Senior Veterinarian

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 31, 2019
Full Time Animal Control or Services
  • Salary: $127,000.33 - $185,658.72 Annually

Job Description


We are accepting applications beginning August 1, 2019at 8:00 am PT.
Applications will be accepted until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.


The County is listed on Forbes America's Best Employers list for 2019. It has a demographically and geographically diverse population of more than 10 million residents. As the largest employer in Southern California with over 111,000 employees in 36 departments and a budget over $33 billion, the County provides vital and wide-ranging public services to its citizens.


The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control is one of the largest and most progressive animal control agencies in the United States. Our seven animal care centers serve unincorporated Los Angeles County and 47 contract cities with a combined total population of over 3 million residents. We cover more than 3,400 square miles of cities, deserts, beaches, and mountains; from the Antelope Valley in the north to the Palos Verdes Peninsula in the south, as far east as the border of San Bernardino County, and west to Thousand Oaks. We provide animal control and rescue services in our service areas 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


This position reports to the Chief Deputy Director, Animal Care and Control and oversees the South County operation of Spay and Neuter Programs for the Department of Animal Care and Control and supervises the Department's medical program.

Essential Job Functions
  • In charge of the work of veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians and animal control positions assigned to the spay/neuter clinics and treatment of animals in the custody of the Department of Animal Care and Control.
  • Resolves the more difficult problems occurring in the investigation of animal bites or disease by interpreting and clarifying public health laws, regulations, programs, policies and procedures and by advising subordinates of different methods to employ or by taking over the investigation of problem cases.
  • Provides technical consultation and advice in veterinary specialty to envision veterinarians, other County departments, other agencies and institutions, and the public.
  • Trains or assists in the training of staff and affiliated personnel in procedures and methods related to area of specialty in veterinary medicine. Conducts and participates in research programs on animal diseases in Los Angeles County.
  • In charge of the medical programs conducted at the Animal Care Centers, establishes policies and procedures relating to the operation of the spay/neuter clinics and the diagnosis, treatment and care provided to animals in the care of the Department.
  • Directs the maintenance of records on animals handled by the Department.
  • Administers anesthesia and medications and performs surgeries.
  • Prepares records and reports.

  • Under the administrative direction of the Director, Animal Care and Control, has responsibility for the direction and operation of Spay and Neuter Programs in Animal Care Centers/Shelters and the supervision of the medical program for animals in the custody of the Department.
  • Under the technical and administrative direction of the Chief Deputy Director assists in planning, assigning, supervising and evaluating of the Veterinary Public Health and serves as a consultant to County and private veterinarians, allied health personnel and the public on the pathology of diseases of animals and on the comparative pathology of the diseases of animals which are identical or closely similar to those in man.

The County of Los Angeles offers an excellent benefits package which includes a Cafeteria Benefit Plan, Contributory Defined Benefit Retirement Plan, matched 401(k) Savings and Deferred Compensation & Thrift Plans, 12 paid holidays, 10 paid leave days and an option to buy one to 20 more, and flexible work schedules.
Two (2) yearsofveterinary medical experience including specialized education or training as listed below:
One (1)year ofsurgical experience in spaying and neutering.

3 - Moderate.
Moderate:Includes standing or walking mostof the time, with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching includes working on irregular surfaces,occasionally lifting objects weighing over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds.

A current California State License to practice Veterinary Medicine.
- A valid California Class C Driver's License or the ability to utilize and alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

Applicants must attach a legible photocopy of their California State License to practice Veterinary Medicine and California Class C Driver's Licenseto the application at the time of filing or within 15 calendar days of filing.

Note: If you are unable to attach required documents, you must fax them to (562) 422-3187 or e-mail the documents to the exam analyst at within 15 calendar days of filing online. Please include the exam number and exam title.

The required license and/or certificate must be current and unrestricted ; conditional, provisional, probationary license and/or certificate will not be accepted.

Desirable Qualifications:
- A current DEA license for purchasing and handling controlled substances.
- A current USDA National Accreditation certification for Interstate and International Travel for SmallAnimals.

Additional Information

This examination will consist of two (2) parts:

PART I: An evaluation of Training & Experience weighted 40% measuring professional/technical expertise, safety awareness, managing performance, technology application, written communication and training, based upon application information andsupplemental questionnaire.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Requirements and achieve a passing score of 70% on Part I in order to advance to Part II.

Part II: A structured interview weighted 60% measuring shared leadership, service motivation, oral communication, problem solving, decision making, interpersonal/relationship building skills, adaptability/flexibility, accountability, integrity/honesty, planning and coordination and resilience.

Applicants must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on each weighted part of the examination in order to be placed on the eligible register.

Applications will be processed on an as-received basis and promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.

Eligibility Information:

The names of candidates receiving a passing score on the examination will be placedonthe eligible register and will appear in the order of their score group for a period oftwelve(12) months following the date of eligibility.

Special Information:
Appointees may be required to work any shift including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.

Vacancy Information:
The resulting eligible register for this examination will be used to fill vacancies within the Department of Animal Care and Control.

Application and Filing Information:

Apply online by clicking on the green "Apply" tab for this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website.

All information is subject to verification. We may reject your application at any time during the examination and hiring process, including after appointment has been made. Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of appointment.

Utilizing VERBIAGE from the Class Specification and minimum requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT BE sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION and you may be disqualified.

Fill out your application completely. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the requirements. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week and description of work performed. Resumes may be added to your application but cannot be substituted for the Experience portions of the County application nor for the completion and submission of the supplemental questions.If your application is incomplete, it will be rejected.

All correspondence to applicants will be sent electronically except for the final examination result notice.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES:For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.

NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD:All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member's or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent ofrehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.

Department Contact Name: Sandra Perez
Department Contact Phone: (562) 256-7102
Department Contact Email:
ADA Coordinator Phone: (562) 256-7101
Teletype Phone: (800) 899-4099
California Relay Services Phone:(800) 735-2922
Alternate TTY Phone: (800) 897-0077

Closing Date/Time: