Anti-Cruelty Fellowship for Veterinarians

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The ASPCA Animal Recovery Veterinarian Fellow will receive innovative practical experience focused on providing veterinary care to underserved animals and animal victims of cruelty and neglect. Fellows will receive hands on training, sustainable pay and strong mentorship while being prepared for a career in small animal veterinary sheltering and cruelty prevention.  

Fellows will work alongside senior doctors, who will mentor them in case management of animals in a sheltering system while recovering from cruelty and neglect, as well as providing veterinary care to animals at risk. The Fellow will spend time in ASPCA Animal Recovery Center (ARC), Canine Annex and Recovery (CARE), the ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH), and the ASPCA Forensic Veterinary Sciences Department.  

  • Within ARC and CARE, 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.

  • The Fellow will work with the Forensic Veterinary Sciences team learning how to recognize and report suspected animal cruelty, perform a clinical forensic examination, explore what community resources are available to prevent cruelty and neglect, learn the legal aspects of forensic reporting, and be able to apply the best practices of forensic report writing and witness testimony.

  • In AAH, the Fellow will have primary and secondary case management on appointments providing emergency and urgent care for publicly owned animals who are at risk of cruelty and neglect due to limited access to veterinary care. 

Throughout all our work at the ASPCA, we are passionate about minimizing fear, anxiety, and stress and pain in our patients.  Team members in this position are responsible for providing service and communication to clients, members of the public, co-workers, and patients that is consistent with our practice’s standards and Fear Free values.

The rotating schedule is broken down as follows:

  • ARC/CARE: 40%
  • Forensic Sciences 40%
  • AAH: 20%


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

ARC/CARE (40%)

  • Provides high quality individualized care, considering the medical and behavioral needs of our patients while maintaining overall population medicine using shelter best practices.
  • Perform medical intake exams and initial diagnostics for ARC NYPD and Community Engagement cases
  • Attend daily rounds and make treatment plans for short and long-term care as well as euthanasia decisions
  • Foster rechecks as needed
  • Coordination with partner hospitals and specialists as needed
  • Provide supervision of the veterinary intern on the ARC rotation
  • 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.

Forensic Sciences (40%)

  • Participate in the intake of all new cases brought by law enforcement
  • Assist in the live forensic evaluations and forensic necropsies.
  • Attend the weekly Animal Health and Welfare meeting to review the cases that are being managed by our service with any updates or questions.
  • Participate in visits to crime scene investigations, animal collecting homes, and criminal trials.

AAH (20%)

  • 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.
  • Provide a high level of customer service to external and internal clients.
  • Practice Fear Free animal handling to minimize fear, anxiety and stress for patients in care
  • Perform humane euthanasia in accordance with ASPCA policy and AAH protocols.
  • While seeing appointments: Fulfill 30-45-minute appointment turnaround time.

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

Compensation and Benefits:

This position has a competitive salary, $100K, medical, dental and vision insurance, life + AD&D insurance, short-term disability insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, health and dependent care flexible spending accounts, EAP, caregiver support benefit with Cariloop, pre-tax transit benefit, 56 hours paid vacation time, 56 hours paid sick time and 40 hours paid personal time. Additional benefits include: $2,400 in debt relief, and NY State and DEA license reimbursement, VIN membership and scrubs.

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  • Ability to maintain good working relationships 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.

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.


Spanish (Beneficial)


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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 July 1, 2023, 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.