Internal Medicine Specialist

    • Job Tracking ID: 512912-693923
    • Job Location: San Francisco, CA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: Doctoral Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: July 18, 2019
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • Campus Location: Mission & Pacific Heights
    • Status: Regular Full-Time
    • Department: Header: Mission & Pacific Heights Hospitals
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We are seeking a highly motivated, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist or ABVP Certified Doctor who wants to make a difference in the lives of our clients and their animal companions, and to contribute to the goals of the San Francisco SPCA by developing and growing an Internal Medicine specialty service in our hospital program. Our ideal candidate is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine or American Board of Veterinary Practitioners Certified in Canine and Feline Practice, has proven medical skills in specialty care, a commitment to teamwork and the embodiment of our Core Values, a positive and engaged approach to problem-solving, highly skilled at compassionate communication with our clients and staff, and the desire to learn and grow their professional skills.

Essential Duties and Functions:

Veterinary Medical Care

  • Perform specialty veterinary services for publicly-owned and shelter patients including:
    • Handle cases referred to the Internal Medicine Service as outpatient appointments (scheduled and emergency)
    • Provide consultation services on cases that continue to be managed by other staff veterinarians
    • Provide consultation services for inpatient hospitalized cases
    • Manage inpatient hospitalized cases as needed
    • Perform specialty procedures such as cardiac/abdominal ultrasound and endoscopy.
  • Partner with clients to ensure the best treatment plan for each patient and to bond the client to our practice by practicing high quality medicine and excellent client service.
  • Effectively communicate with clients about case management, diagnosis, prognosis, advice, and follow up.
  • Keep thorough, comprehensive, and detailed medical records in compliance with all laws/regulations and collaborate with administrative staff to ensure proper collection of data.
  • Provide veterinary services in accordance with guidelines for SF SPCA Community Programs.
  • Provide situational leadership, management, and supervision to Hospital support team members.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of sound veterinary medical practices, protocols, and standards in our hospital.
  • Further expand own skill set and knowledge through continuing education and training.
  • Participate in daily hospital rounds and other in-house educational events.
  • Comply with all laws pertaining to controlled drugs and work with our pharmacy staff to follow prescription protocols.

Administrative Duties and Staff Development

  • Provides compassionate customer service to staff, volunteers, and clients while actively promoting our mission, services, programs and events.
  • 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.
  • Assist with staff development through teaching, mentoring, communication and training.
  • Encourage and stimulate interchange of medical knowledge by sharing professional experience, keeping staff informed on the latest relevant medical techniques and information.
  • Work cooperatively with all volunteers, recognizing the talent and commitment they bring to the Society.
  • Participate in exploring and implementing new modalities for the practice such as chemotherapy, advanced imaging, and specialty practice.


  • Ensure decisions, policies and procedures are effectively communicated for the well-being of our patients, clients and staff.
  • Facilitate effective working relationships through a positive and professional demeanor, effective communication, teamwork and collaboration.


  • 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.

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 Hospital Medical Directors, Mission and Pacific Heights Campuses.

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.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (or equivalent) degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) or ABVP
  • Certification in canine and feline practice.
  • California licensure in good standing to practice veterinary medicine.
  • Minimum of two years of private practice experience in specialty medicine.
    • Competency in performing abdominal ultrasound.
    • Competency in performing cardiac ultrasound, endoscopy, and chemotherapy a plus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Commitment to the mission, values, goals, and success of the San Francisco SPCA
  • Demonstrated aptitude in clinical internal medicine specialty services
  • 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. Eligible to participate in hospital Quarterly Bonus Plan.

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.