Next month, the SF SPCA celebrates its 150th anniversary with a new veterinary assistant apprenticeship program that organizers are touting as the first of its kind.
Conceived in 2015, the apprenticeship is one of the first formalized training programs for veterinary assistants and is a collaboration between the SF SPCA, Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) and Foothill College.
The first cohort of ten apprentices begins April 9th; another is expected in October, with new cohorts scheduled to begin every six months thereafter.
“The program opens that door for individuals who are interested in a career that has a long pathway to a well-paying job," said Jordan. "It’s a win for the community, for the SF SPCA, for the people who go to JVS and for Foothill College.” The application process for October apprentices opens in late summer or early fall, but those who weren’t selected for the April cohort are able to apply again. Applications are submitted via the JVS website.