Provide veterinary medical and surgical care to animals in the shelter in support of the shelter’s vision. Offer guidance and training to the animal shelter care staff.
Candidate must submit a cover letter and resume.
Practices in accordance to principles of veterinary medical ethics, all shelter policies, local, state and federal regulations.
Understands and practices herd health principles as well as individual animal care.
Establishes and maintains ongoing training for Animal Care staff.
Performs high volume, high quality spays and neuters on shelter animals.
Performs high volume, high quality spays and neuters on cats during free clinics and the low-cost public assistance program.
Performs additional surgeries including, but not limited to, cryptorchids and hernia repairs.
Performs physical exams and diagnostic/medical procedures in a way that delivers high quality care while minimizing the shelter animals’ stress and discomfort.
Develops, reviews, revises and monitors veterinary medical protocols.
Assists in the creation and review of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
Partners with shelter staff and volunteers on the recognition, treatment and prevention of infectious and zoonotic diseases.
Coordinates with Animal Services Manager and Animal Care Supervisor to schedule outside veterinarian visits for shelter animals.
Partner with Animal Services Manager and Animal Care Supervisor to develop protocols for cleaning, sanitation, disease control, feeding and general care to promote a healthy environment.
Consults with Animal Services Manager and Animal Care Supervisor on final disposition of animals.
Maintains controlled substance records and storage in accordance with DEA requirements.
Coordinates with Animal Services Manager and Animal Care Supervisor in the ordering of medications and supplies necessary to treat the illness or injury of shelter animals.
Consults during animal welfare investigations and provides expert witness testimony. Supplies a high level of medical care to neglected/abused animals to ensure thorough documentation of medical finding for criminal prosecution of perpetrators.
Actively maintains all required animal health records in the shelter database.
Actively contributes to the programs and services that support the shelter’s live outcome mission.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Other important duties:
May be subject to working evenings or weekends for community events.
May be subject to after-hours phone calls for animal emergencies.
Education, Training and Experience Guidelines:
Graduate degree from an American Veterinary Medical Association accredited veterinary college or university with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Licensed in good standing to practice medicine in the state of Texas. Two (2) years of experience working as a veterinarian in a shelter or clinic.
Current breeds, disease, medical conditions, and animal behavior and handling.
City and department policies, procedures, and protocols.
Quickly recognizing and analyzing unusual behavior in animals.
Understanding and following oral and written instructions.
Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing.
Safely administering medications to animals.
Using standard office equipment such as copiers, fax machines, computers and related software applications for data entry and case reporting.
Safely handle animals, including those with unknown health and temperament, with patience and gentleness.
Work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
Establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with other City employees and members of the public.
Make decisions during emergency and unusual circumstances.
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. (Upload to application)
Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) license.
Licensed in good standing to practice medicine in the state of Texas.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
Sitting, walking, fine dexterity, crouching, kneeling, squatting, vision, hearing, talking, twisting, turning and stooping.
Medium to heavy work that involves carrying, lifting, pushing, pulling, reaching, handling and exerting up to 40 pounds solo and 75 pounds with assistance of force on a regular and recurring basis, including restraint of animals of varying size, age and physical condition.
Exposure to extreme temperature when outdoors; constant noise from barking dogs at the shelter, physical risk from fractious animals; exposure to cleaning chemicals; risk of contracting zoonotic disease (including rabies).
Hiring Range: $37.25 to $43.77 hourly
About City of Georgetown
The City of Georgetown, Texas, is a municipality of 74,180 (census estimate for 2019) located 30 miles north of Austin along I-35. The City can be best characterized by its educated, engaged citizens, its award winning parks and trails, and its ability to maintain a cohesive, smaller-town feel despite its amazing growth.
Our organization’s culture is driven by its 5 core values of: Trust, Communication, Teamwork, Professionalism, and Work-Life Balance.
The City of Georgetown is an equal opportunity employer. Employment is contingent on passing post-offer, pre-employment drug testing and criminal background investigations.
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