DEFINITION Under general direction, to provide medical services dealing with the prevention, treatment, and control of diseases and injuries in animals; to inspect, investigate, diagnose, prevent, control, and eradicate contagious and infectious diseases of animals; to perform spay neuter services on adoptions, qualified low income applicants, and community cats; to enforce applicable laws and regulations; and to do related work as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS This is a single-position, management classification which has responsibility for the health and well-being of shelter animals cared for at County facilities, all spay/neuter clinic programs, and medical oversight of the County animal foster care program, including supervision of technical and/or support staff. Incumbents must exercise a knowledge of current, advanced, or specialized veterinary medical arts and science principles and practices of the profession and have the ability to apply that knowledge in Animal Control programs. This is a discrete classification. The incumbent in this management positions serves at the pleasure of his/her appointing authority.
REPORTS TO Animal Control Director
CLASSIFICATIONS SUPERVISED Registered Veterinary Technician and other staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES (The following is used as a partial description and is not restrictive as to duties required.) Investigates, prevents, controls, and eradicates infectious diseases of animals including those transmissible to man; investigates rabies suspects and animal bites of people; imposes quarantines on biting domestic animals; collects samples for rabies testing; issues quarantines and hold orders in disease outbreaks and supervises the enforcement of these orders; collects data and laboratory samples, such as blood, tissue, parasites, when indicated for disease investigations and forwards to appropriate diagnostic laboratory; consults with department, private, and other public veterinarians and animal owners on disease problems; prepares required records and reports; consults with the Animal Control Director in developing, implementing, and evaluating County veterinary programs; operates a spay/neuter clinic to help reduce and control the animal population of the County; examines, diagnoses, and gives emergency treatment to animals within the animal care shelter; supervises personnel assigned to the clinic and the care shelter staff regarding the care of sick animals; advises the public and department employees on matters within the field of veterinary medicine; conducts vaccination clinics, provides medical consultations and services during special events; directs the purchase of and maintains in-house shelter medical supplies and medical equipment.
TYPICAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS Sit for extended periods; frequently stand and walk; sufficient manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination to operate special animal handling equipment; sufficient stamina to exert extra physical effort to restrain animals for a substantial period of time; ability to climb, stoop, crouch and kneel; lift and move object weighing up to 50 pounds without assistance; corrected hearing and vision to normal range; verbal communication; use of office equipment including computers, telephones, calculators, copiers, and FAX.
TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS Work is performed in office, animal shelter, driving and outdoor environments; work is performed in varying temperatures; exposure to animals with rabies and other diseases; exposure to dust, chemicals, and gases; continuous contact with other staff and the public.
County and state ordinances and laws relating to the licensing, quarantine, impounding, care, and treatment of animals.¡
Care and feeding of various breeds of dogs, cats, and other domestic animals.
Animal behavior, common diseases, sanitation practices, animal anatomy, first aid, animal capture and handling techniques.
California Animal Laws Handbook.
California Veterinary Medicine Practice Act.
Public personnel management.
Principles, techniques, and practices of effective program administration.
Principles of supervision, training, work coordination, planning, and work evaluation.
Participate in process management and evaluation of results.
Examine and test livestock/animals for diseases communicable to humans.
Perform postmortem examinations of animals that died of unknown causes and make diagnoses based on pathological findings.
Examine animals in bite cases and establish and maintain quarantines when necessary.
Work with field officers in conducting investigations.
Consult with other public agencies and public and private groups to prevent and control the outbreak of animal related diseases.
Enhance adoption programs.
Maintain charts/records and prepare correspondence and reports.
Analyze, interpret, explain, and apply a variety of State and County laws, ordinances, policies, rules, procedures, and regulations.
Effectively represent the Animal Care and Control Department in contacts with the public, community organizations, other County staff, and other government organizations.
Provide testimony regarding animal control issues in court..
Exercise good judgment in handling potentially hostile individuals and situations.
Deal tactfully and courteously with the public when providing information and carrying out veterinarian activities.
Regularly work well under pressure, meeting multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines.
Constantly demonstrate cooperative behavior with colleagues, supervisors, and customers/clients.
Training and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:
Graduation with a Doctorate in veterinary medicine.
Valid California Veterinary License.
Possession of a valid Controlled Substance Registration Certificate as issued by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California Driver's License.