Job Title: Wellness Clinic Veterinarian - Temporary
Department: Animal Health
Reports to: Animal Health Practice Manager
FLSA Status: Non Exempt
Schedule: Varies (shifts available Sundays, Mondays, and/or Tuesdays - 10:00 am - 4:30 pm)
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.
General Position Responsibilities:
- 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.
Wellness Clinic Veterinarian 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.
Must be in general good health. 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
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.
- 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.
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and levels of work performed by employees, but are not a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Either employer or employee may terminate the employment relationship at any time with or without notice and with or without cause.