Community Medicine Veterinarian

Job Type

Full Time




Los Angeles
United States



Make a Difference

ASPCA Community Medicine provides access to high quality spay/neuter and primary veterinary care via our stationary and mobile clinics right in the communities that need it most. By providing accessible and fully subsidized medical care, Community Medicine Veterinarians play a crucial role in keeping pets where they belong: safe at home with the person who loves them. Community Medicine provides fully subsidized preventive and primary medical services to LA County’s most underserved communities with little to no access to veterinary clinics or other essential pet resources. Community Medicine is a radically unique approach to animal welfare, as our medical staff is encouraged to spend time building trusting relationships with clients and provide referral information for concerns that cannot be addressed in a mobile environment.

Position Overview

The work of the Community Medicine Veterinarian is on the leading edge of animal welfare and goes beyond the standard practice. In addition to opportunities to engage with communities in a meaningful way, this dual role enables those looking to build upon solid surgical skills to achieve excellence as a spay/neuter surgeon.  As a Community Medicine Veterinarian, work time is focused around genuine care of the animal and the client to help both to live better lives.

The Community Medicine Veterinarian is a trained and licensed full-time veterinarian responsible for providing preventive and basic medical care including spay/neuter surgery to pet dogs and cats living with their families in LA and in the care of the Los Angeles rescue community. Services are provided by mobile units parked at designated locations or at our stationary clinic and include examinations, diagnostics and treatments that are non-invasive, concentrating on conditions which can be addressed with reasonable resources with a high likelihood of a positive outcome.  The Community Medicine Veterinarian will also provide preventive and basic veterinary care in support of other ASPCA Departments including Community Engagement, Relocation and the Foster Care Program.


Medical (75%)

  • Provide compassionate high quality preventive and basic medical care to patients in underserved areas of Los Angeles overseeing all aspects of veterinary care during a clinic day including physical examination, diagnostics, treatment recommendations and delivery, prescriptions and discharge information.
  • Perform pre-surgery physical examinations on all surgical candidates. Perform 25 – 40 high quality, high volume spay/neuter surgical procedures per spay/neuter clinic day either on board a mobile surgical unit or at a stationary clinic.
  • Diagnose and treat post-surgical complications of outpatient animals.
  • Refer and triage cases that do not fall within the Community Medicine parameters of care as appropriate.
  • Provide support and medical services for clients of Safety Net, Relocation and the Foster Program and other ASPCA departments.

Customer Service (15%)

  • Communicate respectfully with clients and be able to relay important medical information about patients. Discuss examination and medical test results with owners in order to allow owners to make informed choices about the medical care of their pets.
  • Counsel owners about end of life and other sensitive medical care decisions.
  • Provide discharge instructions for patients and oversee the dispensing of medications.

Administrative/Other (10%)

  • Document all exam findings, test results and treatment recommendations on medical record form.
  • Communicate effectively with Community Advocates and other ASPCA staff.
  • Assist in writing, editing and updating protocols for Community Medicine.
  • Follow written and verbally communicated ASPCA Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Attend staff meetings, doctor meeting and other requested meetings.
  • Provide medical information and representation to other departments of the ASPCA, to the public and to the media.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or equivalent
  • Current California Veterinary License
  • Background in small animal medicine and surgery
  • 2 years experience in high quality, high volume spay/neuter strongly preferred
  • 2 years experience in general small animal practice or shelter medicine

Exemplifies the ASPCA’s Core Values:

  • Has  Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
  • Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
  • Believes in Team– that we are stronger together
  • Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible
  • Focuses on Impact, specifically making change for animals

Additional Information

  • This is a full-time position, approximately 8 hours a day, 5 days a week (Tuesday-Saturday, Saturdays are required). 
  • The position requires flexibility and willingness to occasionally work beyond the scheduled end of the work day.
  • The Community Medicine Veterinarian may be scheduled to perform spay/neuter surgeries in one of our high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter settings (a mobile surgical unit or in our stationary facility).
  • Candidates must be willing to report to a variety of work locations, including but not limited to South Los Angeles, Baldwin Park and Downey.
  • Must possess or be willing to acquire the skills and abilities of a high quality, high volume spay/neuter surgeon.  These include performing 25-40 surgeries per day and all aspects of care associated with surgery, such as examinations and post-operative treatment.  These duties are to be performed in accordance with ASPCA standardized surgical techniques and other standard operating procedures.


Ability to maintain good working relationship with clients and staff, be a team player, Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office and ability to view online calendar, Excellent work attendance record and interpersonal skills, Interest in animal welfare and population control and increasing accessibility to underserved populations, Must possess ability to work independently as well as part of team, Must possess ability to work in high-volume, fast-paced clinic environment


Veterinarian License - Other


English (Required), Spanish

Education and Work Experience:

Doctorate: Veterinary Medicine (Required)

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Doctorate (PhD)

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