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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2314 - Veterinarian/Animal Control Administrator

Job Description

GRADE: 316

Under Administrative direction; performs work of considerable difficulty applying veterinary practices at the DuPage County Animal Care & Control Department (DCACC); fulfills statutory duties under the Animal Control Act, Humane Care of Animals Act, Animal Welfare Act, and Humane Euthanasia in Animal Shelters Act;  oversees the personnel management, administration and planning as required.

An employee in this class must be a Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD) or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in order to perform veterinary practices and manage individual and group health, such as physical exams, vaccinations and surgeries for the shelter animals at Animal Care & Control Department.  Employee must possess strong leadership qualities and skills to effectively lead the DCACC.   All practices must be in accordance with regulatory codes in the Illinois Statutes.  General direction is received from the Director of Emergency Management & Homeland Security.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Develops, reviews, and upholds animal standard of care practices and medical treatment protocols
• Develops and maintains protocols for managing disease in large groups of animals at the County Shelter including vaccination protocols
• Implements and manages staff and facility sanitation and hygiene protocols including disease control
• Upholds current animal welfare standards of care (e.g. feeding practices, caging, stress reduction, etc.)
• Controls and prevents the spread of rabies, and other zoonotic disease
• Maintains dog and cat population control through non-lethal means whenever possible
• Identifies lost dogs or cats for return to their owners
• Monitors and quarantines animals suspected of carrying rabies
• Monitors and quarantines animals that have been involved in a bite incident
• Conducts dangerous and vicious dog investigations
• Supervises the collection of annual rabies vaccine registration information
• Develops and maintains protocols for managing controlled substances and maintains applicable records.
• Develops, implements and monitors department policies and procedures for compliance with applicable federal, state, and local rules and regulations
• Develops goals, objectives and manages the overall operations of the facility
• Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
• Directs the management of fiscal and budgetary operations, as well as financial resources and the collection and recording of all fees authorized by the Animal Control Ordinance and associated fee schedules
• Executes emergency triage and stabilization of ill and injured animals
• Performs adult and pediatric castration and ovariohysterectomy (OHE)
• Performs veterinary dental care of animals
• Performs surgical procedures on various species of animals (i.e. amputations, cyst removals, etc.)
• Performs adoption examinations to identify health and temperament conditions
• Develops, reviews and upholds animal care best practices and medical treatment protocols
• Ensures compliance with humane methods of the euthanasia of animals
• Performs physical examinations and vaccinations of animals housed at the shelter
• Ensures quality and consistent care for animals at County shelter
• Examines, documents and treats abuse cases, working with Law Enforcement and other agencies as necessary
• Participates in humane investigations (e.g. documenting and performing forensic examinations, testifying in court, etc.)
• Reviews and approves rabies vaccination exemption requests
• Establishes with the staff a positive working relationship with private veterinary hospitals and emergency facilities
• Works together with the staff to improve relationships with the community, public and rescue groups
• Maintains close working relationship with volunteer, fostering organizations and foundations (e.g. Friend of Animal Care and Control Foundation, etc.)
• Educates the public about zoonotic diseases that can be spread from animals to humans
• Oversees the collection of annual rabies vaccine registration information
• Educates the public on responsible pet ownership
• Maintains applicable records and prepares written report
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• The field of veterinary medicine
• Regulations required of veterinarians in the state of Illinois
• Safety practices concerning the handling of animals
• Current principles pertaining to animal control
• Current animal welfare standards of care

Skill in:
• Performing high-volume castration and ovariohysterectomy (OHE)
• Diagnosing and managing diseases and illnesses of shelter animals
• Human animal handling practices
• Organizing and establishing priorities, and planning and supervising the work of others
• Communication and team building

Ability to:
• Effectively lead, monitor and evaluate employees
• Prioritize and assign work
• Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, and operational needs
• Communicate effective (oral and written) and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Maintain confidentiality

Exercises supervision of personnel in the DCACC.

Graduation from a Veterinary College or University approved or accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, a minimum of three (3) years of clinical veterinary medical experience and shelter medicine/surgery experience, which included a minimum of three (3) years of supervisory experience. 

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

Heavy Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force frequently to lift, carry, push, and pull or otherwise move animals. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk; and/or hear.

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.

The work will occur in a animal shelter environment.   While performing the duties and responsibilities, the employee will be exposed to loud noise, noxious odors, zoonotic diseases, and will be subject to animal bites, scratches, and/or kicks. 

This position requires a current license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Illinois, DEA certification, and Illinois drug enforcement certifications.