St. Louis County Animal Care & Control (ACC) is seeking a skilled and compassionate, full-time Veterinarian to provide quality medical care for shelter animals and to support advancement of the shelter's mission.
ACC is an open-admissions, municipal shelter which takes in over 5,000 animals per year and typically houses 200 animals at any one time. The facility is five years old and located in the City of Olivette, MO.
The ideal candidate possesses strong interpersonal skills and has the ability to effectively communicate and engage with shelter staff members, animal control officers, patrons, and other community stakeholders. Primary responsibilities are managing the health and well-being of all sheltered animals, this includes medical evaluation and treatment, sterilization and vaccination, and overseeing enrichment activities.
This position reports directly to the shelter management team and works under the lead veterinarian on operational and programmatic needs guided by the program's philosophy.
The internal philosophy of ACC is to provide the best medical care possible within the space and resources available to the organization, and in accordance with best practices and State and Federal requirements.
It is our goal to save as many animals as possible and to insure optimal health and behavior, through our adoption center and transfer opportunities with new and established animal welfare partners.
Outside of the shelter, the philosophy is to create a safe and humane community for people and pets, by creating programs and policies that prevent injury and illness while educating the public on responsible pet ownership.
Applicants hired full time on or after January 17, 2018 will be participating in the revised retirement plan. New employees will be required to contribute 4% of their salary to this plan
Examples of Duties
Direct, conduct and evaluate treatment plans, disease control measures, and hands-on medical treatment and progress of animals housed at the shelter including but not limited to: vaccination protocols; nutrition and feeding protocols; parasite control measures; housing and sanitation; preventive medicine procedures; and emergency evaluation, treatment and procedures.
Perform daily medical rounds.
Diagnose and treat medical conditions in all ACC animals. Follow progress of all patients planned on treatment, keeping records of all treatments and final outcomes in coordination with the other veterinarian and program manager.
Determine nature of disease or injury in animals and provide emergency care.
Perform humane euthanasia procedures as required.
Be on-call for emergency situations and conduct emergency triage.
Complete sterilization of all animals made available for adoption or rescue.
Provide rabies vaccinations and health certificates for pets.
Maintain patient records through consistent and accurate documentation, utilizing shelter's operating software.
Maintain and monitor the secure use of controlled substances as required by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), state and federal regulations.
Prepare reports and maintain veterinary records and files for compliance with state statues and policies as requested by shelter management team.
Perform other duties as required or assigned by management team.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Must possess the ability to work well in a team environment and foster a collective and engaged culture of knowledge sharing, as opposed to a primary focus upon individual success.
Demonstrated surgical and medical assessment skills.
Ability to perform high-volume spay/neuter procedures, while maintaining excellence in patient care
Ability to manage a fast-paced, fluid, and emotionally charged environment.
Requires licensure as a Veterinarian with the Missouri Veterinary Medical Board and two years of related experience preferred. Outstanding and efficient surgical skills required. Ability to obtain the following licenses within a reasonable timeframe: DEA, IBNDD and USFA to write small animal health certificates.
Must be able to work with little to no supervision and be self-motivated.
New graduates are encouraged to apply.
SELECTION AND APPOINTMENT: A selection committee will evaluate the qualifications of each applicant which will include recentness and appropriateness of the applicant's education and experience, answers to the supplemental questions, results of employment references investigated and any other appropriate information available.
The selection committee will admit to the interview only those persons who possess the most job related qualifications and may establish admittance criteria beyond the minimum qualifications stated above. The interview will comprise 100% of the applicant's earned grade. A candidate must earn a qualifying grade of 70 or more on the interview to be eligible for appointment. After initial interviews with the selected candidates are conducted, an email will be sent to the address on file with instructions on how to complete and submit a Conviction Questionnaire. Candidates have 3 days to complete the required questionnaire.
The five top ranking candidates, based on the final grade, will be certified to the Department Director/Appointing Authority who will make the final decision.
All applicants conditionally offered a merit position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Screening will be performed by a reputable clinical laboratory. The cost of screening will be covered by the County.
HOW TO APPLY: Applicants interested in applying for this position should visit our website at www.stlouisco.com/personnel/jobsearch . We only accept On-line applications. If you do not have access to a computer with web access, we have a kiosk that you may use in our office located at 41 S. Central 7th Floor, Clayton, Missouri 63105.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY POLICY: The policy of the Civil Service Commission of St. Louis County is to support fair and equitable employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veterans' status or political affiliation. Call the Division of Personnel at (314) 615-5429 for more information on this policy.
About Saint Louis COunty Department of Public Health
Our mission at the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health strives to keep St. Louis County one of the best places in the region to live, work, or visit. This is accomplished by regularly assessing the health and environment of the county and responding with sound policies that help assure the availability of high quality public health services for everyone. Additionally, St. Louis County Animal Care & Control strives to protect the health and welfare of people and animals in St Louis County by controlling populations of stray and feral animals, enforcing County ordinances that affect animal care, and providing exemplary care for animals housed at the animal shelter.