The selected veterinarian will be responsible for providing a wide range of medical/behavioral support to animals in the care/custody of Animal Care & Control or animals belonging to members of the public. The veterinarian will create and oversee medical/treatment plans for animals with medical concerns, provide guidance/information on humane disposition of animals, examine animals at the shelter, perform dental procedures in house, administer vaccinations to animals, administer medical treatments as needed, and work to help provide the best support/services to the pet owners in Anne Arundel County.
An employee in this class normally works under the general direction of a Section head or high level manager and is responsible for providing veterinary expertise as needed.
While the Section head provides guidance, an employee in this position must be able to work independently. The veterinarian selected must provide guidance to staff/volunteers regarding appropriate animal care/treatment, must be organized, must be well versed in not only veterinary medicine but shelter medicine, must obtain continuing education both as required for license and to stay in line with ever changing shelter medicine.
The work is active in nature, with significant standing, walking, crouching, lifting and exposure to hazards including animals, zoonotic diseases, parasites and chemicals.
(Note: The duties and responsibilities enumerated in this class specification are for the purpose of determining a common set of minimum qualifications and salary level for all positions in this class. They are not intended to include all of the essential functions of all positions in the class).
- Examine animals
- Prescribe and administer medications, treatments, therapy, vaccinations and other medical care.
- Perform surgical procedures on animals (including, but not limited to HQHVSN, dentals, amputations, entropion, and a wide variety of procedures)
- Advises the Administrator and other managers in areas of veterinary medicine.
- Performs and interprets results for necropsies for criminal cases and testifies as needed.
- Research medical literature to develop and review SOPs.
- Coordinate with shelter team members and partner facilities to arrange for necessary diagnostics and/or continued care as needed.
- Be available AFTER HOURS to consult on animals as needed.
- Creates and administers medical treatment plans for animals.
- Create and administer behavior treatment plans for animals.
- Educate staff/volunteers/public on behavioral and care needs for animals to ensure animals are receiving proper care.
- Organize and review plans and logs relating to animals.
- Act as liaison as needed when veterinary expertise may be beneficial with other County Agencies, the public, etc.
- Maintain proper medical records.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Thorough knowledge of animals (domestic, agricultural, exotic)
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
- Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
- Ability to supervise personnel and/or volunteers/fosters.
- Ability to look holistically at issues and make judgement calls/recommendations based on objective information.
The Veterinarian shall be a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, must have at least two (2) years professional experience, at least one year of which should be work in a public shelter or high volume spay/neuter clinic. Possession of a Shelter Medicine Certificate from an accredited institution may be accepted in lieu of professional experience. DEA license is required prior to appointment and must be maintained during employment. Must be licensed by the State of Maryland to practice veterinary medicine prior to appointment and maintain said license during employment with Anne Arundel County.
How to Apply
Please email resume to P93282@aacounty.org