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Veterinarian #2402-331900-01

Animal Care & Control

Date Opened
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 10:00 AM
Close Date
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 11:59 AM
  • $99,000- $106,283
Employment Type
  • Full Time


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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Veterinarian under the general supervision of the Shelter Manager, shall provide involves planning, supervising and participating in medical diagnosis, treatment, and care and evaluation of all animals sheltered by the Animal Care and Control (AC&C) Division. Duties include: emergency medical care of injured or sick animals on a twenty-four hour, seven-day-a-week basis; administering a disease prevention program through preventative inoculation and shelter sanitation; and responsibility for euthanasia of unwanted animals. An individual has considerable latitude for the exercise of independent of judgment and initiative in attaining program goals and in rendering medical treatment. Functions as the Departmental Veterinarian. Work is subject to periodic review through conferences, inspections and appraisal of operations and accomplishments of the unit.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Plans, supervises, and participates in individual medical exams of all animals handled by the Department.
Provide training and education for AC&C staff on proper medical techniques & procedures, proper care, and analyzing health issues.
Oversee Animal health programs at AC&C to provide best possible care to animals entering & exiting while maintaining population control.
Ensure animals are cared for in accordance with AC&C standards. Maintain clean & sanitary environment at all times.
Ensure citizen complaints about health of animals are processed in rapid & professional manner within City & Mecklenburg County policies and all applicable laws and standards.
Conducts periodic audits of euthanasia records to ensure Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) accountability standards are maintained. Keep completed medical and drug records required by Drug Enforcement Agency.
Supervise disease prevention. Administers a disease prevention program by designing an inoculation regime and setting standards for shelter sanitation and disinfecting.
Provide emergency services to incoming animals in conjunction with Vet Techs.
Assist in CMPD rabies vaccination programs occurring every second Saturday of the month, 7:00am to 12:00pm at AC&C with five onsite hours.
Attend community events to promote animals, AC&C programs, and provide advice to public about proper care of animals.
Directs the purchase, receipt, storage, and inventory of medical equipment and supplies; is responsible for maintaining precise records on all drug usage, especially the accountability for the euthanizing solution.
Supervises the veterinary technicians and front counter staff. Coordinate with Vet Tech’s supervisor to assist with day-to-day duties.
Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Ability to write reports & business correspondence
Assist in formulating and adding to policy and procedure manuals
Ability to effectively present information & respond to questions from groups of City employees / general public
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
Ability to write reports for cases providing professional opinion & diagnosis.
Ability to testify in court cruelty cases at request of the City.
Comply with stated standards of performance
Report to Shelter Manager of organization
Responsibility to general assignments in: planning time, method, manner, sequence of performance of work, work operations of group of employees
Perform activities covered by expansive policies & objectives / oversight for execution & review
High order of analytical, interpretative, and constructive thinking in varied situations covering multiple areas of organization
Regular use of complex machines & equipment
Computer skills including but not limited to: spreadsheets, data entry, contact management, word processing

ADA and Other Requirements:
Positions in this class typically require: grasping, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.

Physical Requirements:
Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, standing, climbing, or walking extended periods of time
Light to moderate lifting and carrying; some crouching, stooping, squatting, crawling, reaching, pushing, and pulling when performing tasks
Occasionally lift & move up to fifty pound & frequently lift & move up to twenty-five pounds
Adequate vision, hearing, and speech required

Sensory Requirements:
Concentrated and attentive use of one or more senses (visual, audio, and other sensory modalities) for proofreading, data entry, tabulating data.
Ability to operate in an environment with frequent interruptions from people and or noises, which in return could result in some level of stress, fatigue, or strain.
Comprehensive written information in work-related documents.
Ability to hear, understand, and distinguish speech.

Working Conditions:
Work is performed in an animal shelter environment with moderate exposure to atmospheric conditions; moderate exposure to environmental conditions (such as officers, community members, victims, animals etc.); and frequent exposure to computer screens, files and phone. 

Other Requirements:
Successfully complete and pass a pre-employment hearing, vision, and psychological evaluation. Failure to successfully pass all segments of the pre-employment evaluation process will result in disqualification from further consideration under this vacancy announcement.

Preferred Qualification

Valid North Carolina or South Carolina Driver’s License

Minimum Qualifications

Doctorate (DMV) Degree and one year related work experience

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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