|Date Opened||1/9/2019 12:00:00 AM|
|Closing Date||1/24/2019 11:59:00 PM|
|Hiring Range||Up to $100/hr DOQ|
|Job Type||Open and Competitive|
Loudoun County Animal Services is seeking an enthusiastic Relief Veterinary to assist in the care of homeless pets at our open-admission animal shelter. The Department of Animal Services receives approximately 2,000 animals each year, and provides them with preventative health care and basic medical services. The Department is looking for compassionate and motivated Veterinarians to serve up to eight hours per week, with the possibility of additional hours available during peak season (May-Sept) in order to allow for optimal scheduling and ensure year-round coverage. The Relief Veterinarian will accompany staff on rounds, and handle all aspects of diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment to include prescription of medication for animals that present as sick or injured, as appropriate; and make recommendations for basic management of acute or chronic medical conditions within the budgetary and structural limitations of the facility and provide direct supervision for administration of rabies vaccines to cats and dogs while utilizing the Association of Shelter Veterinarians Animal Shelter Guidelines for effective population management, herd health and capacity for care.
In addition to direct patient care, the Relief Veterinarian will serve a key role in training staff on medical topics such as venipuncture, medication administration, restraint and euthanasia. However, this position very rarely, if ever, performs euthanasia. As availability permits and need arises, the Relief Veterinarian may periodically assist on animal welfare-related law enforcement efforts, including but not limited to necropsies, and field visits to assess medical needs in situations of suspected animal cruelty. Presently, the Department contracts with two veterinary clinics in Loudoun County for spay/neuter, general veterinary oversight and urgent care, therefore this position would not perform emergency or surgical procedures. Successful applicants will be proficient in standard veterinary skills and modern shelter medicine techniques, including but not limited to: herd health management, preventative care protocols, low-stress handling, venipuncture, fecal floatation, body condition scoring, prescription diet plans, subcutaneous fluid dosing, tube feeding and stimulation of neonatal kittens, physical examination, and administration of medication (all routes).
Additionally, candidates must be able to demonstrate consistent case management, sound judgment, and an aptitude for working within a budget. The applicant must have thorough knowledge of the care and handling of companion animals, preferably with some knowledge of small animals (exotics) and livestock. Strong verbal and written communication skills are required.