The Veterinarian is responsible for overseeing, evaluating and ensuring the quality of animal medical services. Veterinarian is distinguished from the next higher level of Chief Veterinarian, in that the latter coordinates and oversees animal health care programs at the county animal shelter, and acts as the administrator of the Animal Care Program. Example of Job duties include but are not limited to:
Performs high volume, high quality spay/neuter surgeries of shelter animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, and pediatrics
Oversees pre and post-operative care of animals, including pre-anesthetic exams to determine suitability for surgery, anesthesia, and recovery
Diagnoses and treats medical conditions found on physical examination of shelter animals
Vaccinates and gives emergency treatment to impounded animals; regularly reviews medical condition of animals quarantined at the shelter; gives follow-up treatment to injured animals as necessary; directs care and feeding of exotic or unusual animal
Reviews animal bites and exposure reports concerned with rabies and other disease; contacts citizens and officers involved and directs follow up procedures
Performs forensic examinations for humane investigations and testifies as required
OC Animal Care provides service 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Incumbents should be prepared to work rotating shifts, including days, nights, weekends and holidays. Incumbents may be drafted for mandatory overtime in the event of an emergency, disaster, or during periods of unexpected staffing shortages.
The ideal candidate will have graduated from an accredited university and possess a valid license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of California as well as possess or be eligible to obtain a National Accreditation Number from the USDA. In addition, the ideal candidate will possess 2 or more years of full-time Veterinarian experience. This position may have to travel between locations. Therefore, a valid class C driver's license is highly desirable.
The ideal candidate for the Veterinarian position will also demonstrate the core competencies below:
Technical Expertise: Experience and knowledge in Veterinary Practice
Reviews animal bites and exposure reports concerned with rabies and other diseases; contacts citizens and officers involved and directs follow-up procedures
Working in a Shelter environment
Advanced handling and proper restraint of different species
Animal husbandry techniques and sanitation for multiple species
Principles of public health related to animal carried diseases
Supervision/Leadership: Proven ability to
Compliance of laws/regulations
Direct staff in delivery of animal care and treatments
Manage and support staff by ensuring clarity of roles and responsibilities
Communication: Proven ability to
Align staff performance with the goals of the organization
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; deal tactfully with the public
Communicate and diffuse situations of conflict involving members of public, rescue organizations or volunteers
Educate members of the public regarding animal care issues
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