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VCA Animal Hospitals Small animal rotating internship in Walnut Creek, California

VCA Encina Veterinary Medical Center located in Walnut Creek, Ca is looking for a veterinarian who enjoys practicing advanced medicine with a cohesive, tenured team.

Our 20 doctor hybrid GP/Specialty/Emergency team in beautiful Walnut Creek, CA. Located just 30 minutes east of the San Francisco Bay, we are proud to be the veterinary referral center of choice in our community for nearly 200 local veterinarians.

At VCA Encina Veterinary Medical Center, you will be supported by our experienced Hospital Manager and our Medical Director, a collaborative and collegial group of doctors (including a board-certified internist, oncologist, and surgeon), and additional support staff who assist and guide clients through their pet’s medical journey. VCA Encina also has a thriving intern program that trains an average of 6 interns per year and provides opportunities to participate in VCA’s Clinical Studies Program.

The position consists of a rotating schedule with some day, swing, and overnight shifts. Our GP and ER doctors generally work an average of 12 shifts/month.

The Walnut Creek region has an ideal year-round climate with numerous recreational options, including hiking, mountain biking, water sports, skiing, wine tasting, and camping. We are within a half day's travel to Lake Tahoe, Sonoma, or the Napa Valley. Walnut Creek is a large, metropolitan city with several surrounding bustling neighborhoods. There are many world-class restaurants, fun outdoor cafes, microbreweries and theaters to visit.

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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 & Well-being

Innovative associate health and well-being 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

VCA Academy’s Mentorship Program – participate as a mentee or mentor in a GP or ER setting

Opportunities to participate in a robust Clinical Studies program

Additional Benefits

Annual salary of $80,000

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

Location Description:

Encina Veterinary Hospital has been providing extraordinary pet care for the Walnut Creek and surrounding East Bay areas since 1977. We pride ourselves on the exceptional client and pet care we provide to our four-legged friends and their parents each and every day. As a leader in pet health care, Encina Veterinary Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment similar to those found in many human hospitals. Some of our services include: wellness exams, vaccinations, advanced surgery including laparoscopic procedures, dentistry, senior care, 24 hour ICU and emergency care, and advanced diagnostics such as ultrasonography, endoscopy, radiology (x-rays), CT scan, and an in-house laboratory.

If you are a current associate, you will need to apply through our internal career site. Please log into Workday and click on the Jobs Hub app or search for Browse 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