not necessarily preclude employment.
Lee County Government - 22 months ago