Recruitment #1808-VETRNYUNM4-001



Hillsborough County Government provides employees with careers that are both professionally and personally rewarding. With a wide range of independent agencies to choose from, the opportunities within Hillsborough County Government are endless! You are not just an employee within the government, you are an ambassador and business partner making a huge impact within our community that helps shape our future.


Our mission is to provide effective quality service at a reasonable cost with courtesy, integrity and accountability in a manner that protects and enhances the quality of life of our diverse population.


Skills: Ability to perform high volume spay/neuter surgery; ability to perform other surgeries including but not limited to cystotomy, mass removal, entropion repair, cherry eye repair, enucleation, amputation, FHO; ability to perform and remain calm under stressful conditions; ability to prioritize, multitask, and triage; ability to work well with others.

Knowledge: Infectious disease; shelter medicine; aseptic technique; standards of care in veterinary medicine; high volume surgery techniques.

Experience: Two years of practicing as a veterinarian, or DVM degree with a certificate in shelter medicine or extensive course work or continuing education in shelter medicine.


Interested in working in a progressive county shelter with great staff and state-of-the-art equipment in sunny Tampa, Florida? The Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center is a high volume, open admission county shelter with an 85 - 90% live release rate. We are looking for a Veterinarian to work with three other veterinarians and 15 veterinary technicians. The Veterinarians report to the Veterinary Medical Director and are responsible for the care of sick or injured animals brought in to the shelter. The veterinarian examines sick and injured animals and develops treatment plans; oversees the euthanasia of sick and injured animals if necessary; performs surgery; examines, treats and oversees the health of investigation animals; produces written reports, and testifies in court as to documented instances of neglect and/or cruelty. Additional responsibilities include vaccination for rabies or microchipping animals as necessary, providing internal and external customer service, employee training, and educating the public on responsible pet care. The position frequently includes working weekends, evenings, holidays, and split schedules based on division needs.


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an AVMA accredited university; and

License to practice Veterinary Medicine in the state of Florida.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals


Physical demands:



  • Ability to walk, climb stairs and ladders, run, stoop, bend, stand, push, pull, move and carry heavy objects.
  • Standing for long periods.
  • Ability to perform surgery for up to six hours per day.

Work environment:



  • Clinic environment.
  • Small spaces, walking or working on uneven surfaces.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.



  • Examines and treats sick or injured animals
  • Performs spay neuter surgeries on adoption and foster animals
  • Examines and treats investigation animals to include completion of medical reports
  • Overseeing the health of all shelter and foster animals, vaccinating and treating as needed
  • Provides internal and external customer service
  • Research new products and techniques to provide best practices in animal care
  • Testify in court as needed
  • Provides assistance to the Veterinary Medical Director and Agency Director as needed for important activities
  • Provides necessary education/training for personnel in order to maintain and upgrade skill levels.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.


  • Requires ability to create treatment plans in a shelter that operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
  • Independent judgment is required to recommend the best option for an animal and the shelter.
  • Must be able to make plans to accommodate an increase in surgeries, treatments, and other medical demands.
  • Required to have the ability to deal with acute illness and trauma and be able to coordinate a team to determine the best treatment plan.
  • Evaluate new approaches to problem solving, and assess changing facts or conditions.
  • Requires regular contact with internal and external customers involving considerable tact, discretion and persuasion in obtaining the cooperation of others.
  • Calls for a well-developed sense of timing, strategy and may involve detailed explanation and interpretation of policies, rules and regulations.
  • Ability to boost morale, encourage engagement and professional development with team members.



We offer much more than the competitive pay you expect. We value our employees and Hillsborough County Government is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. And because we understand that no two people are exactly alike, you can choose what best suits the needs of you and your family.

  • Health Plan: The County pays towards health insurance premiums for all employees. Employees can select from three health care plan options. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment.
  • Dental Insurance: Employees are eligible to enroll in the dental coverage and choose from four options: High DMO, Low DMO, a network Open Access Plan, and a PPO. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment.
  • Vision Care: Employees and their dependents are eligible to enroll in the vision coverage. Co-payment coverage includes exams, lens and frame, as well as an allowable contact lens expense. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment.
  • Employee Assistance Program: This program provides all employees and family members with professional, confidential counseling sessions. All employees and dependents are afforded up to six (6) free visits per Plan year. Coverage begins on the first day of employment.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Employees may be reimbursed up to $1,000 (undergraduate), $2000 (graduate) per fiscal year for classes at an accredited college or university for courses that enhance your ability to perform your current job duties.
  • Holidays: Employees receive up to 12 paid holidays per year.

Visit our Employee Benefits page for more exciting details.

Veteran’s Preference:

Do you qualify for Veteran's Preference? Preference will only be entitled upon initial appointment for eligible veterans and eligible spouses of veterans. Documentation that clearly shows dates of service, campaign awards or medals received, and character of discharge (DD-214 Member-4 or Service-2 copy) to support entitlement to preference must be provided at the time of application.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Hillsborough County Government provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Hillsborough County Government complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Hillsborough County welcomes and encourages applications from minorities, veterans, and persons with physical and mental disabilities, and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons in the application and testing process. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation requests will be on a case-by-case basis.

Hillsborough County Government expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Hillsborough County Government’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge

Hillsborough County is a drug free workplace.

Response/Recovery Activities:

Employees are required to participate in response/recovery activities in response to an emergency or natural disaster affecting County operations and/or its citizens. In such situations, every effort will be made to maintain operations, but employees will be assigned to carry out response activities suited to their skills and capabilities. *MON*