Job Title: Wellness Clinic Veterinarian
Department: Animal Health
Reports To: Director of Animal Services
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Schedule: Varies (shifts available Mondays, and/or Tuesdays 10AM-4:30PM; Sundays 10AM-2:00PM)
The Wellness Clinic Veterinarian position is a key position in the Sacramento SPCA’s quest to offer the Sacramento community access to high-quality/ low-cost veterinary care. This position performs physical exams and basic medical care (non-urgent, non-emergent, non-critical, non-surgical) on cats, dogs and occasionally rabbits during scheduled Sacramento SPCA Wellness clinic events. Additionally, Wellness Clinic Veterinarians may be required to help with shelter medicine cases on occasion.
- Responsible for maintaining a current veterinary license in good standing with the California Veterinary Medical Board.
- Must be punctual and maintain regular, predictable attendance.
- Must be committed to a high standard of safety and willing and able to comply with all safety laws, safety policies and rules, and be willing to report safety violations to supervisor or management.
- Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in assigned work areas.
Essential Job Functions:
- Determine overall animal health and nature of disease or injury by completing a thorough physical exam.
- Restore health by medically treating animals for minor (non-urgent, non-emergent, non-critical, non-surgical) ailments and/or injuries.
- Prescribe appropriate medications (as needed) in compliance with applicable State and Federal regulations.
- Test for and vaccinate against diseases in dogs and cats.
- Complete appropriate medical records to document all findings and actions.
- Deliver excellent customer service through client education (overall animal health, benefits of spay/neuter, preventatives, proper husbandry, etc.) and recognize opportunities to promote other SSPCA services as needed (spay/neuter clinic, behavior consultations and training, etc.).
- Enhance wellness clinic reputation by taking pride and ownership in work and exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
- Assists with shelter medicine cases when needed, particularly when the Shelter Medicine Veterinarian is unavailable.
- Helps ensure the safe storage, access, and use of vaccines and non-controlled drugs in compliance with applicable State and Federal regulations.
- Ability to work efficiently within a designated time limit while maintaining excellent customer service and wellness clinic team morale.
- Follow existing preventative protocols to ensure consistency throughout clinics.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Comply with standard guidelines of the California Veterinary Medical Practice Act.
- Understand, interpret and apply pertinent provisions of county, state and federal laws, rules, regulations and standards that affect the operation and administration of the clinic.
- Ability to work effectively with the public, management, fellow employees, volunteers, and other agencies and groups.
- Ability to comprehend simple and complex instructions, correspondence, and memos.
- Ability to provide detailed correspondence and information in one-on-one situations and demonstrate good public relation skills.
- Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed written or verbal instructions.
- Ability to understand and comply with company policies as stated in the employee manual of the Sacramento SPCA.
Education and Experience:
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited university.
- Current and active license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of California.
- Attend American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB)-approved continuing education courses and earn the required minimum number of CE hours for license renewal.
- Practice veterinary medicine within the principles and ethics of the California Veterinary Medical Board and American Veterinary Medical Association.
- The duties of this job require frequent standing; walking; use of hands to finger, handle, or feel; reaching with hands and arms; and speaking and hearing. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects weighing up to 50 pounds alone or up to 100 pounds with the help of fellow employees for short distances.
- Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and peripheral vision.
- Any allergic condition that would be aggravated from exposure or through contact with animals or chemicals used to sanitize facilities, vehicles or equipment may be a disqualification.
- Hours of service at the shelter will be as mutually agreed upon days where wellness clinic appointments will have been scheduled.
- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
- By nature of the industry, there may be occasional exposure to dead, injured, sick, unruly, vicious, and/or dangerous animals, in addition to exposure to parasites and infectious diseases.
- Must be available and willing to work such weekends, holidays, overtime, and attend mandatory training and meetings as the employer determines are necessary or desirable to meet its business needs.