Per Diem Veterinarian, Community Medicine, Los Angeles


Who we are:

Have you ever wondered what happens to cats and dogs whose owners are unable to afford veterinary care? We did. The ASPCA’s Community Medicine (CM) team provides expert veterinary care to support the welfare of animals and their people through our stationary and mobile veterinary clinics, serving the most underserved communities in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. We help pet owners overcome barriers to care, bringing quality services directly to the communities that need us most and partially or fully subsidizing the cost of basic and preventive care. CM treats people and pets with dignity and respect, assisting pet owners in making informed decisions about their pets’ health and wellbeing regardless of their financial circumstances. When you come to work at the ASPCA, you join a team of over 1,000 dedicated colleagues with deep knowledge, skills, and passion for the animals we serve.

What you’ll do:

Help animals in need! Our highly skilled veterinarians, along with support from licensed technicians and assistants, provide essential services to the pets and rescue animals that need us the most. CM’s team of medical professionals sees over 100,000 animals every year—and there are many more that need our help. No worrying about the cost of services to your clients – the ASPCA provides services to qualifying clients at low or no cost to them. The ASPCA’s CM program offers high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter (HQHVSN), preventive care and treatment for minor illnesses and injuries. Experienced HQHVSN surgeons may choose either surgery days or days providing preventive and basic care which we call Primary Pet Care (PPC). Those with small animal experience but not HQHVSN can opt for PPC shifts. All of our services are provided at our stationary clinic or on one of our state-of-the-art, custom-built mobile veterinary clinics.

Work Schedule:

This is a temporary, contingent position and the person hired will be employed through a third-party staffing agency. Relief/fill-in is available Monday through Friday.

COVID Statement:

Being fully vaccinated is condition of employment for this position that requires onsite work at a Los Angeles County or City facility. The ASPCA makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that prohibit a person form being vaccinated.


Job Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Medical (70%)

  • Provide compassionate, quality preventive and basic care to patients, overseeing all aspects of veterinary care during a clinic day including physical examination, diagnostics, treatment recommendations and delivery, prescribing of medications 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 at our stationary clinic or on one of our state-of-the-art mobile spay/neuter clinics
  • Diagnose and treat post-surgical medical complications
  • Perform and oversee all aspects of minor outpatient surgical procedures
  • Provide a safe and compassionate environment for animals in our care, our staff, and for our clients by using low-stress handling techniques
  • Triage and refer cases that do not fall within CM’s parameters of care as appropriate
  • Perform humane euthanasia in accordance with ASPCA policy and CM protocols

Client Service (30%)

  • Communicate with all clients in a non-judgement, effective and professional manner; discuss physical examination and test results to allow pet owners to make informed decisions about their pet’s care
  • Counsel owners about end of life and other sensitive medical concerns
  • Provide discharge instructions for patients and oversee the dispensing of medications

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


The target hiring salary for this temporary (or per diem) role is $1000 per day and may be modified in the future. 

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Bilingual (Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, etc.) strongly preferred, Must have current California State Veterinary License, Must have Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or equivalent


Veterinarian License - Other


English (Required), Spanish

Education and Work Experience:

Doctorate: Veterinary Medicine (Required), DVM: Veterinary Medicine


Experience in general small animal practice or shelter medicine required for PPC shifts, Experience in high quality, high volume spay/neuter required for surgery shifts

Applicants that are residents of Colorado: Per CO Senate Bill 23-058, we cannot generally request or require any age-related information (i.e., age, DOB, attendance or graduation dates from an educational institution) on an initial employment application; this includes any age-related inquiries in the initial interview. We are permitted to require/request additional application materials; if those materials contain any age-related information, an applicant may redact the information before submitting an initial employment application.

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.

Individuals seeking employment are considered without regards 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.

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.