Veterinary Operations Director

Harris County Houston , TX 77020

Posted 5 days ago

Position Description

Under the supervision of the Director, Veterinary Public Health, supervises the Veterinary Operations Section, performs spays or neuters on dogs and cats prior to being adopted; examines, diagnoses, and treats injured and sick owned and sheltered animals; provides for the humane care and disposition of sheltered and quarantined animals; assists in the development and implementation of strategies to increase the "Live Release" rate; participates in planning processes, and provides insight to policy development and program budget.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Evaluates and determines the disposition of incoming animals.

  • Provides medical services to all shelter animals, including physical examinations, diagnostics, medical rounds, and treatments.

  • Performs sterilization surgeries and other surgical procedures for shelter animals.

  • Vaccination of owned pets against rabies, implants microchips, and performs other veterinary medical procedures.

  • Actively participates in the treatment, prevention, and control of disease in sheltered and fostered animals.

  • Develops, reviews, and maintains the sanitation, surgery, treatment, and euthanasia protocols.

  • Takes immediate action to address any safety concerns or noncompliance of safety rules that could put an employee, volunteer, client, animal, or the organization at risk.

  • Assists in the operation of the low-cost wellness/minor illness and injury/spay-neuter program.

  • Provides on-call services for shelter animal emergencies.


  • Interviews for openings in Veterinary Operations.

  • Conducts scheduled performance appraisals and provides counseling and training as appropriate.

  • Oversees the vaccination of owned pets against rabies, implants microchips and performs other veterinary medical procedures.

  • Oversees the treatment, prevention, and control of disease in sheltered and fostered animals.

  • Oversees the operation of the low-cost wellness/minor illness and injury/spay-neuter program.

  • Supervises shelter veterinary students and externs, ensuring proper training and timely review.

  • Participates in divisional strategic planning, assists in the development of performance measures for the Veterinary Operations Section, and monitors progress toward meeting program goals.

  • Develops the Veterinary Operations budget and provides budgetary oversight.

  • Actively participates as a member of the ADMIN team and attends applicable meetings.

  • Provides general supervision to technicians performing vaccinations and treatment of animals and provides clinical supervision to technicians assisting with surgery.

  • Assists in the enforcement of applicable Texas laws & Harris County regulations and policies.

  • Coordinates with the Shelter Operations Administrator for facility maintenance & repairs.

  • Oversees the maintenance of shelter drug and supply inventory while meeting and maintaining DEA requirements.

  • Maintains appropriate licensing and completes required continuing education courses.

  • Adheres to state regulations and organizational protocol regarding animal care, treatment, advocacy, and the mission of VPH.

  • Assists in the selection, examination, and care of animals placed into the adoption program.

Zoonosis Control/Other:

  • Routinely reviews bite cases and takes appropriate action as needed.

  • 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.

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email


  • DVM/VMD or equivalent degree from an AVMA accredited School of Veterinary Medicine.
  • OR will graduate from an accredited school of Veterinary Medicine with a doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M./V.M.D.) 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 the hire date.

  • Minimum of eighteen (18) months of experience working in a veterinary medical environment, including some managerial or supervisory experience in a veterinary or non-veterinary environment.

  • Minimum of six (6) months of surgical experience in spaying and neutering of dogs and cats.

  • Working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets & databases.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must have or obtain USDA Accreditation within six (6) months of hire date

  • Must have or obtain a DEA registration within three (3) months of hire date.

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles & practices of immunization as related to infectious diseases of animals and zoonotic diseases, effective personnel management & a pragmatic approach to the resolution of problems is necessary.

  • Must have knowledge in the practice of shelter veterinary medicine.

  • Must have the surgical skills necessary to spay/neuter all ages (including pediatric) & sizes of dogs & cats.

  • Must be able to get along with various types of people, and comfortable speaking to groups of people and must be able to communicate effectively (in writing as well as verbally).

  • Must demonstrate professionalism through conduct, appearance, communication, mutual respect, ethical decision-making, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

NOTE: To qualify for this position, required education, experience, knowledge and skills must be clearly stated on your application's employment history. Resumes are welcome, but we do not use any information provided on your resume to qualify and refer you to the Hiring Department for consideration. Preferences

  • Board Certification in Shelter Medicine.

  • Knowledge of Chameleon Shelter Management Software and Crystal Report Writing.

General Information

  • Position requires lifting, bending and long periods of standing/walking


  • Houston


  • 40 Hours per Week


  • Commensurate with Experience

  • Based on 26 Pay Periods

Additional Information - Core Competencies

Organizational Leadership

  • Understands the organizational mission.

  • Understands ethics and public good; is concerned with public trust.

  • Demonstrates respect for the opinions and beliefs of others.


  • Demonstrates a sense of responsibility for the success of the group.

  • Collaborates with others to improve quality and address needs.

  • Establishes collaborative relationships and projects.


  • Ability to adapt to change.

  • Able to manage change.

  • Adept at framing issues.

Interpersonal Abilities/Personal Characteristics

  • Uses sound judgment.

  • Self-motivated.

  • Organizes and maintains work environment to allow for maximum productivity.


  • Communicates clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

  • Written and verbal English competency.

  • Able to read and follow directions.

Analysis/Research Skills

  • Understands cost-benefit analysis.

  • Understands decision analysis.

  • Able to conduct budget/fiscal analysis/financial management.


  • Understands spatial analysis (physical, social, economic, demographic).

  • Understands systems analysis and design.

  • Knowledgeable about project design and planning.

Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date.

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Veterinary Operations Director

Harris County