Shelter Veterinarian-Texas

Harris County Public Health Services
Houston, Texas
Job Category
Full time Positions
$95,000.00 - $105,000.00 Annually
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Last Date to Apply
Under the supervision of the Chief of Veterinary Operations, performs spays or neuters on dogs and cats prior to being adopted; examines, diagnoses, and treats injured and sick sheltered animals; provides for the humane care and disposition of sheltered and quarantined animals; assists in the development and implementation of strategies to increase the "leave alive" rate; participates in planning processes; and provides insight to policy development and program budget. Duties and Responsibilities Wellness Clinical Duties: Provides quality preventative medicine to the community. Educates clients about the value of preventative care such as heartworm and flea prevention. Vaccinates pets against rabies and other disease, implants microchips and performs other veterinary medical procedures. Provides excellent customer service and care to clients. Works and communicates with other veterinarians and technicians to provide the best medical care. Shelter Medicine Duties: Works to ensure the best possible environment and outcomes for shelter animals. Neuters or spays dogs and cats prior to being adopted. Examines, diagnoses, and treats injured and sick sheltered animals. • Assists in the development and/or review of sanitation, treatment, and euthanasia protocols. Assists in the prevention and control of disease in sheltered animals. Administrative Duties: Participates in interviews for openings in Veterinary Operations. Conducts scheduled performance appraisals and provides counseling and training as appropriate. Participates in divisional strategic planning, assists in the development of performance measures for the Wellness Program and monitors progress toward meeting program goals. Assists in the development and oversight of the Wellness clinic budget. Provides general supervision to technicians performing vaccinations and treatment of animals. Provides clinical supervision to technicians assisting with surgery. Assists in the enforcement of applicable Texas laws & Harris County regulations and policies. Ensures that Wellness clinic is stocked appropriately. Coordinates with the Shelter Operations Administrator for facility maintenance & repairs. Zoonosis Control Duties: Responsible for daily evaluation of quarantined animals. Consults with the public & medical community concerning rabies & other zoonotic diseases as needed. Other: Performs other duties as assigned, including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event. Requirements: Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M./V.M.D.) from an accredited school of Veterinary Medicine. Valid license to practice veterinary medicine issued by the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Six (6) months of surgical experience in spaying and neutering of dogs and cats. Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of immunization as related to infectious diseases of animals and zoonotic diseases. Knowledge in the practice of shelter veterinary medicine. Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets and databases. Skilled in effective personnel management and a pragmatic approach to resolution of problems. Surgical skills necessary to spay/neuter all ages (including pediatric) and sizes of dogs and cats. Ability to lift, bend and stand/walk for long periods. NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge and skills must be clearly stated on your application's employment history. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation; but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume" will not be accepted for qualifications. Preferences: Managerial/supervisory and shelter experience. Knowledge of Chameleon shelter software and Crystal Report Writing. General Information: HOURS: 40 Hours per week SALARY: Will Be Discussed During Departmental Interview Based on 26 Pay Periods Additional Information - Core Competencies Organizational Leadership Understands the organizational mission. Understands ethics and public good; is concerned with public trust. Demonstrates respect for the opinions and beliefs of others. Collaboration Demonstrates a sense of responsibility for the success of the group. Collaborates with others to improve quality and address needs. Establishes collaborative relationships and projects. Innovation Ability to adapt to change. Able to manage change. Adept at framing issues. Interpersonal Abilities/Personal Characteristics Uses sound judgment. Self-motivated. Organizes and maintains work environment to allow for maximum productivity. Communication Communicates clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing. Written and verbal English competency. Able to read and follow directions. Analysis/Research Skills Understands cost-benefit analysis. Understands decision analysis. Able to conduct budget/fiscal analysis/financial management. Planning Understands spatial analysis (physical, social, economic, demographic). Understands systems analysis and design. Knowledgeable about project design and planning. Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date.
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