Job Posting: Veterinarian (General)

Department of Food & Agriculture

Veterinarian (General)

$6,669.00 - $10,029.00 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.

Function #1 - Participate in Poultry Health Surveillance, Disease Mitigation, Training and Outreach Activities -50%

Plan, organize, develop, coordinate, and analyze poultry health surveillance, training, outreach, and disease mitigation activities, such as:

  • Gathering, interpreting, analyzing, and maintaining disease surveillance data.
  • Diagnosing livestock and poultry diseases.
  • Reviewing completed disease investigations for appropriate actions.
  • Investigating the epidemiology of livestock and poultry disease outbreaks.
  • Preventing, controlling, monitoring, and eradicating livestock and poultry diseases.
  • Planning and implementing appropriate disease mitigation measures.
  • Developing training modules and outreach for staff, the poultry industry and backyard poultry enthusiasts.
  • Advising field staff on California Egg Quality Assurance Program (CEQAP), National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP), and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Indemnity program biosecurity inspections, and approving Flock Plans.
Maintain a broad knowledge of:
  • Livestock and poultry disease and movement patterns in California.
  • Disease surveillance and mitigation techniques.
  • Health requirements for livestock and poultry imported into California.

Function #2 - Assist in the Administration of AHB - 15%

  • Act as poultry expert for health surveillance and disease mitigation.
  • Analyze available information and prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive oral and written letters, memos, reports, and other documents as necessary.
  • Review and enforce the laws, regulations, and policies of CDFA, as well as those of various local, State, and Federal government agencies, in all aspects of assigned duties.
  • Plan, organize, direct, coordinate, review and evaluate the effectiveness of AHB procedures and when appropriate, develop and recommend alternative practices and procedures.
  • Lead Livestock Inspectors, Research and Environmental Scientists, and office personnel when appropriate.
  • Assist the Supervising Veterinarians and Poultry Lead (Veterinary Specialist) with administration of their programs.
  • Develop training materials and presentations for AHB personnel on the poultry programs administered by AHB.

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 incumbent performs most duties indoors but may occasionally work outdoors and under difficult conditions. 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. 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.

Indoor activities may include:

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

• Gathering data from and 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.

• Working in poultry facilities at various locations including live bird markets, poultry auctions and production facilities.

Outdoor activities may include:

• Inspecting poultry and poultry facilities at farms, ranches, live bird markets and auctions or other facilities involved with poultry production, selling or shipping.

• Taking samples from poultry and euthanizing poultry at farms, ranches, live bird markets or other poultry facilities.

• Traveling by State vehicle or other modes of transportation to various locations in the state for assignments, exercises or meetings.

The incumbent may encounter:

• Confrontational, unfriendly or irate people.

• Poultry cages and enclosures in poor conditions with protruding wires and nails.

• Small and/or crowded poultry enclosures with slippery footing.

• Heavy machinery.

• Harsh environmental conditions, to include variations in temperature, wind, elevated noise levels, high concentrations of dust and debris, and various unpleasant or noxious odors.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Veterinarian (General)
$6,669.00 - $8,710.00 A
$6,996.00 - $9,118.00 B
$7,684.00 - $10,029.00 C
# 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

  • The position(s) require(s) a valid California Drivers License (CDL). You must answer the questions addressing your CDL on your application. Ensure you provide your CDL number, class, expiration date, and any endorsements and/or restrictions.
  • The position(s) require(s) Medical Clearance prior to being hired.

CA Doctor of Veterinary Medicine License**

** Applicants who do not possess a valid Veterinary Medical 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 from 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-263107
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-263107
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814
ELECTRONIC APPLICATION IS PREFERRED. All mail or drop-off applications must include JC-263107
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.
  • 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.


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Contact Information

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

Hiring Unit Contact:
Amanda Arens
900-5028 ext:

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.