Staff Veterinarian

  • City of Grand Prairie, TX
  • Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Animal Control or Services
  • Salary: $82,961.00 - $125,271.00 Annually USD

Job Description

Job Summary

Under general supervision, maintains the health and welfare of all animals in the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter; manages a diverse collection of animals by providing professional veterinary care.

Essential Job Functions

  • Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge and skills. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Evaluates facilities and monitors sanitation procedures of the shelter to prevent spread of disease and comply with state regulations.

  • Performs daily rounds and evaluates the health and welfare of the animals in the Animal Shelter.

  • Meets with animal care staff to discuss animal health issues and preventive health measures.

  • Provides timely preventative care, diagnostic procedures, triage and general medical and basic surgical treatment of all animals in the shelter.

  • Performs spay and neuter surgeries on shelter animals.

  • Develops, coordinates and implements preventive health surveillance, analysis and nutrition programs.

  • Manages the veterinary clinic; manages inventory of equipment and supplies.

  • Exercises independent judgment within broad policy guidelines; interprets concerns, defines desired results and determines scope and priorities of veterinary programs and special projects. - Supervises, prioritizes, assigns tasks and projects; trains and evaluates staff; develops staff skills and conducts performance evaluations and meets regularly with staff to discuss and resolve workload and technical issues.

  • Coordinates operations with external partners and other public and private agencies. - Work with the Animal Shelter Manager in Budget planning.

  • Monitors and reviews trends in Shelter operations and health management issues; recommends operational, procedural and policy improvements.

  • Supports the relationship between the City of Grand Prairie and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors and City staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.

  • Flexible work hours given ability to work in collaboration with medical staff to complete essential duties

  • Driving is essential.

  • 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.

  • 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 general principles of vaccinations in developing vaccination protocols focusing on vaccinations for common shelter conditions.

  • Provides staff training relevant to animal husbandry, humane animal handling, sanitation and disease control, basic animal behavior, medical care, surgical support and first aid for animals.

  • Evaluates sick and injured animals for most humane treatment/disposition

  • Assists in the training, evaluating, and performance of proper euthanasia of animals by injection.

  • Establishes and implements written medical treatment protocols for the shelter environment.

  • Provides high quality sterilization surgery for shelter animal population.
  • Ability to take radiographs and possesses skills to interpret.

  • Ability to provide emergency medical care, stabilization, diagnosis and treatment of ill and injured animals, brought to the shelter.

  • Ability to interpret local ordinances, statutes, rules, regulations and city policies pertaining to animal care and control.

  • Ability to input animal records into computer to requisition and control euthanasia drugs in accordance with all applicable state and federal regulations and laws. Knowledge of drug classifications, rules, and regulations of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

  • Ability to stay abreast of new trends and innovations in animal sheltering.

  • Able to attend advisory board meetings and staff meetings.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be a graduate from an accredited college or university with a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

  • 3 Years of experience required

  • Must have a license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Texas.

  • Must have or able to obtain a valid Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) registration certificate (Schedule 2, 2N, 3, 3N, 4, 5).

  • Valid Class C Driver's License required.

  • Interpersonal / Human Relations Skills: Final decisions regarding policy development and implementation are made and/or recommended. Interaction with others outside the City requires exercising participative management skills that support team efforts and quality processes.

  • Certifications Required: Required License to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Texas. valid Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) registration certificate (Schedule 2, 2N, 3, 3N, 4, 5).

  • Ability to read and understand complex items such as literature, proposals, legal documents, financial documents, contracts, technical items and detailed reports.

  • Advanced level of math with the ability to apply fundamental concepts of theories, work with advanced mathematical operations methods, and functions of real and complex variables; typically this level obtained in college or above.

  • Ability to write editorials, journals, speeches, manuals, or critiques. Ordinarily, such education is obtained in at the college level or above. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.

  • The employee normally performs the job by following established standard operating procedures and/or policies. The employee may choose the appropriate procedure or policy to apply to duties.

  • Performance is reviewed periodically.

  • Budget Responsibility: Has responsibility for approval of at least one division budget and presents the budget(s) to the Department Head. Is authorized to approve budgeted expenditures up to the amount that requires the approval of the Department Head.

  • Supervisory / Organizational Control: Work requires managing and monitoring work performance by directing subordinate supervisors or administrators, including making final decisions on hiring and disciplinary actions, evaluating program/work objectives and effectiveness, and realigning work and staffing assignments, as needed.

  • Work is of the broadest scope dealing with highly complex concepts or issues of great importance to the City. Highly important policies, procedures, actions or precedents may be approved, rejected, or recommended to a Department Head or CMO by individuals in this classification.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Special Instructions


Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

Grand Prairie, Texas United States View Map