Do you have a commitment and dedication to improving animals' lives through providing quality medicine, embracing Fear Free values, and administering excellent care? If so, we have the perfect job for you! Staff veterinarians are responsible for the medical care of animals at the Maricopa County animal shelters. As a team, we collaborate to ensure the wellness of the animals in our care, treat injuries and illnesses, and perform high-quality, high-volume spay/ neuter. We are also responsible for writing health certificates for out-of-state transports and administering rabies vaccines to in-house animals and privately-owned animals during vaccine clinics. We embrace Fear Free values to ensure animals are treated humanely and with respect. We partner closely with the shelter care teams to provide the best recommendations for the animals that enter our shelter. We do all this while maintaining a 4-day work week.
Unique benefits of this position include:
Loan repayment of up to $7,200 per year, and
Public service loan forgiveness program
Join our team of dedicated veterinarians and genuinely make a difference in the lives of homeless dogs and cats in our community. Apply today!
Essential Job Tasks
The tasks listed are a representation and not an all-inclusive list of essential job tasks for this position.
Examines impounded, in-house, and fostered shelter animals; performs diagnostics; creates treatment plans; prescribes therapeutics, and determines appropriate disposition for incoming animals
Executes high-quality, high-volume spay or neuter, including pediatric patients, on a rotating basis. Performs dental extractions; reads and interprets radiograph studies; performs non-witnessed, owner-requested euthanasia
Evaluates animals for release from bite quarantine
Maintains medical records
Monitors, dispenses, and logs controlled substances according to DEA standards
Participates in biweekly vaccination clinics onsite at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control
Provides training as requested to clinic, shelter, and field staff members
Delivers a high level of customer service to external and internal clients
Complies with all state laws relating to the veterinary practice as well as adherence to internal policies and procedures
Work is predominantly performed in an animal shelter with exposure to extreme and varying temperatures, dogs and cats with unknown temperaments and behaviors, excessive noise, animal waste and fluids, deceased animals, cleaning chemicals, and Zoonotic Diseases. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and walk on all types of surfaces, sometimes slippery and/or uneven and rough and perform duties that require lifting, bending, and stooping.
The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified. Those selected will be assessed based on the evaluation of listed education and experience. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a list provided by Human Resources.
All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.
Maricopa County is an EEO/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.
We recognize your time is valuable, so please apply if you meet the following required qualifications.
Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine
One year of experience as a practicing veterinarian
A minimum of two rotations in shelter medicine and surgery during the final year of veterinary school
Valid Arizona Veterinarian license, or licensed in another state with the ability to obtain Arizona licensure by the time of hire
Valid United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) license
Drug Enforcement Agency Certification
Candidates must be flexible and able to work all shifts, including starting as early as 7:00 AM and finishing as late as 6:00 PM, working weekends and holidays. Employees can be assigned to any shift, with any combination of days off, determined by the Department's needs. However, the focus is placed on consistent scheduling to allow for work-life balance
Our Preferred Candidate has:
Three or more years of experience as a veterinarian
Experience as a veterinarian at a high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter clinic or animal shelter
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