The San Francisco SPCA is looking to welcome a Feline Wellness Center (FWC) veterinarian on a full time basis. Since 1868 (we just celebrated our 150 year anniversary!), the San Francisco SPCA has led San Francisco to its present status as one of the most humane cities in the world. We accomplished this through dedication, innovation and collaboration; and we are looking to hire bright, passionate people who embrace those values.
This feline practitioner position is located at the Pacific Heights campus of the San Francisco SPCA. We have a loyal and long-standing clientele with an eager desire to do what is best for their beloved furry companions. There are families who have been clients of ours for many years, over several generations, trusting us with their animal companion’s care.
The FWC is a unique and separate part of the Pacific Heights campus and is a Gold Certified Cat Friendly Practice. The dedicated feline only space is quiet with low client foot traffic. The reception area has the expected range of diets and supplements plus a retail enrichment section for cats and their owners: think toys, food puzzles and beds. Each of the three exam rooms have soft mats on the exam table, warm towels for kitty comfort, pheromone diffusers and comfortable client seating. We are always striving to make that next small adjustment to make sure that our feline patients are as stress-free as possible, which makes it easier for their guardians to bring them in for that needed medical care.
This campus encompasses 24 hour emergency services that are closely integrated with general practice services and is the overnight receiving hospital for our sister campus in the Mission District. Our teams have provided exceptional patient and client care in the Pacific Heights neighborhood for decades and we are always looking to expand our abilities, services, and patient care on a daily basis.
We recently announced the SF SPCA Vision and Goals for 2030 that include access to care: By 2030, all San Francisco pet guardians will have access to quality preventative care for their pets, regardless of income. In pursuit of this goal, we will expand and deepen our services in order to subsidize care for all. We are excited to bring veterinarians on board who want to be a part of this enterprise!
Diagnostics and treatment options are plentiful within this facility including ultrasound, flexible videoscopy, rigid videoscopy, video otoscopy, digital radiography, Nova electrolyte/chemistry analyzer, and IDEXX in-house laboratory suite among others. There is consistent surgical specialist support in addition to the ability for emergency radiology interpretation services. We also have a full time internal medicine specialist on staff for consults or referrals. Our industry-leading behavior department not only has board certified veterinary behaviorists but also offers Kitten Kindergarten, New Cat 101 for clients, and hosts an annual Feline Science Symposium.
This hospital has a long history of strong support from fellow veterinarians and management. You will be joining other feline practitioners who have a strong desire to collaborate and enhance each other’s knowledge, skills, and abilities. We are always excited to have a new face in the crowd, as we know that they are going to bring new perspectives and bits of knowledge that will allow us to become a more complete team.
As the veterinary industry changes, not-for-profit veterinary organizations remain a solid and dependable employer, more likely to offer compensation packages meeting and surpassing industry standards for all employees. Our organization works hard to ensure benefits and work/life balance that may be harder to find at for-profit practices. Furthermore, the efforts you make on behalf of the SF SPCA will provide community care to clients and patients who have depended on us for over 150 years.
The starting salary for this position depends on the length and breadth of experience. Employees are 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 behavior training/activity classes. Licensed medical staff receive a budget and time-off for continuing education.
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