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Veterinary Operations Director

at Harris County

Posted: 9/25/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2416533
Keywords: operations

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Description

Under the supervision of the Division Director, Veterinary Public Health, the Veterinary Operations Director manages and coordinates the veterinary operations section to provide for the humane care and disposition of sheltered and quarantined animals. Responsible for developing and implementing strategies to increase the "leave alive" rate. Participates in planning processes and provides insight to policy development and oversees program budget. 

 Clinical Duties:

  • Oversees the prevention and control of disease in sheltered animals.
  • Assists in the development and/or review of sanitation, treatment, and euthanasia protocols.
  • Neuters or spays dogs and cats prior to being adopted.
  • Examines and writes health certificates for animals slated for transport.
  • Performs forensic animal cruelty examinations and prepares appropriate documentation.
Management Duties:
  • Interviews for openings in Veterinary Operations.
  • Oversees scheduling, conducts scheduled performance appraisals and provides counseling and training as appropriate.
  • Participates in divisional strategic planning, develops performance measures for the Veterinary Operations sections and monitors progress toward meeting program goals.
  • Develops the Veterinary Operations budget and provides budgetary oversight.
  • Provides supervision to the technicians performing vaccinations, treatment and euthanasia.
  • Provides supervision to technicians assisting with surgery.
  • Responsible for the enforcement of applicable Texas laws and Harris County regulations and policies.
  • Coordinates with the Shelter Operations Administrator for facility maintenance and repairs.
"Leave Alive" Activities:
  • Responsible for the implementation of the Harris County Public Health Services Veterinary Public Health (HCPHS VPH) "Leave Alive Strategy including:
    • Overseeing the selection, examination & care of animals placed into the adoption program.
    • Examining animals daily for signs of disease.
    • Coordinating with representatives of VPH approved animal rescue groups to affect the transfer of animals as appropriate.
    • Coordinating for the diagnosis and treatment of pets placed in foster homes.
    • Developing and maintaining networks to affect the transfer of animals to other adoption agencies for adoption.
Zoonosis Control Duties:
  • Routinely performs bite case reviews and takes appropriate action as needed.
  • Performs daily evaluations of quarantined animals.
  • Consults with the public and medical community concerning rabies and other zoonotic diseases as needed.
Other Duties:
  • Performs other duties as assigned, including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event.
  • May occasionally be required to work after hours, weekends or on holidays or mobile events.


  • Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from an accredited School of Veterinary Medicine; and
  • Valid license to practice veterinary medicine issued by the Texas State Veterinary Medical Examining Board.
  • OR the ability to obtain a valid veterinary license issued by the Texas State Veterinary Medical Examining Board before start date.
  • Must have or obtain USDA Accreditation within six (6) months of start date.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience working in a veterinary medical environment, including some managerial or supervisory experience in a veterinary or non-veterinary environment.
  • Intermediate skills in the use of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Valid drivers license (Texas upon hire).
NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge and skills must be clearly documented on your job application's employment history. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation; but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume" will not be accepted for qualifications.


  • Board Specialty in Shelter Medicine.
  • Animal shelter experience.
  • Some surgery experience.
  • Knowledge of Chameleon shelter software and Crystal Report Writing.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of immunization as related to infectious diseases of animals and zoonotic diseases.
  • Administrative knowledge, effective personnel management and a pragmatic approach to resolution of problems is necessary.
  • Knowledge in the practice of shelter veterinary medicine.
  • Surgical skills necessary to spay/neuter all ages (including pediatric) & sizes of dogs & cats.

General Information


  • Houston (Canino Office)
  • 40 Hours per Week
  • Will Be Discussed During Departmental Interview
  • Based on 26 Pay Periods
Additional Information - Core Competencies

Organizational Leadership
  • Understands the organizational mission.
  • Understands ethics and public good; is concerned with public trust.
  • Demonstrates respect for the opinions and beliefs of others.
  • Demonstrates a sense of responsibility for the success of the group.
  • Collaborates with others to improve quality and address needs.
  • Establishes collaborative relationships and projects.
  • Ability to adapt to change.
  • Able to manage change.
  • Adept at framing issues.
Interpersonal Abilities/Personal Characteristics
  • Uses sound judgment.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Organizes and maintains work environment to allow for maximum productivity.
  • Communicates clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Written and verbal English competency.
  • Able to read and follow directions.
Analysis/Research Skills
  • Understands cost-benefit analysis.
  • Understands decision analysis.
  • Able to conduct budget/fiscal analysis/financial management.
  • Understands spatial analysis (physical, social, economic, demographic).
  • Understands systems analysis and design.
  • Knowledgeable about project design and planning.

Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date.