Jason Sweitzer has worked in veterinary medicine for 18 years from assistant, to RVT, to DVM.
He graduated from UC Davis with his BS in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior in 2003 and his DVM in 2009 with focuses on small and exotic animals, behavior, and business management. He is the Intern Director at Conejo Valley Vet Hospital a 22-vet 24/7 GP and ER hospital in Thousand Oaks, CA.
He is also a board member and CFO of Not One More Vet, Inc, and founder of Not One More Vet Student providing mental health support and suicide prevention for over 14,000 people. He has an engaging and conversational style that connects with the audience. He includes statistics and concrete action steps interspersed with humor, while focusing primarily on interactions and approachability. He believes laughter is the best medicine and proudly shares his “dad” jokes.
National Speaker on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention - September 2016-Present
Lectured at state and national conferences, universities, and local associations on topics including suicide prevention, mental health, self-care, and internships/mentorship. Creates custom presentations to meet the needs of the target audience.
CFO and Board Member - Not One More Vet, Inc. - April 2016 - Present
Mental health support and suicide prevention for veterinarians and veterinary students in the form of online discussion, personal messaging, and emailing. Helped to found NOMV as a non-profit and provide strategic planning and coordination with stake holders across the industry to support mental health and suicide prevention.
Intern Director/Associate veterinarian - Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital - Thousand Oaks, CA - May 2014 - Present
General Practice, Emergency, Internal Medicine, Exotics, Wildlife, Behavior, and Surgery. Coordinate and teach externs and interns, and provide personal guidance to each student. Started behavioral consultations and several behavioral presentations for clients and the public.
Emergency Veterinarian, Market Director, Staff Liaison - Pet Emergency & Specialty Hospitals - Thousand Oaks/Ventura, CA March 2013-May 2014Emergency Medicine and Surgery including small and exotics animals and wildlife. Additional responsibilities included staff training and education, and creating a marketing plan internally and externally prior to the sale of the hospitals.
Associate Veterinarian - Mission Animal and Bird Hospital - Oceanside, CA 2010 - April 2013General Practice, Emergency, Internal Medicine, Exotics, Behavior, and Surgery. Additional responsibilities included school age presentations, mentoring veterinary and technician interns, teaching volunteers, and writing a column for clients and in San Diego Pets Monthly Magazine. (760)-433-3763
Intern - California Veterinary Specialists - Murrieta/Carlsbad, CA 2009-2010 Rotating internship with internal medicine, surgery, oncology, cardiology, ophthalmology, radiology, exotics, and primary case responsibility in emergency (40% of internship). Responsible for all triage, diagnostics, surgery, and client interaction on Emergency. (951)-600-9803/(760)-431-2273
Volunteer through RVT - cumulative experience at 7 veterinary clinics and 2 kennels during college breaks and part time during school 2000-2009Responsibilities started at cleaning kennels and feeding and progressed to all receptionist duties, treatments, phone triage, CPR, all forms of catheter placement, critical care case management, shift lead and filling in for all positions. Locations and contact information available upon request.
U.C. Davis - School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, CA - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - 2009
U.C. Davis, Davis, CA - Bachelors of Science - Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior - 2003Moorpark High School, Moorpark, CA - Golden State Honors Diploma - 1999
- Incorporating humor and detail to create a memorable and impactful experience regardless of the message.
- Understanding clients needs and exceeding their expectations - I consider education an important part of the veterinary - client relationship.
- Grief counseling - refined during my time at the Pet Loss Support Hotline - UC Davis
- Management/Supervisory skills - through working and supervising all positions, and the courses I have taken, I have gained the skill sets to understand, perform, and manage all hospital positions.
- UC Davis Feline Medicine Club Service Award – for advancing feline medicine and care
- Simmons Business Aptitude Award – for business management knowledge and application
- Sacramento Valley VMA Scholarship – for contributions to Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medicine