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at Orange County

Pay: $57.01 to $72.8/hour
$57.01 - $72.8
Posted: 5/1/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2399262

Job Description

Overall Job Objective



This recruitment is open to the public and 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.

The deadline to apply for the first round of consideration will be on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 11:59 PM (PST)

This recruitment will establish an open eligible list. This eligible list will be used to fill current and future Veterinarian positions within the County of Orange. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower level classifications throughout the County of Orange.


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. Click here for more information.

OC Community Resources is a multi-faceted department comprised of OC Animal Care, OC Community Services, Housing & Community Development & Homeless Services, OC Parks, and OC Public Libraries. Click here for more information.

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. Click here to learn more about OC Animal Care.



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. With 2018 save rates of 93.2% for dogs and 73.2% for cats, there is no time limit for an animal in our care, and our Strategic Plan drives us to maintain our high canine save rate while increasing our feline save rate. 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 (9,423 and 5,641 in 2018 respectively), 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.
  • Meets with Chief Veterinarian regularly to determine strategies in developing, implementing and interpreting protocols.
  • 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. Incumbents should be prepared to work rotating shifts, including days, nights, weekends and holidays. 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 possess two (2) or more years of full-time Veterinarian experience. The ideal candidate will also have at least two (2) years of small animal experience, a working knowledge of exotic animals, and be comfortable with triage, as well as using systems and protocols. This position may have to travel between locations. Therefore, a valid class C driver's license is highly desirable.

In addition, 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  
Click here for the complete classification description for Veterinarian including the minimum qualifications.

Human Resource Services (HRS) screens all application materials for minimum and/or desirable qualifications. After screening, applicants who meet the minimum and/or desirable qualifications will be referred to the next step in the recruitment process. All applicants will be notified via email of their status in the process.

Situational Exercise | (Weighted 100%)
Situational judgment tests assess your ability to choose the most appropriate action in workplace situations. These assessments are designed to assess how you would handle situations that you could encounter in the job you are applying for. Only the most successful 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.


Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in our application and use only one email account.

NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment process for any positions for which you apply.

Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via email through the site. Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending with "" and "" If your email address should change, please update your profile at

Click here for additional Frequently Asked Questions.

For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, contact Vanessa Rosas at (714) 480-2867 or


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