Join Our Newsletter



Love animals? Put your passion for dogs and cats to work at Berkeley Humane!

Current Openings:  


Medical Director 

Reports to: Executive Director
Department: Veterinary Hospital
Classification: Full-time
Compensation: DOE


The Medical Director is responsible for the overall clinical direction of Berkeley Humane’s animal wellness activities, which includes providing the highest possible quality of medical care to our animals and training, leadership, and guidance to the Hospital team. 

Download the job description here.

  • Plan and implement a medical management program for all Berkeley Humane animals, including those temporarily housed in foster care, focusing on the identification, treatment, and prevention of health problems; minimizing animal stress; minimizing the transmission of infectious disease; and maximizing animal comfort. 
  • Provide leadership, direction, guidance, and training for veterinary technicians. Advise and work with Adoption Center staff. Establish and maintain protocols, policies, and procedures. Develop new protocols and manuals as needed. Maintain and oversee drug and supply inventory for the Veterinary Hospital. 
  • Operate, maintain, and supervise the Pre-Veterinary Intern Program. Maintain the relationship with UC Berkeley Pre-Veterinary Club to expand volunteer base and educate and mentor future shelter veterinary professionals. Collaborate with the local RVT schools and individuals looking to volunteer; mentor future RVTs and veterinary assistants. 
  • Provide veterinary care and spay/neuter services for Berkeley Humane, collaborative rescue partners, public spay/neuter animals, and others, as scheduled (including employees’ animals). Ensure that spay/neuter clinic practices are in compliance with Berkeley Humane protocols and current veterinary medical standards for moderate to high-volume spay/neuter clinics. 
  • Monitor the health of animals in the adoption center (in collaboration with Adoption Center staff) and provide appropriate treatment when necessary. Provide limited post-adoption medical care in accordance with Berkeley Humane’s post adoption care policy. 
  • Ensure that Berkeley Humane is in compliance with all state and federal laws regarding the practice of veterinary medicine. Maintain updated premise license and DEA license and professional liability insurance for coverage of all Hospital staff and volunteers. 
  • Provide humane euthanasia for Berkeley Humane animals that are behaviorally unsafe or are unsuitable for re-homing. Make timely decisions about medical euthanasia and carry out the procedure. Participate in the Behavioral Euthanasia Committee. 
  • Budget, plan, and coordinate veterinary supplies, equipment, and medical facility needs. Participate in short and long term strategic and financial planning for Berkeley Humane. 
  • Ensure accurate recordkeeping of medical records. Maintain the confidentiality of all medical information. 
  • Treat people (staff, volunteers, and the public) and animals with respect; foster a spirit of teamwork and perform duties in a manner that assists Berkeley Humane in the achievement of its goals and encourages community support of its work. 
  • Supervise staff working offsite at Berkeley Animal Care Services (BACS). Work cooperatively with BACS management to establish and revise protocols and care agreements in collaboration with the contracted Berkeley Humane-BACS medical team. 
  • Actively participate as integral member of the Berkeley Humane Leadership Team. Provide animal welfare expertise, sheltering standards, and progressive vision. 
  • Daily reporting hours and days of the week may vary according to the needs of the hospital schedule. May be required to be on call on a 24-hour basis. Includes weekend, night, and holiday work as required or assigned. 
  • Other duties as necessary (may include cleaning and animal care). 
  • DVM or VMD degree from a Certified College of Veterinary Medicine and a valid license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of California. 
  • Ability to obtain valid DEA license. 
  • Shelter Medicine experience. 
  • Experience with high volume spay/neuter surgeries preferred, as well as proficiency and comfort with other surgeries (enucleations, amputations, intestinal resection and anastamosis, entropion repair, mass removals, etc.) and in-house diagnostic techniques. 
  • Excellent customer service and management experience. 
  • Ability to provide leadership and direction to employees and volunteers. 
  • Ability to communicate skillfully and effectively with staff, volunteers, and community members in a professional, pleasant, respectful manner at all times. 
  • Computer literate and proficient in Microsoft and animal shelter software applications (Avimark, PetPoint, iShelter, Chameleon, other). 
  • Enthusisasm for animal welfare and willingness to contribute progressive ideas and shelter standards. 

This work is performed in an office and shelter surrounding; requires workers to walk or stand for long periods; lift and carry up to 50 pounds; climb stairs; bend; reach; hold, grasp, and turn objects; and use fingers to operate computer keyboards as well as surgical/diagnostic instruments. The work requires the ability to speak normally and to use normal or aided vision or hearing. 


Exposure to strong and/or unpleasant odors, including those from excrement, cleaning agents, and chemical compounds; frequent exposure to noise, possible exposure to parasites and infectious diseases that can be carried and transmitted by animals. Workers are subject to animal bites and scratches and constant exposure to animals, animal noises, and animal allergens under conditions with no alternatives available. Work is subject to frequent interruptions. Employee is subject to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. Although all efforts are made to adopt out all of the animals we take into our care, some animals will be euthanized for disease, quality of life, or behaviors unsuitable for adoption into our community. 


Please submit your resume and cover letter to with the position title in the subject line. Your documents must be in Word or PDF format to be considered. 


Veterinary Hospital Assistant               

Reports to: Medical Director
Department: Hospital
Classification: Full time Non-Exempt
Compensation: $15 hour


The Veterinary Hospital Assistant works closely with the Medical Director and is responsible for providing assistance to the veterinary team in accordance with standard and acceptable veterinary practices, particularly in a shelter medicine environment. In addition, the Veterinary Hospital Assistant will perform certain duties of a non-medical nature that will facilitate Hospital administration and engender positive relations with public Hospital clients and ensure the highest possible standards of care for Berkeley Humane’s animals.

Download the Job Description here.


This job description reflects the assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Clinical Assisting

  • Perform, or assist in the performance of, treatments or prophylaxis as directed by DVM or RVT, including vaccination, wound care, administration of medication, nail trimming, ear cleaning, therapeutic grooming, and implantation of microchips.
  • Restrain patients for examination by DVM or RVT.
  • Monitor recovery of surgical patients under indirect supervision of DVM or RVT.
  • Process sterile resources and perform routine maintenance on autoclave and ultrasonic cleaner.
  • Maintain accurate records of all duties.
  • Responsible for daily data entry / records entry.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Client Relations

  • Check hospital voicemail and respond to messages.
  • Schedule appointments.
  • Greet clients.
  • Discharge patients, including preparation of medication and receipt of payment from clients.
  • Maintain accurate records of all duties.
  • Responsible for daily data entry / records entry.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Clean animal housing areas and bedding in use by hospital patients.
  • Clean clinic area floors, etc.
  • Maintain accurate records of all duties.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Two years of previous experience as a veterinary assistant.
  • Certification as a veterinary assistant preferred.
  • Customer service experience.
  • Computer literate and proficient in Microsoft applications.
  • Pet Point experience preferred or the ability to become proficient using computer programs required.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to with the position title in the subject line. Your documents must be in Word or PDF format to be considered. 




Put your passion for animals to work at Berkeley Humane!

Founded in 1927, Berkeley Humane is one of the Bay Area's most enduring and respected animal welfare institutions. We provide veterinary care and adoption services for homeless animals in addition to offering low-income programs to our community members to provide basic veterinary care and low-cost spay/neuter clinics

Are you looking for an opportunity to do relief work on your days off or just want to help save more animals? If so, we are seeing RELIEF RVT's to cover staff sick and vacation time throughout the year. Shifts will consist of an eight hour work day, with one hour for lunch (9a-6p). 


The RVT provides technical support and works closely with the veterinarian and hospital staff to ensure a high quality of care for the animals at Berkeley Humane veterinary hospital. You will be responsible for the health of all of the animals in the adoption center and in foster and for providing all necessary treatments directed by staff and veterinarians.

The ideal candidate will also have compassion for animals, concern for their welfare and an appreciation for animals and their unique environment and needs, knowledge of animal behavior and of preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic veterinary treatment of dogs and cats, and a willingness to educate fosters, adopters, and staff about preventive health care and animal behavior. You must also have the ability to lift 50 pounds. 


1. Current California Registered Veterinary Technician license.
2. Minimum of 3 years as a Registered Veterinary Technician or Assistant or two years of college coursework with an emphasis on animal-related science or completion of a veterinary technician training program. Qualifying work experience will be considered as an alternative.
3. Excellent customer service.
4. Computer literate and proficient in Microsoft applications.
5. Avimark experience preferred or the ability to become proficient using veterinary software as applicable to clinic operations.


Please submit your resume and cover letter to Please put the days of the week that you are available, including weekends. Your documents must be in Word or PDF format to be considered.


Berkeley Humane is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



To Top