Access to Care Veterinarian Fellow

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The ASPCA Veterinarian Fellow will receive excellent practical experience with a high caseload and strong mentorship focused on providing Access to Veterinary Care (AVC) for underserved clients and their pets.  Fellows will receive training, sustainable pay and mentorship and this program will prepare them for a career in small animal community medicine or other AVC roles. 

Fellows will work alongside senior doctors, who will mentor them in case management and help them achieve surgical, dental, and procedural proficiency.  The Fellow will spend time in both the ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH) and Community Veterinary Centers (CVC) providing subsidized care for animals whose owners are experiencing financial challenges while concentrating on conditions which can be addressed with reasonable resources and have a high likelihood of a positive outcome. 

In AAH, the Fellow will have primary case management on a rotational basis in the following areas: treatment room, appointments, soft tissue surgery dentistry, and anti-cruelty and recovery (ARC).  In the CVCs, the Fellow will provide preventive and basic medical care including examinations, diagnostics, treatments, minor surgery, and spay/neuter surgery to pet dogs and cats living with their families in ASPCA focus areas and animals in the care of the rescue community in New York.  In addition, Fellows may have the option to spend time at our ASPCA Spay/ Neuter Alliance (ASNA) facility in North Carolina learning high quality/high volume spay and neuter techniques (HQHVSN) when available.

The rotating schedule is broken down as follows:

  • AAH Appointments: 20%
  • AAH Soft-Tissue Surgery: 20%
  • ARC Anti-cruelty Recovery: 15%
  • Dentistry:  15%
  • Community Medicine and HQHVSN: 15%
  • AAH Treatments: 15%


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

AAH/ARC (85%)

  • Provide high-quality, practical veterinary care to a wide range of outpatients and inpatients, skilled and efficient diagnosis and treatment of outpatients and hospitalized animals within hospital medical parameters and budgetary guidelines.
  • Perform general procedures and treatments.
  • Learn, perform, and oversee all aspects of soft-tissue surgery and dentals.
  • Provide a high level of customer service to external and internal clients.
  • Practice in compliance with Fear Free guidelines.
  • Perform humane euthanasia in accordance with ASPCA policy and AAH protocols.
  • While seeing appointments: Fulfill 30-45-minute appointment turnaround time.
  • Within ARC, the Fellow will practice treating the unique medical conditions that arise from cruelty and neglect, such as starvation, severe matting injuries, and blunt force trauma, while gaining experience in population management and infectious disease control.

CVC (15%)

  • Provide compassionate high-quality preventive and basic medical care to all patients.
  • Oversee all aspects of veterinary care during an outpatient clinic day including physical examination, diagnostics, treatment recommendations and delivery, prescriptions and discharge information.
  • Perform pre-surgery physical examinations on all surgical candidates.
  • Perform high quality, high volume spay/neuter surgical procedures including pyometra surgeries.
  • Diagnose and treat post-surgical medical complications.
  • Perform and oversee all aspects of minor surgical procedures amenable to being performed on an outpatient basis.
  • Refer and triage cases that do not fall within the Community Medicine parameters of care as appropriate according to One ASPCA Fund (OAF) Coverage Guidelines.
  • Perform humane euthanasia in accordance with ASPCA policy and CM protocols.
  • Provide support and medical services for clients of Community Engagement (CE) and other ASPCA departments as needed including evaluation of animals living in hoarding situations.

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


  • Ability to maintain good working relationship with clients and staff, be a team player.
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office and ability to use paperless medical records and view online calendar and email. 
  • English required, additional proficiency in Spanish beneficial.   
  • Excellent work attendance record and interpersonal skills. 
  • Interest in animal welfare and population control and serving 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.


English (Required), Spanish (Beneficial)

Additional Information:

  • Non-United States citizens or if you are not an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States, must contact the NYS Department of Education ( to verify your eligibility for receiving a NYS license in time for the start of fellowship. You must have confirmed verification before applying for fellowship.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary for this role is $90,000. Benefits include:  Medical, Dental, Vision, Life & Disability, 56 paid vacation, 56 paid sick time, 40 hours personal time, and $2400 in debt relief.  

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English (Required)

Education and Work Experience:

Doctorate: Veterinary Medicine (Required)


1 – 2 years of experience in general small animal practice, emergency medicine, community medicine or shelter medicine preferred, Doctorate: Veterinary Medicine, Must be able to obtain a New York State veterinarian license before September 1, 2024., Only applicants from AVMA accredited veterinary schools will be considered. Unfortunately, we are not able to sponsor VISAs.

Our EEO Policy:

The ASPCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws.  A reasonable accommodation is a change in the ASPCA’s standard application process, which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the ASPCA.  Please inform the ASPCA’s People Team if you need an accommodation in order to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.

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ASPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V).

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About Us:
The ASPCA was founded in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment by humans and must be protected under the law. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout the United States.

The ASPCA is headquartered in New York City, where we maintain a full-service animal hospital, spay/neuter clinic, mobile spay/neuter and primary pet care clinics, a rehabilitation center for canine victims of cruelty, kitten nursery, adoption center, and two community veterinary centers.

The ASPCA also operates programs and services that extend nationwide. We assist animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty interventions, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and the advancement of the sheltering and veterinary community through research, training, and resources.

At the ASPCA, we are committed to fostering a collaborative and compassionate culture and we welcome all voices to contribute to our lifesaving mission. Our staff represent a vast array of backgrounds and diversity dimensions, bringing with them valuable experiences and perspectives. They join the ASPCA to learn, grow, and continually do their best work on behalf of animals. We are inspired by our staff, partners, and the communities we support across the country who work to improve animal lives. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the ASPCA because it elevates our organizational culture, aligns with our Core Values, and enables us to move further and faster toward the ASPCA’s vision – that all animals live good lives; valued by society, protected by its laws, and free from cruelty, pain and suffering.