Responsible for providing health services to animals at the City shelter. Also responsible for providing public education on animal health.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Perform sterilization surgeries on adopted/adoptable animals.
Monitor animals during surgery recovery.
Conduct and monitor health/behavior evaluations of impounded/quarantined animals including monitoring spread of communicable diseases.
Administering all necessary vaccines to animals.
Communicate with public and staff regarding animal care, diseases at the shelter, euthanasia and dangerous animal policies.
Advise staff on all veterinary care of impounded animals, policies regarding euthanasia and how to care for dangerous animals.
Provide required continued education to staff Animal Service Officers on animal welfare and general health topics.
Responsible for ordering and inventory of controlled substances.
Must be able to be on call to respond to impounded animals that are gravely sick/injured.
Perform detailed evaluations/necropsies for animal cruelty cases.
Physical Requirements / Work Environment
The incumbent works in an indoor environment, as well as an outdoor environment responding to calls for service in the field; occasional exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions. Shelter work and minimal on-call required.
Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine (D.V.M. or V.M.D.) degree from a 4-year program at an accredited college of veterinary medicine.
3 years of veterinary medicine experience.
3-5 years of Veterinary experience
Excellent surgical skills
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Possess excellent communication and business skills
Basic knowledge of expert resources in various diseases, so help can be sought when needed
Skill in monitoring data collection and data entry to assure quality control
Extensive knowledge of diagnostic microbiology and serology for communicable diseases
Ability to work tactfully with department staff, outside veterinarians and physicians, the public, and personnel in other agencies
The City of Garland organization is made up of more than 2,000 full-time employees, working in more than 40 departments to serve members of the Garland community. As employees of Texas' 12th largest city, we serve more than 230,000 residents and 9,000 businesses, spread over a 57 square mile area. The City of Garland also operates its own electric utilities, water and wastewater treatment plants, ...and a regional landfill facility.
Garland is truly a unique community that has prepared for and embraced the future while staying rooted in its proud traditions of community spirit and dedication to sustaining a family-friendly environment. We are home to 60 parks, 4 libraries, the largest municipal golf course in Texas, a mall, an arena/conference facility, two hospitals and two college campuses. Garland also has major transportation infrastructure, with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail lines.