The San Francisco SPCA is looking to welcome a general practice veterinarian on a full time basis at our General Practice hospital, an important part of our larger adoption/shelter/clinical programs. Since 1868 (we just celebrated our 150 year anniversary!), the San Francisco SPCA organization has led San Francisco to its present status as one of the most humane cities in the world. We accomplished this through dedication, innovation and collaboration; and we are looking to hire bright, passionate people who embrace those values. Ideal candidates will have experience with preventative medicine, in addition to emergent/urgent care skill sets and surgery.
This general practice veterinarian position is located at our Mission Campus Hospital, where it is our mission to: Save and protect animals, provide care and treatment, advocate for their welfare, and enhance the human-animal bond. We have a loyal clientele who share our desire to do what is best for their beloved furry companions. We all recognize how lucky we are to have such a strong community supporting us and do our best to serve them as compassionately and completely as possible.
The Mission Campus Hospital encompasses emergency services, wellness and prevention programs, surgical and diagnostics services, with behavior and internal medicine specialty services that are closely integrated. The hospital has provided exceptional patient and client care in the City for decades and we are always looking to expand our abilities, services, and patient care on a daily basis. We recently announced the SF SPCA Vision and Goals for 2030 that include access to care: By 2030, all pet guardians in San Francisco will have access to quality care for their pets, regardless of income.
The San Francisco SPCA provides a robust financial assistance program. This program allows veterinarians to provide care for many patients that would otherwise have to be turned away. The ability to provide these services to our local community in-need leads to immense professional and personal gratification for our staff veterinarians.
Diagnostics and treatment options are plentiful within this facility including ultrasound, flexible videoscopy, rigid videoscopy, video otoscopy, digital radiography, Nova electrolyte/chemistry analyzer, and IDEXX in-house laboratory suite among others. There is consistent surgical specialist support in addition to the ability for emergency radiology interpretation services. We also have a full time internal medicine specialist on staff for consults or referrals.
This hospital has a long history of strong support from fellow veterinarians and management. We have a will, and more importantly, a strong desire to collaborate and enhance each other’s knowledge, skills, and abilities. We are always excited to have a new face in the crowd, as we know that they are going to bring new perspectives and bits of knowledge that will allow us to become a more complete team.
The medical director has time allocated for coaching. So if you are interested in improving your abilities for soft tissue surgeries, abdominal ultrasounds, client communication, management, or orthopedic surgeries then we can develop a plan to improve or educate you on those skills. If you want to expand your case management skills and explore new avenues of growth as a general practitioner then this is the place for you. You will be challenged, but with the knowledge that you have more than enough support to come through the other side a stronger veterinarian.
As the veterinary industry changes, not-for-profit veterinary organizations remain a solid and dependable employer, more likely to offer compensation packages meeting and surpassing industry standards for all employees. Our organization works very hard to ensure benefits and work/life balance that for-profit companies may not. More importantly, the efforts you make on behalf of the SF SPCA will be part of providing community care to clients and patients that have depended on us for over 150 years. The starting salary for this position depends on the length and breadth of experience. You will be eligible for full benefits package including: PTO and holiday pay, medical, dental & vision insurance, life insurance, long-term disability, tax-deferred retirement plan, pre-tax commute expense deductions, discounted veterinary care, employee discount on retail, pet supplies, and dog training classes. Financial support and time-off for continuing education.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment:
Regular standing, bending, stooping and crouching while seeing patients
Regular sitting at computer stations and operation of electronic equipment
Regularly moves about the campus to coordinate work
Frequent lifting, carrying animals weighing up to 50 pounds
Exposure to disinfectant solutions when in kennel area
Subject to animal bites and scratches while handling animals
Consistent exposure to animals in the workplace and animal allergens under conditions with limited alternatives available
Tetanus and rabies (pre-exposure) inoculations are required or must be waived
Education and Experience:
Graduated from an accredited veterinary medical college – DVM or equivalent
Licensed to practice in the State of California
Possession of a DEA registration number
Between 3 and 10 years of experience as a full-time practicing veterinarian
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Commitment to the mission, values, goals, and success of the San Francisco SPCA
Strong knowledge and skills in evidence-based clinical emergency and general medicine and surgery
Experience in animal welfare operations a plus
Demonstrated success in working with a diverse team of professionals, skilled in managing varied relationships and successful at facilitating collaboration and cooperation
Knowledge of methods and means of dealing with human behavior situations in a variety of business circumstances
Proficient in effective written and oral communication within a varied range of audiences and settings
Ability to mediate conflicts and give and receive feedback
Willingness to work the hours necessary to accomplish targeted responsibilities
Ability to delegate responsibility, achieve and measure results with team members
Commitment to practice excellent quality medicine and uphold the veterinary code of ethics