Director of Veterinary Services

Class Concept

As a member of the Executive Team in the Animal Resource Center, the Animal Resources Clinic Veterinarian will lead all medical-related programs, including the County’s Animal Spay/Neuter Clinic and In-House Medical Care; responsible for the hiring and oversight of independent contractor (hourly rate) Veterinarians and behavior staff; responsible for setting standards of care and protocols; training skilled staff (Veterinarians, Registered Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Assistants, shelter staff, and behavior staff); providing high level customer service to animal care partners and members of the public; and to perform related work as required.

Job Duties

Responsible for the administrative authority and autonomy associated with the day to day management, care, and control of the Animal Resource Center veterinary clinic exercising the ability to make independent decisions using personal judgment and expertise regarding the enrichment and physical well-being of all animals entering the Animal Resource Center to ensure that all aspects of clinic operations are in compliance with professional standards set by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association; the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Responsible for the recruitment, hiring and supervision of employees setting standards of care and expectations for medical management; initiation and management of contracts; formulation, promulgation, and review of policies; creating and sustaining best practices standard operating procedures; all aspects regarding the development and maintenance of clinic protocols, directives, and initiatives; and detailed and thorough reporting, data input, and data analysis as required into the Animal Resource Center central database.

Performs spay and neuter pre-surgical examinations, surgery, and post-surgical examinations on dogs and cats including pediatric sterilizations, performs clinical veterinary care, vaccinations, physical and behavioral examinations, treatment, surgery, and follow-up for housed animals where needed or required, conducts and/or oversees all forensic duties encompassing post-mortem examinations of animals including the performance of necropsies, hematology, parasitology, microbiology and clinical pathology laboratory tests and procedures, prepares and maintains a variety of records and operational reports concerning consultations and diagnostic decisions ensuring compliance with applicable Federal, State and local regulations. Evaluates, recommends and oversees implementation of disease control, sanitation and herd health management practices, provides examinations for cruelty and necessary documentation, provides consultation and instruction to veterinary technicians, and assistants, and Resource Center staff in animal care, pre- and post-procedural care, new procedures, aseptic surgery, and related topics, monitors animal care protocols for the Animal Resource Center, performs off-hour consultations with staff regarding treatment and management of injuries, abused, neglected and diseased animals.

Ensures that a comprehensive training curriculum is maintained and executed for all Animal Resource Center staff, volunteers, interns, students etc. regarding recognition of animal medical abnormalities, basic diagnostics techniques, expectations for treatment outcomes, proper adherence to follow-up procedures, and all elements of quality control associated with animal medical well-being. Assists with animal cruelty investigations, may participate in the recruitment of volunteers and employees, as appropriate to the area of operation. Oversees the Animal Resource Center for disease and sanitary conditions; inspects, evaluates, and makes recommendations on animals being admitted to the Animal Resource Center, assists in the establishment and implementation of an effective quality control system; revises techniques and procedures as required to obtain desired quality control standards. Prepares reports for and testifies in the judicial system on behalf of the county and performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned. May coordinate with law enforcement or other government agencies on animal related environmental health concerns as needed.

Minimum Class Requirements

License to practice veterinary medicine issued by Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board; must have current valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record.

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