Harris County Veterinary Public Health falls under the umbrella of Harris County Public Health-a local public health authority that is dedicated to serving the community and their pets. The Wellness Veterinarian is a key figure in assuring the health of the communities’ pets by providing low cost wellness services and educating pet owners on health recommendations. In addition to the rewarding work of serving the community, the position also offers excellent work-life balance, with no on-call or emergency
Free healthcare, dental and vision benefits for Harris County employee with an awesome pension plan!!
Under the supervision of the Chief of Veterinary Operations, performs spays or neuters on dogs and cats prior to being adopted; examines, diagnoses, and treats injured and sick 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 "leave alive" rate; participates in planning processes; and provides insight to policy development and program budget.
75% Shelter Medicine Duties:
Works to ensure the best possible environment and outcomes for shelter animals.
Neuters or spays dogs and cats prior to being adopted.
Examines, diagnoses, and treats injured and sick sheltered animals.
Assists in the development and/or review of sanitation, treatment, and euthanasia protocols.
Assists in the prevention and control of disease in sheltered animals.
10% Wellness Clinical Duties:
Provides quality preventative medicine to the community.
Educates clients about the value of preventative care such as heartworm and flea prevention.
Vaccinates pets against rabies and other disease, implants microchips and performs other veterinary medical procedures.
Provides excellent customer service and care to clients.
Works and communicates with other veterinarians and technicians to provide the best medical care.
5% Administrative Duties:
Participates in interviews for openings in Veterinary Operations.
Conducts scheduled performance appraisals and provides counseling and training as appropriate.
Participates in divisional strategic planning, assists in the development of performance measures for the Wellness Program and monitors progress toward meeting program goals.
Assists in the development and oversight of the Wellness clinic budget.
Provides general supervision to technicians performing vaccinations and treatment of animals.
Provides clinical supervision to technicians assisting with surgery.
Assists in the enforcement of applicable Texas laws & Harris County regulations and policies.
Ensures that Wellness clinic is stocked appropriately.
Coordinates with the Shelter Operations Administrator for facility maintenance & repairs.
5% Zoonosis Control Duties:
Responsible for daily evaluation of quarantined animals.
Consults with the public & medical community concerning rabies & other zoonotic diseases as needed.
Performs other duties as assigned, including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event.
Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M./V.M.D.) from an 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
Valid license to practice veterinary medicine issued by the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners or the ability to obtain a valid veterinary license issued by the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners by hired date.
Six (6) months of surgical experience in spaying and neutering of dogs and cats
Must have or obtain USDA Accreditation within six months of hire date
Internal Number: 5417
About HARRIS COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH
Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is the county health department for Harris County and provides comprehensive health services and programs to the community through a workforce of approximately 700 public health professionals – all dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Harris County residents and the communities in which they live, learn, work, worship, and play. The HCPH jurisdiction included approximately 2.3 million people and over 30 other municipalities located in Harris County (not including the city of Houston). The Veterinary Public Health (VPH) division of Harris County Public Health works in partnership with the community to create a safe, healthy and caring environment for residents and animals of unincorporated Harris County. Harris County Pets is operated by VPH.