If you are passionate about animal welfare, public health, and safety, want to really have an impact in your community, help animals that are most in need, we have the perfect job for you! The Shelter Veterinarian at Osceola County Animal Services works as the primary medical expert and will examine, diagnose, and create treatment plans for sheltered pets. You will be part of a dynamic team of dedicated staff who work tirelessly to provide the best outcomes possible for the animals we receive. This is exciting work as we not only operate the only animal shelter in our community, but we also have officers in the field working to help pet owners, getting lost pets back home, educating the public, conducting animal cruelty investigations, responding to bite calls, and rescuing sick and injured animals. If you want to help animals that may never otherwise get much, if any, veterinary care, please come join our team!
Education: Must possess a DVM or VMD degree from an accredited college or university and be licensed to practice as a Veterinarian in the State of Florida prior to starting work.
Experience: At least one (1) year of experience is preferred working in the capacity of a Veterinarian to include performing spay/neuter surgeries and pre-pubescent sterilizations required. Shelter Medicine Certification or experience working in an animal shelter preferred.
Shelter veterinarian will:
Perform spay/neuters on adopted pets including prepubescent animals;
Create treatment plans for sick/injured pets;
Provide evaluations and treatments for neglected or abused animals;
Testify in court regarding animal cruelty, fighting, neglect cases;
Assist with the pet retention program so that pets can avoid being relinquished to the shelter;
Educate staff/volunteers/public on matters of animal health and care;
Establish operating protocols to help ensure the best care possible for sheltered pets;
Help establish shelter health protocols and work to mitigate disease issues or outbreaks in the shelter;
Must be a team player with an easy to get along with attitude even in a fast-paced, often challenging work environment;
Be willing to follow established county and internal policies and procedures.
Working in an animal shelter and caring for animals that truly need care may be one of the most rewarding jobs you will ever consider.
So much more! Our shelter receives mostly dogs and cats but also livestock, wildlife, and on rare occasions, exotic animals too.
Additional Salary Information: This position offers a robust benefits package including health/dental/vision insurance, paid holidays, sick/vacation time, Florida Retirement System, short and long term disability, and more!
About Osceola County Animal Services
We are an open-access government-operated animal shelter receiving approximately 5,000 animals per year. We strive to provide the best care possible to pets in our community that have become lost, sick, injured, or abandoned. We are the only animal shelter in the 6th largest county in Florida covering over 1,500 square miles. While dogs and cats account for the majority of pets we receive, we also handle livestock, wildlife, and on rare occasions exotic animals. We work closely with area rescue organizations and other shelters to maximize the number of lives saved while taking our responsibility to public health and safety very seriously. OCAS is a progressive organization with a mission to Create a safe and humane community for pets and people.