Job Description

Under supervision, provides routine veterinary medical assistance to either a Veterinarian or a Veterinary Technician - Registered at Ventura County Animal Services; assists in identifying, caring for, and treating sick and injured shelter animals; maintains animal clinic in a clean and sanitary manner.

Positions in this class provide veterinary medical assistance in the care and treatment of ill and/or injured animals at Ventura County Animal Services.

Subject to the applicable section of the SEIU 721 MOA 2019-2022, Amendment #6 (Secs. 3801 – 3803):
New hires may be eligible for a one-time New Hire Incentive of $1500 (applicable for the Veterinary Assistant)
In compliance with specific requirements, a regular employee may be eligible for an Employee Referral Incentive of $500 (applicable for the Veterinary Assistant).
EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE: Some positions may be eligible for educational incentive. This incentive may be 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% for incumbents in eligible positions based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree that is not required for the classification.

BILINGUAL INCENTIVE: Some positions may be eligible for bilingual incentive depending on the applicable memorandum of agreement and the needs of the department. To qualify for this incentive, incumbents in eligible positions must take and pass the applicable bilingual fluency examination.

DEPARTMENT/AGENCY: Ventura County Animal Services

The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed Term), Intermittent and Extra Help vacancies. There are currently two (2) Intermittent vacancies and one (1) Regular vacancy for this position.

NOTE: Intermittent employees perform temporary work and are paid on an hourly basis. Intermittent Veterinary Assistant employees typically work varied schedules and can work hours anywhere between 6:00 AM and 9:00 PM and MUST be available to work overtime (early mornings and evenings), and some weekends as needed.

Intermittent employees are not regular county employees and are not eligible for county benefits. Additionally, Intermittent employees are limited to working a maximum of 1, 664 hours per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).

Veterinary Assistant is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and is eligible for overtime compensation.

OPENING DATE: June 8, 2022
CLOSING DATE: Continuous and may close at any time; therefore, the schedule for the remainder of the process will depend upon when we receive a sufficient number of qualified applications to meet business needs.
Examples Of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

Under direction of Veterinarian and/or supervision of the Registered Veterinary Technician, provides medical care and treatment to animals by restraint of animals, assisting in conducting physical examinations and observing for clinical symptoms;
Cleans and prepares the operating rooms/treatment rooms, surgical instruments, medical equipment, medications and sedatives for use;
Ensures that correct equipment and instruments are at hand, that monitoring and support equipment such as anesthetic machines, monitors, scopes, breathing apparatus are operable and sanitizes necessary equipment, instruments and the surgery area;
Prepares instruments and medical supplies for Veterinarian use; prepares animals for various types of surgery; assists with anesthesia procedure;
Maintains records of animal treatments and monitors the feeding, care and physical condition of animals under veterinary care;
Assists with admissions, discharges and surgical releases;
Checks incisions, clips and bathes animals to remove mats, blood, tar or other materials detrimental to the animal's health; and
Performs other related duties as required.
Typical Qualifications
These are entrance requirements to the exam process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.


Any combination of experience which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. The required knowledge, skills and abilities also can be obtained by:

Experience in the care and handling of animals in an animal care clinic or animal care setting.

Necessary Special Requirements:

Possession and maintenance of a valid California driver license at the time of hire.
Must be willing and able to work rotating shifts including nights, weekends and holidays.
Ability to stoop, bend, lift, carry and/or move animals and supplies up to 50 pounds.
Incumbents may be required to wear a uniform during work hours.
Incumbents are required to successfully complete a Department approved course leading to a certification in Euthanasia by Injection within the first six (6) months of hire or promotion.
Incumbents are required to successfully obtain a Veterinary Assistant Controlled Substances Permit (VACSP) through the California Veterinary Medical Board within the first six (6) months of hire or promotion.

Knowledge of: animal behavior, anatomy, common animal diseases, care and feeding of animals, cleaning and disinfecting methods; cleaning procedures and appropriate cleaning agents, supplies and equipment; techniques of administering medications and treatments to animals; general surgical procedures and equipment used in an animal health clinic; signs and symptoms of zoonotic diseases; inventorying and maintaining pharmaceutical supplies and equipment.

Ability to: learn how to handle and care for animals in a humane manner; learn how to recognize abnormal behavioral and physical symptoms in animals; learn how to safely handle and maintain clinic medical instruments and equipment; learn how to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships; learn how to deal tactfully with the public; utilize department's shelter software programs; identify, understand, evaluate illnesses, habits and behaviors of various animals; take action in maintaining herd health to prevent cross contamination; recognize signs and symptoms of zoonotic diseases; learn how to maintain simple records and make reports as necessary.

Working Conditions:
Duties are performed primarily indoors but may also be performed outdoors in varying weather and atmospheric conditions. Duties involve moderate to heavy physical activities. There is frequent exposure to dangerous and/or diseased animals, hazardous materials and extreme noise. Will be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends and holidays.
Recruitment Process
FINAL FILING DATE: This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested. Your application must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

To apply online, please refer to our web site at If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.

Note to Applicants: It is essential that you complete all sections of your application and supplemental questionnaire thoroughly and accurately to demonstrate your qualifications. A resume and/or other related documents may be attached to supplement the information in your application and supplemental questionnaire; however, it/they may not be submitted in lieu of the application.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE – qualifying: All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this exam AT THE TIME OF FILING. The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the exam process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire may result in the application being removed from consideration.

APPLICATION EVALUATION – qualifying: All applications will be reviewed to determine whether or not the stated requirements are met. Those individuals meeting the stated requirements will be invited to continue to the next step in the screening and selection process.

WRITTEN EXAMINATION - 100% An un-proctored, internet-based, job-related written examination will be conducted to evaluate participating applicants' knowledge of Anatomy, Common Animal Diseases, Animal Behavior, Care, Handling and Feeding Animals, Cleaning and Disinfecting Methods, Pharmacy Inventory, Dispensing & Administering Drugs, Surgical Procedures & Equipment, Medical Equipment/Laboratory Procedures, AND Medical Records/Reports for successful performance on the job. Examinees must earn a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher to qualify for placement on the eligible list.

Candidates successfully completing the exam process may be placed on an eligible list for a period of one (1) year.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: A thorough pre-employment, post-offer background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information and driving record is required for this position.

For further information about this recruitment, please contact Erin Niemi by email at or by telephone at (805) 654-2568

This is a full time job

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Closing Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2022

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