NATURE OF WORK
This is responsible veterinary medical work performing veterinary services and supervising the veterinary clinic in the animal care and regulation program.
Work involves responsibility for performing veterinary services including a broad variety of clinical and laboratory activities. Employees of this class exercise medical judgment and skill in the independent performance of their duties for the care and treatment of animals within a shelter. Supervision is exercised over clinic subordinates assisting in routine details. All services are performed in accordance with state laws and established county policies and procedures. Work is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of results achieved.
Supervises the County's veterinary clinic and clinic staff.
Examines impounded animals; directs separation of diseased animals for treatment or other disposition; issues certificate of health for animals adopted.
Inoculates, spays or neuters animals in accordance with established laws and policies.
Performs emergency treatment and surgery upon injured and diseased animals.
Performs and interprets laboratory tests for parasitic conditions and diseases.
Reviews and makes recommendations to department head concerning animal care and regulation program policies, procedures, and activities; prepares periodic evaluative reports on veterinary services.
Liaisons with veterinarians in private practices; seeks their support and cooperation for various division projects and activities.
Confers and cooperates with animal humane and civic organizations in the community; makes educational presentations to organizations concerning animal control activities.
Performs related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS
Knowledge of veterinary medicine and the treatment and care of large and small animals.
Knowledge of health, and related laws and regulations as they relate to veterinarian science services.
Knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of animal diseases and injuries.
Knowledge of current developments in the field of veterinary medicine and application to problems encountered in work situations.
Ability to plan and supervise the work of subordinates.
Ability to interpret results of veterinary medical examinations and laboratory tests.
Ability to prepare clear and concise reports.
Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County's Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, religion, age, sex, disability or political affiliation.
DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Graduation from an accredited school of veterinary medicine; experience in the practice of veterinary medicine; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT
Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Florida.
Bargaining Unit: Unrepresented
FLSA Status: Exempt
Code of Ethics
Work Locations: Animal Care and Regulation
Class Spec Estab./Revised: E7/77 R12/94