Amendment Type: Amendment #2 
Amendment Date: 03/28/2024 
Amendment Reason: Please note that this posting has been extended. 


  • Job ID: 43817
    Job Category: Animal Care & Control
  • Division & Section: Municipal Licensing & Standards, MLS Toronto Animal Services
  • Work Locations:
    • North Animal Shelter, 1300 Sheppard Ave W, Toronto, M3K 2A6
    • East Animal Shelter, 821 Progress Avenue, Toronto, M1H 2X4
    • West Animal Shelter, 146 The East Mall, Toronto, M8Z 5V5
    • Mobile Clinic - SNYP Truck 
  • Job Type & Duration: Full-Time, Temporary Vacancy (12 months)
  • Salary: $112,000.00 - $144,200.00
  • Shift Information: Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week
  • Affiliation: Non-Union
  • Number of Positions Open: 1
  • Posting Period: 15-Feb-2024 to 30-Apr-2024

The Municipal Licensing and Standards (MLS) Division supports the City of Toronto by providing bylaw administration and enforcement services, including targeted strategies to address graffiti, noise, business inspections, parks regulations and animal services issues, as well as business licensing and permitting, property standards, and animal care, including control, shelter and adoption services.

As a Veterinarian within Toronto Animal Services, you’ll play a pivotal divisional role by ensuring the provision of effective, efficient, economical and essential services delivered by a team of medical professionals, and ensure compliance with all legislation and regulations governing animal care and welfare.

Reporting to the Chief Veterinarian, Toronto Animal Services, you’ll collaborate and monitor all aspects of the day-to-day operation (e.g., administration, asset management, clinical surgeries, shelter medicine), with the support of veterinarians and shelter staff. As part of the veterinary team, it will be your responsibility to ensure that animal care and husbandry are provided in accordance with existing legislation, best practices and the guidelines established by the Canadian Council on Animal Care and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.

An effective decision-maker, with a track record of innovation, results-oriented leadership and a strong customer service orientation, you’re ready to manage, motivate and train Unit staff, from scheduling, assigning and reviewing work, to monitoring and evaluating staff performance. Leading by example, you’ll ensure effective teamwork, and high standards of work quality and organizational performance, and promote a collaborative and team-based culture, supporting continuous learning and innovation. You’ll also be expected to assist with development and administration of the annual budget for the Unit, and ensure that expenditures are controlled within budget.

Acting as a subject matter expert, you’ll support staff in the execution of their duties by assisting with complex animal care issues, including medical diagnoses of diseases and injuries, and ensure appropriate animal medical treatments, including vaccinations, euthanasia or other actions regarding animals under custody of the City.


Key Qualifications
Among the strengths you bring to the role of Veterinarian will be the following key qualifications:

  1. Current licence and membership or eligibility for license and membership in good standing with the College of Veterinarians of Ontario to practise veterinary medicine in Ontario with a Licence type "General" (without conditions or limitations) and professional activity of companion animals or companion animals over 50%.
  2. Experience as a Licensed Veterinarian working in a veterinary practice, animal control or humane society with a focus primarily on cats and dogs, especially regarding sterilization and disease recognition and treatment.
  3. Experience working in an animal shelter environment. Experience working in high volume spay-neuter setting, would be considered an asset.  
  4. Experience in shelter medicine and clinical surgery to ensure appropriate animal medical treatments are undertaken, including vaccination, euthanasia and other actions.
  5. Experience in leadership of a high-performance team, including coaching, providing work direction, training and holding people accountable.
  6. Must possess or be eligible and maintain a valid Ontario Class 'G' Driver's Licence and access to own vehicle, as travel between work locations is required.

Through this background, you’ve acquired technical aptitude and competency in the areas of dog and cat breed recognition, and a good knowledge of public health issues surrounding animals, Toronto Animal Services' programs and relevant legislation such as the Toronto Municipal Code – Chapter 349, the Dog Owners’ Liability Act and the Animals for Research Act. This is combined with demonstrated knowledge of relevant employment legislation, including the Employment Standards Act, the Human Rights Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Experience working with Humane Alliance surgical techniques is considered an asset.

An excellent communicator at all organizational levels, you can effectively deal with senior management, conduct meetings, and resolve problems and issues at various levels. You also have the interpersonal skills and ability to build consensus and trust with members of the public and stakeholders in the community, and establish effective working relationships and collaborative work approaches with employees, senior management staff and external parties.

Your excellent analytical, negotiating, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills will prove invaluable in this role, together with your ability to identify, coordinate and manage competing divisional priorities, multi-task and provide direction on issues management, communications co-ordination and relationship management, including highly confidential matters.

Equally important, you have the ability to support the Toronto Public Service values to ensure a culture that champions equity, diversity and respectful workplaces. Experience working in the public sector will be considered an asset.

Given the nature of this role, you must have immunization against rabies, and have a biennial rabies titre taken to determine immunity level and, if needed, receive booster vaccinations against rabies. You may be required to be available to work weekends and/or on-call duty to meet operational requirements.


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The City is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to creating a workplace culture of inclusiveness that reflects the diverse residents that we serve. Learn more about the City’s commitment to employment equity.


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