Job Posting: Veterinarian Specialist (General)

Department of Food & Agriculture

Veterinarian Specialist (General)

$8,817.00 - $10,994.00 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.

What is the position?

As a Veterinarian Specialist (General), you will work with university researchers and oversee studies of on-farm antibiotic use, animal husbandry, health outcomes, and/or resistant pathogens. You will serve as a key member of the surveys and studies unit within the Antimicrobial Use and Stewardship (AUS) branch and act as a lead in one or more programs or functions. Due to the high-profile nature of AUS, you must establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, industry partners, researchers, and the public; accurately analyze situations; take effective actions based on sound analysis; make appropriate decisions and recommendations; work independently to complete assignments; work well under pressure; meet required deadlines; and have excellent verbal and writing skills.

What will you do?

• Lead the planning, organization, and coordination of the activities of the State’s antimicrobial use and resistance monitoring program, with guidance from the branch chief and support of other program staff; evaluate research outcomes and study efforts; and advise management on the progress and results of various study-related activities.

• Work with California Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) Laboratory, industry stakeholders, and other federal and State agencies to develop and manage studies, projects, processes, and other activities focused on monitoring on-farm antimicrobial drug use and resistance in livestock animals.

• Coordinate with CAHFS, AUS staff, and other program collaborators to validate and analyze data, including advising on and/or performing statistical analyses, as needed, to assess relationships among management practices, antimicrobial use, antimicrobial resistance, disease occurrence, and other risk factors.

• Conduct research and gather information on potential alternatives to antibiotic use and determine the value of existing research and studies, if available, to support the use of alternatives within California’s livestock production environment.

• Assist branch staff with the preparation of reports, newsletters, presentations, agency correspondence, and management updates.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, industry partners, specialists, and university researchers; conduct presentations (both virtually and in person) and attend strategic planning meetings and conferences (in-state and nationally).

• Coordinate activities related to antimicrobial drug use and best management practices of select industry participants representing all sectors of livestock production and all geographic areas in California.

• Develop and manage processes and procedures for on-farm collection of information relevant to programmatic objectives, such as through formalized agreements with collaborators and confidential, voluntary sampling agreements with selected participants.

• Advise on sampling, diagnostic, and analytical methodologies and, as needed, collect biological samples related to study objectives, such as blood, feces, milk, feed and tissue samples, for diagnostic testing.

• Research scientific literature related to antimicrobial use, resistance, and identify knowledge gaps and/or opportunities for further programmatic study; review professional journals to expand and maintain knowledge and expertise; and serve as a State resource for programmatic issues.

• Review, apply, and enforce laws, regulations, and policies of the Department and of various local, State and Federal government agencies in all aspects of assigned duties.

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

Where will you work?

Although most of work will occur in an office environment or at home, you may on occasion work outdoors on farms and/or feedlots and be exposed to unpleasant odors associated with livestock animals.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Veterinarian Specialist (General)
$8,817.00 - $10,994.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Who are we?

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Antimicrobial Use and Stewardship (AUS) branch is leading the way to preserve the efficacy of antimicrobial drugs. You will help us develop the nation’s first comprehensive, model antimicrobial stewardship and surveillance program. We are a statewide program intended to promote actions that will slow the development of resistant bacteria associated with livestock and poultry that have negative public and animal health impacts. We gather data and develop studies related to medically important antimicrobial sales and usage, livestock management practices, and trends in antibiotic resistance associated with farm animals and animal products. Additionally, we work with subject matter experts to develop antimicrobial stewardship tools and best animal management practices that mitigate the development of antimicrobial resistance while maintaining health outcomes.


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-343547
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-343547
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814
ELECTRONIC APPLICATION IS PREFERRED. All mail or drop-off applications must include JC-343547
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.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • 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.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

What are the desirable qualifications?

Possession of a post D.V.M., Master's Degree in Preventative Veterinary Medicine, Public Health, Board Certification in a specialty area of veterinary medicine, or a Ph.D. in a related field: a valid driver license of the appropriate class issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. [Applicants who do not yet possess a valid California license but who are in the process of obtaining a license to practice Veterinary Medicine in California may be appointed but must secure the required license within 12 months of the date of appointment.]



• A competitive starting salary that ranges from $8,817.00 - $10,994.00 per month. More than two weeks of paid vacation time within the first year of service, sick leave, and paid holidays.

• A benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, a CalPERS pension, opportunities to create retirement savings through a 401(k) or 457 plan, and the opportunity to receive health insurance in retirement.

• License and continuing education reimbursements, on-the-job training, and paid professional development days.

• The ability to contribute to the success of a first-in-the-nation program and the opportunity to learn and collaborate with local, state, and federal leaders.

• An office environment that supports a balanced lifestyle, a flexible hybrid telework schedule, and opportunities to participate in online meetings and video conferences.

Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

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

Hiring Unit Contact:
Fernando Valenzuela
(916) 576-0205

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:
Office of Civil Rights
(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 12/2021 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.