Oakland Animal Services is the open admission shelter for the City of Oakland. In the last two years, OAS has grown the veterinary team to two full-time veterinarians and three registered veterinary technicians. The needs of the veterinary team are also supported by contracts with 24-hour emergency veterinary services and external support for some spay/neuter and general medicine. The person hired for this position will be joining a compassionate and dedicated team that is helping to increase lifesaving for shelter animals and providing services to low-income pet guardians when possible, to help keep animals with their families.
As a pilot shelter in the Human Animal Social Services (HASS) program, OAS has introduced equity focused shelter-intake and community-serving programs, such as providing access to veterinary care. Through a recent grant, OAS is creating a voucher program to partner with local vet clinics to assist owned animals with urgent needs. Through support from Friends of Oakland Animal Services (FOAS), OAS has created an Outcome Team, made up of the Foster, Adoption, Transfer and Behavior Coordinators, to focus on hard-to-place animals and reduce length of stay, resulting in a greater than 90% live release rate for shelter animals.
- A skilled clinical technician. You will be expected to support veterinarians in various medical and surgical procedures, and perform other technical veterinary services independently with minimal or no direct supervision
- A team player! You will be part of a great, collaborative team that promotes teamwork, communication, and cooperation with all other departments
- Aware of critical care and shelter operations.? You will be expected to work alongside animal health care experts and have knowledge of general veterinary medical practices and procedures to treat injured or sick animals
- Skilled at leading volunteers and other employees. You may need to provide direction to others on the team.
- Well-organized, with the ability to do accurate work with great attention to detail. Your work requires precision and accuracy, particularly with basic drug and fluid calculations