Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Richmond, VA, USA
  • 80000
  • Salary
  • Full Time or Part Time

Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital at the Richmond SPCA
Part-time availability may be considered

The Richmond SPCA is one of our region's most beloved non-profit organizations. As a national no-kill leader in animal welfare, the Richmond SPCA is building a more compassionate community through the delivery of crucial programs of pet adoption, retention, training, advocacy, humane education, and more. Annually, we rescue, rehabilitate and adopt out nearly 4,000 homeless animals while also providing our community with vital safety net programs designed to keep pets in loving homes and out of shelters.

The Susan M. Markel Veterinary hospital provides quality care at a reduced cost to pets in the Greater Richmond region It is our mission to ensure that families have access to affordable treatment options for their companion animals, regardless of financial hardships.

We are seeking a veterinarian to join our team in providing high quality of care to income-qualified pet guardians in the Greater Richmond community, as well as pets adopted from our center and those in the care of local government shelters. This is a unique opportunity to join a well-respected group of doctors, technicians and support staff. Importantly, this position offers veterinarians the opportunity to utilize their earned skillset to help every patient in need, never having to turn away a pet due to a guardian's inability to pay for services.

This position reports to the Hospital Director for all operational matters, in collaboration with the Medical Director as related to the provision of medical care.


  • Performance of spay/neuter surgeries, dentals, and other routine surgeries
  • Delivery of wellness care and annual physical examinations
  • Performance and interpretation of routine diagnostic tests, including radiography
  • Delivery of care for sick or injured hospital patients as needed
  • Development of ongoing treatment plans for acutely and chronically ill patients
  • Clear communication and the ability to educate a varied client base
  • Examination and treatment of shelter animals as needed
  • Other job-related duties as assigned
  • Attend and participate in all required trainings and meetings


  • Able to react to change productively
  • Daytime availability Monday through Friday
  • Able to work in a high volume, fast-paced, high-stress environment
  • Degree in veterinary medicine
  • Current State of Virginia license to practice veterinary medicine
  • A current DEA license
  • Reliable transportation including during inclement weather


  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Integrity and a dedication to the hospital's mission
  • Uncompromising commitment to the wellbeing of every patient
  • Compassion for both patients and clients
  • Efficiency in the areas of both surgery and treatment
  • A positive and team-oriented attitude
  • Able to effectively communicate with members of the public
  • Able to work cohesively and respectfully with team members from a variety of departments
  • Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, MS Outlook)
  • Ability to learn new software quickly and completely
  • Ability to maintain existing organizational systems
  • Punctual with a sense of urgency
  • Good time management and prioritization skills
  • Flexibility and the ability to effectively multi-task
  • Ability to adapt to and accommodate changing demands
  • Proficiency in orthopedic surgery not required but welcomed
  • Emergency experience is a plus
  • Prior experience in a shelter or fast-paced hospital a plus


  • Able to routinely lift 40-50 lbs.
  • Able to work around animals (including those who are sick or injured or who have behavior challenges), loud noises, cat litter, animal waste, and various chemicals
  • Able to bend and use your arms in a repetitive manner
  • Able to kneel, stoop, and use stairs
  • Able to be on your feet for an entire 10 hour shift


  • Rapid pace with exposure to potential hazards including animal waste and disinfectants
  • High levels of noise
  • Potential for animal bites and scratches and diseases that are zoonotic (can be transmitted from animals to people)
  • All employees are eligible to become clients of the low-cost, full-service Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital of the Richmond SPCA and have access to an Employee Assistance Program and 401(k) retirement plan. Full-time employees are eligible for insurance benefits, including medical, dental, and vision, life insurance, short-term disability, and paid time off

Individuals interested in applying for the position should submit a completed resume with their application. Selection for this position will be contingent on the successful completion of a background check. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

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