Spay Neuter On-call/ Relief Veterinarian

    • Job Tracking ID: 512912-613663
    • Job Location: San Francisco, CA
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Level of Education: Doctoral Degree
    • Job Type: Per Diem
    • Date Updated: March 23, 2018
    • Years of Experience: Up to 2 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • Campus Location: Mission
    • Status: On-Call
    • Department: Header: Spay Neuter Services
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We are seeking a qualified, experienced veterinarian who wants to contribute to the goals of the San Francisco SPCA by helping to fill open shifts in our High Quality High Volume Spay/Neuter (HQHVSN) Clinic. Interested professionals with proven surgical 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. Previous experience in a HQHVSN setting is required. Shifts are scheduled based upon your availability.


Essential Duties and Functions:

Veterinary Medical Care

  • Assess animals pre- and post-operatively to ensure appropriate candidacy for surgery and healing
  • Perform 25 - 40 high quality, high volume spay/neuter surgical procedures per day for client-owned and shelter animals, as well as community cats.
  • Diagnose and treat post-surgical medical complications of outpatient animals
  • Follow and support all organizational and medical protocols
  • Adhere to aseptic/sterile techniques throughout surgical process
  • Must be able to work efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Collaborate with administrative staff to ensure proper collection of data to maintain comprehensive and detailed medical records in compliance with all laws/regulations.
  • Provide select veterinary services including mass removals, wound management and other minor procedures in accordance with SF SPCA guidelines.
  • Provide situational leadership, management and supervision to HQHVSN support team members.
  • Comply with all laws pertaining to controlled drugs and work with our pharmacy staff as needed to follow prescription protocols.
  • Triage and refer cases that do not fall within the HQHVSN parameters of care as appropriate.
  • Work with Community Cares Program staff to evaluate animals and perform humane euthanasia of suffering or unhealthy animals as needed.


Administrative Duties

  • Work with our HQHVSN support staff to ensure clients are properly charged for services rendered according to clinic protocols
  • Keep thorough and accurate medical records in compliance with all laws/regulations and collaborate with administrative staff to ensure proper collection of data



  • Facilitate good working relationships through professional demeanor, teamwork and collaboration
  • Maintain effective communication with staff during daily contact, daily medical rounds, informally or in writing as needed to coordinate and direct medical functions of the clinic



  • Ensure a safe work environment; following all safety guidelines and modeling safe work practices
  • Take immediate action to address any safety concerns that could put a staff member, volunteer, client, 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 & 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.


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 and performing surgery
  • Intermittent 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
  • Reports to the Medical Director, Prevention Programs

Reporting Relationships and Contacts: 

  • Reports to the Medical Director, Prevention Programs

Education and Experience: 

  • Graduated from an accredited veterinary medical college - DVM or equivalent
  • Licensed to practice in the State of California
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in a HQHVSN setting required.


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 $625 per 10-hour HQHVSN clinic shift 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).