City of Houston
November 21, 2021
Houston, TX
Job Type


Applications Accepted From:  All Persons Interested

Posting Number: 25594
Division: BARC
Workdays & Hours:  Various, including weekends.*
*Subject To Change*


About BARC
BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions is Houston's municipal animal shelter and adoption center. Our mission is to promote and protect public health and animal care through sheltering, pet placement programs, pet ownership education and animal law enforcement. To put it simply, every member of BARC's 130 person team is entirely focused on placing incoming animals into perfect forever homes. We treat each dog and cat as if it were our own.

As Houston's municipal animal shelter, we are required by law to accept any animal that comes through our doors regardless of behavior or condition. Each year, more than 26,000 dogs and cats enter our shelter; it is not uncommon to take in 150 animals in a single day. This "open admission" requirement sets us apart from private shelters in Houston and across the state.
About the position
BARC staff veterinarians play an integral part in achieving BARC's mission. As the go-to expert on all things pet health related, staff veterinarians assess the health of each incoming animal, provide medical expertise through the shelter's pet wellness clinics, provide guidance to customers, and complete thousands of spay/neuter surgeries every year. Most importantly, our staff veterinarians have a deep seeded passion to improve the lives of Houston's homeless animals by providing an extremely high standard of care for every animal that comes through our doors. These individuals operate not only as veterinary experts, but they also lead efforts to maintain a positive, "never give up" attitude that filters through each section of the shelter. A BARC staff veterinarian's most important operational role is to have the capability to complete a minimum 25-30 of spay/neuter surgeries each day.

Administers comprehensive animal health programs encompassing a broad range of animal classes and species.


  • Arrives at work with a positive attitude and a drive to achieve BARC's mission
  • Completes at least 25 - 30 spay/neuter surgeries each day
  • Sees patients in pet foster clinic during clinic hours; provides pet consultations and prescribes appropriate medications
  • Feels comfortable in public facing environment; answers questions and provides guidance to customers
  • Examines animals and identifies potential ailments such as injuries, health conditions and behavior issues
  • Is a flexible team player that is willing to step into various roles when a need arises
  • Has the ability and desire to perform other surgeries such as amputations and cherry eyes
  • Responds immediately to impounded animals that are seriously sick or injured
  • Operates large medical equipment
  • Euthanizes animals in accordance with state laws, city ordinances and BARC policy
  • Participates in animal cruelty and neglect investigations by providing detailed medical evaluations, completing necropsies and testifying in court
  • Has excellent computer and communication skills
  • Other duties as assigned

Is it you?
There's a chance you may be ideal for the position if:

  • You like to be a part of an ever-improving organization where there is constant hustle and bustle
  • You are proud of your accomplishments but you are always looking for opportunities to learn new and better ways to do things
  • You're obsessed with improving already-great programs; it's just who you are
  • You like to laugh and have a good time but you take your job seriously and you're ready to work hard each day
  • The last time you got great customer service at a business, you wrote an online review singing their praises... Customer service is a BIG deal to you!
  • Details, details, details. That should be your middle name! You like to see the big picture, but you believe that a compilation of all of the wonderful details is what makes that big picture work.
  • You love lots of human interaction, but you have a true passion for helping shelters animals achieve good health and ultimately get into a forever home. No matter what it takes, you want BARC to achieve its mission and you're willing to work really hard to make it happen.

There are frequent exposures to extreme levels of temperature, air pollution, noise pollution, chemical gases and substances, and/or contagious diseases or physical trauma conditions of a short-term disabling nature, such as broken bones or temporary loss of sight or hearing.

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