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Animal Services

Work Status

Full Time



SALARY: 95,000.00 - 123,821.78 Salary USD


Under general direction, is responsible for performing veterinarian services at the Animal Services Center. Performs examinations on animals brought into the animal services facility; vaccinates all animals leaving the facility; performs spay and neuter surgeries; and prescribes euthanasia for badly injured or sick animals. Advises citizens on rabies control procedures and works directly with animal bite victims and their physicians.



  1. Administers the rabies control program; Vaccinates all animals not currently vaccinated against rabies prior to their release when vaccination is appropriate and certifies all animals released from quarantine observation as being free from rabies; Advises victims of animal bites and the correct procedures to follow to insure their personal safety.

  2. Provides staff training relevant to animal husbandry, humane animal handling, sanitation and disease control, basic animal behavior, medical care, surgical support (intake and discharge) and first aid for animals; Assists in the training, evaluating, and performance of proper euthanasia of animals by injection; Examines all impounded animals and prescribes euthanasia for sick or injured animals. Ability to develop curriculum and a training course in order train staff to become Certified Euthanasia Technicians in accordance with the Texas Health and Safety Code. Performs nutopsy of animals.

  3. Establishes and implements written medical treatment protocols. Ability to interpret local ordinances, statutes, rules, regulations and city policies pertaining to animal care and control. Ability to respond to public inquiries from the public and City Officials; Assist in resolving complaints in an efficient and timely manner.

  4. Provides high quality sterilization surgery for adopted animal population control in a fast-paced shelter environment. Provides routine veterinary care to include: triage, physical exams, emergency medical care, stabilization, diagnosis and treatment of ill and injured animals, minor surgery, vaccinations, testing.


  1. Ability to receive animal records from staff; input animal record dispositions into computer; prepare monthly and weekly reports according to established guidelines.

  2. Ability to requisition and control euthanasia drugs and equipment; ensure proper utilization of supplies and equipment in accordance with all applicable state and federal regulations and laws. Ability to stay abreast of new trends and innovations in animal sheltering.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:


Knowledge of state, local and federal laws and rules pertaining to animal care and control.

Knowledge of the principles of infectious disease presentation, pathogenesis, diagnosis, management including but not limited to: URI, Kennel cough, Panleukopenia, Parvo, Distemper, Other infectious causes of diarrhea, Ringworm, common internal parasites, common external parasites, FIP, FeLV, FIV, and Rabies.

Knowledge of how disinfection and quarantine procedures influence the spread and prevention of infectious disease.

Knowledge of general principles of vaccinations; familiarity with methods of developing and assessing vaccinations; Familiarity with current literature on vaccinations, focusing on vaccinations for common shelter conditions.

Knowledge and principles of herd immunity, role of maternal immunity, and developing vaccinations programs in the face of constant challenge with infectious agents.

Knowledge of inspecting carriage companies  for compliance as it relates to the proper care of horses. Knowledge of the general principles of animal behavior; familiarity with the methods of treating most common behavior problems of shelter animals; temperament testing/ other behavior assessment techniques; assisting with training programs designed to modify behavior of shelter animals to improve adaptability with emphasis on programs designed to target all shelter animals rather than rehabilitation programs designed for individual animals. Knowledge of field chemical capture techniques and animal transport for a wide variety of species.

Knowledge of drug classifications, rules, and regulations of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Skill in communicating ideas, concepts and terminology effectively with other staff and the public through oral and written means.

Skill in managing multiple tasks.

Skill in the design and implementation of training programs.

Ability to practice divergent thinking in an animal sheltering environment which is defined as: "the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function".

Ability to provide diagnostic testing for all infectious diseases as it relates to: sample collection, site, timing, technique, handling, options, microscopy, serology, molecular diagnostic testing, bacterial and viral culture, and clinical pathology.

Ability to understand how shelter physical plant and management systems can contribute to, or prevent animal behavior problems.

Ability in recognizing , preventing, and treating behavioral problems associated with shelter housing (feral/severely under-socialized cat and dog socialization.

Ability to handle severely frightened or aggressive animals while maintaining the safety for ones self, staff, and customers.

Ability to keep and prepare accurate records.

Ability to read and interpret laws, ordinances and regulations.

Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication and make fine discriminations in sound. Ability to perform a variety of physical skills including but not limited to seeing, sorting, typing, writing, euthanasia, dragging, carrying, kneeling and animal restraint.

Ability to work effectively when surrounded by loud noises.

Ability to work in an indoor environment; ability to work in an outdoor environment. Incumbent is subject to chemical hazards, dust, odor, zoonotic and mites hazards. Ability to lift or exert forces equivalent to lifting up to 50 pounds.

Incumbent may be subject to chemical, dust, odor, zoonotic, parasitic, aggressive animal and mite hazards. Work hours may include weekends, evenings and/or after hour calls.

Qualifying Education and Experience:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree of Doctor of

Veterinary Medicine. A minimum of two years of experience required. Must be licensed to practice in the State of Texas.