Under general direction, performs veterinary services including spay/neuter surgeries; examines and determines preventative medical care and treatments for shelter animals and stray animal emergency cases; and provides oversight for the security and dispensing of drugs and ensures compliance with all federal and state regulations. Performs other related duties as requested.
The Veterinarian is distinguished from the Manager-Veterinary Services in that the latter is fully accountable to the Animal Services Director and is solely responsible for the management of the veterinary facilities and personnel.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
Performs high volume, high quality spay/neuter surgeries of shelter animals including dogs, cats, and rabbits; may provide consultation and education to pet owners on spay/neuter procedures and explain possible complications;
Determines the need for diagnostic procedures and medical treatments; provides high quality shelter medicine by performing physical exams, treatments, and surgical procedures on shelter animals including assisting with administration of anesthesia, catheter placement, and pre- and post-operative monitoring;
Ensures the humane care of shelter animals and safeguards herd health by following shelter medicine industry best practices;
Uses various computer software and systems to maintain records and generate correspondence;
Administers injections to humanely euthanize animals in accordance with California State Law and Department guidelines and policies;
Participates in humane investigations, prepares written veterinary statements, and testifies in court as appropriate for animal welfare/cruelty cases;
Provides animal first aid training to staff and serves as the point of contact to local and private veterinarians;
May supervise the work of subordinate staff in the absence of the Manager- Veterinary Services;
Assists with emergency and disaster services; and
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of: current veterinary best practices relating to the treatment and cure of injured and sick animals; State, Federal and local laws and ordinances pertaining to the humane treatment of animals; and principles and practices of current veterinary medicine, including disease identification, prevention, control and eradication.
Skills to: Perform proper diagnosis and postmortem procedures; prepare clear, complete, and technical reports; analyze critical situations accurately and take decisive and effective action; and utilize various computer software and systems.
Ability to: Work with minimum supervision; provide surgical and medical services and care for a variety of well, sick, and injured animals, including a high volume of spay and neutering operations; prepare written reports, correspondence and other documents using a personal computer; train and develop personnel on a variety of medical techniques common to animal care; keep informed of the latest developments methods, techniques, equipment, and facilities in veterinary medicine; serve as liaison to advise and/or resolve differences with other public agencies, community organizations, and the general public; establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, co-workers, and the general public; and communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Graduation from accredited school of veterinary medicine recognized by the Board of Examiners in Veterinary Medicine of the State of California, and experience in the delivery of high quality spay/neuter and animal medical services which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at www.ventura.org/hr. If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93003.
For further information about this recruitment, please contact Nathan Wood by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (805) 677-5232.