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Animal Control Veterinarian - G23 - Public Works

at City of Columbus Georgia

Posted: 9/23/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2119984
Keywords: animal

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Job Title:Animal Control Veterinarian - G23 - Public Works
Closing Date/Time:Continuous
Salary:Depends on Qualifications
Job Type:Full-Time Regular
Location: 4910 Milgen Road, Columbus, GA, Georgia
Department:Public Works
Performs spay/neuter surgeries on animals that have become the property of the City of Columbus and are available for adoption, primarily dogs, and cats. Establish and maintain ongoing training for all shelter staff to include the updating and completion of the Shelter SOP's. Teaching, training, and or directing the Shelter Supervisor or shelter staff in disease prevention for shelter animals, vaccination practices, parasite control, and nutrition, shelter air quality, shelter animal stress reduction and management principles of population density. Determines medical conditions and make decisions relating to the care of shelter animals, stray and owned animals to include wildlife. Conducts examinations and diagnostic/medical procedures in a way that will deliver the highest quality care while minimizing stress and discomfort as well as being able to explain the physical examination findings and communicate to the staff a diagnosis of the animal's problems and record findings on animals impound/medical records. Must stay abreast of best practices as it pertains to Shelter Medicine  and in developing and administering disease prevention for shelter animals which can encompass traditional medical practices such as vaccinations, parasite control, nutrition, stress reduction, manage ent of population  density and the overall general care to promote quality healthcare for the animals housed at the ACCC. Ensures all controlled drugs are maintained under DEA compliance.  Obtain and maintain  DEA License for the shelter as well as maintain Veterinary Licensing. Prepares revisions to codes to improve efficiency of operations as it relates to animal control laws. Overseas and assists the Field Supervisor with cases, such as but not limited to examining animals, treating animals, writing statements and testifying in court proceedings.  Act as subject matter expert for the courts when cases filed with Local, State and Federal Court. Assist in planning, organizing and implementing programs that will assist in reducing the shelters euthanasia rate and increasing the live release rate. Serves as liaison and establish positive working relationships with the Animal Control Advisory Board, the City Council, the Mayor, the City Manager, the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources, non-profit animal agencies, and other special interest groups. Plans long-range goals, objectives, organizational structure and overall direction for the division; develops, communicates and monitors policies, procedures, and standards for the division; formulates objectives, provides guidance, and facilitates the automation of office procedures, activities, and records. Develops and recommends annual operating budget; monitors and administers approved budget; manages the purchasing and inventory control of equipment, supplies, and other materials; develops strategies to increase revenues; develops and utilizes cost containment methods; oversees the collection and accounting of all revenue generated by the division; participates in the request for proposal process for the provision of contractual services. Writes detailed or technical reports of all findings, conclusions, and recommendations based on analysis and interpretation of data; signs official documents; drafts, reviews, or prepares legal instruments in preparation for amending various local ordinances. Provides information to local and national media, government officials, the general public, schools, civic clubs, and other organizations; attends and conducts meetings and public hearings.

Plans, oversees, and coordinates the training of all Animal Control officers; ensures the correct interpretation of all local ordinances and state and federal laws governing animal control. Oversees the operation of the Animal Control Center; responds to citizens' complaints; monitors the use and control of drugs at the Animal Control Center; provides guidance to staff concerning unusual circumstances related to holding time, adoption, and euthanasia. As well as be on call and responsive to staff during emergencies or when a severely injured animal is brought into the facility. Ensures the Animal Control Center adheres to state laws and maintains a clean and healthy environment for the animals. Create and implement special activities for the purpose of improving the overall live release rate for the facility. Interviews, hires, assigns, supervises, evaluates, and disciplines personnel, addresses complaints and resolves problems. 
 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of Veterinary Medicine (Licensed) best practices to include proven medical and surgical experience. Knowledge of Shelter Medicine and its' best practices to include shelter management. Knowledge of Animal Control Field Operations. Knowledge of Federal, GA State and Local laws governing Municipal Shelters as well as private Animal. Control Agencies, Private and Non-Profit Animal Rescues and Foundations. Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration include goal setting, program and budget development and implementation. Knowledge of governmental accounting to include daily bookkeeping, report preparation and statistical analysis and records management.  
Knowledge of investigation best practices and procedures, proven case building experience and records management. Knowledge and proven experience in working with boards, the media, private non-profit agencies, State and Local Government officials. Knowledge and proven experience n managing DEA Licensed drugs to include the use, accountability, and distribution of these drugs regulated narcotics. Knowledge in the standard use and maintenance of Veterinary Medical Equipment to include specialized and surgical equipment.  Standard Animal Control equipment, i.e., Catch-poles, tranquilizer guns, tasers, muzzles, etc. Standard Office equipment to include computers. Skill in developing and implementing policies and procedures. Skill in problem- solving and decision making. Skill in mediation and working with private non-profit organizations, board members, and staff. Skill in utilizing various computer software program geared to Animal Control and general business programs. Skill in the management and supervision of skilled and unskilled employees. Skill in gathering and analyzing complex data. Skill in creating new programs and fundraising.

 Minimum Educational and Training Requirements:
Bachelor Degree in Veterinarian Sciences with a License to practice in the State of Georgia.  Graduation from an accredited Veterinary School of Medicine; 3-5 years of proven Veterinary Medicine experience; 3-5 years working in an animal shelter, medical practice; marketing experience; program development experience.
 Physical Requirements:
The work is typically done in a loud shelter environment as well as sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, or stooping.  The employee will be required to lift animals and use tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity. The work is typically performed in an animal shelter and in office settings.