Emergency Veterinarian - Overnight

    • Job Tracking ID: 512912-690449
    • Job Location: San Francisco, CA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: Doctoral Degree
    • Job Type: Part-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: June 26, 2019
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • Campus Location: Pacific Heights
    • Status: Regular Part-Time
    • Department: Header: Pacific Heights Hospital
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An Emergency Veterinarian functions as a practicing small animal veterinarian providing comprehensive and compassionate emergency veterinary care to the clients and patients of the San Francisco SPCA-Pacific Heights Campus (PHC). An Emergency Veterinarian works 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. Working with the San Francisco SPCA Leadership Team, a Veterinarian can also contribute to all levels of management, strategic planning and fund-raising based on their skills and interest. This position requires a highly motivated, clinically skilled and compassionate veterinarian who enjoys working in a busy, challenging environment where actions and decisions are guided by San Francisco SPCA’s Core Values.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform general and emergency practice veterinary services following best practice standards of care, including:
    • Handle non-scheduled outpatient cases that present to the emergency service
    • Manage inpatient hospitalized cases
    • Provide emergency/critical care case management
    • Perform soft tissue and surgery as needed
    • Effectively communicate with clients about case management, diagnosis, prognosis, advice and follow up
    • Maintain complete, comprehensive and detailed medical records for all animals receiving care overnight
  • Provide medical and surgical care for clients and patients that qualify for the San Francisco SPCA-financial assistance programs
  • Provide medical and surgical care for clients and patients that are associated with, or are members of, our Strategic Partners (example: PAWS, VET-SOS, San Francisco Animal Care and Control)
  • Provide leadership, management and supervision to Hospital support team members during medical, surgical and treatment procedures
  • Actively participate in general practice operations in order to attain the Society’s objectives in conjunction with our Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan
  • Participate in community outreach activities and fundraising programs as needed
  • Attend hospital and organizational leadership meetings to work with other managers on issues and policies. Examples include staff meetings, rounds, task forces and committees

Customer Service

  • Practice and encourage the humane treatment of animals
  • Provide exceptional customer service to staff, volunteers, and clients while actively promoting our mission, services, programs and events
  • Promote donation and giving opportunities as appropriate


  • 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 Medical Director - Pacific Heights 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-Pacific Heights Campus, 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.