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When you dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, you dreamed of helping animals. Working at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control is about just that.  It’s 100 percent about caring for dogs and cats that need you. Not only is it personally and professionally fulfilling, it offers benefits that go far beyond your paycheck and paying off student loans.

Here, you will experience a rewarding career that offers meaningful work, a consistent paycheck that doesn’t change from week to week, great health and pension benefits and a healthy work-life balance. Did we mention that you’ll be saving lives? You might be surprised to know that we consistently find good outcomes for 95 percent of the animals that enter our shelter system.

Looking for Flexibility? 
If you’re a veterinarian hoping to use your time and talents in part-time work that makes a difference, consider joining our expanding animal healthcare team as a Contract Relief Veterinarian. In addition to offering full-time opportunities, we are proud to offer flexible schedules where you can choose your availability. In this role, you will be able to develop your surgery skills while helping homeless and stray dogs on their journey to loving homes.

Are you a new veterinarian? In Arizona, there’s an added benefit for new graduates. The Arizona Senate recently passed legislation reimbursing 2023 veterinary graduates up to $100,000 for student loans as part of the Veterinary Loan Assistance program.

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  • Unlike working as a vet in private practice, you’ll be focused solely on pets – not owners. 
    Each day brings interesting new cases and new challenges to our high-performing clinic operation.
  • You’ll be supported by colleagues who embrace teamwork, professionalism, and a high standard of care.
  • You will work in a clean, efficient environment with stringent safety standards.
  • You will enjoy a workplace where a four-day work week and ending your day on time is the norm, a place where work-life balance is valued.

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As a County employee, you will enjoy an exciting array of benefits. 
Here are just a few:

  • Flexible schedule with a four-day work week
  • Licensed professional loan repayment plan up to $100,000 (maximum total benefit)
  • Public service loan forgiveness program
  • Hiring Incentive: $5,000 after three months of employment plus additional $5,000 after one year of employment
  • Exceptional work-life balance
  • Low-cost, high-value healthcare for you and your qualifying dependents
  • Enrollment in Arizona State Retirement System
  • Paid vacation, sick time, and parental (birth/adoption) leave
  • Day Off Differential: Licensed veterinarians who work an extra shift beyond their regular schedule will earn an extra $575 per shift
  • Moving Expense Reimbursement up to $10,000 for out-of-state candidates

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Quote WhiteThere is no greater feeling than knowing you are making a difference in a homeless animal’s life that may have never felt love, received medical care, or had a home with consistent meals. Watching their personalities emerge as they heal mentally and physically is the most rewarding experience.

Maricopa County provides an excellent work-life balance while supporting my views on the benefits of spaying and neutering, animal welfare, and making a difference in our community."

- Dr. Johnson