Applicant must have a Doctor of veterinary medicine degree and two (2) years professional veterinary experience, including veterinary internship or residency, in shelter or companion animal medicine and surgery, or in zoo, wild animal medicine and surgery or completion of residency in zoological medicine.
Licenses and Certificates: Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Texas by the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners prior to appointment or licensed in another state. If licensed in another state, must obtain Texas License within 30 days of appointment.
Federal Controlled Substances Registration, and USDA Accreditation for some positions within 45 days of appointment.
Texas Class "C" Driver License or equivalent from another state.
Under general direction, supervise and provide routine health care and medical treatment of zoo animals and/or of animals brought to the Animal Regulation and Disease Control (ARDC) facility. Participate in animal management and safety decisions.
Render veterinary care and treatment to animals brought to the Animal Regulation and Disease Control (ARDC) facility or to Zoo animals. Involves: Perform routine and emergency medical care.
Plan, implement and administer preventive medicine program. Administer anesthesia and direct physical restraint of animals to ensure safety and minimize risk to staff and animals.
Perform surgery and post-operative care.
Conduct postmortem examinations. Oversee vaccination, parasite control, bio-safety, quarantine and other protocols. Direct laboratory preparation of sample tissues for disease identification and prevention.
Maintain detailed records for veterinary care including drug logs. Monitor and recommend changes to animal diets, nutritional standards and programs. Maintain detailed records of veterinary care including controlled drug logs.
If assigned to the Animal Shelter, enforce laws associated with domestic and wild animals. Involves: Participate in the care, feeding, humane treatment and euthanasia of impounded animals.
Ensure proper disposal of animal carcasses. Ensure proper inspection, investigation, epidemiology enforcement and quarantine related to disease and injury resulting from contact with animals and zoonotic diseases. Direct laboratory preparation of sample tissues for disease identification and prevention.
Provide advice and counsel to local law enforcement agencies on the acquisition, management, referral, and disposition of canines. Direct the approval and enforcement of licenses and permits governing animal control to ensure compliance with regulations. Implement and enforce departmental animal care and disease control regulations.
Ensure compliance with all applicable regulatory agencies, animal health and welfare regulations and standards including United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Good and Drug Administration (FDA), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), Environmental Protections Agency (EPA), Texas Environmental Quality Control Commission (TCEQ) and the Animal Welfare Act. Review facilities and standards to assure quality and recommend changes in animal housing and care.
If assigned to the Zoo, conduct specialized veterinary tasks. Involves: Participate in development of behavioral enrichment, training, and reproduction programs for animals.
Perform epidemiological investigations. Identify and work to resolve animal welfare problems. Implement and enforce departmental animal health and disease control protocols and procedures.
Review facilities and procedures to assure quality and recommend changes in animal housing, care, restraint systems and exhibits. Ensure compliance with all applicable regulatory agencies, animal health and welfare regulations and standards including United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), American Zoological Association (AZA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Parks and Wildlife, Marine Mammal Act, National Marine Fisheries Service, Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), US Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protections Agency (EPA), Texas Environmental Quality Control Commission and the Animal Welfare Act. Participate in maintenance and control of narcotics and dangerous drugs, animal identification, records and inventory systems.
Supervise assigned supervisory and non-supervisory staff. Involves: Schedule, assign, instruct, guide and check work.
Appraise employee performance and review evaluation reports of subordinate supervisors. Provide for training and development. Enforce personnel rules and regulations, standards of conduct, work attendance and safe working practices firmly and impartially.
Counsel, motivate and maintain harmony. Interview applicants. Recommend hiring, termination, transfers, discipline, merit pay or other employee status changes.
Perform related professional and incidental duties as required. Involves: Substitute, if assigned, for immediate supervisor or coworkers during temporary absences, as qualified, by performing specific duties and responsibilities essential to maintaining continuity of ordinary operations.
Attend meetings, conferences and serve on ad hoc committees. May serve as Chairperson for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Compile data, generate reports and maintain records and files.
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Salary Range: $73,230.35 - $110,577.83
The starting salary is generally at the beginning of the salary range.
Please note: This position is located at the Department of Animal Services - Animal Shelter.
Please note: This is an unclassified position.
Note: Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. This position will close when a preset number of qualified applications have been received.
Note: Applicants with a foreign degree must have all relevant documents translated and evaluated by a College, University of Credentials Evaluation Services Department prior to submitting them to the Human Resources Department.
City Of El Paso