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VCA Animal Hospitals Specialty Medical Director in Murrieta, California

VCA California Veterinary Specialists in Murrieta ( in Murrieta, California is seeking a highly experienced Specialty Veterinarian to lead our talented team as Specialty Medical Director.

Our motto at California Veterinary Specialists (CVS) is “Special Care From the Heart”. It’s who we are. It’s what we do. VCA California Veterinary Specialists is one of the nation’s leading providers of advanced veterinary services. Our innovative team of multidisciplinary specialists provides Southern California with a network of specialty and critical care hospitals at three state of the art facilities: CVS Carlsbad (San Diego County), CVS Murrieta (Riverside County), and CVS Ontario (San Bernardino County).

Within CVS Murrieta, we have full time specialists in emergency/critical care, surgery, internal medicine, and oncology. We have cardiology, dermatology, and dentistry in the practice part time. Our very positive culture leads to long term staff, with several staying over 15 years.

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The Medical Director (MD) under direction of the field management team, is responsible for establishing the medical quality and patient care practiced by all doctors in a given hospital. The MD achieves this through strong leadership and serving as a mentor and role model for the associate veterinarians and staff. A MD should demonstrate a strong work ethic, integrity, and a consistent positive attitude. The MD is also an integral part of the hospital management team responsible for the overall financial performance of the hospital, and helps create and drive the overall direction for the hospital that will achieve positive results. The MD also fulfills all of the duties of a staff veterinarian in addition to the specific responsibilities of Medical Director. The MD is a mentor and role model for staff veterinarians and support team members.

Murrieta calls itself The Future of Southern California. Located between Los Angeles and San Diego, the natural scenic beauty of the area, and reasonably priced housing, continues to attract residents who are finding Murrieta a great place to grow. Those living in the community find distinguished schools, abundant recreation, excellent medical facilities and expanding employment opportunities.

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the area’s nearly 40 parks, including the 165 acre Cole Canyon Park, a nature preserve, and 46 acres Los Alamos Hills Sports Park. In addition, Murrieta is less than eight miles away from neighboring Temecula, which is home to more than 30 wineries.

As a member of the VCA family, eligible full-time employees will be rewarded with a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including:

Health & Wellness

  • Innovative associate health and wellbeing department (Headspace app subscriptions, Vault financial wellness tool, and access to additional mental health resources)

  • 401k retirement savings plan with company match

  • Health/dental/vision insurance, infertility benefits, gender affirmation services

  • Paid parental, vacation and sick leave

Professional Development

  • Continuing Education Allowance and Paid Continuing Education Days

  • WOOF University, offering abundant CE for Doctors and Staff

  • Opportunities to mentor with one of the largest providers of private practice internships and residencies in the U.S.

  • Opportunities to participate in a robust clinical studies program

Additional Benefits

  • Up to 100% Pet Care Discount for your own pets

  • 100% paid professional liability coverage

  • 100% paid life insurance

  • 100% paid short-term disability insurance 

  • Access to a network of 5,000 doctors, including more than 600 specialists

At VCA we are committed to equity, inclusion, and diversity, and strive to be a place where a talented mix of people want to come, stay, and do their best work.

Compensation is negotiable based on education, experience, and other relevant credentials. The annual salary range for this position is $200,000 to $300,000. This position may also be eligible for other variable pay programs.

For more information about this position, please contact Rayna Faumuina, Sr. Talent Acquisition Partner, Specialty at or 760-891-9903.

If you are a current associate, you need to apply through our internal career site. Please log into Workday and click on the Career worklet on the landing page or search for Find Jobs.

Benefits: We offer competitive compensation along with a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and paid vacation/sick days, 401(k), generous employee pet discounts and more!

The information in this position description indicates the general nature and level of work to be performed. It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of associates assigned to this job. Management reserves the right to revise the job description or require that other tasks be performed when the circumstances of the job change (for example, emergencies, change in personnel, workload, or technical development)

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer - Veterans / Disabled. For a complete EEO statement please see our career page at