This position is within Cook County's Bureau of Administration
This position is Part Time
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At the direction of the Administrator, serves in the capacity of a professional Veterinarian and may be filled on a part-time or full-time basis including on-call. The Deputy Administrator may assist the Administration and senior staff to formulate, review and implement policies as well as develop strategy to enforce State and County ordinance, laws relative to the control, registration and investigation of animals, and related incidents. Provides expertise answering questions regarding animals; animal bites; examination procedures; animal diseases; and laws regarding animals. Responsible for assisting in the review of departmental and County programs regarding responsible pet ownership and giving seminars relating to such subjects. In the event that the Administrator is not a licensed veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator will serve as the acting Veterinarian, making all required decisions regarding animal rabies observations and medical concerns.
Key Responsibilities and Duties:
Provides expertise in answering questions regarding animals; animal bites; examination procedures; animal diseases and laws regarding animals for the Animal and Rabies Control Wardens, Veterinarians, and the general public. Serves on-call handling medical emergencies including tranquilized, injured animals. Maintains active membership in Chicago Veterinary Association & Illinois Veterinary Association.
Serves as a resource & subject matter expert to Cook County regarding animal legislation. Co-ordinates with Illinois Department of Public Health & Illinois State Veterinarian. Reviews all requests for medical variances of animal control ordinances. Responds to cruelty cases and instructs the proper care and treatment of animals. May represent the Department as an expert witness during any legal proceedings. Participates with the Administrator on program review ensuring the operation of animal control procedures including but not limited to capture of animals, expertise with grant shelter operations, usage of drug use or in cases such as the euthanization/tranquilization, evaluate and review policies and procedures for effectiveness and consistency with animal control services goals, standard of care and operational needs. Participates and assists in the annual Rabies Clinics events throughout the year.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Thorough knowledge of veterinarian medicine.
Knowledge of the Federal, State and local laws concerning animals and the environment. Basic knowledge of Animal Control Ordinances and Procedures. Knowledge of the support network of the state and local veterinary associations. Knowledge of the services provided by professional areas of the department. Skill in the accuracy in the control, organization and maintenance of files and records. Good verbal communication and writing skills with the ability to gather information from others and make inquires. Ability to convey information and explain or describe Animal and Rabies Control policy and procedure to others in person or by telephone. Ability to evaluate and prioritize multiple assignments in an efficient and timely manner. Ability to work in a highly confidential environment, receiving clients and dealing with public inquiries.