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Registered Veterinary Technician

Company: Santa Barbara County, CA
Location: Santa Barbara
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


NOTICE OF CHANGE: This posting will be extended and will now remain open until the position is filled.

We are currently accepting applications to fill one full time vacancy for the Public Health Department Animal Services Division. NOTE: Santa Barbara County Animal Services (SBCAS) has shelters in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. Applicants must be willing to travel to, and work at, both locations.

Applications are also being accepted for future full-time, part-time, extra-help, and 1414* vacancies at both locations.

  • NOTE: CSR (Civil Service Rule) 1414 is a position vacated as a result of a leave of absence and the duration of the appointment shall be subject to the return of the individual who is on leave. A person who is appointed to a position under CS Rule 1414 may be able to transition into a regular position in the classification without re-application or re-testing, depending on the performance of the appointee and the needs of the department.

THE POSITION: Under general supervision, incumbent provides routine medical treatment to animals in the SBCAS shelter; disposes of animals; performs decapitations as needed for rabies testing; maintains kennels in a sanitary condition; maintains accurate records of treatment and procedures; evaluates underage animals; evaluates animals for foster placement; provides medical counseling; triages medical emergencies; has general knowledge of zoonotic diseases; has experience with high volume and high quality anesthetic procedures and surgery; the ability to perform dental procedures; and performs related duties as assigned.

Click on Benefits Tab above or click HERE for more information on County benefits. Applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for:

  • Retirement reciprocity
  • Time and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual rate

The Ideal Candidate will have experience in an animal shelter environment and assisting in a high volume spay and neuter clinic. Examples of Duties

  • Performs physical examinations of animals and records findings; examines animals to determine breed and approximate age; evaluates health of animals and determines which animals have priority for medical care (triage); prioritizes which animal should be fast-tracked for adoption; determines which animals should be transferred to veterinary partners for further diagnostics such as but not limited to imaging/critical care/overnight monitoring and obtains estimates for outside treatment.
  • Monitors the overall health of the animal population by communicating with shelter staff, volunteers, and fosters; treats animals and administers vaccinations under the supervision of a veterinarian; monitors the health of animals in quarantine/isolation; records all treatment and vaccinations of each animal in the SBCAS computer database.
  • Maintains a supply of controlled substances, medical supplies, and medications; has a working knowledge of how to order medical supplies; confers with shelter supervisors and staff regarding supply needs; distributes and monitors usage of controlled substances; reconciles controlled substance logs at all shelters; oversees proper use of pre-anesthetic and euthanasia drugs; provides training and euthanasia certification for staff as needed.
  • Assists and restrains animals for shelter staff during examinations/treatments; makes and notates observations on the health of sheltered animals in the computer database and reports to the veterinarian and shelter supervisor; communicates medical information to staff, volunteers, and customers; provides a list of animals to be examined by the veterinarian; schedules animals for altering and other procedures; performs pre-operative examinations, surgical preparation, anesthesia, surgical monitoring, and post-operative care for animals.
  • Prepares animals for laboratory rabies testing; ensures rabies specimens are handled, transported, and disposed of in such a manner as to protect public safety.
  • Assists in the determination of animals for adoption; recommends animals for foster care placement; provides input on the selection of animals for euthanasia; assists with the feeding, watering, and medication of animals; assists with the cleaning and disinfecting of the shelter.
  • Cleans, maintains, and sterilizes surgical instruments, equipment, and materials; ensures equipment such as but not limited to monitors/anesthetic machines/breathing apparatus are in good working condition; perform monthly maintenance on equipment as needed.
  • Collects specimens and performs routine laboratory procedures and tests in microbiology, urinalysis, and serology to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems.
  • Ensure SBCAS is in compliance with all OSHA and the DEA regulations and inform the veterinarian and shelter supervisor if there are any regulatory issues.
  • Train staff and volunteers in basic animal handling, husbandry, treatment, and cleaning protocols.

Employment Standards

  1. Possession of a valid license as a Registered Veterinary Technician with the State of California.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment. Incumbents must also possess:

Knowledge of: Methods, techniques, and medication used in the care and treatment of animals; physical and behavioral characteristics of animals including domestic, wildlife, and livestock; characteristics of disease; spay and neuter surgical procedures and techniques; proper techniques for the preparation, handling, and disposal of rabies specimen samples; legal requirements for controlled drug logs, proper euthanasia techniques; basic animal care and nutritional needs; standard office computer software; English grammar and usage.

Ability to: handle animals safely and humanely; perform euthanasia of animals by injection; recognize symptoms of rabies, common diseases, and animal injuries; keep accurate records of treatment in the SBCAS database; lift 75 pounds; perform extensive stooping, bending, and carrying; learn specialized computer applications; exercise tact and independent judgment; maintain effective working relationships with shelter staff, volunteers, customers, and veterinarians.

Supplemental Information

The Public Health Department (PHD) requires all employees working in direct contact with patients or clients in a high-risk environment to comply with the PHD Employee Immunizations policy. This can be accomplished by providing documentation of immunizations, submitting laboratory immune titers demonstrating adequate immunity, or obtaining required vaccinations. A list of requirements, based on the specific program, will be sent at the time an offer letter is presented to the selected candidate(s) and initial documentation will be required at this time.


  • Review applications and supplemental questionnaire to determine those applicants who meet the employment standards.
  • Supplemental Questionnaire Ranking. Responses to the required supplemental questionnaire will be evaluated and scored. Candidates' final score and rank on the employment list will be determined by their responses to the supplemental questionnaire. This process may be eliminated if there are fewer than eleven qualified candidates.

Candidates must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the supplemental questionnaire ranking to be placed on an employment list. An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on factors listed in Civil Service Rule VI. Those candidates who are successful in the selection process will have their names placed on the employment list for a minimum of three months. At the time the employment list is established, all candidates will receive an email notice of their score on the exam(s), rank on the employment list, and exact duration of the employment list. Human Resources will notify you by mail if your name is removed.

NOTE: Veteran's preference credit is applicable for this recruitment (5 points for veterans, 10 points for disabled veterans). To be eligible for this credit, you must be applying for this position within five years from your most recent date of: (1) honorable discharge from active military service; or, (2) discharge from a military or veterans' hospital where treatment and confinement were for a disability incurred during active military service; or, (3) completion of education or training funded by a Federal Educational Assistance Act. No time limit exists for veterans with 30% or more disability. To receive veteran's preference points, you must: (1) check the Veteran's Preference Points box on the employment application form, (2) submit a copy of your Form DD214 to the Human Resources Department on or before the test date, and (3) pass all phases of the examination process. The preference points will be added to your final score.

Conditional Job Offer: Once a conditional offer of employment has been made, candidate will be required to successfully complete a background check, which includes a conviction history check, and satisfactory reference checks. The appointee will be subject to a post-offer medical evaluation or examination. The appointee must satisfactorily complete a one-year probationary period.

Recruiters will communicate with applicants by e-mail during each step in the recruitment process. Applicants are reminded to check spam filters continuously during the Recruitment & Selection Process steps listed above to ensure they do not miss required deadlines.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We require verification of needed accommodation from a professional source, such as a Medical Provider or a learning institution.


The County of Santa Barbara is dedicated to cultivating and sustaining an environment that exhibits equity and inclusion everywhere, and at all levels of our organization. The County believes equity is a fundamental principle that must be imbedded in policies, institutional practices and systems. The County recognizes the negative impacts of systemic racism and is committed to eliminating the barriers affecting our Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian community members, as well as people of other diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. We envision a world where society and its systems (e.g. education, criminal justice, and health care, housing the economy) are just, fair, and inclusive, enabling all people to participate and reach their full potential.

We celebrate community and employee diversity, strive for inclusion and belonging, and promote empowered participation. We aspire to build a workforce that is reflective of these values and the communities we serve. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will resolutely uphold federal, California state law and/or Santa Barbara County ordinances.

We believe equity and inclusion are vital to fulfill the County's mission and to embody a culture of "One County, One Future." Expanding the full range of employee talent allows the County to deliver our best to all our community members.


Anne Spargur, Recruiter, Public Health Department,

Keywords: Santa Barbara County, CA, Santa Barbara , Registered Veterinary Technician, Other , Santa Barbara, California

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