Job Summary: Assists the Animal Services Director as lead in the development, establishment, evaluation, and implementation of shelter medicine protocols. Delivers and ensures humane medical treatment of all animals seen in the shelter. Provides diagnostic and medical treatment for impounded, quarantined, sick or injured animals. Prescribes medication, sets bones, dresses wounds, performs surgeries and inoculations of animals against various diseases. Performs sterilizations of adoptable animals at the Chatham County Animal Services shelter, within the guidelines of County and department policies and procedures, local ordinances and state laws. Oversees the maintenance of shelter drug and supply inventory while meeting and maintaining Drug Enforcement Agency requirements. Collaborates with the Chatham County Health Department and other health related agencies. Appears in court to testify in cruelty and neglect cases. Operates diagnostic equipment, such as radiographic or ultrasound equipment, and interprets the resulting images. Instructs and provides technical direction to assigned staff. Ensures appropriate medication is administered by shelter veterinary staff as directed. Provides on-call services for shelter animal emergencies. Maintains effective working relationships with governmental and law enforcement agencies, co-workers, veterinarians, vendors, other animal shelters, rescue groups, animal owners and the general public. Performs other directly related duties.
Applications will be accepted online only. Applicants may create an account and submit job applications online at http://jobs.chathamcounty.org.
Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited veterinary school with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, supplemented by two (2) years of veterinarian experience, with high volume spay/neuter experience. Experience working in an animal shelter preferred.Thorough knowledge of current principles, practices and policies of veterinary medicine, including the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat animal injuries, diseases, and deformities, symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures. Knowledge of animal care, behavior, and personality characteristics. Knowledge of the use and proper administration of chemicals utilized. Knowledge of legal issues and documents involved in animal services cases. Ability to effectively testify and present evidence in court. Ability to apply appropriate techniques and safety measures in handling animals. Ability to estimate an animal’s weight when administering drugs to tranquilize or euthanize animals.
Special Requirements: Valid State of Georgia License to practice veterinary medicine. Must possess current DEA License. Valid State of Georgia Driver’s License.