This is a unique leadership opportunity for a seasoned Veterinary professional, requiring delivery of a high standard of Veterinary medicine as well as leadership in medical operations and shelter management.
As part of the Department's executive team, this position is distinguished by its responsibility for managing overall operations of animal-related units within the Animal Services Department. These units include the Spay/Neuter and Vaccine Clinic, In-House Medical Care, Animal Husbandry, Transfer Coordination, Foster Care and the Animal Behavior unit. This position is responsible for setting standards of care and protocols, animal flow, recruiting and training contract and County medical, shelter and behavior staff, while providing high level customer service to animal care partners and members of the public.
Assumes management responsibility for assigned services and activities of the Shelter Medicine Program including the medical care and treatment of animals
Develops and implements treatment and disinfection protocols to proactively prevent and manage disease shelter-wide
Performs surgeries and procedures such as, but not limited to: mass removals, dentals, entropion repair and other elective procedures to help make an animal more adoptable
Monitors public health risk and advises whenever the public, staff or volunteers are at risk (ex: Zoonotic disease, dangerous animals, hazardous materials)
Responsible for oversight of the Return To Field (RTF) Program
Supervises the Animal Shelter Operations Manager who coordinates with Rescue Staff, the planning and implementation of mass trapping Trap Neuter Return (TNR) surgeries, TNR public classes and creates opportunities for private Veterinarians to engage in our mission of saving/enhancing lives through TNR
Represents Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS) to the public and media as needed when it relates to animal welfare issues
Assists in the development of department goals and objectives that contribute to the mission of CCAS
Assists in the preparation of the budget and expenditures for the clinic
Participates in program development, assessment and improvement
Makes decisions for euthanasia to end suffering for an animal when medical conditions are severe and the prognosis is grave
Directly or through supervisory staff selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel
Provides continuing education of staff in humane euthanasia.
Ensures that departmental goals are monitored and met, works with the management team to provide staff with performance measures to ensure a high quality of care
Other duties as assigned
License Required: A valid license issued by a State to practice as a Doctor of Veterinary medicine must be possessed at the time of initial appointment and a valid license issued by the Board of Examiners in Veterinary Medicine for the State of California within twelve (12) months thereafter.
Throughout the duration of employment, must maintain a California Veterinary License in good standing and pursue adequate continuing education to continue to provide standard of care pursuant to the mission of Contra Costa County Animal Services.
Education: Possession of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited college or university as recognized by the Board of Examiners in Veterinary Medicine, State of California.
Experience: Five (5) years of full-time (or the equivalent of full-time) experience as a licensed Veterinarian, two (2) years of which must have included working in a shelter setting.
Internal Number: BKD1-2018A
About Contra Costa County
The Human Resources Department has a staff of 45 employees and a FY 2014-2015 budget of approximately $10.4 million. The Department is organized into three (3) Service Units that provide a full range of personnel services to County Departments, employees, and the public.