ANIMAL SHELTER PERSONNEL ARE EMPLOYEES OF THE ANIMAL SERVICE CENTER OFTHE MESILLA VALLEY – NOT THE CITY OF LAS CRUCES. Under general supervision and direction from the Medical Director performs veterinary services, including a broad variety of clinical and laboratory activities in a shelter environment. Provides high quality/high volume S/N surgery (HQHVSN) for shelter and owned animals. Exercises medical judgment and skills in the performance of duties for the care and treatment of animals and supervises assigned veterinary staff within the Animal Services Center Animal Service Center of Mesilla Valley (ASCMV). Position involves competing demands, performing multiple tasks, working to deadlines, occasional work beyond normal business hours, and responding to customer issues. Work is performed in an animal shelter environment where there is exposure to a variety of domestic and wild animals and noise and in various community facilities. Light physical demands, occasional lifting and moving of supplies and equipment. Regular attendance is an essential function of this job to ensure continuity of services. Frequent use of a personal computer. THIS IS A SAFETY SENSITIVE POSITION SUBJECT TO DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING INACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE STATE AND FEDERAL REGULATIONS, CITY OF LASCRUCES AND ASCMV POLICIES. FIRST CONSIDERATION MAY BE GIVEN TO CURRENT ASCMV AND/OR CITY OF LASCRUCES EMPLOYEES WHO MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Enforces animal care and disease control requirements; ensures compliance with all applicable regulatory agencies, animal health and welfare regulations and standards including United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, Drug Enforcement Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Animal Welfare Act, and all other applicable State and Federal agencies; oversees maintenance and control of narcotics and other drugs.
Performs routine and emergency medical care, surgery and post-operative care, preventive medicine, postmortem examinations, epidemiological investigations, and pediatric sterilizations; performs and conducts high quality, high volume spay and neuter; inspects facilities to assure quality and compliance with all applicable regulatory agencies, animal health and welfare regulations and standards; oversees vaccination, parasite control, bio-safety, quarantine and other protocols; develops and maintains detailed records of animal diets and veterinary care including drug logs.
Participates in the care, feeding, humane treatment and euthanasia of impounded and court-hold animals; prepares and presents written reports on the condition of court-hold animals and testifies in court as required; ensures proper disposal of animal carcasses; ensures proper inspection, investigation, epidemiology, enforcement and quarantine related to disease and injury resulting from contact with diseased animals; directs laboratory preparation of sample tissues for disease identification and prevention; provides advice andcounsel to the ASCMV Medical Director and local code enforcement agencies.
Manages assigned veterinary staff through appropriate delegation and work supervision; meets regularly with staff to discuss and resolve workload and technical issues; monitors and reviews work in order to anticipate issues; recommends changes to improve the organization's functions and processes; prioritizes and assigns tasks; trains, counsels, coaches and instructs employees as required; ensures staff adhere to policies and procedures in compliance with local, state and federal regulations; conducts staff performance evaluations and recommends appropriate discipline as necessary.
Substitutes, as required, for the Medical Director during temporary absences; performs necessary duties and responsibilities essential to maintaining continuity of regular operations; attends meetings, conferences, and serves on committees; compiles data, generates reports, and maintains records and files.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Must possess a DVM/VMD degree from an accredited university, USDA accreditation AND three(3) years’ professional veterinary experience in animal medicine, or surgery. A combination of education, experience, and training may be applied in accordance with ASCMV and City of Las Cruces policies. Valid driver's license is preferred. If applicable, position requires an acceptable driving record in accordance with City of Las Cruces policy. Additional technical certifications and training may be required for some incumbents in this job class.
Internal Number: 3041892
About Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley
We are a municipal shelter providing services to the Mesilla Valley