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Zoonosis Veterinarian

at Harris County

Posted: 4/3/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2396980
Keywords: veterinary, animal

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Description

Under the supervision of the HCPHS Director of Veterinary Public Health (VPH) and in coordination with the HCPHS Chief of Disease Control & Medical Epidemiology, the Zoonosis Veterinarian will develop and implement a veterinary surveillance system to aid in the early detection of zoonotic diseases. Under the supervision of the Director of VPH and in coordination with the HCPHS Office of Public Health Preparedness, the Zoonosis Veterinarian will provide guidance and expertise in planning and responding to the animal component of disasters and zoonotic disease outbreaks.        

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Veterinary Surveillance Duties:
    • Maintains a working network of veterinarians in the Houston/Harris County region and an active presence in the veterinary community to insure acceptance and participation in the program, i.e., speak at group meetings, act as a consultant, distribute a newsletter, etc.).
    • Works with various stakeholders in the Houston/Harris County region to encourage zoonotic disease reporting.
    • Maintains communication with the veterinary community through the Veterinary Health Alert Network (VHAN).
    • Assists in the improvement and/or maintenance of the Veterinary Health Alert Network (VHAN).
    • Coordinates and carries out active zoonotic surveillance as needed in Harris County with local, state and federal agencies.
    • Coordinates zoonosis surveillance efforts with internal departmental areas such as the HCPHS Disease Control & Medical Epidemiology (DCME) Section as indicated.
  • Zoonosis Control Duties:
    • Serves as consultant to the public & medical community concerning rabies & other zoonotic disease.
    • Routinely reviews bite cases & takes appropriate action as needed.
    • Coordinates zoonotic investigations with state & federal agencies as needed.
  • Emergency/Disaster Management Duties:
    • Provides guidance to the appropriate HCPH offices and divisions concerning zoonotic diseases and other One Health issues.
    • Provides guidance and assistance to the HCPHS Office of Public Health Preparedness in planning for and responding to emergencies and disasters involving zoonotic diseases.
    • Serves on the Harris County Disaster Animal Management Task Force (HCDAMTF) and assists in planning for animals in disasters.
    • Manages the VPH inventory of supplies and equipment purchased for the purposes of disaster management.
  • Administrative Duties:
    • Responsible for the recruitment, selection, training, supervision, evaluation and discipline of the zoonosis technician.
    • Under the direction of the DVPH Director and in coordination with other section leaders, participates in analyzing divisional needs, developing policies and strategic plans.
    • Assists in the development of divisional budget and resource priorities.
    • Analyzes disease incidence/prevalence within the animal shelter and make recommendations for disease control.
  • Field Investigation Duties:
    • Maintains necropsy and sample submission skills by performing spays & neuters on a limited basis.
  • Other Duties:
    • Performs other duties as assigned, including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event.


  • DVM/VMD or equivalent degree from an AVMA accredited School of Veterinary Medicine.
  • OR will graduate from an AVMA accredited school of Veterinary Medicine with a doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M./V.M.D.) by hire date.
  • A valid license to practice veterinary medicine issued by the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
  • OR the ability to obtain a valid veterinary license issued by the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners by the hire date.
  • Must have or obtain USDA Accreditation within six (6) months of hire date.
  • Working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets and databases.

NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge and skills must be clearly stated on your application's employment history. Resumes are welcome, but we do not use any information provided on your resume to qualify and refer you to the Hiring Department for consideration.


  • Master of Public Health (MPH) or Post-graduate degree (MS or PhD) in the veterinary medical field, epidemiology, public health or other related field.
  • One (1) year of professional work experience in veterinary science, epidemiology or related fields.
  • Experience with Epidemiology Information is desired.
  • Knowledge of Chameleon animal care, and Crystal Report writing software.

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.