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Social Work Jobs in Los Angeles California, VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center is actively seeking an experienced Social Worker to pioneer a new role within this large specialty, emergency, and general practice animal hospital in Sacramento, CA.

In joining this large hospital team, the Social Worker will partner with veterinarians, staff, and hospital leaders to create a veterinary social work program that provides training, resources, and crisis intervention.

In order to relieve the emotional toll on the hospital team, the social worker will provide emotional support to veterinary clients and assist veterinary staff with communication and coping tools surrounding the care of complex patients.

As part of the VCA health and well-being team, the social worker will join a supportive group of licensed clinical social workers based in hospitals around the country, to share best practices and build the program together.

The ideal candidate will have experience working in grief and/or trauma as part of a multi-disciplinary team. One should be comfortable in a hospital setting, at ease while being in close contact with animals as well as observing medical interventions, exams/procedures, extreme injuries, and death.

An understanding of the human/animal bond and its importance is vital. The ideal candidate should be able to work independently and have the necessary confidence and dedication to develop this growing social work program.

This is a full-time position and may require some evening and/or weekend hours. A Master’s degree in Social Work and clinical license are required.

Post Name MARS
Company Name Social Worker
Expected Salary USD 15 To USD 17 Per Hour
Address Los Angeles, California, United States 90001

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Extend support to clients and family members during appointments, treatments, intensive care unit visits, and emergency situations
  • Provide support to clients experiencing long wait times alone, or for clients experiencing high stress and emotion.
  • Provide pet loss support to clients in person or over the phone and follow up when necessary.
  • Assist clients with making difficult decisions concerning their pet’s health.
  • Support clients as they navigate end-of-life decisions.
  • Establish and maintain consistent documentation of client communication and formulate an additional record that maintains the confidentiality of clients.
  • Connect clients to community resources.
  • Attend staff meetings and rounds functioning as a member of the multi-disciplinary team to improve patient and client care.

Associate Care

  • Prepare and deliver training on topics such as; compassion fatigue, stress management, pet loss and bereavement, empathy, and communication skills.
  • Provide resources for staff around well-being topics and company benefits.
  • Offer informal debriefing, one on one or in a group setting.
  • Provide short-term interventions and refer to the appropriate resource.

Community Care

  • Create and offer educational presentations for clients, referring veterinarians, and the community.
  • Enhance the facility environment regarding euthanasia and memorialization.
  • Generate educational materials for clients and the community to utilize.
  • Develop a celebration program to honor the pets who have passed.
Industry Private
Education Required High School Diploma
Schedule Type Full Time
Work Hours 8 Hours 

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • Experience in medical social work. PTSD, hospice, or mental health settings.
  • Experience with grief, bereavement, and/or trauma.
  • Experience working successfully with multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to present information confidently.

About Mars

Mars is a family-owned business with more than $35 billion in global sales. We produce some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, BEN’S ORIGINAL® and COCOAVIA®.

Alongside our consumer brands, we proudly take care of half of the world’s pets through our nutrition, health, and services businesses such as Banfield Pet Hospitals™, BluePearl®, Linnaeus, AniCura, VCA™, and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries.

The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency, and Freedom – inspire our 130,000 Associates into taking action every day towards creating the world we want tomorrow. 

Interview Questions:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why are you interested in this agency?
  • How does the work in this organization fit your professional mission or experience?
  • Why do you want this job? Why do you want to work for this organization?
  • What are your experiences with the target population?
  • Why do you want to work with this target population?
  • What are your qualifications?
  • What kind of supervision do you expect?
  • How has your education/work experience prepared you for this position?
  • What do you hope to accomplish at this agency?
  • What would you like to learn here?
  • Have you done this type of work in the past?
  • What issues might you have with [adoption, for example]?
  • What schedule will work for you?

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