Position Summary & Duties Responsible
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Associate Veterinarian will provide humane medical care, emergency treatment, HQHV spay/neuter and other surgical procedures, and husbandry to a variety of shelter and public animals. Complete daily rounds, develop and implement tailored animal health treatment programs, prescribe medicine and monitor administration of drugs by trained staff, perform anesthesia and surgical procedures, and follow operational medical protocols based on best practice shelter management and herd maintenance. Mentors lower-level veterinary staff and oversees Veterinary Operations and staff in the absence of the Medical Director of the facility. May assist Medical Director with employee hire selection, training oversight, performance assessment, coaching, and discipline and termination actions.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES SUMMARY
1. Provides day-to-day operations for medical care of all shelter animals housed at Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center to include (but not limited to):
a. Performs daily rounds to assess the shelter population.
b. Works closely with Animal Care Technicians and other staff to meet needs of shelter animals.
c. Diagnoses and treats medical conditions; animal illness and injury; monitors health of facility animals and determines appropriate medical care, health protocols, vaccine and surgery schedules, readiness for transfer (including Accreditation to be able to write Certificates of Veterinary Inspections), and recommendations for euthanasia.
d. Prescribes and administers medicine to animals and monitors the administration of drugs by trained staff. Ensures inventory of controlled substances and other drugs and ensures that drugs are maintained, logged, secured and properly disposed as per federal, state and county laws.
e. Provides treatment programs tailored to individual animal needs and special physiological, anatomical, or behavioral requirements.
f. Provides nutritional consultation through physical examinations, laboratory testing and evaluation of nutritional content of diets. Evaluates animal health and nutritional status of sheltered animals on a daily basis and provides consultation to management regarding animal husbandry and care. Receives and evaluates staff concerns regarding animal health; recommends veterinary treatment as indicated under national shelter standards and guidelines of the veterinary professional.
g. Monitors progress of all patients treated at BCACS and ensures accurate record keeping and statistical information. Maintains individual animal and group medical records.
h. Evaluates, provides treatment and supervises care for neonatal animals that require human rearing or intervention and works with Foster Coordinator to obtain foster care. 2. Creates and implements treatment plans. Follows disease control measures, vaccination protocols, nutrition and feeding protocols, parasite control measures, preventative medicine procedures, emergency evaluation, treatment and procedures, pre-adoption exams and disaster response medical procedures.
May be called to duty during disaster response emergencies.
a. Conducts high quality/high volume shelter spay/neuter surgeries (including pediatric);manages all aspects of the procedures including anesthesia and post-operative care of the patient.
b. Performs pre-surgical examinations on animals.
3. Performs anesthesia using a wide variety of anesthetic agents and techniques for diagnostic and surgical procedures; performs immobilization or tranquilization of aggressive or dangerous animals.
4. Provides on-going training programs in humane animal care and handling, zoonosis, disease identification and prevention, behavior, breed identification, first aid and safety. Recommends section priorities for policies, procedures, long and short-term goals and objectives, work standards and training sessions in care, behavior, enrichment, medical health, treatment, and disposition.
5. Represents BCACS and participates in scheduled animal health fairs and vaccine clinics to be held at the facility or various off-site locations.
6. Serves as a liaison for public relations for medical related information. May present training programs to the public or other Animal Care Services personnel relating to animal care, behavior, health and maintenance.
7. Assists animal care enforcement section in complex field investigations involving neglect and cruelty of animals, prepares reports and testifies in court as expert witness. May be required to participate in the field on an active scene.
8. Performs or assists in the performance of humane animal euthanasia procedures; concurs with staff euthanasia recommendations; ensures safe and humane handling of animals during procedure.
9. Promotes safety and adheres to OSHA requirements in the workplace; responsible for SDS compliance and coordinates with Risk Management to ensure compliance with safety requirements and the utilization of best practices in the workplace.
10. In the absence of the Director and Veterinarian, may supervise and monitor a variety of activities at the BCACS resource center performed by other sections.
11. Performs duties of lower-level classifications as needed in emergent situations, to provide adequate coverage and customer service. Works as a team with department staff to ensure cross-functionality and back up support as needed.
*The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities required of all employees assigned to this job.
1. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree (DVM or VMD) and be licensed to practice in the State of New Mexico and meet the Licensing requirements under the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine to practice Veterinary Medicine in the State of New Mexico.
2. Must have or be able to obtain a Controlled Substance License from the DEA in order to administer and store drugs being utilized within the facility and in the field and maintain license while employed in this position.
1. Prefer two (2) years of professional veterinary experience. Previous experience in a shelter environment is a plus.
2. Experience in high quality high-volume surgical sterilization of dogs and cats, including pediatrics, preferred. Surgical sterilization experience of rabbits and experience in the care and treatment of livestock a plus.
The offer of this Bernalillo County position requires compliance with the following:
1. Must successfully complete the post-offer employment drug and medical examination and background investigation.
2. Must comply with the safety guidelines of the County.
3. Must complete and maintain FEMA Emergency Management certifications required by the County and in accordance with BCACS.
4. Must be current and maintain license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of New Mexico.
5. Subject to random drug testing.
6. Must be Accredited (or be eligible for Veterinary Accreditation) to dispense Certificate of Veterinary Inspection forms for transport of animals.
7. Employee must have a valid New Mexico driver's license or be able to obtain a New Mexico driver's license within 90 days of hire and maintain a valid license while employed in this position.
1. Duties are performed primarily indoors, although the duties may be performed out doors when supervising field operations or doing field investigations. When duties are performed outdoors, a County vehicle may be used.
2. Indoor duties are performed in a temperature-controlled environment.
3. Worker is exposed to natural weather conditions while performing outdoor duties.
4. Indoor duties are performed in an office setting with carpeted or tiled floors, or within a motor vehicle.
5. Outdoor duties are performed on surfaces which may be even or uneven, wet, or dry. Stairs may be required in performing indoor or outdoor duties. Outdoor duties may be performed on natural ground, asphalt, concrete, snow, ice, or mud.
6. Work hazards or potential work hazards include use of vehicle, stairs, exposure to extreme weather conditions, driving in adverse weather conditions.
7. Worker may be exposed to animals, aggressive animals, animal bites, disease, odors, animal dander, animal byproducts and chemicals.
8. Worker performs duties alone or as part of a select team.
9. Worker is exposed to intermittent noise or vibration factors, particularly when driving County vehicle over unsurfaced roads.
10. Worker may be required to be on-call as necessary to include evening, weekends and holidays.
EQUIPMENT, TOOLS AND MATERIALS
1. Equipment used in performing duties includes computer, multi-line telephone, two-way radio, facsimile (fax) machine, photocopy machine, animal handling equipment, cameras or video equipment, sound equipment, tents and computer printer.
Equal Opportunity Employer
County of Bernalillo is an equal opportunity employer.