Job Posting: Veterinarian (General)

Department of Food & Agriculture

Veterinarian (General)

$6,196.00 - $9,768.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

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

Effective July 1, 2020, State employees are subject to a 9.23% salary reduction in exchange for up to 16 hours per month of the Personal Leave Program 2020 (PLP 2020).

Under close supervision of the Supervising Veterinarian, the Veterinarian (General) will plan, organize, and carry out scientific research studies focused on livestock and poultry movement and traceability; animal disease prevention, surveillance, and mitigation; animal care issues; and food safety. The incumbent will act as a technical scientific consultant on epidemiologic or biostatistical investigations of livestock diseases and outbreaks. The Veterinarian (General) will work with headquarters and field personnel to develop, implement, and evaluate enhanced surveillance systems for animal health threats with focus on animal identification and traceability. The incumbent will have a lead role as a program lead, work independently to complete assigned work, communicate effectively and professionally with a variety of individuals and organizations, think critically to make appropriate decisions and recommendations, work well under pressure, meet required deadlines, and take effective action while establishing and maintaining an effective working relationship with officials of Federal, State, local governments, university academia, private research companies, industry organizations, and advocacy groups. The incumbent is responsible for providing technical guidance and training to lower level professional and support staff regarding livestock issues and livestock inspection programs. The incumbent will act as an expert or lead in one or more of the livestock programs or functions.

Manage and update ADT Roadmap and ADT Strategic Plan.

Ensure all goals and objectives of the program are met by monitoring program milestone achievement.

Coordinate the implementation and support the use of animal identification and traceability tools at field offices with AHB field staff, other State, local, or Federal agencies through quarterly or semi-annual District training events as well as email and phone consultation.

Write quarterly and annual reports for Cooperative Agreement using movement and traceability data.

Use State and Federal codes and regulations and State policies to determine movement conditions and authorize movement permits for animals and animal products entering and moving within California during non-outbreak times.

Follow conditions established by the Incident Management team establish and follow permitting conditions that authorize movements during outbreaks within, into, or out of quarantine zones.

Use critical thinking to review and evaluate movement documents for compliance with California and federal laws and regulations and issue enforcement, action for violations such as Notice of Violations and warning letters.

Collaborate with other states and agencies to manage MOUs on movement-related issues.

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


You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

The duties of this position are mostly conducted indoors, however incumbent may occasionally be required to work outside, under difficult conditions, and in non-standard office environments.

Travel (including nights, weekends, and holidays) for extended periods may be required for meetings and events as well as during an emergency response. Travel on short notice may be required upon activation for emergency response. During emergency response periods, duties may require working long shifts at hours other than the normal work hours.

The incumbent must follow CDFA, Division, and Branch employee health and safety policies.

Regular or recurring telework may occur as part of the incumbent’s ongoing regular schedule in accordance with CDFAs Telework Policy. Any employee who is teleworking must adhere to all telework policies and procedures, including but not limited to, notifying supervisor of any change in TW location, working hours in Pacific time zone, and being within 2-4 hours of state assigned office.

Indoor activities may include:

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

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

• Entering information into a computer database.

• Operating an office and cellular 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 saleyards or other livestock facilities.

• Taking samples from livestock at farms, ranches, and saleyards or other livestock facilities.

• Frequent travel by State 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.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Veterinarian (General)
$6,196.00 - $8,093.00 A
$6,500.00 - $8,472.00 B
$7,139.00 - $9,318.00 C
$7,849.00 - $9,768.00 D
$8,192.00 - $10,215.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

As part of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the Animal Health and Food Safety Services (AHFSS) Division, The Animal Health Branch (AHB) functions as California’s organized, professional veterinary medical unit to protect public health, animal agriculture, and the economy from catastrophic animal diseases and other related health and agricultural problems. AHB addresses livestock diseases and issues that require statewide coordinated resources; implements programs that protect public health and animal agriculture; and ensures the availability, affordability, and wholesomeness of food.


Special Requirements

License or Other Requirement: 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 JC-252224
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:

Department of Food & Agriculture
Human Resources Branch JC-252224
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814
ELECTRONIC APPLICATION IS PREFERRED. All mail or drop-off applications must include JC-252224
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.
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.


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General State Employment Benefits and Protections

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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.

Hard Copy Applications

If you are dropping off or mailing in your application, please use the Examination/Employment Application, STD 678 Revised 7/2019 version.

Additional Information

Please do not include any confidential information such as social security number, marital status, ethnicity, age, salary 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.

Upon hire you may be required to provide official sealed transcripts or an original degree or certificate.

Applicants 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 and Training and Development assignments may be considered.


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