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26 Apr 2022

Full-Time Lead Veterinarian

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA – Posted by PHScareers San Mateo, California, United States

Job Description

Salary: $175K – $190K per year (DOE)

Competitive Compensation Package Available; Relocation and/or Student Loan Repayment Negotiable

Who we are: Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) is a local, private, non-profit charitable organization dedicated to animal welfare. It is our mission is to build healthy relationships between people and animals. PHS/SPCA is truly an open admission shelter, not only accepting many pet animals who might be refused at other shelters, but also taking care of injured and orphaned native wildlife from San Francisco through San Mateo and the northern half of Santa Clara County. Our work means 6,300 lives saved each year. To learn more about us, visit

Who you are: You thrive in a fast-paced, animal shelter environment. In addition to practicing shelter medicine, you enjoy communicating and educating staff, volunteers and the public regarding medical issues, zoonotic diseases and specific animal population diseases. You have experience establishing and implementing veterinary medical policies and procedures.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):

  • Recommend, develop and implement veterinary medical protocols and procedures for all departments and programs.
  • Monitor health of the shelter population and work collaboratively with shelter managers to recognize, contain and treat contagious diseases, including zoonotic diseases.
  • Mentor, guide, train and advise Veterinarians, staff and volunteers to promote better animal husbandry and excellence in veterinary medical care
  • Regularly conduct rounds with Staff Veterinarians to discuss medical and surgical cases.
  • Ensure animal medical records are maintained as required by law.
  • Ensure every animal has a clear and concise plan regarding any medical condition(s), diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.
  • Act as a liaison for the public and staff regarding concerns, disputes or misconceptions of animal medical care at PHS/SPCA. Act as the primary contact person for situations that may arise involving the general public related to PHS/SPCA policies and procedures and veterinary medical care.
  • Maintain California Veterinary License in good standing. Pursue adequate and appropriate continuing education to continue to provide the Standard of Care.
  • Maintain current premise permits and DEA licenses for all PHS/SPCA facilities as appropriate and as required by law. Serve as the Supervising Veterinarian for all Veterinary Assistant Controlled Substance Permits.
  • Be on call for after-hours emergencies. Give advice on such to Animal Rescue & Control, the NPVEC and PHS staff.
  • Examine, diagnose and prescribe treatment for animals in PHS/SPCA care as needed and as appropriate.
  • Provide emergency medical care as needed.
  • Consult with specialists on specific medical cases when appropriate.
  • Perform surgical sterilization of owned and shelter dogs, cats and rabbits. Perform other surgical procedures as indicated.
  • Perform and assist as needed in the daily activities of the Department
  • Euthanize and/or assist with euthanasia of animals as needed in accordance with PHS/SPCA policies and procedures and California state law.
  • Assist Animal Rescue & Control, Humane Investigations and/or the District Attorney in the investigation and prosecution of cases of animal cruelty or neglect. Perform and record necropsies as needed. Appear in court to substantiate findings as necessary.
  • Work with Veterinary Services managers to ensure department equipment in good working order.
  • Provide staff, volunteer and public educational lectures as needed. Participate in writing educational materials and articles for PHS/SPCA.
  • Participate in periodic vaccine clinics, educational programs and special events as needed

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Supervises Staff Veterinarians. Indirectly supervises other Veterinary Services staff and volunteers in conjunction with department Managers. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include assisting in interviewing, hiring, training employees and volunteers; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees and volunteers; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The individual must also possess the ability to manage the emotional aspect of end-of-life services and humane euthanasia, and support staff in high-emotion circumstances.

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine; minimum of five years working with animals in a clinical environment with a strong preference for shelter medicine experience; equivalent combination of education and experience. Previous supervisory experience preferred.
  • Possess and maintain California State Licenses Veterinarian in good standing with a valid DEA license.
  • Possess a valid California Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record to be insured by our insurance company.
  • Upon hire, must successfully pass a background check.
  • Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and able to show COVID Vaccination Card as proof of vaccination.
  • Proficient knowledge of Chameleon database software or become proficient within the first six months from hire date. Basic knowledge or become proficient with Microsoft Office and computer keyboarding skills (data entry).
  • Good verbal and written communication skills. Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, volunteers, and other employees of the organization.
  • Ability to communicate in a calm and clear manner with the public, volunteers and fellow employees, especially in stressful situations. Ability to remain calm and focused in emergency situations.
  • Must be open to new ideas and have the ability to compromise and be flexible when appropriate.
  • Ability to add and subtract, multiply and divide. Ability to perform these operations using units, weight measurement, and volume.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Ability to treat all animals regardless of species or temperament with compassion and as equally deserving of veterinary care.
  • Ability to work independently.

Excellent Benefits Package Available

  • Medical /Dental /Vision/Life/ Flex Spending
  • Sick, Vacation and Holiday pay
  • Continued Education and Licensing Renewal Reimbursement Available
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Retirement plan & employer matching

Available to all employees with pets:

  • Free vaccines, spay/neuter, microchipping, and two pet adoptions
  • Discounted euthanasia services/cremation, bloodwork, urinalysis, prescription food, and discounts at our retail stores.

For more information about our available job opportunities and how to apply, please visit our website at

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. EOE/M/F/D/V/SO

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Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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