• Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Variable Shift Animal Control or Services
  • Salary: $127,712.00 - $163,072.00 Annually USD

Job Description


In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:
Effective July 1, 2022 - 3.5% increase

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

This recruitment is being held to establish an open eligible list to fill current and future Veterinarian vacancies within OC Community Resources/OC Animal Care. The eligible list established may also be used to fill similar and/or lower-level classifications throughout the County of Orange.

This recruitment will remain open on a continuous basis for a minimum of five (5) business days, until the needs of the County are met. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately, as the deadline to apply for the first round of consideration will be on
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 11:59 PM (PST).

The County of Orange is a regional service provider and planning agency whose core businesses include public safety, public health, environmental protection, regional planning, public assistance, social services and aviation.

OC Community Resources is a multi-faceted department comprised of OC Animal Care, OC Community Services, OC Housing & Community Development, OC Parks, and OC Public Libraries.

OC Animal Care promotes responsible pet ownership, health and safety of people and animals, and spay/neuter programs. OC Animal Care provides temporary shelter and medical care for "lost" owned or stray animals and opportunities for adoption of these animals.

This is an exciting time for OC Animal Care. With the support of the community and elected officials, construction for a new modern shelter in Tustin was completed in early 2018. The new shelter has indoor/outdoor temperature-controlled kennels, multiple exercise yards to facilitate shelter dog enrichment and the opportunity to manage multiple dog play groups. Cats susceptible to stress are afforded abundant natural light and ventilation in large cat cages, group cat rooms and even catios.
These provisions have a positive impact on the physical and mental health of the shelter animals, which ultimately translates into increased adoptability and shorter length of stay. A community/training facility allows for engagement of staff, volunteers and members of the community. This new shelter provides a positive experience for animals and people alike.

OC Animal Care's lifesaving shelter programs focus on humane education, intake diversion, and amplification of animal adoptability through enrichment and veterinary care. In 2018, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a 5-year Strategic Plan with the following Strategic Priority areas:
  • Animal Care, Enrichment and Placement
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Marketing
  • Culture and Organizational Development
  • Fiscal Stewardship and Sustainability
  • New Shelter Onboarding
The Veterinarian will have the opportunity to leverage strong medical and surgical skills to make a difference within a busy environment driven by our Strategic Plan. Our high-quality veterinary clinic provides PCV/TP, Blood Glucose, digital radiology, oxygen cages, IV fluid pumps, infectious disease isolation and separation of species that enter the shelter. Multiple surgery rooms afford the ability to more swiftly provide spay/neuter services so as not to prolong animal stays.

This position plays a critical role in balancing resources while maximizing the number of lives saved through quality veterinary care. While the majority of shelter animals are cats and dogs, we also receive over 3,000 rabbits, pocket pets, wildlife and farm animals.

The Veterinarian is responsible for delivery of quality diagnostic, treatment and surgical services to the animals served by OC Animal Care in a cost-effective manner. Veterinarian is distinguished from the next higher level of Chief Veterinarian in that the latter coordinates and oversees the entire medical program and all aspects of animal health within the shelter. The Veterinarian position is primarily a clinical position with occasional need to cover surgical services.

Example of job duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Utilizes clinical skills and implements innovative solutions to identify lifesaving pathways for all pets that enter the shelter
  • Delivers preventative and emergency treatment to impounded animals; regularly reviews medical condition of animals quarantined at the shelter; provides follow-up treatment to injured animals as necessary; directs care and feeding of exotic or unusual animals
  • Performs forensic examinations for humane investigations and testifies, as required.
  • Performs medically needed soft tissue surgeries such as enucleation, laceration repair and amputation
  • Performs high volume, high quality spay/neuter surgeries of shelter animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, and pediatrics when augmentation of the surgery team is necessary (infrequent)

OC Animal Care provides service 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. The standard schedule for this assignment is currently four (4) days per week, ten hours per day, with at least one (1) weekend day scheduled. Due to the needs of the department, however, schedules are subject to change, and incumbents should be prepared to work shifts as assigned. Although infrequent, 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 demonstrate extensive knowledge and/or experience in the following core competencies:

Technical Expertise | Veterinary Practice
  • Utilizing knowledge of animal shelter industry best practices
  • Demonstrating commitment to welfare of animals in a shelter environment
  • Advanced handling and proper restraint of different species
  • Understanding and application of animal husbandry techniques and sanitation for multiple species
  • Understanding and application of public health principles related to animal carried diseases
  • Ensuring compliance of laws/regulations pertaining to the animal welfare industry
  • Directing staff in delivery of animal care and treatments
  • Utilizing support and volunteer assistance to maximize veterinarian time
  • Managing and support staff by ensuring clarity of roles and responsibilities
  • Aligning staff performance with the goals of the organization
Communication Skills
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships; dealing tactfully with the public
  • Applying compassion and empathy to provide education and assistance to internal and external customers regarding animal care issues
  • Communicating and diffusing situations of conflict involving members of public, rescue organizations or volunteers
  • Presenting complex material clearly, concisely, logically and persuasively both orally and in writing

Minimum Qualifications
Please click here to view the minimum qualifications for Veterinarian .

Special Requirements
  • Possession of a valid license to practice as a Veterinarian in the State of California.

  • Possession of a current and valid license, in good standing, with another state, Canadian province or United States territory and the ability to obtain a Reciprocity Temporary License from the California Veterinary Medical Board to practice as a Veterinarian in the State of California by the date of appointment.

Applicants meeting license/certification requirements by obtaining a Reciprocity Temporary License from the California Veterinary Medical Board, must be able to obtain a valid license (non-temporary) to practice as a veterinarian in the State of California within one (1) year of employment. Incumbents which are unable to convert their Reciprocity Temporary License to a permanent (non-temporary) license within one (1) year of employment, will be subject to release from County employment.

See Requirements:
Reciprocity Non-CA School Grad
Reciprocity CA School Grad

Human Resource Services (HRS) screens all applications to identify the candidates who meet the qualifications for the position based on the skills required to meet the needs of the County. After the initial screening, those who meet the qualifications outlined in the job bulletin will be referred to an Application Appraisal Panel (AAP).

Application Appraisal Panel (AAP) | Application Rating (Weighted 100%)
A panel of job knowledge experts will thoroughly screen and evaluate the application and supplemental questions for job knowledge, competencies, and related experience described above. Only the highest scoring candidates will be placed on the eligible list.

Based on the Department's needs, the recruitment procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.

Eligible List
Once the assessment has been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.

Veterans Employment Preference
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to review the policy.

Please see below for important information regarding COVID-19 related requirements.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and laws, regulations, and policies regarding COVID-19 are subject to change. The County of Orange is required to comply with all applicable State or County Public Health Orders, some of which require vaccination or testing as follows:

  • Workers, who provide services in certain Medical or High-Risk Settings, will be required to provide proof of full vaccination from COVID-19 or to wear a mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing .
  • Workers, who provide services in certain Health Care Facilities or in a correctional facility or detention center where health care is provided, will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and boosted . (Workers may be exempt from this requirement based on religious beliefs or a qualifying medical reason; however, if exempted, they will be required to wear a mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.)
The position for which you are applying may be required to adhere to any applicable State or County Public Health Orders. You will receive notification of any requirement as it applies to a position.

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For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, contact Vanessa Rosas at 714.480.2867 or by email at

Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer,
encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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