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The City of Fort Worth Code Department is recruiting to hire Shelter Veterinarians for its Animal Shelter at 4900 Martin Street, Fort Worth, TX 76119.

The City of Fort Worth has a progressive animal welfare program that enjoys broad based support from elected officials, industry, residents, and animal welfare agencies. A group of City staff and private business professionals recently raised over $1 million for a new medical treatment ward that opened in October 2014 to supplement its surgical clinic where approximate 9,000 animals were neutered in 2015. Also, in 2015, the shelter added outdoor kennels and dog enrichment areas. A $1 million expansion of the current shelter will begin this summer with plans for a second shelter to be completed in the next five years. The live release rate has increased from approximately 30% in 2010 to topping 91% for the fiscal year 2017.

Job Description

We are currently recruiting for one or more compassionate and knowledgeable Shelter Veterinarians to provide care for at-risk animals. With the assistance of our enthusiastic team of veterinary technicians and animal control officers, the selected individual(s) will be responsible for providing high quality and fast pace medical care of animals in the shelter; Perform clinical, laboratory and surgical veterinary services for sheltered animals with High Quality High Volume spay, neuter and other surgeries, including pre-and post-operative care; Ensure all impounded animals receive prompt and proper medical care and continued monitoring for individual/herd health and welfare; Perform examinations, diagnose, create treatment plans, and monitoring treatments as needed along with emergency triage and stabilization for sick/injured animals; Ensure accurate and thorough record keeping for each individual animal treated.

Assist with the development of policies, procedures and protocols which relate to the veterinary needs of sheltered animals, including disease prevention. Make recommendations on shelter disease management protocols, sanitation, and procedures. Provide training to Animal Services personnel in first aid, disease recognition and prevention. Identify animal cruelty, consult during cruelty investigations, and provide expert witness testimony. Supply a high level of medical care to neglected/abused animals and ensure thorough documentation of medical finding for criminal prosecution of perpetrators. Assist with investigations of animal care regulations which may include bites and attacks, animal cruelty, inspection of pet stores; testify at court and administrative hearings and assist the public in animal care and regulations issues.

Assist management in the development and implementation of policies which impact animal and, indirectly, human health; Participate in the planning of the daily veterinary activities to ensure efficient and effective operation; Interact with staff pertaining to issues associated with the health, feeding, husbandry, nutrition, breeding and diseases, and injuries to keep all parties informed of the status of animals; Conduct staff training on recommended practices on topics involving animal health, well-being, medical care or other related topics; and Exercise independent medical judgment when examining, caring for and treating impounded animals in accordance with City policies and procedures and in compliance with applicable State laws.

At the Fort Worth Animal Shelter each day is filled with diverse challenges. We work closely with veterinary technicians, customer service representatives, kennel technicians, animal control officers and PetSmart to achieve a very high Live Release Rate. Come see why over 100 dedicated staff call The City of Fort Worth Animal Shelter home. To apply, please visit The City of Fort Worth Career page.

The Fort Worth Animal Shelter is open and staffed by veterinarians seven days per week. Position is subjected to mandatory overtime and on-call status.


Graduation from a college or university accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Degree and no experience.

Other Requirements

Possession of, or ability to obtain, license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Texas.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, the required DEA registration.

Job Preferences

Preferences will be given for the following:

Shelter medicine experience;

High Volume High Quality Spay/Neuter experience;

General practice experience;

Leadership experience;

Experience with pet enrichment including group play;

Knowledge or experience with Trap, Neuter, Release and Return to Field programs; and

Board Certification in Shelter Medicine through American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.


Ann Herrera
Organization Name: City of Fort Worth
Phone: 8173927763
City: Fort Worth
State: Texas
Post Code: 76102