• Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
  • 12 Southeast 1st Street, Gainesville, FL, USA
Full Time Agriculture Government Management Science Veterinary Services

Job Description


SALARY: $85K (Salary negotiable, based on experience)

DVM degree from an accredited school of veterinary medicine and two years of experience as a practicing veterinarian. Must be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Florida. Requires the successful completion of a criminal history background investigation prior to employment.

 Position Summary: This is highly responsible professional work supervising and providing medical care and treatment to sheltered animals in the medical unit of the Animal Services Department.

This is an emergency essential classification.  Upon declaration of a disaster and/or emergency, all employees in this classification are required to work.

An employee assigned to this classification is responsible for providing veterinary services including a broad variety of clinical and laboratory activities. Exercises medical judgment and skill in the independent performance of duties for the care and treatment of animals within the shelter. Supervision is exercised over clinic subordinates assisting in routine details. Work is performed in accordance with County ordinances and other applicable policies and legislation.

Work is performed under the direction of a higher level supervisor and is reviewed through reports, conferences, and observation of results achieved.


Exudes a positive customer service focus.
Advocates building organizational culture through aligning decisions with core values including: integrity, honesty, respect, diversity, innovation, accountability and communication.
 Supervises and coordinates the activities of subordinate employees including determining work procedures and schedules; issuing instructions and assigning duties; reviewing work; recommending personnel actions; conducting performance reviews; and conducting departmental training and orientation.
 Participates as a member of the management team and attends applicable meetings.
Provides medical and surgical care, treatment and sterilizations to sheltered animals.
Provides medical examinations and sterilizations to animals being transferred to other animal welfare organizations and/or rescue groups.

Provides sterilizations for pets of citizens participating in the low-income and low-cost spay/neuter programs.
Performs forensic exams and necropsies as warranted and provides qualified testimony and documentation in court concerning cases of neglect and cruelty, as enforced by Animal Services Officers in accordance with County ordinance and State Statutes.

Counsels citizens who adopt pets on post operative care.

Trains staff on prevention of canine, feline and zoonotic diseases.

Aids in development and implementation of cleaning, vaccination, intake, and quarantine protocols.
Participates in interviewing and hiring decisions for shelter medical staff.
Communicates directly with applicable staff with regard to care of all shelter animals.

Participates in the continuing education of senior students at the College of Veterinary Medicine in the cooperative externship program with the University of Florida.

Stays current on the latest procedures and developments regarding the handling, care and disposal of animals.

Performs decapitation of animals that are submitted for rabies testing.

Maintains medical inventory, compliance with DEA requirements related to controlled substances, and offers qualified expertise on the appropriate selection of medical supplies.

Reviews and makes recommendations to the director concerning animal care and regulations program policies, procedures, and activities; prepares periodic evaluative reports on medical services.

Responds to verbal and written inquiries from the public and the local veterinary community regarding Animal Services.

Develops programs designed to inform the citizens of Alachua County about the proper
care and handling of animals.

Provides technical advice and assistance to citizens as requested.

Treats people and animals with respect, contributes to effective teamwork, promotes intra-and inter-departmental cooperation, and fosters public relations beneficial to Animal Services.
Performs the duties listed, as well as those assigned, with professionalism and a sense of urgency.

NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. 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.


Thorough knowledge of veterinary medicine, infectious disease, shelter medicine, aseptic technique, standards of care in veterinary medicine, and high volume surgery techniques.

Thorough knowledge of the operation of laboratory equipment, use of drugs, and related supplies for an animal facility.

Considerable knowledge of the policies, procedures and laws pertaining to animal services operations.

Ability to perform high volume spay/neuter surgery; ability to perform other surgeries including by not limited to cystotomy, mass removal, entropion repair, cherry eye repair, enucleation, and amputation; ability to prioritize, multitask, and triage; and ability to work well with others.

Ability to supervise and organize the work of staff, develop staff, and effectively appraise employee performance.

Ability to prepare clear and concise reports.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including public speaking and the preparation of written reports.

Ability to communicate skillfully and effectively with a culturally diverse staff, volunteers, and community in a professional, pleasant, and respectful manner at all times.

Ability to work well within frenetic nature of shelter environment.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is regularly required to stand for extended periods; walk; sit, and reach with hands or arms.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet, humid conditions (non-weather), and fumes or airborne particles. Subject to animal bites and scratches.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



Education Requirements

Other Graduate Degree, Ph.D, Other Doctorate Degree


$85K (Salary negotiable, based on experience)