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Veterinarian - 2021 

Category Animal Services  


Highly technical position responsible for diagnosing and treating sick or injured animals. Responsibilities include practicing veterinary medicine, surgery, promoting animal-related public safety to the County’s Citizens, and the humane treatment of animals housed at the County’s Animal Services Shetler. Provides medical support for the Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, and Release (TNVR) program for the Board of Sumter County Commissioners (BOCC). This position oversees the kennel operations and associated personnel.



  1. Examines, evaluates, and treats sick and injured animals by prescribing medication, dressing wounds, and performing surgeries.
  2. Responsible for ensuring the humane treatment of impounded animals by monitoring the kennels for safe and sanitary conditions.
  3. Establishes or carries out quarantine or testing procedures to combat the spread of diseases to humans or other animals.
  4. Maintains accurate medical records on each animal.
  5. Directs euthanasia following County policy and recognized humane practices.
  6. Assesses animals for adoptability.
  7. Oversee the County’s compliance with Federal Drug Administration (FDA) laws and regulations and work closely with the Manager to ensure a proper inventory of supplies, including vaccinations, medications, microchips, and controlled substances.
  8. Enforces, controls, and maintains the security of medications according to federal laws, rules, and regulations. Registers Pharmaceutical and Drug Enforcement Administration licenses to ensure expiration dates are not exceeded, and the license remains valid.
  9. Works closely with Animal Control Officers to oversee their use of controlled substances per County policy.
  10. Participates in animal cruelty and neglect investigations, including testifying in court as requested by Sumter County law enforcement agencies or State Attorney’s Office.
  11. In case of an emergency or crisis situation (hurricane, flood, etc.), the position must respond/perform recovery duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor.
  12. Employees hired on or after February 1, 2016, must be a tobacco-free person, both on and off the job, for at least one (1) year immediately preceding application and maintain the same tobacco-free status throughout the term of employment.
  13. Head, face, neck (anything above the t-shirt line,) and hand tattoos are prohibited except that an employee may have one ring tattoo below the joint of the bottom segment of the finger.
  14. Maintains regular physical attendance during normal work hours as assigned at one of the County’s offices or work facilities with the ability to work evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays as required.


[These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job-related marginal duties as required.]

Position Requirements




  • Knowledge of State and County animal ordinances, regulations, animal care policies, and procedures of the Division and Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).
  • Knowledge of Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters.
  • Knowledge of animal behavior sufficient to recognize normal and abnormal behavior and diseases in domestic and wild animals.
  • Knowledge of laws relating to animal control.
  • Knowledge of current office methods, equipment, and procedures, including word processing and use of animal software management systems.
  • Ability to perform surgeries and medical procedures.
  • Ability to work independently and carry out veterinary assignments.
  • Ability to manage veterinary personnel.
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare written technical reports.
  • Ability to maintain sanitary conditions of kennels, vehicles, and equipment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships and liaisons with outside veterinarians, professional veterinary organizations, animal and civic organizations, and other county officials.
  • Ability to offer accurate testimony in court proceedings, civil actions, and before hearing officers.
  • Ability to effectively deal with people and animals under stress.
  • Ability to respond on scene to after-hours and weekend calls within sixty (60) minutes.



  • Graduation from an accredited College or University with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.



  • Valid Florida Driver’s License and a driving record acceptable to the insurance provider.
  • Must possess or obtain the required National Incident Management System (NIMS) certifications within six (6) months of employment.
  • Requires a Florida Veterinary License in good standing with the Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine
  • Must have the ability to maintain a State of Florida Pharmaceutical License.



  • Acceptable vision (with or without correction);
  • Acceptable hearing (with or without correction);
  • Moderate lifting and carrying (up to 50 pounds without assistance);
  • Reaching
  • Pulling
  • Climbing
  • Walking
  • Standing
  • Crawling
  • Kneeling
  • Bending
  • Stooping
  • Jumping
  • Running
  • Must be able to drive all vehicles as required.



  • Hepatitis A within sixty (60) days of employment
  • Hepatitis B within sixty (60) days of employment
  • Pre-exposure Rabies within sixty (60) days of employment
  • Tetanus within sixty (60) days of employment



  • Work occurs in the animal shelter directly working with the animals and the veterinarian staff.
  • Works with animals, including parasite infested areas, dead and diseased animals;
  • Works inside and outside in varying weather conditions with noise and dust;
  • Works on uneven, slippery surfaces and heights;
  • Works with moving objects and vehicles;
  • Works in stressful situations.


Reasonable accommodation will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.

FLSA Exempt Status


Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Salary Range $37.82 - $54.08 Commensurate with licenses and experience. Benefits Package.  
Closing Date September 26,2021  
Post Internal Days  
Position Veterinarian - 2021  
Division Animal Services  
Post Internal Days 0  
Number of Openings 1  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Open Date 9/13/2021  
Location Animal Services  
Flyer None Specified 

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