The County of Riverside's Department of Animal Services seeks a Chief Veterinarian that will provide administrative and technical management for the Veterinary Services Divisions throughout Riverside County. The incumbent will oversee the direct spay/neuter and shelter activities pertaining to the health and disease control of animals cared for at County facilities; and perform other related duties as required.
This single-position class reports to the Director of Animal Services and serves as Director of Shelter Medicine and County Veterinarian. Through subordinate staff, this class ensures thorough oversight the health and well-being of shelter animals cared for at County facilities, all clinic and mobile spay and neuter programs, and medical oversight of the County animal foster care program.
This class serves as a member of the department's senior management team, providing expert witness testimony on behalf of the County in cruelty case legal proceedings, and representing the County to government agencies and the public. This class is distinguished from the Veterinary Surgeon in that the latter class is responsible for the performance of sterilization surgery on small animals at a County Spay and Neuter Clinic or in a Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic and for the management of subordinate staff that provide surgical assistance, animal care, and clerical support services.
Education: Possession of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited U.S. college or university of veterinary medicine at the time of appointment is required.
Experience: A minimum of three years of veterinary medicine experience, which must have included shelter medicine, supervision of shelter staff, and veterinary program responsibility.
Other Requirements License/Certificate: A valid license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of California.
Possession of a valid California Driver's License is required, as there will be a need to travel to various facilities throughout Riverside County.
Additional Salary Information: MEDICAL/DENTAL INSURANCE: A Flexible Benefit Credit is provided on a monthly basis as governed by the Management Resolution or applicable bargaining unit. Vision coverage is provided through Vision Service Plan (VSP) at no cost to employee or eligible dependents.
Internal Number: 20-73523-01
About County of Riverside Department of Animal Services
The Department of Animal Services’ mission is to work together to improve Riverside County for people and animals. The department promotes safe, healthy, and humane animal/human coexistence through public education, humane sheltering, responsible pet placement, progressive law enforcement, and pet overpopulation reduction. The Department of Animal Services is working toward the goal of 100% adoption of all healthy and adoptable animals. To that end, the department is actively involved in pro-active adoption, as well as collaboration and strategic alliances with adoption partners. Animal Services provides and maintains shelters in Blythe, San Jacinto, Thousand Palms, and Western Riverside County (Jurupa Valley).