Shelter Medicine: Truly the best job you’ll ever have!
Are you ready for the opportunity of a lifetime? Join us today to save more shelter animals!
Are you passionate about using your knowledge and skills to help homeless animals thrive and find homes?
Are you looking for a smart team to help hone your skills?
Recent grad or seasoned professional, we want to hear from you if you’re mission-driven to join our very supportive, nonprofit team!
Animal Friends Alliance is looking for a full-time shelter veterinarian to support our mission to “Save Animals Today.” This is the chance for you to learn more about shelter medicine and make a real difference for homeless dogs and cats. In this exciting environment, you’ll be on the front lines of animal welfare every day. No day is like any other when you're rescuing and sheltering 3,400 cats and dogs a year!
Animal Friends Alliance (the merger of Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic and Animal House Rescue & Grooming) is one of the most progressive, effective and innovative animal rescues-shelters in the country. Our business is saving animals today - and every day - and we're looking for a shelter veterinarian to join our amazing team and support our lifesaving shelter program that helps more than 3,000 cats and dogs annually. With our recent merger, we have two campuses in Fort Collins, one of the prettiest and liveliest cities along Colorado's beautiful Front Range.
Starting Pay Rate: $67,500 Annually
The position will conduct routine and critical care as well as medical and surgical services for all shelter animals, and will fill shifts at public vaccine clinic days as assigned. Educates clients, volunteers, students and staff on proper animal care and surgery follow-up.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Works with veterinary operations team and other staff to ensure sound veterinary medical practices.
Performs medical services for all shelter animals and public/client animals, including physical examinations, diagnostics, treatments, and surgeries.
Performs sterilization surgeries and other surgical procedures for shelter animals (including dental procedures).
Works closely with our Chief Veterinarian to maintain shelter and clinic controlled drug substances and supply inventory while meeting and maintaining DEA requirements.
Advises, performs, or oversees euthanasia performed within the shelter.
Manages patient medical emergencies.
Provides on-call services for shelter animal emergencies (on a rotating basis).
Maintains appropriate licensing and completes required continuing education courses.
Maintains accurate and complete medical records.
Adheres to state regulations and organizational protocol regarding animal care, treatment, advocacy, and the mission of Animal Friends Alliance.
Performs sheltering and spay/neuter duties at all campuses of Animal Friends Alliance.
Staff & Volunteer Care
Respectfully and clearly communicates with staff and volunteers to meet the needs of the animals in our care.
Trains, supports, and provides constructive feedback to volunteers in this department.
Supervises and directs volunteer veterinarians and veterinary students at the shelter and clinic during their independent studies and/or externships.
Maintains and enforces Standard Operating Procedures, training manuals and other company regulations with staff and volunteers.
Actively promotes spay/neuter and educates clients on responsible animal guardianship.
Provides recommendations for follow-up care to clients as needed. Can perform all duties in the medical services department.
Attends quarterly department meetings and appropriate veterinary team meetings, including emergency training meetings, and one-on-one meetings with direct supervisor.
Attends quarterly staff meetings for full Animal Friends Alliance team.
Organization Wide Duties:
Treats animals humanely, with compassion and concern, both on and off the job, and conveys these values to others, in word and action.
Represents Animal Friends Alliance in a professional and courteous manner at all times.
Provides quality service to customers, volunteers, and staff, recognizing their individual contributions to Animal Friends Alliance. Monitors, supports, motivates and champions volunteers and their work.
Solicits monetary and in-kind donations by raising awareness of the organization's work, goals, and financial needs.
Follows all safety rules to ensure a safe work environment at all times. Takes immediate action to address any safety concerns or noncompliance issues that could put an animal, employee, volunteer, visitor, or the organization at risk.
Learns basic duties of other departments, and supports other departments and staff.
Understands and operates by Animal Friends Alliance’s core values.
Regular and timely presence onsite.
Work performed in an animal clinic setting.
Potential for exposure to zoonotic diseases and cleaning chemicals.
Potential for exposure to dangerous and fractious animals.
Potential for exposure to high noise levels when in kennel areas.
Potential for animal bites and scratches while handling animals.
Work is subject to frequent interruptions.
Employee is subject to work during weekends and holidays and beyond the normal scheduled hours of work.
Required: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and a veterinary license from the Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine.
Preferred: Additional training or certifications in shelter related areas.
Preferred: Two years practicing as a shelter veterinarian.
Required: Valid driver’s license.
Required: Sincere interest in Animal Friends Alliance’s mission and vision.
Knowledge of AAHA, AAFP vaccine protocols, heartworm disease and preventatives.
Knowledge of the animal welfare and shelter medicine fields, and common programs and practices in these fields.
Knowledge of advanced technical procedures used in administering and monitoring anesthesia, providing emergency care, and performing dental procedures.
Knowledge of cat and dog breeds, behavior, handling and care.
Knowledge of Google Suite, including Gmail and Google Drive.
Effective verbal skills for in-person, written and telephone communication, for interaction with the public and colleagues.
Excellent customer service skills, particularly with a variety of client situations.
Basic computer skills.
Able to safely and effectively work with animals.
Able to work with disinfectants and cleaning supplies.
Able to properly administer vaccinations, medications, and treatments, and perform health exams.
Able to maintain the physical fitness required to stand for prolonged periods and perform surgery.
Able to overcome challenging cases and learn from mistakes; resilience.
Able to quickly recover from difficult situations.
Able to learn, retain and communicate a wide variety of information.
Able to prioritize duties and perform multiple tasks.
Able to work in a high-stress, fast-paced environment.
Physical, Sensory and Mental Requirements
Sit, stand, walk, bend, squat, kneel, crawl, reach above head, and push/pull objects.
Lift and carry up to 50 pounds unassisted, and over 50 pounds with assistance.
Exposure to hazards: Biologic, chemical, noise, and sharp instruments.
Exposure to marked changes in temperature.
Operate standard pedals in a company vehicle
Can hear normal tones
Can hear soft tones
Eyesight - Normal/corrected to 20/40
Eyesight - Close eye work
Eyesight - Color recognition
Can distinguish smells
Can distinguish temperatures by touch/proximity
Can distinguish tastes
Ability to read, speak and write English
Ability to control emotions
Ability to cultivate and project a positive attitude in the work setting, including toward the elderly and differently-abled people, and when representing Animal Friends Alliance in public.
Ability to work with controlled substances
Ability to handle stress
Additional Salary Information: Additional benefits include paid time off and health benefits.
Salary is non-negotiable
About Animal Friends Alliance
Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic and Animal House Rescue & Grooming have long been pillars in our community. We have collaborated on numerous projects and events, and we have received feedback for years that our two organizations should consider coming together as one. We are excited to announce that in 2020 FCCRSNC and Animal House Rescue are going to merge and become ONE more impactful organization!