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Veterinarian (Continuous)

Company: City of Oakland, CA
Location: Oakland
Posted on: November 23, 2022

Job Description:

The Position

The City of Oakland is an equal opportunity employer that values workforce diversity, inclusion, and equity. Oakland has a long history of activism around issues of justice and equity. Both oppression and this resistance to oppression have shaped the city's historical roots and the lives of its residents to this day. As public servants to one of the most diverse cities in the nation, we strive to develop employees who understand the harm and impacts of systemic inequity to create lasting, meaningful outcomes for everyone. Oakland strives to establishan environment that embraces the richness of culture, community, and individualism of employees.

Oakland Animal Services (OAS) is the open admission shelter for the City of Oakland. In the last two years, OAS has grown the veterinary team to two full-time veterinarians and three registered veterinary technicians. The needs of the veterinary team are also supported by contracts with 24-hour emergency veterinary services and external support for some spay/neuter and general medicine. The person hired for this will be joining a compassionate and dedicated team that is helping increase lifesaving for shelter animals and providing services to low-income pet guardians when possible, to help keep animals with their families.

As a pilot shelter in the Human Animal Social Services (HASS) program, OAS has introduced equity focused shelter-intake and community-serving programs, such as providing access to veterinary care. Through a recent grant, OAS is creating a voucher program to partner with local vet clinics to assist owned animals with urgent needs. Through support from Friends of Oakland Animal Services (FOAS), OAS has created an Outcome Team, made up of the Foster, Adoption, Transfer and Behavior Coordinators, to focus on hard-to-place animals and reduce length of stay,resulting in a greater than 90% live release rate for shelter animals.

The OAS Animal Control Officers (ACOs) significantly increased their capacity to investigate and prosecute animal cruelty cases. The veterinary team plays an integral role in supporting these investigations, as well as being supported by a contract vet who specializes in forensic medicine. At the same time, the ACOs focus much of their time connecting with pet guardians who need support. It's an exciting time for OAS as we shift from a reactionary model to one that is community serving. The person hired for this position will play a key role in shaping OAS's approach to access to care for low-income pet guardians, while helping build a sustainable veterinary program to support lifesaving for shelter animals.

We are looking for someone who is:

* Pragmatic and able to make the most of limited resources. You will need to evaluate treatment options and make effective diagnostic decisions in an environment with limited funding.

* A skilled communicator that understands how to reach a variety of audiences. Oakland is a diverse community with many different stakeholder groups, you will interact with members of the public, volunteers, and other city employees in the course of work.

* Caring and compassionate with a positive attitude. You will handle and treat sick or injured animals, and support pet owners during both exciting and difficult times.

* A strong problem solver. You will encounter unexpected or challenging situations that require you to work well under pressure and balance multiple priorities.

To see the full job description for thispositionclick here:https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oaklandca/classspecs/816397

What you will typically be responsible for:

* Performing surgical procedures including high volume spay/neuter. With approximately 80% of animals coming into the shelter intact, high volume spay/neuter is a large part of the job

* Directing, coordinating, and performing the screening, diagnosis, and basic and emergency medical treatment of animals in the shelter

* Performing medical rounds, prescribing treatments for, and making recommendations for disposition of shelter animals

* Serving as a "resource person'" on whom others rely for advice

* Performing and directing staff to perform euthanasia of animals that are irremediably suffering from serious illness or severe injury, as necessary

A few reasons you might love this job:

* OAS helps the people and animals with the greatest needs in the Oakland community

* You will see a wide range of medical issues and have the opportunity to develop a well-rounded set of skills

* Unlike private practice, veterinarians largely can do what they believe is best for the animal without interacting with guardians

* There is a lot of opportunity to share ideas and help OAS evolve into a more progressive, community-serving organization

* The people at OAS care deeply about the mission

A few challenges you might face in this job:

* As an open admission shelter, OAS cannot control intake and many animals have behavioral or medical challenges

* OAS often operates at full capacity, requiring our vets to balance priorities to address the needs for spay/neuter services, triaging urgent needs of incoming animals, and providing adequate care for shelter animals with general medical needs

* OAS operates with very limited resources and less staffing than private clinics or nonprofit organizations

* The veterinary team relies on far fewer diagnostic tools than would be utilized in private practice

* The work is emotionally (and physically) challenging and requires the ability to set boundaries and find time for self-care

Competencies Required:

* Empathy:Having compassion for animals and everyone you encounter in your work, treating them with kindness and respect

* Decision-making: Acting with confidence, making informed, rational decisions, and choosing the best course of action

* Organizational Control: Establishing medical standards and procedures to assure the maintenance of a healthy, safe and sanitary facility

* Problem Solving:Analyzing situations and effectively developing solutions

* Enthusiasm and Positivity:Keeping your passion and enthusiasm intact to counteract any challenges you may face in the role

* Supervision: Effectively directing and training staff, delegating work, and overseeing daily operations

* Manual dexterity:Physically handling animals and being precise when treating injuries and performing surgery

* Safety Focus: Understanding and respecting animals' boundaries, following safety procedures to help prevent injuries on the job

* Adaptability: Thinking on your feet and adapting to changing demands and shifting priorities.

* Communication: Connecting with the animals you treat and communicating with people as accurately and comprehensively as possible

This is a public contact position. Although no current vacancies require a specific language, the eligible list may be used to fill future vacancies that may require bilingual skills.

The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be used to fill other vacancies that occur within the City, including full-time and permanent part-time positions, if applicable.

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Working for the City of Oakland

Minimum Requirements for Application

Any combination of education and experience that is equivalent to the following minimum qualifications is acceptable.


Doctorate degree in veterinary medicine from an accredited college or university



Two years of recent experience in veterinary medicine at an animal shelter, clinic or kennel.

Desirable Qualifications:

* Experience in veterinary medicine at an animal shelter, clinic or kennel.

* Experience in animal shelter medicine is highly desirable

License or Certification/Other Requirements

Must possess a valid license issued by the California Board of Examiners in Veterinary

Medicine to practice as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Depending on assignment, may be required to obtain and maintain a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) license to order controlled substances.

Supplemental Information

The Recruitment Process:

The City of Oakland works with a Civil Service system. Applicants apply online, and HR staff reviews their experience, education, and training listed on the application against the "minimum qualifications" listed for each position.

Candidates who demonstrate that they meet the minimum qualification requirements are then invited to participate in an assessment process (or testing) to measure their knowledge, skills, and abilities in job-related areas. For this recruitment, all qualified applicants will have their responses to the supplemental questionnaires evaluated and rated by subject matter experts. You will be notified if your application will be moving forward with the supplemental questionnaire evaluation. The tentative date of the supplemental questionnaire evaluation is the week ofNovember 28, 2022.

Candidates who pass the examination process will be placed on an eligible list. Some candidates may receive extra points, for example, if you are a Veteran with an honorable discharge, or if you are a current City of Oakland resident. If you're applying to a "restricted" posting and you are eligible as a current City employee, you may also receive additional points for your City service. Extra points are only applied to passing scores, so if you do not pass every element of the testing process, you cannot use extra points to pass.

What's in it for you?

* Work/Life Balance: 37.5 hour work weeks, and a flexible/hybrid remote schedule

* 15 paid holidays

* Approved cost of living adjustment in 2023 (5%) and 2024 (4%)

* Vacation: 2 weeks per year minimum with the ability to accrue more depending on public sector years of service

* Retirement: CalPERS (California Public Employees' Retirement System) with a pension formula of 2.5% @ 55 (for Classic CalPERS members) and 2% @ 62 for new CalPERS members. Classic Employees contribute 8% of pre-tax wages. The City of Oakland does not participate in Social Security

* Health: The City of Oakland pays the full cost of employee and eligible dependent coverage at the Kaiser rate. Other plans include Anthem, Blue Shield, United Health Care, and other HMO and PPO plans

* Dental:Delta Dental full premium for employees and eligible dependents

* Vision: VSP full premium for employees and eligible dependents

* Sick leave: Employees accrue 12 days per year

* Deferred Compensation: 457(b) pre-tax plan and an after-tax ROTH 401(k)plan

* Other benefits include a Flexible Spending Account, Wellness Program, Employee Assistance Program, Tuition Reimbursement, Life Insurance up to $200k & Employee Training.

Applicants are required to submit criminal history information upon request after receiving a conditional offer of employment. If the requested information is not furnished in a timely manner, applicants will not qualify for further consideration and will be removed from the eligible list.

NOTICE: The City of Oakland has adopted a COVID-19 Employee Mandatory Vaccination Policy. Under the policy, all employees must, as a condition of employment: (1) report their vaccination status to the City no later than November 15, 2021; and (2) be fully vaccinated and verify that vaccination status to the City no later than November 29, 2021, unless the employee has applied for an exemption and is awaiting the City's response or has been granted an exemption, or unless stricter State or Federal legal requirements apply. If offered employment, you will receive instructions regarding how to provide verification of vaccination or how to apply for an exemption which will be required prior to your start date. You may read the entire policy here (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader).

The City of Oakland reserves the right to modify the selection process and date of examination as necessary to conform to administrative or business necessity. The information contained in this announcement is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

How to Apply

Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least two to three hours to submit your application if you are a new user on the system. APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY.You may apply and view current openings by visiting our employment opportunities webpage at: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/oaklandca/default.cfm.

If you do not have access to a computer, there are computer stations available at any City of Oakland Public Library. There are also workstations at the Human Resources Management Department, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612. Workstations are available during regular business hours (normally 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Due to current events and pandemic-related safety concerns, City facilities may be closed to the public.

Our online application system is provided by NeoGov. If you have problems while applying online, please contact NeoGov's Live Applicant Support at (855) 524-5627 between 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM Pacific Time, Monday - Friday. You may also call the City of Oakland Human Resources Management Department during regular business hours at (510) 238-3112 for information; however, we are unable to provide technical support for the online application system.


Immigration and Reform Control Act: In compliance with the Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986 the City of Oakland will only hire individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States.

Exam Access Accommodation: In compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations, the City of Oakland will employ and promote qualified individuals without regard to disability. The City is committed to making reasonable accommodations in the examination process and in the work environment. Individuals requesting reasonable accommodations in the examination process must do so no later than five working days after the final filing date for receipt of applications, otherwise it may not be possible to arrange accommodations for the selection process. Such requests should be addressed to the Department of Human Resources Management, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612-2019 or call (510) 238-3112 or TDD (510) 238-3254.

The City of Oakland is an EEO/ADA Employer.


150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza - 2nd Floor

Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 238-3112


Position #22-AP401-10


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