Performs skilled professional work supervising a specialized group of support staff who check and monitor animals received at the Animal Services Shelter. This is responsible veterinary medical work performing veterinarian services for the Shelter and in the field as necessary. Work involves a broad variety of clinical and laboratory activities, including surgery and public vaccine clinics. The employee in this class exercise medical judgement and skill in the independent performance of their duties for the care and treatment of animals within the shelter or during emergencies. Essential Functions: Note: These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position. Examines and treats animals housed at the Shelter. Makes recommendations for population management decisions. Oversees medical records, medical release statements and provides certified health certificates as appropriate. Immunizes, spays or neuters adult and juvenile shelter animals in accordance with established Association of Shelter Veterinarian best practice guidelines, laws and policies. Performs limited services for the public such as rabies vaccinations and microchipping. Performs emergency treatment and surgery upon injured and diseased animals. Performs, interprets, and records laboratory testing and radiology findings for disease and injuries. At times performs euthanasia of animals and oversees euthanasia policies according to established laws. Performs routine examinations on types of domestic animals. May have limited interaction with large livestock. Develops training and accompanying communication on procedures for Veterinary Technicians. Supervises and prepares their evaluations. Monitors and responds to shelter animals with potentially dangerous diseases that may affect animal or human populations. Monitors and releases animals from rabies quarantine. Evaluates, examines and reviews animal cases that are subject to animal cruelty investigations; prepares examination findings in report fashion to be used by courts; serves as an expert court witness as necessary. Acts as liaison with veterinarians in private practice. On occasion, makes educational presentations to various organizations in the community on the topic of shelter animals, shelter medicine or other related topics. Oversees pharmaceutical inventory. Works closely with the Shelter Supervisor on vendor orders. Be available by phone after hours for emergency medical consultation. Additional Duties: During emergency conditions you will be subject to being called to work in the event of a disaster, such as a hurricane or other emergency situation and are expected to perform emergency service duties as assigned.
Must be inoculated against rabies prior to completion of probationary period. Additional Requirements: Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver's License.
Knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to an animal shelter and controlled drugs.
Familiar with Seminole County Codes, Chapter 20.
Skilled in handling all species of animals that may be vicious or dangerous without injury to self, others or animals.
Must have a current Doctoral degree of Veterinarian Medicine (DVM) or Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD) degree from an accredited college or university and be licensed to practice in the State of Florida prior to starting work. Preference given to veterinarians with two years spay/neuter experience in a shelter environment.
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