One current vacancies with the Health & Human Services Agency in Visalia. This recruitment will establish an employment list to fill current and future vacancies. The anticipated life of the list is six months
Performs high volume, high-quality spay/neuter surgeries of shelter animals, including dogs and cats in a fast-paced environment.
Diagnoses and treats diseases, illness, and injuries of shelter animals including dogs, cats, pocket pets, and occasionally farm animals; oversees all aspects of veterinary surgical care including physical examination, surgery, pre-and post-operative care, anesthetic administration and monitoring, emergency care, restraint and treatment following all SOPs as put forth by Tulare County; perform pre-surgery physical examination on all surgical candidates; diagnose and treatment of post-surgical medical complications of animals; attend staff, management, and other requested meetings. Obtain continuing education as required by Tulare County and licensing requirements; examines animals to determine nature of disease or injury and recommends course of treatment or euthanasia with the support of a team decision; test animals for disease and inoculates animals against rabies; reviews animal bites and exposure reports concerned with rabies and other diseases and directs follow-up procedures. Evaluate condition and coordinate maintenance of surgical equipment and supplies; hold and maintain the Veterinary Premise Permit for Tulare County Animal Services shelter and clinic; oversee controlled substance procurement, storage, record keeping and administration as it relates to shelter animals; develop and confer with Management on sanitary measures, feeding, preventative medicine, and general care to promote health of shelter animals; research and prepare medical reports for guidance on request; provide veterinary expertise and document/testify as needed on animal abuse and neglect cases; participates in humane investigations, prepares written veterinary statements, and testifies in court as appropriate for animal welfare/cruelty cases; vaccinates and gives emergency treatment to impounded animals; regularly reviews medical condition of animals quarantined at the shelter; gives follow-up treatment to injured animals as necessary; directs care and feeding of exotic or unusual animals; assists with public health duties as needed to prevent the spread of communicable diseases in the shelter and in the community; supervises assistants and oversees the clinical care provided by Veterinary Technicians, Animal Care Specialists and Animal Care Technicians as needed; provides input on veterinary protocols; provides consultation and education to members of the public on regulations and medical aspects of animal care; assist with natural disasters and the care of animals; provide information to the public regarding laws, regulations and department policies when necessary; prepare various forms, routine correspondence and run reports; compose Health Certificates; utilize custom animal software; attend and assist in animal shelter related events such as vaccine clinics.
Graduation from an accredited school of veterinary medicine with a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
Two (2) years of veterinary medical experience, one (1) year of which includes surgical experience in spaying and neutering.
Current veterinary principles, practices, and techniques relating to sick or injured animals; rabies control laws; veterinary forensics and animal cruelty laws; shelter practices and population medicine; United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations regarding health certificates and transport of animals; high volume, high-quality spay and neuter techniques; bacteriology, pathology, serology, and other veterinary laboratory procedures; principles of public health related to animal carried diseases; supervisory principles and practices
Perform high volume, high-quality spay and neuter surgeries in a fast-paced environment.; work a flexible schedule, including evening and weekend hours; demonstrate genuine concerns, compassion and caring for animals; diagnose and treat diseases among animals; apply animal care knowledge in a shelter setting; establish and enforce quarantine of animals; gather evidence in case of violation of rules and regulations; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; communicate in a manner that is both compassionate and informative when interacting with staff, clients and with the public; ability to address emotional situations with pet owners; maintain records and prepare reports; effectively supervise shelter staff as it relates to veterinary care or surgery; perform humane euthanasia; travel within and outside Tulare County for work related activities using County vehicle; work and communicate effectively with people of various educational and socioeconomic backgrounds by respecting beliefs, interpersonal styles, and behaviors of both customers and co-workers; organize work, determine priorities, exercise good judgment, and complete multiple tasks with deadlines under stressful conditions; follow safe work practices; understand and follow oral and written instructions; communicate clearly and concisely in person and over the telephone.; write clearly to convey ideas in memos, emails, and correspondence using correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.; effectively utilize specialized animal software; file and maintain accurate records; plan and complete assignments independently; exhibit humane and sympathetic treatment of animals; work in a loud environment while exposed to animals, animal fluids, waste and smells, and pharmaceuticals; remain standing for long periods of time; demonstrate hand and finger dexterity; ability to demonstrate team approach to the job by cooperating with others, offering to help others when needed, and consider larger organization or team goals; demonstrate willingness to adapt and remain calm in a constantly changing and stressful work environment; exhibit comfort in performing a high volume of spay/neuter surgeries on a daily basis; ability to handle, position and restrain live animals of both small and large animal species; ability to handle, position, lift, and move materials, equipment and supplies; retain and recall information.
License or Certificate
Possession of a current California State License to practice Veterinary Medicine. The required licenses MUST be current and unrestricted; a conditional, provisional, probationary or restricted license will NOT be accepted; possession of, or eligibility to obtain, a National Accreditation Number from the USDA; possession of, and maintain DEA license for the procurement and use of controlled substances and clinic use; possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license.
Must be immunized against rabies and maintain immunity for the duration of employment.
DESIRABLE EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS
General geography of the unincorporated areas of Tulare County.
About Tulare County Animal Services
TCAS is a municipal animal shelter that provides Field and Shelter services for the unincorporated areas of Tulare County, CA. Annual intake of animals ranges from 4-6,000 with 5-8,000 calls run by Animal Services Officers over an area of around 4,500 square miles of rural area, urban area, and mountain communities. Recently, TCAS has made huge strides in becoming a progressive animal services shelter, achieving a sustained live release rate above 90% which earned the shelter a Transformational Change award from Best Friends Animal Society. Currently, TCAS is in the process of building an on-site medical clinic that will house a full-time veterinarian aimed at providing low-cost spay/neuter and vaccinations to the public, as well as serving the animals that enter the shelter.