Sara Taylor, RVT

Sara Taylor currently serves as Vice President of Veterinary Nursing for the San Francisco SPCA. In that role, she oversees approximately 50 Registered Veterinary Technicians and over 40 Veterinary Assistants across all divisions of the SF SPCA including the full-service Mission Hospital, the spay / neuter clinic, the shelter medicine department, and the newly launched Community Veterinary Clinic.

A native of Pennsylvania, California captured Sara’s heart when she moved out west to attend the University of California, Berkeley for her undergraduate degree in anthropology. After graduation, Sara volunteered at the Marine Mammal Center in Marin County which introduced her to the field of veterinary nursing. She enrolled in Bel Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver, Colorado and completed her AS in Veterinary Technology.

She became a licensed RVT in California in 1997 and, since then, has committed herself to the veterinary field. She has worked for a wide variety of veterinary clinics from both large and small general practices to an avian and exotic hospital, to high-volume emergency services and specialty practices. For a decade, Sara was in a very hands-on Director role at a large specialty and emergency practice where she developed departments and led teams. In 2011, she joined the SF SPCA as Director of the nursing care team at Mission Hospital.

Those who have worked with her describe her as a “leadership nerd” as Sara takes pride in creating engaged, well-trained teams. She loves bringing people into the vet tech field, training and helping to develop their careers. Her goal is to shape the credentialed vet tech profession into one that is sustainable, recognized, enjoyable and valued. She also greatly enjoys nurturing positive leadership in others. During her tenure at the SF SPCA, she has coached and encouraged more than 40 people through their journey to become RVT’s, and has championed diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of veterinary nursing.

When not working, Sara enjoys cycling, reading, cooking with her husband and spending time with her friends and her very active 15-year-old rescue cat.

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