Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. (GDB)offers an especially rewarding career for veterinary professionals. As a Staff Veterinarian at our beautiful campus in San Rafael, California, you will work at the top of your profession in our compassionate and mission-driven veterinary department. We will rely on you to play a key role in ensuring optimal health for our breeding dogs, puppies, and those selected to become successful guides. Duties include:
Providing professional veterinary care, including surgery (traditional and laparoscopic), radiology, and internal medicine
Providing veterinary assistance for the Oregon campus, as needed
Addressing the specialized medical and surgical needs of all program dogs, including breeding colony, neonates and weaned puppies on campus
Handling obstetric, neonatal, and pediatric cases
Providing 24-hour support to non-veterinary staff managing broods through challenging whelps
Performing cesarean sections
Participating in the design of protocols and methodologies for diagnosis and treatment of medical issues in our breeding colony and neonates
Conferring with outside veterinarians caring for GDB dogs to assure that their recommended treatment is consistent with our protocols
Consulting with breeder custodians, puppy raisers, and guide dog users concerning veterinary care
Participating in GDB research projects
Supervising, training, and providing guidance to paid and volunteer clinic staff
Updating veterinary-related concepts through continuing education
Writing veterinary-related articles for GDB publications
Returning to campus, when necessary, for medical emergencies
California veterinary license and USDA license for interstate and international health certificate
Current and renewable Drug Enforcement Agency license, Class II, IN, III, IV, V
Willing to become Penn Hip certified and APHIS accredited within six months
Desire to train in both laparoscopic and non-laparoscopic surgical techniques
Excellent analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills
Availability for weekend rotations and/or on-call work
What sets us apart?
You’ll become an expert on our yellow and black Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and Lab/Golden crosses – incredible patients who do not require muzzles.
GDB is deeply committed to the care and well-being of our program dogs, and you will be empowered to deliver all the care that you deem necessary with minimal financial constraints.
You can hone and expand your knowledge in a wide variety of areas like neonatal care, breeding, canine reproduction, spaying/neutering, laparoscopic surgery, ultrasound, and more.
We support continuing education andprofessional development that aligns with our goals.
Teamwork at GDB is exceptional, both within the veterinary department and across the organization. Because we all share the same passion for our mission, you’ll experience strong support from colleagues and make meaningful connections.
We offer balance, flexibility, and reasonable schedules, with ample time off.
Our generous benefits package includes medical/dental/vision/life/disability insurance, 403(b), tuition reimbursement, and great wellness perks like yoga, circuit training, and an onsite gym.
You can bring your dog to work!
Guide Dogs for the Blind
The largest guide dog school in North America, Guide Dogs for the Blind creates inspiring partnerships between people, dogs, and communities. With exceptional client services and a robust network of instructors, puppy raisers, donors, and volunteers, we prepare guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind or have low vision, throughout the U.S. and Canada. Our team includes approximately 300 employees and 3,000 volunteers, supporting more than 2,000 working teams (clients and guide dogs).
At Guide Dogs for the Blind, we respect, value, and appreciate all differences. We welcome all qualified candidates irrespective of your race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Individuals with disabilities, especially those who are blind or visually impaired, are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability and need assistance and/or accommodation with applying for a job, please feel free to contact Human Resources.
Established in 1942, GDB is the largest Guide Dog school in North America and continues its dedication to quality student training services and extensive follow-up support for graduates. Our programs are made possible through the teamwork of staff, volunteers and generous donors. GDB receives no government funds. Services are provided to students from the United States and Canada at no cost to them. GDB is headquartered in San Rafael, California, with a second campus in Boring, Oregon. More than 12,500 teams have graduated from our program, and there are approximately 2,200 active teams in the field currently. VISION STATEMENT: Guide Dogs for the Blind envisions a world with greater inclusion, opportunity and independence by optimizing the unique capabilities of people and dogs. MISSION STATEMENT: Guide Dogs for the Blind empowers lives through exceptional partnerships between people, dogs and communities.