The City of Elk Grove is currently accepting applications for the position of VETERINARIAN
$10,000 SIGNING BONUS* AND RELOCATION ASSISTANCE! *50% paid upon hire, with the remainder paid at the completion of the probationary period.
The City of Elk Grove Animal Services Division is seeking a veterinarian with a passion for shelter medicine to lead a team of dedicated medical professionals in the City's state-of-the-art animal shelter. The ideal candidate will be someone who enjoys a collaborative work environment and can serve as a teacher and mentor to the shelter team. The ideal candidate is also a leader who is compassionate, self-confident, innovative, and an analytical thinker. The City's goal is to identify a knowledgeable and practiced individual, who embraces collaboration and maintains open-mindedness when making difficult treatment, adoption, and euthanasia decisions. The ideal candidate will ensure the health of the shelter's animal population through effective protocols of animal husbandry and the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.
The shelter serves an anticipated population of 2,000 - 3,000 animals annually. The veterinarian creates and informs medical policies for the shelter; performs spay/neuter and other surgical procedures as needed on shelter animals and leads a team of qualified medical professionals in delivering progressive services to the Elk Grove community via the low-cost spay and neuter clinic, vaccine clinics and Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) services.
With the support of a network of contracted emergency veterinary hospitals, the veterinarian will enjoy a work schedule with no evenings or weekends required. You will work in an environment of Fear-Free Certified professionals and have a variety of diagnostic tools at your disposal to provide a high-level of care to each animal. There is a generous budget to provide for ongoing continuing education and learning opportunities.
This position is open until filled and applications will be reviewed on a daily basis.
Community Profile Elk Grove is a vibrant, family-friendly community of approximately 178,124 people in the Sacramento, California region, located 14 miles south of the State Capital and 60 miles east of the Bay Area. Elk Grove is a young, ethnically diverse, modern city that was incorporated in 2000. Elk Grove has low crime, excellent schools, over 100 community parks and 28 miles of trails, plentiful dining and shopping options, numerous annual events and festivals, and over 270 sunny days per year.
Representative Duties DESCRIPTION: Under direction, plans, organizes, directs and supervises all aspects of veterinary services for the City's Animal Shelter; inspects, investigates, diagnoses, prevents, controls, and treats contagious and infectious diseases of animals; oversees the work of staff who assist with animal health or euthanasia procedures; represents the City on the care and treatment of animals and pets; and performs related duties as assigned.
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices. 1. Recommends and assists in the implementation of goals and objectives; establishes schedules and methods for the City's Animal Shelter health program; and implements policies and procedures. 2. Plans, prioritizes, assigns, supervises and reviews the work of staff assigned to the care of animals housed at the City's Animal Shelter as it relates to infectious disease control and pathway planning for appropriate outcomes. 3. Evaluates operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommends improvements and modifications; prepares various reports on operations and activities. 4. Participates in budget preparation and administration; prepares cost estimates for budget recommendations; submits justifications for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitors and controls expenditures. 5. Examines, diagnoses, and performs routine and emergency medical treatment of all impounded animals; vaccinates animals; performs spay/neutering surgery on animals prior to adoption; examines animals prior to adoption and before release to ensure health condition; performs spay/neuter surgery on public animals. 6. Provides ongoing training for staff to identify animals requiring isolation or veterinary care; develops and implements best practices and protocols related to the veterinary care of animals in a shelter environment; advises, explains proper, and supervises medical care and treatment of animals by staff. 7. Supervises the visual monitoring on a daily basis of impounded animals, including those that may be isolated or quarantined for signs of illness or unusual behavior; assures that problems are promptly handled; determines and directs appropriate action as required. 8. Issues quarantines and hold orders in disease outbreaks and supervises the enforcement of these orders. 9. Collects data and laboratory samples, such as blood, tissue, parasites, when indicated for disease investigations and forwards to appropriate diagnostic laboratory. 10. Supervises the use of immobilization capture drugs and drugs used for euthanasia. 11. Oversees the ordering and maintaining of supplies and equipment including the use, storage, and reporting of pharmaceuticals used in the treatment of animals. 12. Performs euthanasia of designated animals. 13. Provides expertise to Animal Control Officers with respect to cruelty investigations or rescues where medical intervention is necessary; conducts necropsies when necessary for evidence collection. 14. Responds to inquiries from the public and the press; maintains effective community relations and participates in special community events. Answers inquiries from the public, both over the counter and by telephone, on laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to animal control and the animal shelter. 15. Provides information and assists members of the public, including individuals who may be angry, hostile, or distraught, in search of lost or adoptable pets according to established laws and departmental procedures. 16. Participates in the selection of staff; coordinates staff training; conducts performance evaluations; recommends discipline; implements discipline procedures as directed. 17. Builds and maintains positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, and the public using principles of good customer service. 18. Performs related duties as required.
Qualifications The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
• Surgical procedures for spay and neuter on canines, felines, and other common shelter animals, to include pediatric patients. • Surgical procedures for other common and life-threatening ailments. • Shelter medicine and best practices. • Standard guidelines of the veterinary professional that are used in the State of California. • Modern techniques for treating various animals for common diseases and injuries. • Laws, codes, regulations and policies affecting the department's operations and programs. • Quality assurance procedures and techniques. • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, ordinances and rules. • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluations. • Principles of budget monitoring. • Methods and techniques used in customer service and public relations. • Principles and procedures of record keeping. • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
Ability to: • Organize, implement and direct veterinary operations and activities within the City's Animal Shelter. • Interpret and explain pertinent department and City policies and procedures. • Assist in the developing and monitoring of an assigned program budget. • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations. • Research and compile data and information and prepare a variety of fiscal, statistical and administrative reports. • Effectively assess, diagnose and treat a variety of health issues impacting housed animals. • Perform a high volume of spay/neuter surgery • Compile and maintain complex and extensive records. • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals. • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff. • Read, write, and speak English at a level necessary for satisfactory job performance. • Work safely with aggressive animals and hazardous chemicals. • Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. • Effectively represent the City to outside individuals and agencies to accomplish the goals and objectives of the unit. • Work cooperatively with other departments, City officials, and outside agencies. • Respond tactfully, clearly, concisely, and appropriately to inquiries from the public, City staff, or other agencies on sensitive issues in area of responsibility. • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Education/Training: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Doctorate degree in veterinary medicine.
Experience: One year of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of animals in a clinical setting, private practice or shelter environment, including the performance of surgery.
License or Certificate: Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license. Possession of a valid license issued by the California Board of Examiners in Veterinary Medicine to practice as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
Physical Demands and Work Environment The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Environment: Indoor and outdoor environment; travel from site to site; when visiting sites the incumbent may be required to walk on uneven and slippery surfaces, be exposed noise dust, inclement weather conditions, and potentially hostile environments; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends.
Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting and in a field environment; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to walk on uneven terrain, loose soil, and sloped surfaces; to lift, carry, push, restrain, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations; to operate equipment and vehicle; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.
The City of Elk Grove is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and professionalism. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, should special accommodations be necessary at any stage of the selection process, please contact the Human Resources Department at (916) 478- 2230. The information above is subject to change without notice.