Veterinarian- Behavior Specialty (DACVB)

    • Job Tracking ID: 512912-577841
    • Job Location: San Francisco, CA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: Doctoral Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: June 07, 2017
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • Campus Location: Mission
    • Status: Regular Full-Time,Regular Part-Time
    • Department: Header: Behavior Resources
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As part of the San Francisco SPCA’s innovative and progressive behavior program the SF SPCA seeks a licensed full-time Veterinary Behaviorist or ACVB Board Eligible Veterinarian to join our behavior team. The candidate will lead, grow and oversee the hospital specialty behavior service program and provide high-quality veterinary behavioral support for the shelter behavior team as needed. This position reports to the VP of Rescue and Welfare.

Essential Duties and Functions:

Veterinary Behavior Care

  • Tend to all health and behavior related aspects of care for client owned animals, including but not limited to behavior modification, psychotropic medications, administration of medication, testing, medical evaluations, behavior problem prevention, welfare and humane health care, and euthanasia.
  • Willingness to provide general medical care to client owned patients.
  • Ability to manage time to ensure quality service and customer service.
  • Design and perform behavior modification mainly for privately owned and shelter animals as needed.
  • Lead daily behavior rounds as needed and organize treatment plans for privately owned animals.
  • Ensure adherence to scientific veterinary behavioral practices and help to implement such protocols.
  • Provide routine training for staff concerning the behavior care of animals.
  • Knowledge of laws and codes pertaining to the care and record keeping of veterinary care of animals.
  • Continually enhance professional knowledge and skills.
  • Support and educate behavior team with training and consultations.
  • Grow, enhance and develop the behavior specialty service at the SF SPCA.


  • Manage a team of veterinary support staff to provide impeccable service to clients and state of the art behavioral therapy to patients.
  • Create an environment that embraces change and continually seeks to innovate and expand cost effective services to meet the Society’s goals.
  • Cultivate and maintain a strong sense of belonging, autonomy and collaboration within your team as well as the hospital’s general practice teams.
  • Connect the Society’s vision and values to the business and financial strategy of the service.

Accurate Reporting & Documentation

  • Maintain accurate and complete medical records.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable laws, including those pertaining to controlled drugs.
  • Maintain and balance an accurate budget.

Staff Development

  • Attract and retain talented support staff.
  • Participate in staff development through teaching, mentoring and training.
  • Inform and educate staff on latest relevant behavior techniques and information and encourage stimulating interchange of knowledge.

Client and Community Services

  • Investigate and respond to medical concerns and complaints (internally and externally) and report results.
  • Maintain a strong and positive relationship with referring veterinary community.
  • Occasionally may be asked to provide community veterinary education.


  • Facilitate open, direct communication.
  • Ensure decisions, policies and procedures are effectively communicated.
  • Ensure timely and courteous follow up communication with clients.
  • Communicate with referral veterinarians in the most professional and courteous way.
  • Facilitate good working relationships through teamwork and collaboration.
  • Maintain effective communication with colleagues and staff via email, during meetings and during medical rounds.
  • Communicate effectively and timely utilizing both informal verbal communication and written communication as necessary, to coordinate and direct medical functions of the behavior specialty clinic.


  • Ensure decisions, policies, and procedures are effectively communicated.
  • Coordinate and communicate safe handling practices for all patients and staff.
  • 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.


  • Work cooperatively with all volunteers and recognize the talent and commitment they bring to the SF SPCA.

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 program.

Reporting Relationships and Contacts:

  • Reports to the VP of Rescue and Welfare formerly Director of Behavior Resources (DACVB/DACAW)


Physical Requirements and Work Environment: 

  • Regularly stands, bends, stoops and crouches while seeing patients
  • Frequently lifts, carries animals weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Frequently exposed to animals under stress
  • Regularly sits at computer stations and operates electronic equipment
  • Consistently exposed 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
  • DACVB or DACVB candidate (European equivalent acceptable)
  • Licensed to practice in the US and the State of California
  • Experience in high volume behavior clinic
  • Applied Training skills required
  • Experience with Shelter Medicine and herd health preferred


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Commitment to the mission, values, goals, and success of the San Francisco SPCA.
  • Excellent understanding and skills in behavior medicine and training
  • Demonstrated aptitude in clinical medicine
  • Experience in animal welfare and shelter operations a plus
  • Demonstrated success in managing a diverse team of professionals, skilled in managing varied relationships and successful at facilitating collaboration and cooperation
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing in a diverse range of audiences and settings
  • Excellent communication skills including ability to mediate conflicts and give/receive feedback
  • Working the hours necessary to accomplish targeted responsibilities
  • Delegating responsibility, achieving and measuring results with team members
  • Practices excellent quality medicine and upholds the veterinary code of ethics
  • Positive attitude, independent thinking and goal oriented work attitude


Salary and Benefits: 

The salary for this position depends on the length and breadth of experience. Eligible for full benefits package including: paid time off, medical, dental & vision insurance,  tax-deferred retirement plan, pre-tax commute expense deductions, employee parking lot,  pet bereavement leave, discounted veterinary care, employee discount on retail, pet supplies, dog training classes, and humane education.


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.