POSITION SUMMARY Under the direction of the Animal Care Services Veterinarian, the Associate Veterinarian is responsible for providing humane medical care, emergency treatment, high quality/high volume spay/neuter procedures, as well as a variety of other surgical and dental procedures, vaccination and good husbandry for all animals maintained at the Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center (BCACS) and for a variety of public animals. The Associate Veterinarian follows operational medical protocols based on best practices in shelter management and herd maintenance. Participates in Animal Management Committee meetings to discuss the shelter population and devises plans on animal disposition, including performing euthanasia. Works closely with veterinary personnel and oversees veterinary staff in the absence of the Animal Care Services Veterinarian. Participates in assigned activities with other department sections, outside agencies and the public.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES SUMMARY
Provides day-to-day operations for medical care of all shelter animals housed at Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center to include (but not limited to):
Daily rounds to assess the shelter population.
Works closely with Animal Care Technicians and other staff to meet needs of shelter animals.
Diagnoses and treats medical conditions; animal illness and injury; monitors health of facility animals and determines appropriate medical care, health protocols, vaccine and surgery schedules, readiness for transfer (including Accreditation to be able to write Certificates of Veterinary Inspections), and recommendations for euthanasia.
Prescribes and administers medicine to animals and monitors the administration of drugs by trained staff. Ensures inventory of controlled substances and other drugs and ensures that drugs are maintained, logged, secured and properly disposed as per federal, state and county laws.
Provides treatment programs tailored to individual animal needs and special physiological, anatomical, or behavioral requirements.
Provides nutritional consultation through physical examinations, laboratory testing and evaluation of nutritional content of diets. Evaluates animal health and nutritional status of sheltered animals on a daily basis and provides consultation to management regarding well animal husbandry and care. Receives and evaluates staff concerns regarding animal health; recommends veterinary treatment as indicated under national shelter standards and guidelines of the veterinary professional.
Monitors progress of all patients treated at BCACS and ensures accurate record keeping and statistical information. Maintains individual animal and group medical records.
Evaluates, provides treatment and supervises care for neonatal animals that require human rearing or intervention and works with Foster Coordinator to obtain foster care.
Creates and implements treatment plans. Follows disease control measures, vaccination protocols, nutrition and feeding protocols, parasite control measures, preventative medicine procedures, emergency evaluation, treatment and procedures, pre-adoption exams and disaster response medical procedures.
May be called to duty during disaster response emergencies.
Conducts high quality/high volume shelter spay/neuter surgeries (including pediatric); manages all aspects of the procedures including anesthesia and post-operative care of the patient.
Performs pre-surgical examinations on animals.
Performs anesthesia using a wide variety of anesthetic agents and techniques for diagnostic and surgical procedures; perform immobilization or tranquilization of aggressive or dangerous animals.
Provides on-going training programs in humane animal care and handling, zoonosis, diseases identification and prevention, behavior, breed identification, first aid and safety. Recommends, develops, implements, and establishes section priorities for policies, procedures, long and short term goals and objectives, work standards and training sessions in care, behavior, enrichment, medical health, treatment, and disposition.
Represents BCACS and participates in scheduled animal health fairs and vaccine clinics to be held at the facility or various off-site locations.
Serves as a liaison for public relations for medical related information. May present training programs to the public or other Animal Care Services personnel relating to animal care, behavior, health and maintenance.
Assists animal care enforcement section in complex field investigations involving neglect and cruelty of animals, prepare reports and testify in court as expert witness.
Performs or assists in the performance of humane animal euthanasia procedures; concurs with staff euthanasia recommendations; ensures safe and humane handling of animals during procedure.
Promotes safety and adheres to OSHA requirements in the workplace; responsible for SDS compliance and coordinates with Risk Management to ensure compliance with safety requirements and the utilization of best practices in the workplace.
In the absence of the Director and Veterinarian, may supervise and monitor a variety of activities at the BCACS resource center performed by other sections.
Performs duties of lower level classifications, as needed in emergent situations, to provide adequate coverage and customer service; works as a team with department staff to ensure cross functionality and back up support as needed.
*The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities required of all employees assigned to this job.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree (DVM or VMD) from an accredited School of Veterinary Medicine and be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the State of New Mexico or meet the Licensing requirements under the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine to practice veterinary medicine in the state of New Mexico, plus three (3) years of professional veterinary experience. Previous experience in a shelter environment preferred.
Must be able to obtain a Controlled Substance License from the DEA in order to administer and store drugs being utilized within the facility and in the field and maintain license while employed in this position.
Experience in high quality high-volume surgical sterilization of dogs and cats, including pediatrics, preferred. Surgical sterilization experience of rabbits and experience in the care and treatment of livestock a plus.
Employee must have a valid New Mexico driver’s license by employment date and maintain a valid license NM license while employed in this position.
Internal Number: 20-00645
About Bernalillo County - Animal Care
Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 674,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras and the 111,000 residents who live outside the village and city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county. Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $630 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff and treasurer.