Job Description

Overall Job Objective

What Success Looks Like In This Job

Adams County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center (ACASAC) is expanding our Health Care Team and seeking a skilled and compassionate, full-time Veterinarian to help provide quality medical care for shelter animals. Reporting to the Animal Shelter Executive Director, the Veterinarian will serve on the Health Care team, working closely with another full-time veterinarian and veterinary technicians to provide a range of veterinary care services in accordance with best practices and State and Federal requirements. The ideal candidate will have strong technical as well as interpersonal skills, and the ability to effectively communicate with shelter staff members, animal management officers, patrons., and other community stakeholders.

ACASAC is an open-admissions, shelter, taking in over 6,000 animals per year. ACASAC is committed to providing compassionate and humane care for all animals and promoting the cause of animal welfare within our community. The shelter is located in Brighton, Colorado and will be moving to a newly constructed, modern shelter facility at the Riverdale Regional Park in 2020. Our employee work culture is inherently people-centered, innovative, inclusive, and fun!

Examples of Duties for Success

  • Complete examinations, daily rounds, and provide treatment plans for shelter animals.
  • Perform animal surgeries, including regular spay/neuter and dentals, as well as enucleations, mass removals, dental extractions, soft tissue damage repair, and orthopedic procedures/amputations.
  • Conduct emergency triage and stabilize ill and injured animals.
  • Provide examination, documentation, and expert testimony (as needed) in cases involving animal neglect or abuse.
  • Communicate medical-related information to new adopters, veterinarians, and transfer partners.
  • May provide supervision for veterinary technicians and veterinary interns.
  • Assist with medical guidance and support for the shelter's foster care program.
  • Regularly review and update medical care and disease control protocols and standard operating procedures. 
  • Foster positive working relationships with animal control officers, local veterinarians, rescues, and metro shelter partners.
  • Assist with coordinating and administering vaccinations during public clinics.
  • Perform necropsies and provide reports to animal control agencies and/or the health department as needed.
  • Perform humane euthanasia and assist with staff training and certification on the euthanasia processes.
  • Maintain appropriate licensing and continuing education course requirements.
  • Oversee the secure use of record keeping for controlled substances in accordance with DEA, state, and federal regulations.
  • Maintain patient records through consistent and accurate documentation, utilizing shelter's operating software.
  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required.
To be successful, our ideal candidate should have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
  • Demonstrated surgical and medical assessment skills.
  • Ability to perform high-volume spay/neuter procedures, while maintaining excellence in patient care.
  • Skill, interest, and experience performing dental cleanings and extractions.
  • Training and ability to perform safe and humane animal handling and restraint.
  • Solid understanding of herd health and effective disease management practices in a shelter setting.
  • Working knowledge of animal behavior and force-free training techniques.
  • Highly organized and detail-orientated with the ability to prioritize.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills; ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to use sound judgment in sensitive situations.
  • Ability to manage a fast-paced, fluid, and emotionally charged environment.
  • Proven leadership abilities and/or people management experience.
  • Must be willing to support and communicate Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center policies and decisions.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Ability to use shelter operating software (Chameleon ®) to accurately record medical notes.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs.

Qualifications for Success

  • Experience:
    • At least three (3) years of experience as a practicing Veterinarian with at least one (1) year practicing shelter medicine in a high volume spay/neuter environment required. 
    • Interest and experience with dentistry strongly preferred.
    • Interest and experience with managing people strongly preferred.
  • Education and Training: Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
  • License or Certificate:
    • Current Colorado veterinary license, (or the ability to obtain one in a relatively short period of time), and a clean practice record required. 
    • DEA license (or ability to obtain license required).
    • Membership in a veterinary medical association or veterinary alliance strongly preferred.
  • Background Check: Must pass a criminal background check.

More Qualifications for Success

  • Work Environment:
    • Work is performed in shelter surgery suite, throughout shelter and in internal office settings.
    • Exposure to high noise levels, zoonotic diseases, potentially fearful/fractious animals and/or animal bites/scratches.
    • Exposure to cleaning agents, fumes, dust, dander and feces.
    • Work can be emotionally taxing.
  • Physical Requirements:
    • Frequent lifting and restraining of animals of various sizes and weight.
    • Frequent computer use.
    • Potential for standing, walking, sitting for extended periods of time. Bending, reaching, squatting, kneeling, pulling, pushing, and cleaning.
    • Regular animal handling and restraint; handling surgical instruments, syringes and needles.
    • Repetitive motion associated with medical and surgical care.
  • Salary is dependent upon qualifications.

    Work Schedule
    : Varies. Four 10-hour shifts or five, 8-hour shifts per week. Some alternating weekends and/or evenings required.

Application Instructions

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