Volunteer Veterinarians Needed!

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Shanti - San Francisco

The mission of PAWS is to preserve, support and nurture the human-animal bond for those most vulnerable in our community, through pet food, subsidized vet care, and volunteer supportive services; dog-walking, in-home cat care, transports to vet visits, and emergency pet fostering. All of our clients are low-income San Francisco residents who are seniors (over 60 years old) and/or living with a disabling illness or condition. We serve about 600 people and their 800 pets each year.


The role of "Ask The Vet" Volunteer Veterinarian is to lead drop-in consults with PAWS clients.

When: First Tuesdays of the month, with the exception of major holidays, (2pm-5pm) and many Saturdays (10am-1pm)

Where: PAWS Office


  • Volunteer Veterinarians must be licensed in California
  • Volunteer Veterinarians must carry their own malpractice insurance
  • Minimum of one year experience working in a veterinary environment
  • Perform animal restraint and animal handling tasks within a limited clinic environment
  • Attend a PAWS Training: a one-time Tuesday evening 3-hour session to learn about PAWS history, services and clients
  • Sign up and attend at least 4 consults over a 6-month period. Volunteers are welcome to do more shifts than this if they able and available
  • Attend PAWS Volunteer Veterinary Committee meetings, 2 hours, twice a year
  • Comfort working with PAWS client population


  • Sign in clients and their pets*
  • Pull client files*
  • Prepare paperwork for each client visit*
  • Lift pets and provide animal restraint as needed
  • Provide basic exams (e.g. vital signs, physical exams, non-surgical wound care, administering ear drops, subcutaneous fluids, etc)
  • Record consult visit details
  • Perform nail trims and anal gland expressions
  • Counsel/education clients on pet health issues
  • Communicate with PAWS Care Navigators regarding client/pet issues as appropriate
  • Meet clients where they are at

*= on "Ask The Vet" days when there is no Volunteer Vet Tech present

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3170 23rd St.San Francisco, CA 94110



  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Veterinary




  • Orientation or Training

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