San Francisco SPCA Announces New Workforce Development

Pleasanton, Calif., Oct. 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SF SCPA) is offering a paid three-month Community Medicine Training (CoMET) program. In partnership with Young Community Developers (YCD), this program is designed to reduce barriers to entry into the animal welfare field while supporting the SF SPCA’s broader efforts to engage and support communities historically underserved. represented in the veterinary field.

CoMET offers individuals the opportunity to learn about the field, career paths and opportunities, and develop essential skills by attending conferences, workshops and attending the various SF SPCA clinics (Community Veterinary Clinic, mobile vaccination clinic and sterilization clinic). Upon completion of the program, participants will have extensive work-readiness experience in a variety of animal welfare roles, receive a certificate, and be eligible to apply for a full-time position with the SF SPCA. There will be two trainees in each CoMET cohort.

According to a 2020 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 92% of veterinarians and veterinary technicians and 74% of animal shelter workers are white. A more diverse veterinary workforce is needed to keep pace with an increasingly diverse society, and by removing barriers and creating inclusive work environments, we can improve access and quality of care veterinarians.

Maddie’s Fund®a national family foundation created by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and welfare of companion animals, is providing $300,000 in funding over three years to CoMET.

“We are extremely grateful to Maddie’s Fund for their generous grant in support of our community medicine training program,” said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, CEO of the SF SPCA. “Thanks to Maddie, this support will help make veterinary medicine more accessible to those who have traditionally been underrepresented in the field. We are honored to partner with Maddie’s Fund to make animal welfare more inclusive.

“Maddie’s Fund is proud of its long tradition of supporting the San Francisco SPCA,” said Mary Ippolitti-Smith, Maddie’s Fund Executive Officer. “CoMET exemplifies how we can co-create meaningful and authentic partnerships with the community, with the potential to impact not just CoMET graduates, but the entire field of animal welfare. CoMET continues the SF SPCA’s legacy of innovation as the team continues to find new ways to improve and change the work we do on behalf of people and pets in our community.

CoMET comes at a time when the country is facing a severe shortage of veterinary personnel which is only expected to worsen in the coming years. Helping to develop qualified professionals in the veterinary field will increase SPCA SF’s ability to serve our community of animals and their humans.

About the San Francisco SPCA

The San Francisco SPCA is an independent, community-supported, nonprofit animal welfare organization dedicated to rescuing, protecting, and providing immediate care to cats and dogs that are homeless, sick, or in need of care. a lawyer. The SF SPCA also works long-term to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their human companions. The organization does not receive government funding.

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About Maddie’s Fund

Maddie’s Fund® is a family foundation started in 1994 by Dave and Cheryl Duffield and is the fulfillment of a promise made to their inspirational dog, Maddie. She brought them great joy for more than ten years and continues to inspire them today.

The Foundation has awarded more than $265 million in grants to increase community collaborations and live outcomes, innovate medical education in shelters, and establish foster care as the norm in the United States.

Maddie’s Fund proudly offers the industry a national voice, significant funding opportunities for bold ideas, learning resources, and access to collaborate and share innovative solutions. The Foundation invests its resources in a commitment to keeping pets and people together, creating a safety net for the care of animals in need and operating in a culture of inclusion and humility. #ThanksToMaddie.


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