Summary: Under the supervision of the Chief of Veterinary Operations, performs spays or neuters on dogs and cats prior to being adopted; examines, diagnoses, and treats injured and sick sheltered animals; provides for the humane care and disposition of sheltered and quarantined animals; assists in the development and implementation of strategies to increase the “leave alive” rate; participates in planning processes; and provides insight to policy development and program budget.
55% CLINICAL DUTIES: •Neuters or spays dogs and cats prior to being adopted. •Examines, diagnoses, and treats injured and sick sheltered animals. •Vaccinates citizens’ pets against rabies, implants microchips and performs other veterinary medical procedures. •Assists in the development and/or review of sanitation, treatment, and euthanasia protocols. •Assists in the prevention and control of disease in sheltered animals.
20% “LEAVE ALIVE” ACTIVITIES: Assists in the implementation of the HCPHES VPH “Leave Alive Strategy including: •Assists in the selection, examination & care of animals placed into the adoption program •Examines animals daily for signs of disease. •Coordinates with representatives of VPH approved animal rescue groups to affect the transfer of animals as appropriate. •Coordinates for the diagnosis and treatment of pets placed in foster homes. •Develops and maintains networks to affect the transfer of animals to other adoption agencies for adoption.
15% ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES: •Personnel – Participates in interviews for openings in Veterinary Operations. Conducts scheduled performance appraisals and provides counseling and training as appropriate. •Planning - Participates in divisional strategic planning, assists in the development of performance measures for the Veterinary Operations Section and monitors progress toward meeting program goals. Assists in the development and oversight of the Veterinary Operations budget. •Program Oversight – Provides general supervision to technicians performing vaccinations and treatment of animals. Provides clinical supervision to technicians assisting with surgery. Assists in the enforcement of applicable Texas laws & Harris County regulations and policies. •Facility Management – Coordinates with the Shelter Operations Administrator for facility maintenance & repairs.
5% ZOONOSIS CONTROL DUTIES: •Responsible for daily evaluation of quarantined animals. •Consults with the public & medical community concerning rabies & other zoonotic diseases as needed
5% Other Other duties as assigned, including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event.
Harris County Public Health (HCPH) provides public health assessment, policy development and assurance activities for the residents of Harris County, Texas. These activities represent the core functions of public health. For a majority of services, the jurisdiction of HCPH includes the unincorporated areas of Harris County and over 30 municipalities located within the county. HCPH Veterinary Publi...c Health (VPH) protects the health and safety of the residents and pets of unincorporated Harris County. Working in partnership with the community to create a safe, healthy and caring environment for animals and people.