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The City of Charlotte is seeking a veterinarian to work full-time (40 hours per week) within The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control Division (AC&C). The Veterinarian, under the general supervision of the Animal Shelter Manager, performs professional work in examining and treating shelter animals; performing surgery; monitoring and maintaining preventative healthcare programs; providing medical analysis on animal cruelty cases and other cases involving animals; and performs related work as required. The incumbent works within broad policy and organizational guidelines and does independent planning and implementation, while reporting progress of major activities through periodic reports to AC&C leadership.
This is a grant-funded position for 12 months with a possible extension.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Oversees the healthcare of shelter animals and ensures the maintenance of accurate and complete animal health records
- Plans and conducts medical exams of animals sheltered by the Animal Care & Control Division
- Diagnoses animal health problems and initiates appropriate treatment
- Ensures an effective disease prevention program by following an established inoculation regime and ensuring effective shelter sanitation and disinfection. This position should make suggestions for revisions of the established protocols if current research indicates changes to best practice.
- Monitors and maintains preventative healthcare programs
- Performs spay and neuter surgeries on shelter animals and other surgeries as needed
- Provides emergency medical treatment to sick or injured animals on a rotating 24-hour on-call basis
- Evaluates animals victimized by cruelty and neglect, provides court testimony as necessary
- Euthanizes animals as necessary
- Provides animal health information and assistance to those adopting shelter animals, provides follow-up medical care as appropriate
- Provides instruction and leadership to shelter technicians and other staff who assist with veterinary procedures
- Maintains assigned equipment
- Provides recommendations and considerations to the Shelter Manager and AC&C Director
- Performs routine administrative/clerical duties as required, these may include but are not limited to preparing forms, reports and correspondence, entering and retrieving computer data, copying and filling documents, etc.
- Attends trainings, meetings, conferences, workshops, etc., as necessary to maintain job knowledge, skills and required certifications
- Performs other related duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Skill in professional veterinary medical techniques and practices
- Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer/personal services including: customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, evaluation of customer satisfaction
- Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures/systems such as: word processing, managing files and records, other office procedures and terminology including structure/content of English language meaning and spelling of words/rules of composition/grammar
- Knowledge of chemical composition/structure/properties of substances and chemical processes/transformations including: uses of chemicals and interactions, danger signs, production techniques, disposal methods
- Ability to deal courteously and effectively with public/peers/subordinates
- Ability to provide veterinary medical services to all sheltered animals
- Ability to examine/diagnose/treat illness/injury and perform first aid/emergency care
- Ability to prepare/maintain records and reports
ADA and Other Requirements
The work is considered medium-to-heavy in nature and involves: walking, standing, stooping, lifting, climbing, pushing, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing, raising objects, and repetitive motions. It also involves exerting between 20 and 50 pounds of force on a recurring basis and 50 to 100 pounds of force on an occasional basis.
- Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, standing, climbing, or walking extended periods of time.
- Lifting and carrying; some crouching, stooping, squatting, crawling, reaching, pushing, and pulling when performing tasks.
- Adequate vision, hearing, and speech required.
- Concentrated and attentive use of one or more senses (visual, audio, and other sensory modalities) for proofreading, data entry, tabulating data.
- Ability to operate in an environment with frequent interruptions from people and or noises, which in return could result in some level of stress, fatigue, or strain.
- Comprehensive of written information in work related documents.
- Ability to hear, understand and distinguish speech.
Indoor/Outdoor environment; work in a variety of environmental and weather conditions in indoor and outdoor settings; regular exposure to fumes or airborne particles, animal transmitted diseases, exposure to fractious, frightened, dangerous animals; mental and emotional stress from euthanasia; contact with irate/emotional pet owners and victims; frequent exposure to wet and/or humid conditions and vibration; potential for contact with toxic or caustic chemicals; the noise level in the work environment is usually loud.
Successfully complete and pass a pre-employment hearing and respirator clearance evaluation. Failure to successfully pass all segments of the pre-employment evaluation process will result in disqualification from further consideration under this vacancy announcement.
- Two (2) years of relevant work experience, preferably with training in Animal Shelter Medicine
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree with licensure in the state of North Carolina and one year of relevant work experience.
Conditions of Employment
The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.
Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.
Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.
The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
How To Apply
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You are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available. Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays.
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