THE OPPORTUNITY 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.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS AND CORE COMPETENCIES
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
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.
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