The shelter veterinarian performs medical procedures for the overall health of animals maintained by Lee County Domestic Animal Services, including public assistance cases, and reports to the Director. Other related duties and tasks include triage and emergency treatment of ill and injured animals, working with animals potentially carrying zoonoses, assisting co-workers in developing medical protocols and procedures, assessing cruelty cases with court testimony as required, as well as training and educating staff on various aspects of animal sheltering.
Positive and cooperative interactions with co-workers, the public, pet placement partners, and officials from diverse backgrounds, working as a team member, functioning under time pressure and responding in a positive manner to supervision is essential.
DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:
Oversees pre, post-operative, and clinical care for all animals brought into Lee County Domestic Animal Services.
Perform high quality spay/neuter surgeries and miscellaneous surgeries.
Train staff on aspects of shelter medicine that impact all areas of the shelter.
Practice shelter medicine standards based on the Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters from the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare.
Perform examination on animals suspected of cruelty and prepare a medical or necropsy report for court testimony to assist Animal Control Officers, Animal Cruelty Investigators, and law enforcement as requested.
Workload and duties may be adjusted in the event of the absence of the other Shelter Veterinarian.
Perform other duties as required.
Possess a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or equivalent from an AVMA accredited school of veterinary medicine.
Possess an active Florida Veterinarian License in good standing at the time of hire.
Possess a USDA Category I license or the ability to obtain licensure within 6 months of hire date.
Two years of professional experience in small animal clinical veterinary medicine or shelter medicine OR completion of a one-year internship in shelter medicine through the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program sponsored by the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians.
Ability to obtain a Federal Drug Enforcement Administration License.
Must possess a valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record.
Ability to pass a criminal background check.
Internal Number: 04613KL
About Lee County Domestic Animal Services
Southwest Florida’s Lee County is a growing, dynamic region, ideally situated along Interstate 75,
just two hours from Tampa and Miami. Covering approximately 811 square miles, the county is
home to nearly 675,000 residents in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers Metropolitan Statistical Area. Fort
Myers is the county seat of Lee County, which also includes the communities of Cape Coral,
Bonita Springs, Sanibel, Estero, and Fort Myers Beach. More and more families and businesses are
choosing Lee County to call home. From sparkling white sandy beaches and lush golf courses, to
an exciting sports and outdoor recreation scene, Lee County’s nationally recognized public school
system, low crime rates and exceptional quality of life make it a great place to live, work, and raise
Lee County provides a full complement of programs and services to its citizens. A five member
Board of County Commissioners, elected by all voters representing districts in which they live, acts
as the chief policy making and legislative body for the County.
Lee County Domestic Animal Services has four divisions; Lost & Found Pet Center, Pet Adoptions Center, Veterinary Services & Pet Licensing Center,... and Field operations. Our agency provides core services involving domesticated animals kept as pets, working to reunite animals with owners and to get animals adopted.