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Job Description

Provides diagnostic and medical treatment for impounded, quarantined, sick or injured animals and performs spay/neuters for adoptable animals at the Augusta Animal Services shelter, within the guidelines of city and department policies and procedures, local ordinances and state laws. This position reports to the Director, works with governmental and law enforcement agencies, co-workers, veterinarians, vendors, other animal shelters, rescue groups, animal owners and the general public.


  • Ensures all animals impounded with Animal Services receive prompt and proper medical care and continued monitoring for individual/herd health and welfare.
  • Performs basic examinations, diagnoses, specific animal treatment regimens, and monitoring treatments as needed along with emergency triage and stabilization for sick/injured animals, stray and relinquished animals received into the Augusta Animal Services shelter.
  • Examines, inoculates, implants microchips and performs surgical sterilization on adoptable animals.
  • Oversees pre-and post-operative care of animals undergoing spay/neuter.
  • Performs necessary surgical alterations and procedures as needed.
  • Preps surgical candidates and manages after care needs.
  • Administers rabies vaccinations of adoptable animals and animals returned to owner following impound.
  • Inventories and orders drugs, medical supplies and equipment.
  • Oversees the maintenance of surgical equipment and of health care clinic.
  • Maintains accurate and thorough record keeping for medications and for each individual animal treated.
  • Assists with the development of policies, procedures and protocols which relate to the veterinary needs of animals in care, to include disease prevention.
  • Makes recommendations on shelter disease management protocols, sanitation, and procedures.
  • Provides training to Animal Services personnel in first aid, disease recognition and prevention. Annually certifies staff to euthanize animals according to Department of Agriculture requirements.
  • Identifies animal cruelty, consults during cruelty investigations, and provides expert witness testimony. Supplies a high level of medical care to neglected/abused animals and ensures thorough documentation of medical finding for criminal prosecution of perpetrators.
  • Conducts observations of animals involved in bite cases while undergoing quarantine to ensure compliance with state Rabies regulations.
  • Participates in disaster preparedness training and exercises. Provides veterinarian services during emergency/disaster situations.


Education: Possession of a doctoral degree of Veterinary Medicine from accredited veterinary college.
Experience: Two (2) years’ experience serving in a professional Veterinary capacity and/or public shelter. Experience working in a high volume spay/neuter clinic is a plus.


  • Knowledge of health and federal and state laws and regulations relative to veterinarian science services.
  • Knowledge of Augusta codes and ordinances related to Animal Control issues.
  • Knowledge of diagnosis and treatment of a variety of animal diseases and injuries.
  • Knowledge of veterinary clinical and laboratory procedures.
  • Knowledge of proper care and handling of cats and dogs under stressful situations.
  • Knowledge of veterinarian medical terms and medications.
  • Knowledge of animal types, species, and breed identification.
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Interpersonal skills, customer service skills.


  1. A current license in good standing to practice veterinary medicine by the Veterinary Medical Examining Board for the State of Georgia before employment and maintain licensure for the duration of employment.
  2. Current Department of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) license and maintain licensure for the duration of employment. Licensing: Valid driver’s license

**Must have a Valid Driver's License**

Physical Requirements:

Depending upon area of assignment:
Positions in this class typically require: walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. Work is performed in an office setting.

Moderate Work: Exerting up to 75 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 70 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Frequent lifting of objects more than 75 pounds and occasional lifting of objects more than 100 pounds are required.


The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to this job.


Augusta, Georgia Is An Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

The government of Augusta, Georgia is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, disabilities, marital status, pregnancy status, veteran’s status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. We value and encourage diversity in our workforce. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 Accommodations. 





Please apply at:  Applications accepted online only.

Lisette Richmond

Human Resources Analyst II/Employment

City of Augusta/Richmond County

Human Resources Department | 530 Greene Street, Rm 400A  |

Augusta, GA 30901 | 

(706) 821-2309 | fax (706) 821-2867 |

Date Posted 6/26/2014 2:39 pm 
Location Augusta, GA 
Compensation $64,464.28/ year 
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