Job Posting: Veterinarian (General)

Department of Food & Agriculture

Veterinarian (General)

$5,901.00 - $9,303.00

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Per CCR 249.3, this job control may be used to fill subsequent vacancies.

• Plan, organize and coordinate animal health management activities, such as:

• Diagnosing livestock and poultry diseases

• Performing tests, necropsies and collect samples from animals and the environment

• Interpreting laboratory test results

• Complete comprehensive reports on diagnosis

• Reviewing completed cases for appropriate action

• Investigating the epidemiology of livestock and poultry disease outbreaks

• Preventing, controlling, monitoring and eradicating livestock and poultry diseases

• Euthanizing and disposing of livestock and poultry carcasses

• Planning and implementing appropriate biosecurity measures

• Maintain a broad knowledge of livestock and poultry disease and movement patterns in California

• Health requirements for livestock and poultry imported into California

• Maintain a working knowledge of the AHB Field Manual

• Review and apply the appropriate laws, regulations and policies of CDFA, as well as various local, State, and Federal government agencies in all aspects of assigned duties

• Enforce laws, regulations, and policies of CDFA

• Lead other Veterinarians, Livestock Inspectors and office personnel when appropriate

• Plan, organize, direct, coordinate, review and evaluate the effectiveness of AHB procedures and when appropriate, develop and recommend alternative practices and procedures

• Participate in strategic planning for AHB , AHFSS and CDFA

• Act as district specialist for one or more livestock diseases or problem areas

• Represent AHB and the Veterinarian in Charge at professional and industry meetings

• Plan, organize and coordinate animal health emergency management activities, such as:

• Responding to animal health issues during disasters and emergencies

• Organizing resources and coordinating actions during local and state-wide disasters or emergencies

• Maintain a broad knowledge of emergency management issues in California

• Exotic livestock and poultry diseases that are a threat to California

• Participate in planning activities and exercises to prepare for animal health emergencies

• Plan, organize and coordinate food safety activities, such as:

• Planning and participating in field studies, research and educational programs to enhance knowledge of animal production food safety issues

• Coordinating resources, providing expertise and establishing working relationships with organizations and groups working on these issues

• Field investigations that assist in evaluating human illness due to physical, chemical and microbiological hazards associated with livestock or poultry

• Responding to animal production food safety emergencies

• Communicate frequently and regularly with supervisor and associates

Candidates may perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.

Working Conditions

The duties of this position are performed indoors and outdoors. The incumbent may occasionally work under difficult conditions and be exposed to extremes in temperature, high levels of noise, heavy machinery, various odors, dust and mud, as well as hazardous driving conditions.

Indoor activities may include:

• Working in livestock facilities at various locations including salesyards and milking parlors

• Operating a computer with various software programs, including e-mail and word processing

• Entering data in a computer database

• Operating a telephone, fax, calculator and copier

• Operating various filing drawers and bins

• Processing paperwork and samples

Outdoor activities may include:

• Inspecting livestock at farms, ranches, and salesyards or other livestock facilities

• Taking samples from livestock at farms, ranches, salesyards or other livestock facilities

• Frequent travel by vehicle or other modes of transportation to various locations in the district

• Occasional travel to other areas of the State for assignments, exercises or meetings

The incumbent may encounter:

• Confrontational, unfriendly, or irate people

• Quickly moving heavy gates

• Stampeding livestock

• Crowded milking parlors

• Slaughter establishments and rendering plants

• Heavy machinery

• Other potentially hazardous contacts

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Veterinarian (General)
$5,901.00 - $9,303.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Tulare County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Under the general direction of a Supervising Veterinarian, the Veterinarian (General) plans, organizes and coordinates activities related to animal health, food safety, emergency management and other special programs or functions at Headquarters or a District Region. The incumbent is responsible for providing technical guidance and training to lower level professional and support staff. The incumbent may act as a district specialist in one or more programs or functions; provide technical assistance to local veterinarians and coordinate the activities of contract veterinarians. The incumbent must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and customers; make appropriate decisions and recommendations; work independently to complete assignments; work well under pressure and meet required deadlines.

Special Requirements

Incumbents must possess a valid California Doctor of Veterinary Medicine license. Applicants who do not possess a valid license, but are eligible to take the State Board Examination or the Reciprocity Examination, may be appointed. However, they must secure the required license within 12 months of the date of appointment.

Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Food & Agriculture
Attn: Human Resources Branch
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Human Resources Branch
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814
ELECTRONIC APPLICATION IS PREFERRED. All mail or drop off applications must include JC# 112117
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
  • Degree/Diploma
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Donald Leidolf
(916) 900-5305

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
EEO Officer
(916) 654-1005
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Additional Information

Please do not include any confidential information such as social security number, marital status, ethnicity, age, or disability information on any of the documentation uploaded with your online application.

If the classification you are applying for has an education requirement, transcripts will be required to verify you meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. Please be sure to redact any confidential information before uploading your transcripts.

Applications with foreign degrees may be asked to provide an official foreign transcript evaluation which indicates course work is equivalent to a degree from an accredited U.S. College or University.

This position may require a medical clearance.

Alternate Classifications may be considered.

Hard Copy Application

If you are dropping off or mailing in your application, please use the Examination/Employment Application, STD 678 Revised 12/2017 version.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail