Employee performs professional work by establishing and implementing the necessary veterinary protocols at the Cumberland County Animal Shelter to provide the best possible care and treatment to all animals entering and existing the shelter.
Duties include developing, implementing and managing veterinary processes, programs and systems that address health and disease prevention needs in a shelter environment to reduce euthanasia, enhance life expectancy and reduce behavior problems in shelter animals.
Duties may also include providing sterilization and rabies vaccinations for all animals adopted and rabies vaccinations for animals reclaimed; assessing and maintaining the health of animals with the shelter; completing regular rounds of the animals in the shelter and providing veterinary care to the animals; maintaining veterinary records of animals seen, veterinary procedures performed, and medications prescribed; writing and updating policies and procedures related to the veterinary care of animals in the shelter. Work is performed under general supervision and is evaluated in terms of the effectiveness of the veterinary program.
Examples of Duties
Provides high quality and fast paced veterinary care of animals in the shelter.
Performs clinical, laboratory and surgical veterinary services for sheltered animals.
Ensures all impounded animals receive prompt and proper veterinary care and continued monitoring for individual/herd health and welfare.
Performs examinations, diagnose, create treatment plans and monitor treatments as needed along with emergency triage and stabilization for sick/injured animals.
Ensures accurate and thorough record keeping for each individual animal treated.
Assists with the development of policies, procedures and protocols which relate to the veterinary needs of sheltered animals, including disease prevention.
Makes recommendations on shelter disease management protocols, sanitation and procedures.
Identifies animal cruelty, consults during cruelty investigations and provides expert witness testimony.
Supplies a high level of veterinary care to neglected/abused animals and ensure thorough documentation of medical findings for criminal prosecution or perpetrators.
Assists with investigations of animal care ordinance violations which may include bites and attacks or animal cruelty.
Testifies at court and administrative hearings.
Assists the public in animal care and regulation issues.
Assists management in the development and implementation of policies which impact animal and human health.
Participates in the planning of daily veterinary activities to ensure efficient and effective operation.
Interacts with staff pertaining to issues associated with the health, feeding, husbandry, nutrition, breeding, diseases and injuries to keep all parties informed of the status of animals.
Conducts staff training on recommended practices on topics involving animal health, well-being, veterinary care or other related topics.
Exercises independent medical judgment when examining, caring for and treating impounded animals in accordance with County policies and procedures and in compliance with applicable state laws.
Oversees the maintenance of shelter drug and supply inventory while meeting and maintaining NCDA and DEA requirements.
This job is considered essential to respond in emergency situations.
Work may include other duties as assigned.
Graduation from a college or university accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or VMD) degree.
Must be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the State of North Carolina.
Must have possession of, or the ability to obtain, the required DEA registration to purchase controlled substances
Management Preference: Shelter Medicine experience preferred Experience handling livestock, particularly horses, goats, pigs and poultry preferred Experience with exotic pets such as reptiles, birds, ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits preferred High volume/high quality spay/neuter experience preferred General veterinary practice experience preferred Leadership experience preferred Experience with pet enrichment preferred Animal behavior evaluation and management experience preferred Board Certification in Shelter Medicine preferred.
Additional Salary Information: Salary will be determined by applicant's qualifying education and experience.
Internal Number: 201800221
About Cumberland County Animal Control
The Cumberland County Animal Control Department enforces all state and local laws pertaining to the ownership, regulation and control of dogs, cats, and other animals within the County. The department is responsible for picking up stray animals, livestock, exotic animals as well as wildlife that poses a threat to health and safety and rabid animals. Animal Control may also be able to assist with severely injured wildlife.
Animal Control officers respond to calls all over the County, check for compliance with rabies vaccination laws, as well as dog and cat license mandates.
The Department also investigates all animal bites as mandated by North Carolina law. If you are attacked or bitten by an animal, call Animal Control at 910-321-6852 during normal duty hours or call the Sheriffs Office at 910-323-1500 ONLY after normal duty hours to report it and try to locate the owner of the animal, if possible. Then seek medical attention if the skin has been broken.