Staff Veterinarian

Please see links to download application and information on submitting resume at the bottom of this page. This position is at our San Luis Obispo and Atascadero location.

JOB TITLE: Staff Veterinarian

SUPERVISOR: Director of Veterinary Services

STATUS: Full-time, exempt. Salary DOE.  Medical, Dental, company paid holidays and PTO available after satisfactorily completing an introductory period.


Your dream job awaits! Located on the beautiful Central Coast of California, Woods Humane Society is seeking a veterinarian with a passion for saving lives. The veterinarian will provide high-quality care for animals in the adoption program, perform high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter surgeries, and publically support the mission and goals of Woods Humane Society. 



Assist in providing the highest quality medical care possible to shelter patients served through Woods Humane Society in a humane and professional manner and in accordance with established policies and procedures. Work cooperatively with the Director of Veterinary Services and the management team, veterinary technicians and assistants.



  • Provide a premier level of animal and people care services in accordance with Woods mission, goals, and management philosophies.

  • Maintain and provide proof of a current license to practice veterinary medicine in California

  • Examine animals, evaluate animals’ health and perform veterinary medical procedures including vaccinations, prescribing and administering medications, anti-parasite treatments, tests, and other diagnostics.

  • Perform high-quality/high-volume spay/neuter surgeries and other surgeries/procedures as requested by the Director of Veterinary Services

  • Perform dental surgery

  • Demonstrate the mission and vision of the organization on and off the job.

  • Adhere to the highest ethical standards and provision of veterinary care in a safe, competent, professional, and humane manner.

  • Adhere to medical protocols and guidelines for care/feeding/welfare of animals and work with staff to minimize animal stress and length of stay in the adoption program.

  • Complete wellness and surgical procedures in a competent, safe and efficient manner.

  • Available by phone after hours for post-surgical complications and/ or emergencies.

  • Maintain complete surgical, complication, mortality, and controlled drug logs and individual patient medical records.

  • Maintain clean, neat and orderly work area at all times.

  • Participate in, and provide proof of continuing education requirements.

  • Adhere to applicable state and federal laws governing the practice of veterinary medicine.

  • Foster an environment of teamwork and respect throughout your department.

  • Treat all Woods staff, volunteers, vendors, and members of the public in a professional, respectful manner at all times.

  • Attend training and other meetings as requested including quarterly all-staff meetings.

  • Adhere to OSHA compliance policies & procedures.

  • Participate in special events, off-site clinics and perform other duties as requested.

  • Maintain strict confidentiality on client, patient and donor information.

  • Recommend and perform euthanasia as necessary according to established protocol.

  • Regular travel between campuses required (Atascadero and San Luis Obispo locations)

  • Must have California Department of Motor vehicles record that qualifies for Woods automobile insurance coverage


  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM/VMD) from an accredited veterinary college.

  •  Currently licensed in the state of California to practice veterinary medicine or ability to obtain a license upon hire.

  • Qualified and eligible to obtain DEA license.

  • A minimum of two years of clinical veterinary experience with small animal medicine including high volume surgical sterilization procedures and other minor surgeries. A demonstrable proficiency in high volume sterilization surgeries may replace the required two years of experience.

  • Specialized experience/training in shelter medicine, herd health, and epidemiology focusing on management of infectious disease outbreaks and preventative veterinary medicine desirable.

  • An understanding and appreciation for the purpose of shelter medicine.


  • Knowledge of: principles and practice of current veterinary medicine, animal diseases and their prevention, control and eradication.

  • Experience with the implementation of current veterinary practices in compliance with the veterinary practice act and techniques relating to the treatment of injured animals.  Must have ability to provide surgical and medical services and care for a variety of well, sick and injured animals.

  •  Strong interpersonal, organizational and motivational skills and ability to work well in a fast-paced environment, handle multiple tasks and under stressful conditions.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and desire to communicate with staff, volunteers, adopters, community veterinarians and other members of the public in a consistently professional and educational manner.

  • Ability to utilize a variety of advisory data and information such as regulations, animal medical certificates, treatment/medical records, lab results, veterinary medicine manuals and textbooks, and general operating manuals.

  • Effective decision-making and diagnostic skills and interest in pursuing treatment options with limited funding.

  •  Computer knowledge and skills for medical records and data management; familiarity with Clinic HQ and ShelterBuddy software is desired.

  •  Ability to handle animals safely with patience and gentleness and a personal commitment to animal welfare.

  • Knowledge of county, state, city, and federal animal health laws and regulations.



Fast paced work environment with possible exposure to infectious organisms, animal waste, chemical materials requiring OSHA Material Safety Data sheets and potential hostile persons and/or vicious animals.



The individual will have extended periods of 4 to 6 hours of standing, stretching and bending. Must be able to stand, walk, sit, talk and hear, stoop, bend, squat, kneel, grasp grip, put fingers together firmly and reach above and below shoulder level and lift, push or pull 50 pounds for situations of restraining or moving animals and lifting supplies, materials and equipment; repetitively use hands to perform surgery, examine animals, operate computers and medical equipment; flex the neck upward and downward; twist the neck and the waist.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Ability to lift and carry fifty pounds for 100 feet; withstand long periods on your feet; bend, reach, stoop, lift and other moderately strenuous activities; control dogs on a leash; appropriately and humanely restrain cats and dogs; work with a variety of animals and cleaning agents.


Woods Humane Society does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (over 40), sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, religion, (including, but not limited to, religious dress and grooming practices), family status, ancestry, citizenship, military and veteran status, filing of a workers’ compensation claim, or any other legally protected status. It is our intention that all applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on job-related factors.


This job description explains and outlines qualifications and requirements specific to this position.  The job description may evolve over time including additions, deletions or further revisions as necessary.  Your employment as a staff veterinarian or in any other position at Woods Humane Society is at-will and is for no set term; either you or Woods Humane Society may terminate the employment relationship at any time. By signing below you indicate that you have a clear understanding of what is required, that you possess the necessary skills, that you have a commitment to follow through with the duties as outlined and that you are willing to accept changes to the job description as it evolves.


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Opening Homes and Hearts to Homeless Pets
in San Luis Obispo County since 1955.