Spay/Neuter Veterinarian

Job Title: Spay/Neuter Veterinarian I

Department: Spay/Neuter Clinic

Reports To: Chief of Surgery, Director of Animal Services

FLSA Status: Non-exempt, part-time


The Sacramento SPCA is a vibrant, well-established and respected non-profit animal welfare organization. Through our nationally-ranked high-volume spay and neuter clinic (we are ranked as one of the top 10 clinics in the country!), successful adoption program, behavior and training programs and more, the Sacramento SPCA is giving more than shelter and saving animals one life at a time.

General Summary:

The Veterinarian provides high-quality medical and surgical care to clients and ensures humane medical treatment of all animals. This position performs high volume spay and neuter surgeries on cats and dogs, occasionally rabbits, and other animals in our HQHV Spay/Neuter Clinic.  The Veterinarian may be required to assist with shelter medicine cases on occasion.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Performs spay and neuter surgeries as scheduled in any of our clinics, including feral cat.
  • Performs 20 to 25 surgeries on average each working day, with minimal complication rate.
  • Performs pre-operative exam and provides reasonable post-operative care for the animals, including prescribing appropriate medications or treatment for animals requiring care beyond established clinic protocol.
  • Delivers high quality veterinary care in a fast-paced, high volume environment.
  • Makes decisions regarding the animals’ health and suitability to undergo surgery. 
  • Assists with shelter medicine cases when needed, particularly when the Shelter Medicine Veterinarian is unavailable.
  • Helps ensure the safe storage, access, and use of controlled and non-controlled drugs in compliance with applicable State and Federal regulations. 
  • Responsible for maintaining a current veterinary license in good standing.
  • 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.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proficient at performing spay and neuter surgeries for dogs, cats and rabbits with minimal complications. 
  • Ability to perform common surgical procedures including mass removal, dental extractions, umbilical and inguinal hernia repairs.
  • 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.
  • Must be punctual and maintain regular, predictable attendance.
  • 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 required.
  • Current and active license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of California required.
  • 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.
  • Preferred minimum of 2 years post-graduate clinic experience.

Physical Requirements:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Working Conditions:

  • Hours of service at the shelter will be as mutually agreed upon days where surgery appointments will have been scheduled in advance.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to 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.

Note: 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.