Join Our Medical Team
at the New Center for Shelter Medicine

Work for us and change the world!

San Diego Humane Society is looking for veterinarians and medical professionals to work in our brand-new Center for Shelter Medicine — the first of its kind in California. As one of the largest and most-innovative animal welfare organizations in the country, we offer a competitive compensation package with full benefits. What’s more – you will be saving the lives of abused, neglected and homeless animals. Apply today!

Open positions include:

See open positions and apply here: sdhumane.org/careers/

Amazing Work Environment

With the opening of our new Center for Shelter Medicine, we have excellent opportunities to:

  • Work in a world-class facility;
  • Influence the emerging field of shelter medicine;
  • Shape the shelter veterinarians of tomorrow;
  • Take care of our region’s homeless pets in an open-admission animal shelter;
  • Help our community stay at zero euthanasia of healthy/treatable pets;
  • And ultimately, change the world.

Culture of Care

With a fast pace and clinical focus, our supportive work environment values leadership, teaching and coaching. An Administrator of Veterinary Hospitals supports many of the administrative duties, freeing medical staff up for clinic work.

Center for Shelter Medicine

Of the 45,000 companion animals entering shelters in San Diego County, nearly 90 percent are cared for by San Diego Humane Society. Not only is this new hospital vital to treat these animals, it helps advance the future of shelter medicine nationally as a teaching hospital. Our veterinarians are truly saving lives each and every day. Some unique features include:

  • More than Shelter Medicine – you will be a part of a larger mission to save the life of every healthy and treatable animal in San Diego County.
  • Five Medical Centers comprise the Center for Shelter Medicine.
  • Teaching Hospital for the Shelter Veterinarians of Tomorrow – Our medical team is committed to providing fourth year veterinary students of UC Davis or Western University with a comprehensive rotation to refine clinical skills. For those seeking more of a mentorship position, we are proud to offer internship opportunities, as well.

What Makes Us Unique

San Diego Humane Society provides vital services to animals and people by sheltering and adopting animals, investigating animal cruelty and neglect, inspiring compassion in people through education, pet-assisted therapy and much more. We are a private, independent, nonprofit organization that is not affiliated with any other humane society or SPCA. We operate with nearly 600 employees, more than 5,000 volunteers and an annual operating budget of nearly $42 million and have 12 animal service contracts within San Diego County.

Learn More About Us

See the Grand Opening of the Center for Shelter Medicine, November 2018.

Our first patient was Penelope the tortoise, who needed specialized care to get healthy and adopted.

Beans, a stray puppy, had lifesaving heart surgery, thanks to a collaboration at UC Davis.

Kati, a boxer & pointer mix, had double leg surgery with stainless steel implants.


RECENT cases treated by our veterinary Medical team

At 3-months old, Princess received lifesaving heart surgery, thanks to San Diego Humane Society’s medical team.

Rico & Queen
These puppies were treated for parvo and given a second chance at San Diego Humane Society.

After being shot with a BB gun, San Diego Humane Society’s veterinarians removed the pellet from Scooter’s spine, giving him a chance to walk once again.

Elf arrived with trauma to his abdomen and a fractured pelvis – we believe from being dropped by a bird of prey. The medical team mended this sweet bunny’s injuries and now he has a “job” bringing joy to people in need through our Pet-Assisted Therapy program.

Western Gull
This Western Gull received lifesaving medical care after a fishing hook became lodged in his eye. Once fully recovered, he was released back into his natural habitat.

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