Feline Wellness Veterinarian

    • Job Tracking ID: 512912-679506
    • Job Location: San Francisco, CA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: Doctoral Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: April 17, 2019
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • Campus Location: Pacific Heights
    • Status: Regular Full-Time
    • Department: Header: Pacific Heights Hospital
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We are seeking a qualified, experienced veterinarian who wants to make a difference in the lives of our clients and their animal companions, as well as, to contribute to the goals of the San Francisco SPCA. Interested professionals with proven 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. Background in feline-centered care, surgical skills and the ability to perform/coordinate dentals and day case procedures are highly desired.

Essential Duties and Functions:

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 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


  • 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

Reporting Relationships and Contacts:

  • Reports to the Hospital Medical Director- Pacific Heights

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 (required):

  • 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
  • Demonstrated aptitude in clinical 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


Salary and Benefits:

The starting 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, 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.