East Bay SPCA

Non-Profit Associate Veterinarian

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Why choose this job

Our veterinarians are truly saving lives every single day. With more than 5,000 appointments per year, our clinic has some unique features:​ Unlike any other shelter– You will be a part of a larger mission to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect, and overpopulation in the East Bay.​ A people first approach– Our VP of Medical Services supports many of the administrative duties, allowing our staff to focus on patients. Sharing duties helps to proactively prevent burnout and we have strategies in place to help with compassion fatigue. We have a veterinary social worker on staff to help with humane advocacy work, helping our clients get access to financial assistance and other programs designed to help keep companion animals with their people. Our full-service veterinary clinic runs part like a general practice, and part urgent care. Our team regularly evaluates new and unique cases and diversifies their skillsets by treating referrals, stray animals, and performing high-volume-high-quality spay and neuter surgeries at our Spay/Neuter Centers. We also see and treat animals referred to us by local partners who are aware of the individual or pet owner’s financial limitations. Our veterinarians are trained to think creatively and provide options to clients that may not have many others. Our organization works consistently with both internal and external partners to decrease the financial burden of veterinary care for individuals and families in need. Our team also has a full-time case manager with a social work background who supports our clients through this process so that the veterinary team can focus on continuing to provide excellent medical care. We value the impact our work has on East Bay communities, and beyond.. Clinical Care – 75% to 100% of duties • Regularly performs surgical procedures including, but not limited to, ovariohysterectomy, orchiectomy/castration, tumor/lump removal, hernia repair and tooth extractions, limited orthopedic and ocular procedures • Regularly performs veterinary health care functions, including examination and treatment of sheltered animals and client animals, and aids in the evaluation of the disposition of sheltered animals as needed in collaboration with medical support staff, within established shelter animal and companion animal health protocols. • Works cooperatively with the VP of Medical Services and associate veterinarians in the development and implementation of goals, policies and procedures related to the practices of the veterinary clinics and shelters. • Establishes and maintains medical record and drug use logs to standards of veterinary practices; ensures that records are in order and complete. • Ensures that quality care is provided to clients, staff and volunteers throughout the veterinary clinic(s). • Consults with clients and veterinarians regularly. Works cooperatively with staff and management throughout the organization. • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of animal health protocols, surgical procedures and companion animal health issues. • Builds effective relationships through positive interaction and communication with the community, volunteers and staff. Spay/Neuter Clinic(s) up to 25% of duties • Performs surgical procedures daily including, but not limited to, ovariohysterectomy, and orchiectomy/castration. • Ensures that appropriate medication is administered by veterinary staff within clinical and statutory requirements, and supervises the use and security of controlled drugs. • Implements and maintains medical record and drug use logs to established standards of veterinary and sheltering practices, ensuring that records are complete, accurate and compliant at all times. Shelter Care up to 10% of duties • Regularly performs veterinary health care functions, including examination and treatment of sheltered animals, and aids in the evaluation of the disposition of sheltered animals as needed, in collaboration with medical support staff within established shelter animal and companion animal health protocols • Maintains medical records for sheltered animals during rounds and collaborates with the shelter medical support team • Work collaboratively with the behavior and training team and other shelter leaders to ensure highest level of behavioral health of shelter animals • Maintain medical records for sheltered animals during rounds and collaborate with the shelter medical support team Qualifications • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and a valid California Veterinary License • Must possess, or have the ability to obtain a DEA license within 60 days of hire • Obtain Fear Free Certification within 90 days of hire • Must have a valid California Driver’s License and insurable driving record for occasional patient transport in East Bay SPCA’s vehicles • A minimum of two years-experience in a full-time clinical setting • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients and staff both verbally and in writing • Computer literate in a Windows environment; proficient in Microsoft Office Applications • Ability to work independently and to work collegially with other managers and technicians in order to accomplish daily tasks, as well as meet strategic goals • Demonstrated track record of managing priorities with positive results • Desire to thrive in a high volume, fast paced environment Physical Requirements • Extended periods of standing, stretching and bending. Must be able to lift 50 pounds independently due to lifting animals for examinations and surgeries • Ability to perform repeated hand movements in surgery without accommodation Work Conditions • Work may be performed in an animal shelter environment with exposure to seasonal outdoor conditions. Noise exposure varies, and there may be contact with animal waste and smells • Weekend work may be required. Occasional holiday and evening work may be required • Animal contacts and related injuries, including bites and scratches, may occur


4-10 schedule on weekdays. Start time is 7:45 am to 5:30 pm. Individuals who float into our spay/neuter center work 7 am to 5 pm.

Here's what you'll be doing

  • General consultation and examinations
  • Medicine work-up
  • Routine Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Anaesthesia
  • Routine Radiology
  • Routine Ultrasound

Some of our perks include

  • 140000 to 155000 USD per year
  • 12 days leave
  • No weekend work
  • No holiday work
  • No work after hours
  • Sponsored membership fees
  • Funded continuous education
  • Medical, dental, life insurance, disability insurance, and employee assistance program covered 100% by the employer. In addition to PTO, there are 8 paid holidays, 4 paid CE days, and a personal day per year. Pet care discounts and bring your pet to work program.
Oakland, California
Jan 5, 2023
140000 to 155000 USD
Small animal

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East Bay SPCA

See what we're all about

East Bay SPCA is looking for diverse and talented candidates who support our mission to improve the welfare of cats and dogs in the communities we serve. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. Founded in 1874, we are a leader in animal welfare and continue to provide comprehensive and affordable services for our East Bay communities. . As an organization, we offer financial assistance to clients in need as well as partner with outside funding groups to decrease as much as the financial burden as possible.

The Team

Our team includes 2 veterinarians and 11 veterinary nurses / techs