THE OPPORTUNITY:The City of Brownsville, in partnership with the Gladys Porter Zoo, is in a transformative period driven by significant public and private investments such as the expansion of the Brownsville-South Padre Island Airport Terminal, Space X, the Port of Brownsville, Downtown Revitalization, and quality of life enhancements. The Gladys Porter Zoo was opened in 1971 and houses a collection of 1600 animals including about 330 species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, invertebrates, and fish. The zoo has a reputation for its breeding programs for rare and unique animals. As a member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), zoo animals are bred to ensure sustainability within the AZA, thereby eliminating the need to remove animals from the wild to maintain genetic diversity. In some cases, zoo-produced animals can be released into the wild. The zoo's conservation efforts have also met with success. The work of the staff with wildlife authorities in Mexico on behalf of the rare Coahuilan box turtle and the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle have been recognized by the governments of both the United States and Mexico.
?Our ideal candidate for Veterinarian aspires to be a model of innovation, inclusion and empowerment who enables bold people and ideas to thrive. The Veterinarian will be a participatory leader: a results-oriented, relationship-building, self-aware team player who also possesses high integrity, politeness, and fosters trust by building relationships with tolerance, patience and support in order to provide the best value in service of the citizens of Brownsville.
?The purpose of this position is to ensure the overall health, treatment, and diagnosis of shelter animals and those at our local zoo. The zoo is a medium-sized, AZA accredited facility with a diverse ensemble of animals, including Western lowland gorillas, Galapagos tortoises, lions, tigers, multiple ungulates, small-to-large sized primates, an aquarium, and a notable herpetology collection that includes many species of crocodilians. The successful candidate will be responsible for creating and communicating medical policies to the appropriate staff, including proper quarantine and isolation protocols and those that are assisting at our local zoo. He or she will supervise and operate a low-cost spay neuter program offered to members of the general public seeking to adopt shelter animals and to perform high volume spay and neuter animal surgery for pet adoptions. In addition, the position will provide assistance to the senior Veterinarian at the Gladys Porter Zoo.
Gladys Porter Zoo:
Provides medical, surgical and nutritional care of the zoo’s animals
Maintains and advances preventive medicine programs
Provides triage, medical/surgery, care, rehabilitation and disposition of public donation animals and injured or orphaned wildlife
Assists with investigational studies including: SSP/TAG research requests, surveys or requests for information, self or zoo-generated research, and contribute to zoological and veterinary knowledge via publications and presentations
Participates in education of high school CVA, pre-veterinary and veterinary students
Complies with regulations mandated by the AZA, DEA, USDA, USFWS, TPWD, Animal Welfare Act and other regulatory bodies
Provides professional support to area organizations: Sea Turtle Inc.; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Texas Parks and Wildlife; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; UTRGV Coastal Studies Laboratory; Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network; and, municipal animal control departments
Implements workplan goals and objectives in coordination with city Health Dept. staff.
Prepares and monitors related reports including productivity reports to the Public Health Director.
Provides advice to the Public Health Director or his designee.
Assists with the development of administrative procedures for the animal shelter and clinic operations
Prevent and control of disease in the shelter animal population
Manage medical / surgical inventory for veterinary services
Provides medical and surgical care of shelter animals primarily performing castrations and ovariohysterectomies on dogs and cats
Organizes and coordinates emergency plans for animal evacuation and temporary shelters
Works with state zoonotic officials
Perform additional duties as assigned.
DVM/VMD from an accredited college or university
Possess a valid Texas Driver’s License
Licensed, or have the ability to be licensed, to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Texas
Qualify for a DEA Controlled Substance Registration Certificate
Possess good organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
Has comprehensive computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets and medical records
Negative TB test within last year; proof of Tetanus within 10 years; and, rabies vaccination or proof of positive rabies titer within 2 years
Requires minimum of one year of work-related experience.
Working in animal shelter or with exotic animals work environment a plus for this position
Performs light work that involves walking or standing most of the time and involves exerting up to 30 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis. Must have: skill, adeptness and speed in the use of fingers, hands or limbs on repetitive operations; ability to utilize electronic office machines, instruments or tools within moderate tolerances or limits of accuracy; ability to work long hours on a flexible schedule, under stressful emergency and occasionally life-threatening situations; ability to read, speak and write English to fulfill job functions in an understandable way; and, ability to work outdoors under all weather conditions and in a physically demanding environment
The City of Brownsville requires all employees to successfully pass a Drug & Alcohol examination and a Background Check.
Ability to speak Spanish helpful.
The City of Brownsville is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires the City to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are invited to discuss accommodations.
The City of Brownsville participates in a generous retirement plan with retirement opportunities available at 5 or 20 years of continuous service. The City has an exceptional employee and family medical and dental insurance plan. Employees may also contribute to deferred compensation plan from AXA Equitable or supplemental insurance plans from AFLAC and Colonial Life. Full time employees have the opportunity to accumulate 10 sick days and 10 annual days per year. Additionally, the City of Brownsville observes 12 holidays annually.
The City of Brownsville does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.
Nothing in this job description restricts organization’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time in order to develop our employees; This description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions, it does not prohibit or restrict the tasks that may be assigned; this job description is subject to change at any time