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11 Jan 2023

Full-Time Staff Veterinarian

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

Job Description

Job Title:                    Staff Veterinarian

FLSA Status:             Exempt, Part-Time and Full-Time

Salary:                        $130,000 – $175,000k per year, DOE

Excellent benefits package available!  Holidays off!



Who are we: 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 are you: You ensure that all animals in the shelter receive adequate and appropriate veterinary care.  With your veterinary knowledge, you perform medical evaluations, and treatment of animals in addition to spay and neuter surgeries on dogs, cats and rabbits. Your passion for animal care extends to our shelter workplace and our clients.



Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Examine, diagnose, and prescribe treatment for animals in PHS/SPCA care as needed and as appropriate.


  • Provide emergency medical care as needed.


  • Perform surgical sterilization of owned and shelter dogs, cats, and rabbits. Perform other surgical procedures as indicated.


  • As part of the Veterinary team, monitor health of the shelter population and work collaboratively with shelter managers to recognize, contain and treat contagious diseases, including zoonotic diseases.


  • Regularly participate in 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.


  • Provide shelter staff with clear and concise information regarding the medical condition, diagnosis, treatment plan and long-term prognosis.


  • Consult with specialists on specific medical cases when appropriate.


  • Participate in public vaccination clinics.


  • Pursue adequate and appropriate continuing education.


  • Perform animal necropsies and write reports for Animal Rescue & Control as needed.


  • On occasion, serve as the after-hours contact for emergencies. Give advice by phone or text to Animal Rescue & Control, the NPVEC and PHS staff.


  • Perform diagnostic tests including x-ray, blood work, cytology, and fecals.


  • Provide leadership and direction to Registered Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Assistants and department volunteers.


  • Induce and maintain animals under anesthesia. Operate anesthetic machine and surgical monitoring equipment. Ensure that all animals are monitored while under anesthesia.


  • Work with Veterinary Services managers to ensure department equipment in good working order.


  • Participate in writing educational materials and articles for PHS/SPCA on occasion.


  • Provide humane care and treatment of all sheltered animals.


  • Euthanize and/or assist with euthanasia of animals as needed in accordance with PHS/SPCA policies and procedures and California state law.


  • Maintain a clean and sanitary work area in all work spaces.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

Indirectly supervises Registered Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Assistants, and volunteers.



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.


Upon hire, must pass a background check. Upon hire, must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and able to show COVID Vaccination Card as proof of vaccination.



  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree with two or more years experience in clinic setting; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience working in a fast-paced environment; preferably in a shelter medicine environment.


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must become proficient with Chameleon Database software and Microsoft Office Suite within probationary period (first six months from hire date).


  • Valid California Veterinary Medical License.


  • Valid California Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record to be insured by our insurance company.


  • Must frequently lift and/or move up to 50-75 pounds.


  • Holidays off; Able to work at least 2 days per week (Mon-Fri).




Excellent Benefits Package Available

  • Medical /Dental /Vision/Life/ Flex Spending
  • Sick, Vacation and Holiday pay
  • Continued education opportunities/reimbursement
  • 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


Job Types: Full-Time.

Job expires in 69 days.

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