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Senior Shelter Veterinarian – Oakland, California – #6528

Senior Shelter Veterinarian – Oakland, California – #6528

Step into an exciting new role as Senior Shelter Veterinarian at a successful animal shelter in Oakland, California, and make a tremendous difference in improving the lives of animals.

With a mission to eliminate overpopulation and improve animal welfare, this shelter has established a reputation for going above and beyond in placing precious furry ones with families and providing high-quality care. The salary for this full-time leadership position is $150,000 to $155,000.

As a Senior Shelter Veterinarian, you will provide comprehensive care, treatment, and surgical services for animals entering the shelter. In addition, you will work closely with medical support staff, the shelter team, foster parents, volunteers, and the clinical veterinary service team.

Responsibilities of this role also include:

Surgical Care

  • Implement and maintain medical record and drug use logs to established standards of veterinary and sheltering practicing, ensuring that records are complete, accurate and compliant at all times.
  • Perform surgical procedures on shelter animals including, but not limited to, ovariohysterectomy, orchiectomy/castration, dewclaw removal, hernia repair, teeth extractions, and more. 
  • Ensure appropriate medications are administered by veterinary staff within clinical and statutory requirements and supervise the use and security of controlled drugs
  • Induce and maintain animals under anesthesia. Operate anesthetic machines and surgical monitoring equipment. Ensure that all animals are monitored while under anesthesia. 

Shelter Care 

  • Regularly perform veterinary health care functions, including examination and treatment of sheltered animals, and aid in the evaluation of the disposition of sheltered and foster animals as needed, within established shelter animal and companion animal health protocols. 
  • Oversee the administration of medications and treatments to shelter animals, ensuring they are completed and monitored appropriately.
  • Explain medical needs to potential adopters and foster parents and conduct follow-up appointments as needed. 
  • Work collaboratively with the Behavior and Training Manager and other shelter leaders to ensure the highest level of behavioral health of shelter animals. 
  • Consult with specialists on specific medical cases when appropriate.
  • Work collaboratively with the shelter management team to ensure shelter disease control program is appropriately administered.
  • And more!


  • Actively participate in Leadership Team meetings
  • Prioritize cases to ensure shelter animals receive care promptly
  • Oversee the shelter medical support team
  • Provide medical training to shelter staff as needed
  • Regularly review shelter protocols and collaboratively updates them as needed
  • Work collaboratively with the VP of Medical Services to create the annual medical support budget.
  • And more! 


  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and a valid California Veterinary License
  • Must possess, or can obtain, a DEA license within 60 days of hire 
  • Must use fear-free handling methods and become Fear Free Certified within 90 days of hire.
  • Must have a valid California Driver’s License and insurable driving record for occasional patient transport and driving between campuses. 
  • A minimum of two years of experience working in a shelter is desired
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively with clients, volunteers, fosters, and staff both verbally and in writing.

What Will You Gain for All Your Hard Work


  • Competitive compensation
  • A comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision
  • Paid vacation/sick day
  • 401(k),
  • CE allowance
  • Employee pet discounts
  • And more!

Life in Oakland

The lively city of Oakland, California, is bursting with much action and adventure. It is the largest city in the East Bay region and the third-largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area. When it comes to meeting new people, finding recreational activities, or having days (and days) of beautiful warm weather, you will have found this place to be a gem. In addition, this city has a ton of delightful eateries to satisfy your tummy. If you are a big sports fan, you will find plenty of professional sports teams to watch. From NBA to professional soccer, you can attend a game and cheer on a team!  

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