Our Mission Statement says it all: "To improve the lives of the animals in our care, be timely and compassionate in our responses, educate the public through community outreach, and provide for the health and safety of the citizens and animals of Ventura County."
Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) is am organization that focuses on lifesaving efforts and maintains a live release rate of 93%. We operate two shelters within the county. Our large, main shelter is in Camarillo, and houses over 400 animals, a veterinary hospital, and the administrative offices. Our smaller facility is located in Simi Valley, and can accommodate nearly 40 animals at a time.
Each year, VCAS cares for more than 10,000 animals as an open-admission municipal shelter. Our goal is to reunite lost pets with their owners and find life-long homes for as many animals as possible, while providing proper care during their stay. VCAS prides itself in having achieved over a 93% live release rate over the last year. We attribute this to our staff caring, committed and efficient staff, our foster, adoption and volunteer programs, community education services, and social media outreach through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
VCAS provides contract services for eight cities within our community: Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Simi Valley and Ventura. We enforce local ordinances and state laws within our service areas, including animal cruelty/neglect investigations, leash law compliance, rabies suppression efforts, and providing medical care for sick and injured animals.
Animals in our care can expect clean facilities, healthy meals, fresh water, cutting edge medical treatment, therapy in the forms of exercise, pleasant scents, and human kindness. You may find a cat, dog or duck walking the hallways in our administrative offices freely and confidently. Our visitors can expect professional and compassionate service from highly trained, experienced staff committed to the mission. These are our values and we're sticking to them!
For more information, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Location! Location! Location! Beautiful Ventura County is one of the 58 counties in the State of California. Situated 40 miles north of Los Angeles County and 40 miles south of Santa Barbara County, geographically, it offers a stunning 42 miles of coastline and the Los Padres National Forest, which accounts for 46% of the county's northern land mass. Fertile Valleys in the southern half of the county are just right for growing lemons, oranges, avocados, strawberries, and a variety of leafy greens, making us the leading agricultural producer in the state! Together, farming and the Los Padres National Forest occupy half of the county's 1.2 million acres.
Imagine living and working in a Mediterranean climate, year-round! The weather is so nice that the Dallas Cowboys train here during the summer! You'll also appreciate Ventura County's scenic geography that its culturally and ethnically diverse people call home. The unincorporated areas, along with the ten incorporated cities of Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and San Buenaventura (Ventura) offer an old west charm, unique among the other counties in the State.
This county is home to several colleges and universities: California State University Channel Islands, California Lutheran University, Oxnard College, Moorpark College, Ventura College, Thomas Aquinas College, Ventura College of Law, and a university extension for University of Laverne.
Ventura County has a strong economic base that includes major industries such as biotechnology, agriculture, advanced technologies, oil production, United States Navy and Air Force military installations, development, and tourism.
This county has so much to offer for entertainment and leisure! The coastline has some of the best and most beautiful beaches for surfing, camping, fishing, volleyball, running, and walking pets. See a concert at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center or a ballet at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Visit the Chumash Indian Museum, sail to the Channel Islands, hike our mountain trails, tour one of the 21 historic missions - Mission San Buenaventura built in 1782! Need a little retail therapy? Visit the Pacific View Mall, shop with the stars at the Oaks Mall, smell the ocean air at the Collection at River Ridge, or check out any of the 160 stores at the Camarillo Premium Outlets. When you're done with all of that, treat yourself to a relaxing day at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa!
The County of Ventura Seeks A Veterinarian With Passion
This position manages veterinary services and is under the administrative direction of the Director, Ventura County Animal Services. The incumbent performs veterinary work involved in inspection, investigation, diagnosis, prevention, control, treatment and eradication of contagious and infectious diseases of animals; and performs related work as required. Ventura County Animal Services maintains a live release rate of 93%. Euthanizing will only be performed in cases of severe illness or irrepressible aggression
Distinguishing Characteristics: This position is solely responsible for the management of the veterinary facilities and its personnel with a budget exceeding $850,000.
The ideal candidate will be an experienced animal shelter veterinarian that has a passion for the care of ALL types of animals, is knowledgeable of animal services and regulations, has supervisory experience, and is firmly committed to the "No Kill" philosophy.
PAYROLL TITLE: Manager - Veterinary Services
EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE: Some positions may be eligible for educational incentive. This incentive may be 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% for incumbents in eligible positions based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree that is not required for the classification.
BILINGUAL INCENTIVE: Some positions may be eligible for bilingual incentive depending on the applicable memorandum of agreement and the needs of the department. In order to qualify for this incentive, incumbents in eligible positions must take and pass the applicable bilingual fluency exam with a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher.
DEPARTMENT/AGENCY: Health Care Agency - Animal Services
Manager - Veterinary Services is a Management classification and is not eligible for overtime compensation. The incumbent in this classification is eligible for benefits at the MB4 level.
The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed-term), Intermittent, and Extra Help vacancies within the Health Care Agency, Animal Services. There is currently one (1) Regular vacancy.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OPENING DATE: September 25, 2017 CLOSING DATE: Continuous and may close at any time; therefore, the schedule for the remainder of the process will depend upon when we receive a sufficient number of qualified applications to meet business needs.
Examples Of Duties: Duties may include but are not limited to the following: Supervises assigned staff, including Animal Health Technicians, Veterinary Assistants, Animal Control Officers, clerical workers, and volunteers as required; Maintains emergency veterinary medical facilities at County animal shelters, provides medical and surgical care for sick and injured animals, examines all impounded animals for illness or injury and performs postmortem examinations to determine causes or types of injuries or diseases that caused fatalities; Inspects facilities of applicants who apply for kennel licenses and wild animal permits as well as other commercial animal facilities to insure conformance to pertinent laws, ordinances and regulations; Appears in court as an expert witness, advises public and department employees on matters within the field of veterinary medicine, conducts periodic classes in first aid to animals and serves as liaison with private veterinarians; Supervises the use of chemical capture drugs and euthanasia drugs, orders and maintains supplies and equipment needed in the emergency facility; Supervises staff including Animal Health Technicians, Animal Control Officers and clerical employees, as assigned, and estimates veterinary requirements for the department budget; Counsels pet owners on spay and neuter procedures and explains possible complications; Formulates and administers various policies and programs which deal with animal/mammal protection and regulation matters, often in coordination with other private and public organizations; and Performs other assigned duties as required.
TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS These are entrance requirements to the exam process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
Graduation from a school of veterinary medicine recognized by the Board of Veterinary Medicine of the State of California, and some veterinary experience which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills and abilities. The required knowledge, skills and abilities also can be obtained by a degree in veterinary medicine and two (2) years of Full-Time professional experience in the practice of veterinary medicine.
Substitution: One (1) year of graduate study in veterinary medicine or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.
Necessary Special Requirements: Must possess and maintain a current, valid license to practice veterinary medicine issued by the California Board of Examiners in Veterinary Medicine Must possess and maintain a current, valid USDA National Accreditation Number (NAN) within 60 days of hire date Must possess and maintain a current, valid Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) license Must be willing and able to work nights, weekends and holidays when required Must be willing and able to work in Camarillo and Simi Valley as required Must possess and maintain a driver license issued by the State of California by the time of hire Must have experience supervising staff Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint Proficient computer skills including but not limited to the ability to access databases, check company e-mail, input and modify computerized records, etc.
Desired: Previous experience in shelter management and heard health Previous experience in high volume spay/neuter environment Previous experience with emergency critical care of animals Ability to converse in English and Spanish
Supplemental Information: Duties are performed primarily indoors and involve moderate to heavy physical activities. Frequent exposure to dangerous and diseased animals. Staff of approximately 3-4 employees with a budget exceeding $850,000.
Note: If accredited, the Manager, Veterinary Services must have received accreditation from the Federal Deputy Administrator, Veterinary Services, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. An accredited Veterinarian is eligible to receive specialty pay for maintaining accreditation.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Thorough knowledge of: the most current veterinary practices relating to the treatment and cure of injured and sick animals; State, Federal and local laws and ordinances pertaining to the humane treatment of animals; principles and practices of current veterinary medicine, including disease identification, prevention, control and eradication.
Thorough skills in performing proper diagnosis and postmortem procedures; prepare technical reports; analyze critical situations accurately and take decisive and effective action.
Comprehensive ability to plan, organize, direct, train and develop subordinate personnel; work with a minimum of supervision; keep informed of the latest developments and methods, techniques, equipment and facilities in veterinary medicine; serve as liaison to advise and/or resolve differences with other public agencies, community organizations and the general public; effectively communicate verbally and in writing.
RECRUITMENT PROCESS FINAL FILING DATE: This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested in it. Your application must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.
To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at www.ventura.org/hr. If you prefer to fill out a paper application form for a Health Care Agency recruitment, you may contact either of our offices, which are listed below, to obtain and submit application materials:
• 800 South Victoria Avenue; L-1970; Ventura, CA 93009; (805) 654-5129 (County Government Center) • 2323 Knoll Drive, 3rd Floor; Ventura, CA 93003; (805) 677-5184 (Health Care Agency building)
Note to Applicants: It is essential that you complete all sections of your application and supplemental questionnaire thoroughly and accurately to demonstrate your qualifications. A resume and/or other related documents may be attached to supplement the information in your application and supplemental questionnaire; however, it/they may not be submitted in lieu of the application.
NOTE: If presently permanently employed in another "merit" or "civil service" public agency/entity in the same or substantively similar position as is advertised, and if appointed to that position by successful performance in a "merit" or "civil service" style examination, then appointment by "Lateral Transfer" may be possible. If interested, please click here for additional information.
SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE – qualifying: All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this exam AT THE TIME OF FILING. The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the exam process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire may result in the application being removed from consideration.
APPLICATION EVALUATION – qualifying: All applications will be reviewed to determine whether or not the stated requirements are met. Those individuals meeting the stated requirements will be invited to continue to the next step in the screening and selection process.
COMPARATIVE SCREENING - qualifying:If there is a high number of qualified applicants, a comparative screening will be conducted to determine which of the applicants will be selected for invitation to the oral exam. Applications will be evaluated and ranked according to criteria that most closely meets the needs of the department, so it is essential that applicants provide as much detail as possible and answer all parts of the application and supplemental questionnaire ("and supplemental questionnaire" only if there is one).
ORAL EXAM – 100%: A job-related oral exam will be conducted to evaluate and compare participating applicants' knowledge, skills, and abilities in relation to those factors which job analysis has determined to be essential for successful performance of the job. Applicants must earn a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher to qualify for placement on the eligible list.
NOTE: If there are three (3) or fewer qualified applicants, an oral exam will not be conducted. Instead, a score of seventy percent (70%) will be assigned to each application, and each applicant will be placed on the eligible list.
Applicants successfully completing the exam process may be placed on an eligible list for a period of one (1) year.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: A thorough pre-employment, post offer background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information and driving record is required for this position.
For further information about this recruitment, please contact Mitzi Ivey by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (805) 677-5335.