Volunteer Information for Veterinarians

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The Mercer Veterinary Clinic for the Homeless is held during the second Saturday of every month year-round from 8AM to 3-4 PM.  Veterinary volunteers at Mercer Clinic include faculty veterinarians from nearby UC Davis, shelter medicine vets, and community veterinarians who work at practices in the greater Sacramento area.  If you are interested in volunteering at Mercer, you must be confident in small animal medicine (dog and cat practice).  We recommend about 4 years of experience as a general practitioner or specialist veterinarian for dogs and cats.

DVM volunteers have the duties of consulting with students on cases that involve treatment of illness or injury.  Additionally, they oversee the administration of rabies vaccines, design treatment plans in conjunction with the DVM-candidate volunteers, approve the prescription and dispensing of medications, perform physical exams in conjunction with veterinary students, approve animals for surgery (particularly spay and neuter), and provide feedback on student interpretation of lab work.  Mercer clinic is a teaching environment, and DVM volunteers can expect to help students practice rounding cases to them, discuss the details of their clinical thinking in each case, and encourage students to apply what they already know in a developing treatment plan.

Veterinarians interested in volunteering for upcoming Mercer Clinics should contact Brad at bdwhelchel@ucdavis.edu.

What to bring: Scrubs or other clinical attire that you are comfortable with, white coat, close-toed shoes, stethoscope, penlight if desired, pen, and a watch.

When to arrive: There are two shifts, the first from 8AM -12PM and the second from 12PM - 4PM (or all day!). Please arrive 15 minutes early if possible, and check in with our head coordinators' table in the Mercer building.  First time volunteers will be oriented to Mercer policies by a Head Coordinator or Assistant Head Coordinator, and our experienced DVM volunteers will be available to help with questions.

Where to go: 1321 North C Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 (Note: This is not the exact address, but the nearest to the clinic location.)

Directions: Merge onto I-80 E toward Sacramento (9.1mi)
Continue on I-80 Business E (3.4mi)  
Take the exit onto I-5 N toward Redding (2.2mi)
Take exit 520 for Richards Blvd (0.2mi)
Turn right at Richards Blvd (1.3mi)
Follow Richards Blvd until you come to a HUGE intersection right before you see some train tracks. Be in your right lane. You will turn right onto N 12th street (before the train tracks). Get into the far left lane (you will be crossing around 5 lanes to do this) before the next intersection. At the light, you will see Ahern St. up and to your left. Turn onto Ahern St. Turn right at the gates around 100 feet up. Park close to the building in the parking lot, or if no parking is available, you will be directed down the block to parking in front of some of the brick light industrial buildings. When arriving, the first gate is currently for foot traffic and clients only; the second gate is our entry for vehicles.