Veterinarian (On-Call)

    • Job Tracking ID: 512912-640892
    • Job Location: San Francisco, CA
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Doctoral Degree
    • Job Type: Per Diem
    • Date Updated: April 29, 2019
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • Campus Location: Mission & Pacific Heights
    • Status: On-Call
    • Department: Header: Mission & Pacific Heights Hospitals
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An On-Call (Relief) Veterinarian functions as a practicing small animal veterinarian providing comprehensive and compassionate veterinary care to the clients and patients of the San Francisco SPCA.  Clients served by On-Call Veterinarians may be seeking preventative, urgent, or emergent care at either our Pacific Heights or Mission Campuses utilizing our General Practice/Wellness, Emergency, and Feline Wellness Services. On-Call Veterinarians work as part of the team to improve productivity, facilitate effective communication among departments and create a positive, motivating work environment for team members. In addition, they are responsible for providing direct supervisory and management oversight to the Hospital support team (including Customer Service and Veterinary Technician team members) with which they work. This position requires a highly motivated, clinically skilled and compassionate veterinarian who enjoys working in a busy, challenging environment. On-Call (relief) Veterinarians are guided by San Francisco SPCA’s Core Values when taking action and making decisions. They coordinate with our Clinician Staff Manager to book work opportunities when available at our SF SPCA campuses. On-Call Veterinarians can choose the type of shift (ES, GP, Day, Swing, Overnight) and the days they work based on available shifts.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Veterinary Medical Care

  • Coordinate and implement medical and general care protocols for the health and well-being of patients
  • Contribute to maintenance of current, sound veterinary medical practices, protocols and standards
  • Perform medical care for both shelter and publicly-owned patients and nurture interdepartmental cooperation in regards to their medical needs
  • Assess animal health using current diagnostic methods
  • Oversee surgical cases and develop treatment plans for hospitalized patients with varying degrees of medical complexity
  • Enhance professional knowledge and skills with a commitment to embracing opportunities for educational advancement through continuing education
  • Participate in daily medical rounds and take part in the established communication practices of our committed veterinary team
  • Phone support for overnight technicians
  • Comply with all laws pertaining to controlled drugs and work with our pharmacy staff to follow prescription protocols

Administrative Duties

  • Act as a liaison between departments within the SF SPCA and externally as our representative with the general public and others in the veterinary field
  • Work with our veterinary support staff to ensure clients are properly charged for services rendered according to Veterinary Hospital protocols
  • Provide unique charitable veterinary services in accordance with guidelines for SF SPCA Community Programs
  • Keep thorough and accurate medical records in compliance with all laws/regulations and collaborate with administrative staff to ensure proper collection of data

Staff Development

  • Assist with staff development through teaching, mentoring, communication and training
  • Encourage and stimulate interchange of medical knowledge by sharing professional experience and keep staff informed on the latest relevant medical techniques and information


  • Partner with clients to ensure the best treatment plan for each patient and to bond the client to our practice
  • Share veterinary knowledge, assistance and information to all departments of the Society
  • Ensure decisions, policies and procedures are effectively communicated for the well being of the patients, clients and staff
  • 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


  • Work cooperatively with all volunteers and recognize the talent and commitment they bring to the Society


  • 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 San Francisco SPCA PH campus clean and well maintained.

Diversity and Inclusiveness

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

Reporting Relationships and Contacts:

  • Reports to the Hospital Medical Director- Pacific Heights Campus or Hospital Medical Director- Mission Campus

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

  • Regular standing, bending, stooping and crouching while seeing patients
  • Regular sitting at computer stations and operation of electronic equipment to complete job duties
  • Regularly moves about the campus to coordinate work
  • Frequent pushing, pulling lifting and carrying animals weighing up to 50 pounds with reasonable accommodation
  • 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 (Required):

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (or equivalent) degree from an accredited college or university.
  • California licensure in good standing to practice veterinary medicine.
  • Minimum of two years of private practice experience, ideally in a large multi-veterinarian small animal or emergency/critical care practice, or completion of a one year post graduate internship in small animal medicine and surgery.
  • Must be available to work weekends, nighttime, holidays and overtime as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must be highly motivated and dedicated toward the humane care and treatment of all animals.
  • Must have excellent diagnostic, clinical and surgical skills; must have enthusiasm and desire toward learning new skills and adapting to the ongoing changes that occur in veterinary medicine.
  • Leadership-Ability to inspire and motivate people to adopt hospital philosophy and goals.
  • Ability to communicate with the public, volunteers, and co-workers in a courteous and professional manner at all times.
  • Skill in operating or ability to learn to operate the various software programs utilized by the San Francisco SPCA-PHC, such as Impromed Infinity, MS Office, Excel and Word.
  • Ability to work in fast-paced and sometimes stressful work environment utilizing good time management and multi-tasking skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team oriented environment.
  • Must be able to organize and execute policies and procedures as planned while maintaining the ability to be flexible.


Salary and Benefits:

The starting salary for this position depends on the length and breadth of experience. 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.

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.