Under the supervision of the Chief of Veterinary Operations of Harris County Public Health.
Duties and Responsibilities:
NOTE** Percentage duties for Shelter and Wellness Veterinarian will vary depending on each position.
** 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.
** Wellness Clinical Duties:
Provides quality preventative medicine to the community.
Educates clients about the value of preventative care such as heart-worm 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.
5% 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 and repairs.
5% Zoonosis Control Duties:
Responsible for daily evaluation of quarantined animals.
Consults with the public and medical community concerning rabies and other zoonotic diseases as needed.
Performs other duties as assigned, including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event.
DVM/VMD or equivalent degree from an AVMA accredited School of Veterinary Medicine.
Will graduate from an AVMA accredited school of Veterinary Medicine with a doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM/VMD) by hire date.
A valid license to practice veterinary medicine issued by the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
OR the ability to obtain a valid veterinary license issued by the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners by hire date.
Six (6) months of surgical experience in spaying and neutering of dogs and cats.
Must have or obtain USDA Accreditation within six (6) months of hire date.
Working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets and databases.
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.
Skilled in effective personnel management and a pragmatic approach to resolution of problems.
Additional Salary Information: Employee receives free health, dental and vision plan. Paid Holiday, Vacation, and Sick days. Excellent retirement plan,
About Harris County Public Health
Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is the county health department for Harris County and provides comprehensive health services and programs to the community through a workforce of approximately 700 public health professionals – all dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Harris County residents and the communities in which they live, learn, work, worship, and play. The HCPH jurisdiction included approximately 2.3 million people and over 30 other municipalities located in Harris County (not including the city of Houston).
The Veterinary Public Health (VPH) division of Harris County Public Health works in partnership with the community to create a safe, healthy and caring environment for residents and animals of unincorporated Harris County. Harris County Pets is operated by VPH.