Shelter Veterinarian

Salary: $81,120 - $116,740 annually (DOQ)
Shift: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. five days a week, days and hours may vary
Recruitment Period: Open Until Filled

Job Description

This job classification has been designated as a safety sensitive job classification in accordance with the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act, 63 O.S., § 427.1 et seq., (OSCN 2019), effective August 29, 2019.   This means employees in this job classification can be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination if they test positive for marijuana components or metabolites, even if they possess a medical marijuana license.

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Education and Experience:  Graduation from a college or university accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Minimum of three years of related experience preferred.

License and Certifications:  Valid Oklahoma State Veterinarian License in good standing with the Oklahoma Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.  Valid Oklahoma driver’s license and satisfactory motor vehicle record.  Must be eligible to obtain a Controlled Dangerous Substance License. 

Knowledge:   Veterinary medicine and shelter operations, including inventory, purchasing and record keeping.  Knowledge of and ability to apply management techniques and principles to work performed.  Proper safety policies and procedures.  Laws, ordinances, rules and regulations pertaining to animal welfare.

Skills:   Advanced analytical skills necessary to evaluate delivery of services and respond to deficiencies by identifying and implementing appropriate corrective actions; assist in development and administration of sound programs, policies, procedures and budgets; and plan, organize and assist in directing assigned veterinary staff.  An advanced level of interpersonal skills in order to provide effective delegation to assigned veterinary staff as well as to develop cooperative working relationships with employees, management, elected officials, special interest groups and volunteers.  Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.  Applying and interpreting statutes, laws and ordinances.

Duties and Responsibilities:  Provides preventative, diagnostic and medical treatment and surgeries for impounded, quarantined, sick and/or injured domestic, exotic or wild animals and livestock. Performs emergency care and surgeries.  Assists with the coordination of professional and technical veterinary staff functions and work activities of the Animal Welfare Center; issues instructions and provides training to staff. Assists with the accountability, general effectiveness, and quality of staff activities and related programs and operations.  Assists with the preparation and recommendation of the division’s goals and objectives and annual budget proposal for veterinary staffing and equipment needs; monitors veterinary related expenditures.  Ensures completion of all required reports and maintenance of medical and drug records.  Administers ongoing animal health care and spay/neuter programs. Assists management with the development and implementation of policies, procedures and protocols which relate to the veterinary needs of animals in care, to include disease prevention; makes recommendations on shelter disease management protocols, sanitation, and procedures; provides training to Animal Welfare personnel in animal first aid and disease recognition and prevention.  Acts as a contact with general public, City employees, volunteers, outside agency representatives, and public interest groups to explain or relay information, promote improved animal care, and assist in resolution of complaints pertaining to veterinary operations.  Researches and evaluates various methods and procedures utilized by other municipalities.  Meets with State and Federal agencies to discuss grants, new programs, and laws related to animal welfare veterinary services.   Assists in identifying animal cruelty, consults during animal cruelty investigations, performs medical examinations, ensures thorough documentation of medical findings, and provides expert witness testimony in court. Performs other related work as required.

Working Conditions: Ability to lift and carry moderately heavy (25-50 lb.) materials, supplies, equipment, and animals frequently.  Ability to lift heavy (50-100 lb.) animals occasionally.  Works primarily indoors, subject to sitting, standing or walking for extended periods of time.  Subject to continual contact with animals that may be hostile, injured and/or diseased.  Subject to responding to emergency calls on a 24-hour basis.  May require a varied work schedule to include occasional weekends and holidays.

Mental and Physical Abilities:  Speech and hearing enough to communicate in person and by telephone and to utilize equipment such as a stethoscope.  Finger dexterity and feeling enough to perform physical examinations and surgical procedures.  Vision enough to perform physical examinations and intricate surgical procedures.  Ability to exercise independent medical judgement when examining, caring for and treating animals.  Ability to exercise good judgment, tact, and diplomacy in dealing with the public and other agencies.  Significant ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail in reviewing and preparing budgets, reading and writing reports, and representing departments at in-house public meetings.  Ability to maintain regular, predictable and punctual attendance.

Additional Information:  Final candidates will undergo a background investigation.  Selected applicant must pass a background investigation including fingerprinting, drug screen and physical examination.