Job Details


Clackamas County, Oregon City, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 03/21/2018

This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.
Please Note: The application deadline may be extended to expand the pool of qualified candidates. Any recruitment timeline changes will be communicated to all who have initiated an application process or have submitted an application.

Annually: $74,272 - $93,727
Hourly: $35.70 - $45.06


* Are you passionate about treating and helping animals?

* Do you want to make a difference in the lives of animals in need?

* Do you want to be a part of the team that works to provide dog sheltering, care, adoptions, and lost and found services to the public?

* Do you want to champion the veterinary care for Clackamas County Dog Services?

If you answered "yes" to the questions above, we want you to join our team as a Veterinarian to provide professional medical veterinarian services in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and aftercare of diseased or injured animals. In this role you will also have an opportunity to lead the work of animal health technicians.

As the Veterinarian for Clackamas County Dog Services, you will play a critical role in improving the health and safety of sheltered dogs. If selected for this position, you will directly impact the operation and administration of the shelter medical program by evaluating animals’ health status, identifying diseases, assessing injuries, and determining treatment, care and surgical needs of the animals; ensuring safe and effective handling, care and treatment of vicious, stray or diseased animals; administering injections and medications to dogs; explaining proper care of animals to the public and adoptive owners; as well as performing humane euthanasia by injection, as necessary. You will also have an opportunity to work collaboratively with a variety of County departments, such as Disaster Management or Health, Housing & Human Services to respond to questions and address concerns related to animal health.

We are searching for a motivated and experienced individual, with deep passion for helping animals and excellent interpersonal skills to complement the Dog Services Team.

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*
•Possession of a valid Veterinarian license, issued by the State of Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board that is not expired, revoked, or suspended at any time during employment, as outlined in OAR 875-010-0000. (Note: Proof of licensure will be required prior to the final offer of employment is extended to the selected candidate. Licensure in another state, acquired by examination will temporarily fulfill this requirement, provided Oregon license is obtained or reciprocated within 30 days of hire.)
•Lead work experience that may include leading projects, programs or initiatives, or leading the work of others, such as providing daily work direction and/or scheduling, assigning work, checking completed work, and training
•Thorough knowledge of legal requirements that govern delivery of veterinary services
•Thorough knowledge of drugs and medications required for veterinary medical procedures
•Experience caring and treating dogs for injuries, illnesses and diseases
•Experience performing emergency and routine surgical procedures, including spaying and neutering dogs, as well as other medical procedures
•Thorough knowledge of quality assurance procedures and techniques
•Experience preparing clear and accurate reports
•Strong interpersonal skills that translate into all of the following: ◦effective problem solving skills;
◦ability to work well independently, as well as having a collaborative, team-oriented approach to work;
◦ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and partnerships both internally and externally
◦exercising tact, good judgment and diplomacy, especially while working with sick, injured, agitated, frightened or aggressive animals; and,
◦ability to handle a wide range of situations and circumstances effectively, positively, and professionally and to maintain composure in difficult, stressful and quickly emerging situations.

•Strong verbal and written communication skills
•Must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test
•Must pass a post-offer, pre-employment physical assessment. Accommodation requests will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation.
•Possession of a valid driver's license or an acceptable alternative method of transportation. Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation or based on the department business needs. Specific information on the County's driving policy can be found at Driving and Vehicle Policy (EPP 52).

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*
•Thorough knowledge of State of Oregon standard veterinary guidelines
•At least two (2) years of veterinary experience in a clinic setting
•At least six (6) months of experience working or volunteering in an animal shelter
•Experience working in community outreach programs, such as a vaccine clinic or an advice booth
•Training or education in dog behavior and dog body language
•Knowledge of Asilomar Guidelines
•Experience preforming necropsies and collecting evidence
•Experience practicing veterinary medicine with other species (felines, livestock, reptiles, birds, etc.)

*For Veterans qualified for Veteran’s Preference: If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
1.Performs cost effective and humane emergency and routine medical treatment of impounded animals; vaccinates animals against rabies, distemper, parvo virus, upper respiratory infection, and other diseases common to canines commonly found in shelters.
2.Administers anesthesia to perform spay and neuter procedures and other necessary surgeries; makes referrals to specialists when needed to improve quality of life for animals.
3.Administers drugs, including some controlled substances, during surgery; prescribes and administers post-surgical and other medications to treat conditions of animals; maintains control of restricted drugs.
4.Establishes protocols for the care, prognosis and health of all animals brought into the Clackamas County shelter to check for disease, injuries, or related conditions which may prove unsafe for the animal, county personnel, or the public; assists in development of shelter medicine/heard health plans for disease outbreaks.
5.Trains and supports other animal care workers in the care of animals.
6.Performs dental procedures to clean or extract teeth.
7.Provide testimony at hearings for code violations or other proceedings.
8.Performs health examinations prior to adoption or placement in another organization.
9.Performs euthanasia; disposes of animals in a safe, clean and efficient manner; maintains clean euthanasia area and room; maintains drug logs.


Thorough knowledge of: Legal requirements governing delivery of veterinary services; surgical procedures for spaying and neutering canines; laws, codes, regulations and policies affecting the agency’s operations and programs; drugs and medicine needed for medical procedures in an animal shelter; animal behavior, breed identification and basic animal health; dog anatomy and physiology; principles and procedures of technical veterinary medicine, including treatment and control of common diseases and first aid for dogs; safe and efficient animal handling techniques; safe and humane euthanasia techniques and procedures, including proper use and storage of controlled substances; record keeping techniques; public service techniques.

Working 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 basic supervision and training.

Skill 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; understand, interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures governing the control, impoundment, retention and release of dogs; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; 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 the public, veterinarians, animal interest groups and County employees; safe and effective handle, care for and treat vicious, stray or diseased animals; handle and control animals while cleaning cages, pens and runs; administers injections and medications to dogs; explain proper care of animals to the public and adoptive owners; identify diseases and assess injuries in dogs and take appropriate safety precautions when handling such animals; perform humane euthanasia by injection method; prepare and maintain accurate records; use of computers and computer software including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.


Duties require walking, prolonged standing, kneeling, bending, twisting, squatting, reaching forward/overhead, fine motor control and the ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds having awkward size and shape, and the ability to push/pull 75 pounds. Duties also involve frequent exposure to loud noises, wet and slippery surfaces, and sick, injured, agitated, frightened or aggressive animals


Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 400,000 citizens.


The Department of Transportation & Development/Dog Services Division enforces all County laws governing the care, control, impounding, licensing, adoption and disposal of animals.
The purpose of the Dog Sheltering program is to provide sheltering, stray dog care, adoptions, and lost and found services to the public, so they can reunite with lost dogs, benefit from the companionship of the a well-matched adoption and be protected from loose dogs.


Clackamas County only accepts online applications.


Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date. You may request an accommodation during the online application process

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