Under the supervision of the HCPH Director of Veterinary Public Health (VPH) and in coordination with the HCPH Chief of Disease Control & Medical Epidemiology, the Zoonosis Veterinarian will develop & implement a veterinary surveillance system to aid in the early detection of zoonotic diseases.
Duties and Responsibilities
30 % ZOONOSIS CONTROL:
Serves as consultant to the public & medical community concerning rabies & other zoonotic diseases.
Routinely reviews bite cases & takes appropriate action as needed.
Coordinates zoonotic investigations with state & federal agencies as needed.
Collects disease data and monitors disease incidence and prevalence within the shelter and makes recommendations for mitigation and control.
25 % VETERINARY SURVEILLANCE:
Maintains a working network of veterinarians in the Houston/Harris County region and an active presence in the veterinary community to ensure acceptance and participation in the program, i.e., speak at group meetings, act as a consultant, distribute a newsletter, etc.
Works with various stakeholders in the Houston/Harris County region to encourage zoonotic disease reporting.
Maintains communication with the veterinary community through the Veterinary Health Alert Network (VHAN). Assists in the improvement and/or maintenance of the Veterinary Health Alert Network (VHAN).
Coordinates and carries out active zoonotic surveillance as needed in Harris County with local, state and federal agencies.
Coordinates zoonosis surveillance efforts with internal departmental areas such as the HCPH Disease Control & Medical Epidemiology (DCME) Section as indicated.
20 % EMERGENCY/DISASTER MANAGEMENT:
Provides guidance to the appropriate HCPH offices and divisions concerning zoonotic diseases and other One Health issues.
Provides guidance and assistance to the HCPH Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) in planning for and responding to emergencies and disasters involving zoonotic diseases.
Serves on the Harris County Disaster Animal Management Task Force (HCDAMTF) and assists in planning for animals in disasters.
10 % SHELTER/WELLNESS MEDICINE:
Assists the veterinary medical team in the shelter and wellness clinic as needed
5 % ADMINISTRATIVE:
Under the direction of the VPH Director and in coordination with other section leaders, participates in analyzing divisional needs, developing policies and strategic plans.
5% FIELD INVESTIGATION SKILLS:
Maintains necropsy and sample submission skills by performing spays & neuters on a limited basis.
Performs other duties as assigned, including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event.
• DVM / VMD / or equivalent degree from an AVMA accredited School of Veterinary Medicine OR will graduate from an accredited school of Veterinary Medicine with a doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M./V.M.D.) by hire date
• Valid license to practice veterinary medicine issued by the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners OR the ability to obtain a valid veterinary license issued by the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners by the hire date
• Must have or obtain USDA Accreditation within 6 months of hire date
Internal Number: 5527
About HARRIS COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH
Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is the county health department for Harris County and provides comprehensive health services and programs to the community through a workforce of approximately 700 public health professionals – all dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Harris County residents and the communities in which they live, learn, work, worship, and play. The HCPH jurisdiction included approximately 2.3 million people and over 30 other municipalities located in Harris County (not including the city of Houston). The Veterinary Public Health (VPH) division of Harris County Public Health works in partnership with the community to create a safe, healthy and caring environment for residents and animals of unincorporated Harris County. Harris County Pets is operated by VPH.