On-Call /Relief Veterinarian- Emergency

    • Job Tracking ID: 512912-576689
    • Job Location: San Francisco, CA
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Level of Education: Doctoral Degree
    • Job Type: Per Diem
    • Date Updated: May 31, 2017
    • Years of Experience: Up to 2 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • Campus Location: Mission & Pacific Heights
    • Status: On-Call
    • Department: Header: Mission & Pacific Heights Hospitals
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We are seeking a qualified, experienced emergency veterinarian who wants to make a difference in the lives of our clients and their animal companions, as well as contributing to the goals of the San Francisco SPCA by helping to fill open emergency shifts in our hospital program. Interested professionals with proven emergency medical skills, a commitment to teamwork, a positive attitude for problem solving and communication with our clients and staff, and the desire to learn and grow should apply. Shifts are scheduled based on your availability.

Essential Duties and Functions:

Veterinary Medical Care

  • Perform emergency veterinary care for publicly-owned and shelter patients including:
    • Handle cases presented to the emergency service on a drop-in basis
    • Perform appropriate triage and case management of multiple emergency cases that present to the service
    • Manage inpatient hospitalized cases as needed
    • Perform soft tissue surgery as needed
  • Partner with clients to ensure the best treatment plan for each patient and to bond the client to our practice by expanding our clinical offerings into specialty medicine.
  • Effectively communicate with clients about case management, diagnosis, prognosis, advice and follow up.
  • Keep thorough, comprehensive and detailed medical records in compliance with all laws/regulations and collaborate with administrative staff to ensure proper collection of data.
  • Provide unique charitable veterinary services in accordance with guidelines for SF SPCA Community Programs.
  • Provide situational leadership, management and supervision to Hospital support team members.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of sound veterinary medical practices, protocols and standards in our hospital.
  • Enhance your professional knowledge and skills with a commitment to continuing education.
  • Comply with all laws pertaining to controlled drugs and work with our pharmacy staff to follow prescription protocols.

Administrative Duties

  • Work with our veterinary support staff to ensure clients are properly charged for services rendered according to Veterinary Hospital protocols.
  • Encourage and stimulate interchange of medical knowledge by sharing professional experience, keeping staff informed on the latest relevant medical techniques and information.
  • Work cooperatively with all volunteers, recognizing the talent and commitment they bring to the Society.


  • Partner with clients to ensure the best treatment plan for each patient and to bond the client to our practice
  • Facilitate good working relationships through professional demeanor, teamwork and collaboration
  • Maintain effective communication with staff during daily contact, in scheduled meetings, daily medical rounds, informally or in writing as needed to coordinate and direct medical functions of the hospital


  • Ensure a safe work environment by following all safety guidelines and modeling safe work practices
  • Take immediate action to address any safety concerns that could put a staff member, volunteer, customer, animal, or the organization at risk
  • Maintain a clean, healthy, and sanitary work area; follow all pest and rodent control protocols. Participate in keeping the SF SPCA campus clean and well maintained

Diversity and Inclusiveness

  • Work effectively with individuals and colleagues from diverse communities and cultures

Open Communication

  • Facilitate open, direct communication throughout the Society.
  • Embrace and promote the Society’s BLISS direct communication

Reporting Relationships and Contacts:

Reports to the Vice-President of Veterinary Services-Mission and/or Pacific Heights Hospitals

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

  • 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

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
  • Minimum of 1 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
  • Demonstrated aptitude in clinical medicine and surgery
  • 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


Salary and Benefits:

Compensation is $725 per 10-hour daytime Emergency shift (Mission and Pacific Heights) and $1000 per 14-hour overnight emergency shift (Pacific Heights only) worked.  Eligible for the following benefits:  You will be covered by the Society’s Worker’s Compensation  and Professional Liability insurance; sick time accrual that meets San Francisco Healthy SF guidelines; inclusion in all Society hospital meetings and continuing education events.   In addition, the SF SPCA will contribute payroll taxes and withhold appropriate local, state, federal and social security taxes on your behalf and issue a W-2 at the end of the year (rather than a 1099).
The SF SPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who contribute to our diversity. We are an at-will employer and conduct pre-employment background checks and drug screening. This job description reflects the assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.