Position Summary Provide veterinary care in fast-paced, mission-driven environment. Staff veterinarians are the foundation of the League’s veterinary team. Working in partnership with teams across the League, you will help homeless pets find homes and owned pets keep their homes, prevent and alleviate suffering, enhance the dignity of our patrons, and collaborate with our veterinary community.
Provide outstanding veterinary care to homeless and owned pets, including physical exams, diagnostics, treatment plans, shelter and owner requested euthanasia, and necropsies.
Perform surgical procedures on a regular basis including HQ/HV spay/neuter, dentistry, and various soft tissue and orthopedic procedures.
Lead the management of cases, advocating for the best outcome for individual animals within the League’s scope of care.
Practice incremental medicine, using critical thinking and decision-making skills within the League’s scope of care.
Participate in euthanasia and euthanasia decision making through a compassionate, thoughtful approach within the shelter and with patrons seeking end of life services for their pet.
Effectively and compassionately communicate with owners of pets and the community.
Partner with other departments to effectively and efficiently coordinate care and quarantine of infectious disease animals.
Contribute to and support a culture of learning generally, and specifically for colleagues, veterinary interns and externs, and veterinary support staff.
Work with investigations staff regarding the evaluation, documentation, and testimony about the condition of animals involved in cruelty and neglect cases, including testifying if needed.
Consult and provide assistance to patrons and external veterinarians regarding animals cared for by the League.
Assist with delivering League specific training programs regarding veterinary care as requested.
Contribute to and help maintain a culture of collaboration and teamwork within Veterinary Services and across the League.
Contribute to initiatives to improve processes and procedures.
Manage and maintain accurate medical and surgical records.
Remain current on trends in veterinary medicine, and in shelter medicine in particular.
Work, when requested, with the League’s Community Veterinary Services team, providing urgent care services for owned pets, HQ/HV spay/neuter services and vaccination clinics.
Assume periodic overnight on call responsibilities for shelter and foster animals, by phone, in support of overnight staff.
People are the key to fulfilling our mission. Making internal and external patrons and their needs a primary focus is expected in all situations. This position interacts with and collaborates with employees at all levels of the organization. Communication occurs through face to face, telephone, and electronic interactions and may also include contact with the general public and League business partners. Communication and contact must be clear, understandable, cooperative, professional and respectful in all circumstances. Employees are expected to actively support a positive team environment, directly address conflict, and appropriately express concerns.
Competencies are work behaviors and expectations necessary for successful job performance. They encompass knowledge, skills, abilities, attitudes, and actions.
Organizational competencies apply to all jobs at the League; position competencies are specific to this position.
Organizational Key Competencies
Integrity and Ethics
Adapting to Change and Ambiguity
Customer and Community Focus
Position Key Competencies
Strong interpersonal communication skills
High emotional intelligence
Ability to effectively communicate in writing
Effective time management skills with the ability to triage cases and workload
Ability to work well within a fast-paced environment
High attention to detail
Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
Work Conditions and Physical Requirements
Handle and restrain animals of various sizes, weights, and temperaments. Subject to animal bites or scratches. Work performed in high noise level areas. Exposure to cleaning chemicals, fumes, dust, animal dander, and feces. Exposure to radiation in association with performing radiology procedures. Physical efforts require constant bending, stooping, standing, climbing stairs, and walking. Repetitive motion associated with medical and surgical care. Frequent lifting of animals and objects with reasonable accommodation.
Benefits – Please visit our website for a comprehensive list of all offered benefits.
Benefits (medical, dental, and vision)
Flexible spending accounts
League-paid Life and Short-Term Disability Insurance
Paid Time Off (PTO)
Veterinarians are eligible for student loan reimbursement
Compensation: $80,000 - $90,000 annually (starting pay commensurate with market, experience, and equity)
About Dumb Friends League
Join an industry leader! The Dumb Friends League is the largest community-based animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region, and recognized nationally as a model for other animal shelters across the country. Each year, we welcome more than 20,000 homeless pets to our two shelters while our equine center in Franktown takes in abused and neglected horses, ponies, mules and donkeys that have been removed from owners by law enforcement authorities. At all of our facilities, we provide a nurturing environment where animals may find relief from suffering, and opportunities for rehabilitation and adoption.