Animal Care Specialist III (RVT) - (Part-Time/Extra Help)

  • Stanislaus County, CA
  • Modesto, California
  • Apr 02, 2019
Part Time Animal Control or Services
  • Salary: $39,707.20 - $48,235.20 Annually

Job Description

About the Department and the Position


This recruitment is being conducted to fill twocurrent part-time/extra help vacancies for the Stanislaus Animal Services Agencyand establish an eligible list to fill future part-time vacancies. While this is a continuous recruitment, we encourage you to apply immediately, as this recruitment may close at any time.

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Stanislaus County is located in Central California within 90 minutes of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Silicon Valley, Sacramento, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and California's Central Coast. With an estimated 538,388 people calling this area home, the community reflects a region rich in diversity with a strong sense of community. Two of California's major north-south transportation routes (Interstate 5 and Highway 99) intersect the area and the County has quickly become one of the dominant logistics center locations on the west coast.

The County is home to a vibrant arts community with the world-class Gallo Center for the Arts, a symphony orchestra, and abundant visual and performing arts. Stanislaus County is a global center for agribusiness positioned by its mild Mediterranean climate, rich soils and progressive farming practices.

The area is recognized internationally for agricultural innovation with wine, almonds, poultry, milk, cattle, and walnuts being some of the featured industries. The County is also home to Stanislaus State University, Modesto Junior College and benefits from satellite locations of other high quality educational institutions. The County was established in 1854 and has a total land area of 1,515 square miles. Temperatures range from an average low of 38 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, to an average high of 85 degrees in the summer.


The Stanislaus CountyAnimal Services Agency provides a welcoming and humane place for animals and those who care for them. We protect, educate and serve the public; to develop programs to continuously improve thelives of people and animals within our community.


Under the direction of the Veterinarian, the Animal Care Specialist III assists in surgical procedures and the care and treatment of animals in the shelter. This leadership position performs laboratory medical tests and assists Animal Care Specialists I and II's in the performance of their duties. This position is subject to overtime, weekend, holiday, and callback assignments, andperforms related duties as assigned.

Typical Tasks
  • Maintain equipment related to veterinary medicine;
  • Assist Veterinarians in surgical procedures including performing routine blood tests on animals prior to surgery;
  • Triage injured/sick animals brought into the shelter;
  • Treat and monitor sick and/or injured animals;
  • Maintain accurate medical records;
  • Microchip and vaccinate animals;
  • Perform temperament/health testing of dogs and cats at the shelter as part of the pre-adoption screening;
  • Administer prescribed medications and treatments to animals;
  • Perform data entry of all medical records;
  • Operate computer software for tracking animals; and
  • Assist Animal Care Specialist I and IIs with their tasks.

Minimum Qualifications (Skills, Ability, Knowledge, Education/Experience)

  • Handle and care for animals in a respectful, compassionate and humane manner;
  • Identify common canine and feline breeds and other species of animals;
  • Prepare legible, clearly written records, logs, and forms;
  • Follow written and oral instructions and possess basic computer knowledge;
  • Safely use animal handling equipment and common hand tools for the repair of equipment;
  • Effectively read, understand, interpret, and answer questions raised by fellow employees and the general public regarding policies and procedures at the Animal Services Center;
  • Assist and work closely with authorized volunteers at the shelter;
  • Set up and complete basic laboratory tests;
  • Take a blood sample and give medication by intravenous route; and
  • Administer appropriate drug/dose for general anesthesia and monitor during procedure.

  • Basic anatomy of common domestic pets;
  • Basic drugs and their use in veterinary medicine;
  • Basic knowledge of common diseases of domestic pets and the recommended treatment;
  • Basic handling techniques and basic behavioral characteristics of domestic pets, livestock and common wildlife; and
  • State and local ordinances relating to the care and maintenance of domestic pets, livestock, wildlife and quarantining of suspect rabid animals.

  • At least one (1) year experience gaining the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the tasks of the position generally acquired in a veterinary hospital setting; AND
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Registered Veterinary Technician license; AND
  • Possess and maintain valid First Aid/CPR/AED Certificates within one (1) year from date of appointment; AND
  • Successfully complete the in-house euthanasia certification within one (1) year of employment.
  • 30 units of college course work in Animal Science or a related field; AND
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Registered Veterinary Technician license; AND
  • Possess and maintain valid First Aid/CPR/AED Certificates within one (1) year from date of appointment; AND
  • Successfully complete the in-house euthanasia certification within one (1) year of employment.
  • Applicants must possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License and remain free from repeated preventable accidents.

Application and Selection Procedures


Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Classified Service of the County and is assigned to theCommunity and HealthServices bargaining unit for labor relations purposes.

Individuals who are in a full-time classified position are required to serve a twelve-month probationary period, which may be extended an additional six months for a total of eighteen months. The probationary period does not apply to unclassified positions.


The County of Stanislaus is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to submit online application(s) for open position(s).

Stanislaus County is committed to establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, supervisors, and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy related condition, marital status, gender/sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), political affiliation or belief, or military or veteran status.


Applications cannot be submitted later than 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Make your online application as complete as possible so a full and realistic appraisal may be made of your qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a complete application.

Attaching your resume and cover letter are an optional feature for those who wish to do so in addition to completing the required application. Information on your resume and cover letter will not substitute for the education, work experience and required fields on the County application. The online County application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications.


Arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities and religious convictions. Applicants requiring testing accommodations are required to complete and submit the Testing Accommodation Request Form prior to the test administration date. Special arrangements for religious convictions should be included in the "Additional Information" section of the application form.


  • Pass County-paid pre-employment drug screening *if applicableand job-related background investigation.
  • Perform job duties in a manner assuring a safe working environment for oneself and others.
  • Maintain confidential information according to the legal standards and/or County regulations as required.


Application and/or examination results may be appealed by applicants presenting facts alleging irregularity, fraud and/or error in application screening or in exam scoring. Appeals must be in writing and submitted to the Chief Executive Officer within seven (7) days after the examination results are mailed.

The Job Task Analysis provides information detailing the physical and functional demands of the classification. For the complete job task analysis, visit the Risk Management website at under "Disability Management."


Find out if you qualify for the AES Public Service Loan Forgiveness program for full-time public sector employees (PSLF) by contacting (866) 706-5005.


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Stanislaus County reserves the right to revise the examination plan described in this bulletin to better meet the needs of County service. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. The information contained in the bulletin is information, which sets forth a general summary of benefits for this respective position. This information is not legally binding. The benefits and other information regarding this position may be found in the Stanislaus County Code, the Stanislaus County Personnel Policies manual, or in the applicable Memorandum of Understanding, and such information prevails over information contained in this bulletin. Questions regarding this bulletin may be directed to the Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office/ Human Resources.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous