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$81,500.00 - 96,526.00


This position performs professional work in examining, treating, and performing surgery at the City of Columbia Animal Shelter; monitors and maintains all preventative healthcare programs; provides medical analysis on animal cruelty cases and other cases involving animal; and performs related work as required. The incumbent works within broad policy and organizational guidelines and does independent planning and implementation, reporting progress of major activities through periodic conferences and meetings.


  • Oversees the health care of shelter animals, and ensures the maintenance of accurate and complete animal health records;
  • Plans and conducts medical exams of animals sheltered by the Animal Services Division;
  • Diagnoses animal health problems and initiates appropriate treatment;
  • Administers an effective disease prevention program by implementing an inoculation regime and ensuring effective shelter sanitation and disinfection;
  • Monitors and maintains all preventative healthcare programs;
  • Performs spay and neuter surgeries on a regular basis; performs other surgeries as needed;
  • Provides emergency medical treatment to sick or injured animals on a 24-hour on-call basis;
  • Evaluates animals victimized by cruelty and neglect; provides court testimony as necessary;
  • Euthanizes animals as necessary;
  • Provides animal health information and assistance to those adopting shelter animals; provides follow-up medical care as appropriate;
  • Orders and maintains all veterinary supplies;
  • Provides instruction and leadership of shelter technicians and other staff assisting with veterinary procedures;
  • Maintains assigned equipment;
  • Provides recommendations and considerations to the director;
  • Performs routine administrative / clerical duties as required, including but not limited to preparing forms, reports and correspondence, entering and retrieving computer data, copying and filing documents, etc.;
  • Attends training, meetings, conferences, workshops, etc., as necessary to maintain job knowledge, skills and required certifications; and
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree;
  • Two (2) years of relevant prior experience;
  • Valid South Carolina Class “D” Driver’s License;
  • Controlled Substance License.


The work is considered medium-to-heavy in nature and involves walking, standing, stooping, lifting, climbing, pushing or raising objects and also involves exerting between 20 and 50 pounds of force on a recurring basis and 50 to 100 pounds of force on an occasional basis.


Human Resources Department 

1401 Main Street, 4th Floor, Columbia, SC 29201

Office Hours:  Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(803) 545-3010