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VCA Animal Hospitals Criticalist in Sacramento, California

VCA Mueller Pet Medical Center & Emergency Hospital ( is seeking a veterinary Criticalist to join our well-established and highly regarded 24-hour emergency and general practice in Sacramento – located in the heart of the beautiful Sacramento Valley in Northern California.

As one of only three emergency veterinary hospitals within Sacramento, we have a high caseload of seriously ill and critically injured patients, both primary and referral cases. This is an outstanding opportunity for a Criticalist to establish a Critical Care Department, leading a strong team of emergency doctors practicing excellent medicine. This position is truly what you make it to be! Come help our practice grow!

Our 25,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility features a dedicated ICU, 2 surgical suites, 2 ultrasounds, a spacious treatment area, and 16 exam rooms. We have radiologist capabilities for daily ultrasounds and a regularly scheduled cardiologist. Board certified surgeons are available with advanced notice. In addition to the facility, you will appreciate our skilled support staff who help make this such a great place to work.

Sacramento is one of the most diverse cities in the country. Located between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, the city of Sacramento is experiencing rapid growth and is ideally located for weekend gateways. With plenty of picturesque neighborhoods, a rich history, lower cost of living, easy access to large rivers and lakes, exceptional schools and great parks, it is no wonder Sacramento is one of the best cities to live in California. People who visit tend to stay here once they experience Sacramento’s temperate winter climate, high quality of life, art and cultural offerings, unique restaurants and shops.

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.

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

Compensation is negotiable based on education, experience, and other relevant credentials. The annual salary range for this position is $120,000 to $300,000. This position may also be eligible for other variable pay programs.

For more information about this job, please contact Kristen Hreczan, Specialty Talent Acquisition Partner, at or 704-351-0221.

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