Washington County, OR - Hillsboro, OR

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JOB #2013-17

Washington County Animal Services is seeking a full time staff Veterinarian. This is an exceptional opportunity for a Veterinarian who is interested in working for a progressive, open-admissions County shelter that already has a high live release rate, and is dedicated to making that rate even higher. We are looking for a person with excellent surgical skills (for high-quality/high-volume spay/neuter), has knowledge of and interest in shelter medicine, and good communications skills. You will be part of a management team that is dedicated to innovative approaches and community involvement.

Washington County Animal Services, located at the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter, cares for lost animals, finds homes for abandoned pets, licenses dogs, enforces animal cruelty laws and protects our citizens from dangerous animals. Last year, we provided care for about 4,000 animals in our shelter, responded to more than 4000 citizen calls, licensed more than 45,000 dogs, answered over 50,000 phone calls, and did community outreach at schools, fairs, and events. We have an active volunteer program, with more than 150 citizens volunteering at least 8 hours a month to our shelter. We work closely with other shelters in the area through the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland, which includes a metropolitan area-wide spay/neuter program for low-income people's cats. We are also committed to Washington County's Animal Protection Multi-Disciplinary Team, which is providing solutions to the cycle of domestic violence and animal abuse.

Please note: this vacancy is "Open Continuous," but may close anytime after March 4, 2013, if there is a sufficient number of qualified candidates. If you are reviewing this posting and the date is after March 4, 2013, we are still accepting employment applications for this opportunity.

Driving is an essential function for this position. Washington County will review DMV records on the last three year period on final candidates. Please document your Oregon Driver's License number on your application. If you reside or have resided outside the State of Oregon, you will need to submit a certified DMV record(s) for the last three years from the state(s) in which you were residing.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Develop a shelter medicine plan for disease outbreaks; establish protocols for the health check of all animals brought into the County's Animal Shelter to verify disease, injuries or related conditions which may prove unsafe for the animal, Animal Shelter personnel, or the public.

2. Supervise direct reports by assigning work, training, developing work schedules, evaluating performance, reviewing and processing disciplinary actions, interviewing and selecting staff, coaching and mentoring staff, establishing and implementing procedures and determining priorities.

3. Perform cost effective and humane routine and emergency medical treatment of impounded animals, including treatment of animals for diseases common to canines, felines, and animals commonly found in shelters.

4. Administer anesthesia to perform spay and neuter procedures and other necessary surgeries

5. Administer drugs, including some controlled substances, during surgery; prescribe and administer post-surgical and other medications to treat conditions of animals.

6. Perform dental procedures to clean or extract teeth.

7. Assist Animal Services Officers in the field with cruelty investigations or rescues where medical intervention is needed; document violations of standards of care that exist at the scene; act as an expert witness in court by providing testimony. Perform forensic examination of animals as part of cruelty investigations; testify in court proceedings.

8. Perform health examination prior to adoption or placement with another organization.

9. Develop policies and procedures used in the care, security, prognosis and euthanasia of captured and unclaimed animals.

10. Act as expert professional resource for animal health issues; respond to inquiries from the public; maintain effective community relations.

11. Supervise the process to send suspected rabies animal samples to the State Laboratory for testing, and coordinate information flow between the County Health Department and State Public Health Veterinarian.

12. Train and support other animal care workers in the care of animals.

13. Train and instruct temporary veterinary staff and volunteers on the protocols of handling ill or injured animals while administering medical care.

14. Maintain control of restricted drugs.

Extensive knowledge of:
  • Legal requirements governing delivery of veterinary services
  • Laws, codes, regulations and policies affecting the department's operations and programs
  • Surgical procedures for spaying and neutering canines, felines, and other common shelter animals
  • Drugs and medicine needed for medical procedures in an Animal Shelter
General Knowledge of:
  • Quality assurance procedures and techniques
  • Modern techniques and established procedures for treating various animals for common diseases and injuries
  • Standard guidelines of the veterinary profession that are used in the State of Oregon
  • Training principles, practices and techniques
  • Techniques and principles of supervision and training
Skill to:
  • Care and treat animals for injuries, illnesses and diseases
  • Perform routine and emergency surgery and other medical procedures on animals
  • Consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
  • Manage one's own time and work independently
  • Supervise staff by training, coaching, mentoring and applying the progressive discipline process when appropriate
  • Identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
Ability to:
  • Determine surgical needs based on the animals' health status
  • Understand, interpret and apply pertinent provisions of county, state and federal laws, rules, regulations and standards that affect the operation and administration of the shelter medical program
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing typical to the job assignment
  • Analyze situations and take appropriate action; reach sound conclusions
  • Restrain animals to treat and administer medicine
  • Prepare clear, complete and technically accurate reports
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relations and deal effectively and tactfully with citizens and staff
Successful candidates will possess current license issued by the Oregon State Veterinary Medical Examining Board, or possess the ability to obtain Oregon Veterinary license; possess excellent surgical skills (for high quality & high volume spay/neuter), has knowledge of and interest in shelter medicine, and good communications skills.

Applicants must have a valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record.

Washington County will check Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) records on applicants that become eligible for the interviewing phase of the selection process. Please ensure driver's license information is correct and complete on your employment application.

Washington County has the ability to check in-state DMV records electronically. We do not possess this ability for out-of-state applicants. If you reside outside the State of Oregon, you will need to submit a certified DMV record(s) for the last three years. Please forward the copies to:; or (fax)503-846-3777, or Washington County Human Resources, ATTN: Recruitment Unit, 155 N First Avenue, Ste. 270, Hillsboro, OR 97124.

Applicants that do not provide appropriate DMV information or documentation may be disqualified from this recruitment.

Please see below for unacceptable driving citations or convictions per Washington County Vehicle Use Policy:

1. Having been convicted of one or more of the following offenses within the last three years: Driving while under the influence of intoxicants;
Failure to perform the duties of a driver when personal injury occurs or property is damaged, i.e. hit and run;
Reckless driving;
Negligent driving;
Fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer;
Driving with a suspended, revoked or canceled driver's license.
2. Determined by DMV to be a habitual offender as defined in Oregon Revised Statute 809.600.
3. Three traffic convictions within a one-year period.
4. Convicted of any "Traffic Crime" as defined in Oregon Revised Statute 801.545, which states "any traffic offense that is punishable by a jail sentence".

1. A minimum qualifications screening of submitted applications by Human Resources will begin on March 4, 2013. Applicants that pass this step will be forwarded to the Animal Shelter for review.

2. A Subject Matter Expert (SME) Panel in the Animal Shelter will perform an evaluation of experience and training taken from your employment application materials and your responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire. This process will begin after March 6, 2013.

3. A Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) records check will be performed on the applicants that pass the SME evaluation step. Applicants that do not possess an acceptable driving record or have not submitted their records or Oregon Driver's License number will not pass this step and will be disqualified from this particular recruitment.

4. Applicants that pass the DMV records check will be placed on a list of eligible candidates to be scheduled for interviews. It is our goal to schedule the first round of interviews as soon as April 2013.

We have the ability for SKYPE or telephonic interviews to accommodate candidates that live outside of our metropolitan area or out-of-state.

You will be advised by e-mail or regular mail of your status at each step in the application process, from initial application to final employment disposition.

Interested applicants must submit a completed Washington County employment application, with complete responses to the "Supplemental Questionnaire."

We suggest that you print a copy of the job announcement to help you prepare your answers for the Supplemental Questionnaire and to use as a reference in preparing for interviews. We also recommend creating and saving any text answers to the Supplemental Questions in a word processor and then copying and pasting them into the appropriate text box prior to submission of your application. Once you have answered the Supplemental Questions, click on "Save and Proceed". Your application will come up for you to review and edit as needed. Then click on "Confirm and Send Application". The "Privacy Statement and Certificate of Applicant" will come up for you to either "Accept" or "Decline". If you "Accept", a message will come up that thanks you for applying and tells you that your application has been received. You will also receive a confirmation via e-mail. Please retain this confirmation as proof of receipt.

Veterans' Preference: If you have been discharged, or are a disabled veteran, you may qualify for veteran's preference points. If you feel that you qualify, please submit a copy of your DD214 for 5 points and your DD214 and a letter stating your disability for 10 points by the closing date of the position you are applying for. Veteran's preference points cannot be honored without supporting documentation. Veterans who qualify will be granted five points or ten point preference upon successful completion of all phases of the examination process. You must email a copy of your DD214 and other supporting documentation to or mail it to the Human Resources Division before the closing date of the position you are applying for .

Applicants with a disability may request reasonable accommodation, through the Human Resources Division, in any step of the process to assist them in demonstrating their qualifications to perform the duties of the position for which they are applying.

Equal opportunity employer with commitment to a diverse workforce. Women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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