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Emergency Veterinarian Mentorship Program

Pet Emergency and Specialty Center of Marin
3.0 out of 5
Pet Emergency and Specialty Center of Marin in San Rafael, CA 94901
$100,000 a year - Full-time


Pet Emergency and Specialty Center of Marin in San Rafael, CA 94901

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  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Health insurance
  • Housing allowance
  • Life insurance

Full job description

The PESCM Emergency Mentorship 2024-2025 Program Outline

Important Dates:

September 4th 2023…Application Opens

December 4th 2023…Applications Due

December 29th 2023…Positions Offered

June 10th 2024…Mentorship Starts


The mission of the PESCM Emergency Mentorship Program is to aid veterinarians in becoming proficient emergency clinicians through training, mentorship, and support as they gain exposure to common ER case presentations and procedures while also offering fair compensation and a humane schedule.

Participating clinicians will be mentored by a team of seasoned veterinarians and specialists who are passionate and excited to mentor and share their expertise.

The mentorship program is developed around a curriculum of core competencies that reflect the most common cases and procedures in emergency medicine. The program also focuses on clinical and professional skills, communication skills, and life/work balance.

PESCM Overview:

PESCM is a large facility (12,000 sq. ft.) located in the beautiful and iconic Marin County, which offers a wide range of outdoor recreation, arts and culture, and fantastic proximity to San Francisco, Napa Valley, Point Reyes National Seashore, and the East Bay.

Our hospital culture is collaborative and compassionate, evidenced by our morning hospital-wide rounds, M&M rounds, journal clubs, push towards becoming a Fear Free certified hospital, Pet Loss Support group, and the high level of support from our surrounding referral community.

Departments include:

-24/7 Emergency: 13 Emergency doctors

-Critical Care: 1 Criticalist

-Surgery: 1 Surgeon with regular on-call surgeon support

-Internal Medicine: 2 Internists

-Oncology: 1 Oncologist

-Ophthalmology: 1 Ophthalmologist

-Neurology: 1 Neurologist

-Cardiology: 1 Cardiologist

-Radiology: 1 Radiologist

-Urgent Care: 1 Urgent Care doctor, a ABVP diplomate in avian practice

Program Duration/Commitment:

  • 9-month training program (6/10/2024 through 3/11/2025)
  • Individuals who complete the program will be required to continue work at the Pet Emergency and Specialty Center of Marin as an emergency veterinarian for 15 additional months (3/12/2024 through 5/12/2026)


  • 5 days per week, 10-12 hour shifts
  • Day, swing, and overnight shifts in stages with an initial focus on case exposure and outpatient care building to inpatient management and overnight shifts always with a mentor doctor
  • Two consecutive days off each week
  • 5 days of Paid Time Off
  • NO on-call

Program structure:

  • Block 1 (months 1-3): Swing shifts with overlap between both participants and a mentor doctor for support on all cases. Focus on outpatient receiving and case exposure.
  • Block 2 (months 4-6): Swing and day shifts with continued supervision and support on a case-by-case basis as needed. The focus will shift to include some inpatient management responsibilities on day shifts.
  • Block 3 (months 7-9): Reduced total number of shifts per month to allow for overnight shift exposure. Overnights during the program will always be in tandem with a mentor doctor.
  • Each Block, participants will have the opportunity to spend one week rotating through a specialty department of their choosing


  • $100K per annum salary (during nine-month training period)
  • $1,000 per month housing stipend (during training period)
  • $20,000 sign-on bonus provided at the beginning of the 15 month period as a staff emergency veterinarian
  • Salary following training period is competitive for market and negotiated individually
  • PESCM offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage, 6 weeks paid parental leave, 401K, liability insurance, professional organization memberships, licensing fees, and DEA license.

The Mentorship Program is different from other programs in the following key ways:

  • Competency-based training
  • Case logging and tracking of proficiency in skills and case management
  • Training at a busy tertiary specialty level hospital supported by a large team of specialists and seasoned emergency doctors
  • A genuine focus on the quality of life with no on-call duties, direct mentor oversight on all shifts (you’re never alone), two consecutive days off during each week, and a housing stipend
  • Monthly lecture topics provided by our specialists and emergency doctors, journal clubs, and collaborative and low-stress hospital-wide morning rounds

The PESCM Emergency Mentorship Program is right for you if:

  • You are interested in working as an ER veterinarian and do not want to pursue a residency (at least not in the next 2-3 years)
  • You are a team player who is eager to be in a feedback-rich environment with experienced Emergency veterinarians and a wide variety of specialists
  • You want to gain experience and additional training at one of the busiest tertiary care hospitals in the Bay Area
  • You want a program that prioritizes support as a part of training and provides opportunities for employment following the program


  • Pass NAVLE
  • Graduate from accredited DVM or VMD program
  • Application materials

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $100,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program
  • Vision insurance

Application Question(s):

  • Please tell us about yourself (150 words max):
  • Why are you interested in the PESCM Emergency Vet Mentorship Program, and what are you hoping to gain from the program? (150 words max)
  • What draws you to Emergency Medicine? (150 words max)
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years? (150 words max)
  • Anything else we should know? (150 words max)

Work Location: In person