• Stanislaus County, CA
  • Modesto, California
  • May 08, 2022
Full Time Animal Control or Services
  • Salary: $131,123.20 - $196,684.80 Annually USD

Job Description

About the Opportunity

Stanislaus Animal Services Agency is seeking a full-time County Veterinarian for our shelter. Strong people skills, the ability to effectively communicate, and compassion for clients and pets will serve the candidate well in this leadership position.

This is a continuous recruitment, we encourage you to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time. To learn more about Stanislaus Animal Services Agency, click here.

The Veterinarian provides medical services dealing with the prevention, treatment, and control of diseases and injuries in animals. This individual inspects, investigates, diagnoses, prevents, controls, and eradicates contagious and infectious diseases of animals and enforces applicable laws and regulations. The position provides care of impounded animals at the animal shelter. The Veterinarian works under the direction of the Animal Services Director and is subject to policy determination of the Director and the Board of Stanislaus Animal Services Agency.

Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Unclassified Service of the County and considered "at-will" for labor relations purposes. The individual selected will participate in the Stanislaus County Pay-for-Performance program, as well as receive additional benefits.

The Job Task Analysis provides information detailing the physical and functional demands of the classification. For the complete job task analysis, visit the Risk Management website at under the "Disability" tab.

Typical Tasks
  • Regularly perform veterinary health care functions, including examination and treatment of sheltered animals, and aid in the evaluation of the disposition of sheltered and foster animals as needed, within established shelter animal and companion animal health protocols;
  • Perform surgical procedures on shelter animals including, but not limited to, ovariohysterectomy, castration, cryptorchid abdominal castration, hernia repair (umbilical/inguinal), dental extractions, mass removals, amputations, and enucleations;
  • Induce and maintain animals under anesthesia, operate the anesthetic machine and surgical monitoring equipment;
  • Oversee the administration of medications and treatments to shelter animals, ensuring they are completed and monitored appropriately, supervise the use and security of controlled drug;
  • Explain medical needs to potential adopters and foster parents and conduct follow-up appointments as needed;
  • Perform in-house walkthroughs and conduct rounds;
  • Ensure quality client care is provided to staff and volunteers and provide guidance to staff for situations regarding immediate problem solving;
  • Euthanize and/or assist with euthanasia of animals as needed;
  • Direct, supervise, evaluate, train, and plan the work of personnel assigned to the Animal Care Specialist III position;
  • Implement and maintain medical record and drug use logs to established standards of veterinary and sheltering practices, ensuring that records are complete, accurate, and compliant at all times;
  • Direct the purchase of and maintain in-house shelter medical supplies and medical equipment;
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of shelter animal health protocols, surgical procedures, and companion animal health issues;
  • Oversee internship programs with the University of California School of Veterinarian Medicine;
  • Provide information to the general public regarding policies and procedures used at the Animal Services Center;
  • Serve as an expert witness in criminal matters related to animal abuse and cruelty issues; and
  • Collaborate with the veterinary community and other interested groups to promote animal health care.

Minimum Qualifications (Skills, Abilities, Knowledge, Education/Experience)

  • Participate in process management and evaluation of business results;
  • Examine and test livestock/animals for diseases communicable to humans;
  • Perform post-mortem 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 of cruelty/neglect;
  • 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; and
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to ensure the mission of Animal Services is realized.

  • Basic supervisory methods and techniques;
  • Animal behavior, common diseases, sanitation practices, animal anatomy, first aid, animal capture, and handling techniques;
  • Basic methods of record keeping;
  • State and local ordinances relating to animal care, control, welfare, and rabies control;
  • Various breeds of dogs and species of animals, including native wildlife and domestic animal behavior;
  • California Animal Laws Handbook;
  • Hayden Law; and
  • California Veterinary Medicine Practice Act.

We recognize your time is valuable, please only apply if you meet the following required qualifications.

  • Graduation with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine; AND
  • Valid California Veterinary License; AND
  • Possession of a valid Controlled Substance Registration Certificate as issued by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Proof of education is required for verification purposes at the time of application. Applicants who are unable to submit proof must call 209-342-1742 to make other arrangements before 5 pm on the final filing date. Failure to submit proof or make other arrangements before the final filing deadline will result in disqualification.


In addition to the minimum qualifications, applicant screening may focus on the following desirable qualifications. Please list any of these qualifications you may have within the "Duties" section of the online application.
  • Two (2) years of clinical experience; AND
  • One (1) year previous shelter medicine experience; AND
  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) accreditation; AND
  • Proven ability to spay/neuter 30-50 animals a day.

Application and Selection Procedures

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis. Stanislaus County has the right to discontinue accepting applications at any time without notice. Applicants whose qualifications best match the available work assignments may be contacted for an interview by a departmental representative.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Attaching your resume and cover letter are an optional feature for those who wish to do so in addition to completing the required application. Information on your resume and cover letter will not substitute for the education, work experience, and required fields on the County application. The online County application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications.

Most County recruitments consist of the steps detailed below and are governed by Merit Principles. The examination process ensures that all applicants are given the same opportunity to gain employment within Stanislaus County.
  • Application Review and Screening. Applications are carefully screened based on information provided. Those who submit incomplete applications that lack relevant qualifications or do not submit all required documents will not be invited to move on.
  • Written Examination. Applicants will be invited to participate in a written exam that tests knowledge for the position.
  • Oral Examination. Applicants are invited to a panel interview in which they will be evaluated by County subject matter experts.
  • Eligible Lists. Candidates who pass the examination will be placed on an eligible list for that classification. Eligible lists are effective for six months but may be extended up to eighteen months.

Application Deadline: Continuous Recruitment
Oral Examination: Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis and qualified applicants will be invited to oral examinations as they are received.

Note: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, part-time and full-time vacancies throughout Stanislaus County.

Final appointment will be conditional upon successfully passing a County paid pre-employment drug screening (if applicable for the position) and a job-related background investigation.

Some positions may require possession or the ability to obtain, and maintenance of a valid California Driver's license or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

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Cell phones are typically incompatible with the online application format or browser. We recommend using a desktop or laptop computer. If you are still having technical difficulties, please call NEOGOV at 1-855-524-5627.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Modesto, California United States View Map