Associate Director of Veterinary Services
Number of Direct Reports:
40 hours, variable, 10 hours/4 days per week, some weekends
Mission and Values:
Foothills Animal Shelter’s mission is: Providing support to our surrounding
community through education, services that strengthen the human-pet bond, and humane care for the
animals we serve.
All employees and volunteers are expected to embody the Shelter’s Values which are to have honesty
and integrity in all that we do, with the following values as our guide:
- Stewardship: Assume responsibility and ownership for our actions within our shelter and our
- Positive Culture: Create a safe, supportive environment for the health, wellbeing, and
development of staff and volunteers.
- Openness: Nurture an innovative, inclusive, and creative environment that cultivates
conversations and relationships that actively work towards the future.
- Team Oriented: Build relationship, embrace teamwork, and foster collaboration in pursuit of our
Reporting directly to the Associate Director of Veterinary Services, the Veterinarian
is responsible for implementing and maintaining the quality standards of animal care, quality
diagnostics, treatment and surgical services to animals served by Foothills Animal Shelter in accordance
with FAS policies, procedures and philosophy. Foothills Animal Shelter accepts companion animals
including dogs, cat and exotics (small mammals and birds) This position also includes serving community
animals through public spay/neuter and preventive care programs.
The ideal candidate will have at least two years of experience in either shelter medicine or in high
volume spay/neuter practices. Knowledge of herd health, and forensics procedures as well as working
with animals that are evidence in cruelty cases are important skills to this position. The candidate should
have a proven track record of leading and collaborating with internal and external veterinary
practitioners and team members. The position requires keen attention to detail, ambition for team
collaboration, strong problem-solving skills, excellent communication skills and the ability to balance
multiple priorities. Applicants must possess a Doctoral degree (DVM, VMD) and be licensed to practice
in the State of Colorado. This is a high-energy, fast paced environment and the schedule will include at
least one weekend day.
- A strong desire to make a difference in the animal welfare industry.
- Ability to examine, evaluate and treat animals in a professional, safe, humane and efficient
- Provide clinical leadership and case consultation to veterinary services team, veterinary doctors
and paraprofessionals, students, externs and staff. Support and assist management of
technicians, assistants, and interns.
- Strong medical case analytical skills. Maintain accurate medical records and documentation of
animals in shelter database.
- Competent surgical skills: HQHV spay/neuter, general surgery, dentistry. Orthopedic surgical
skills a plus.
- Competent care for critical and/or trauma cases. Forensics experience a plus.
- Collect, order, and interpret diagnostics and generate appropriate medical and surgical plans.
- Safe animal handling skills; experience handling and treating aggressive and/or feral animals.
- Ability to follow protocols/Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and experience in developing
and improving them.
- Calculate and administer anesthesia, medications, fluid therapy, and analgesia.
- Ability to follow medication and drug protocols as well as helping to develop and improve them.
- Readiness to participate in and lead rounds with veterinary services staff as needed.
- Work with city and county animal control officers for evaluation, documentation and testimony
about the condition of animals involved in court cases. When necessary, assume responsibility
for animal related court cases, including veterinary records and testimony.
- Perform or supervise the visual monitoring of impounded animals, including those that may be
isolated or quarantined for signs of illness or unusual behavior.
- Advise/train staff on veterinary field topics relevant to Foothills Animal Shelter such as
administering vaccinations, de-wormers, medications, etc. to shelter animals. Perform, direct,
and certify staff to perform euthanasia of animals as necessary.
- Demonstrate knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and
practices, and federal and state rules and regulations. Knowledge and compliance of safety
regulations and safe work practices.
- Lead and organize Foothills Animal Shelter’s vaccine clinic program with shelter staff and
- Actively engages with shelter veterinary community and research in order to improve and
diversify the Foothills Animal Shelter Veterinary Medicine program.
Position Qualifications and Requirements:
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (DVM, VMD).
- Current Colorado veterinary license with clean practice record.
- Current DEA license or ability to obtain DEA license.
- Two years’ experience in shelter medicine and/or high volume spay/neuter clinic.
- Forensics background or experience preferred.
- Fear Free Shelter certified or become Fear Free Shelter certified within 180 days of employment.
- Strong interpersonal communication skills.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.
- Knowledge of Shelter Buddy®, or a shelter animal care software preferred.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, team environment.
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this
Work Conditions and Physical Requirements:
- Exposure to anesthesia gases, medications/drugs (controlled and non-controlled) and x-ray
radiation. Females that are pregnant or become pregnant are at greater risk and are
responsible to tell a supervisor immediately so special precautions and job modifications can
and will be made.
- Bending, lifting and being on your feet most of the day. Exposure to pet dander, fumes, dust,
odors, bodily fluids, chemicals and occasionally parasites or transmittable diseases.
- Ability to lift, move, restrain, guide, or manage animals weighing up to 150lbs.
- Restraint of animals of various sizes, weights, and temperaments.
- Must be able to manage the emotional aspects of euthanasia and the responses other
individuals may have to euthanasia in a professional and compassionate manner.
- Subject to animal bites or scratches.
- Work performed in high noise level areas.
- Ability to lift, carry, push, or pull objects up to 50lbs. with reasonable accommodation.
- Current rabies vaccinations/acceptable titers preferred.
As an open admission shelter, our doors are always open to pets in Jefferson County and we are
committed to serving our community as a socially-conscious shelter. We care for more than 8,000
orphaned cats, kittens, dogs, puppies and critters every year with a compassionate team of 50 staff and
500 volunteers. We are a community resource and offer a variety of services including pet adoption,
Jefferson County pet licensing, affordable spaying and neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and lost
and found pets. The Shelter is established under an intergovernmental agreement between Jefferson
County, the City of Arvada, the City of Lakewood, the City of Wheat Ridge, the City of Golden, the City of
Westminster and the City of Edgewater.
Foothills Animal Shelter offers a competitive total compensation package. Employees become
eligible for medical, dental, vision, life insurance, long term disability, and an array of supplemental
benefits at 60 days of employment. Foothills offers coverage of the premiums for medical plans, dental,
vision, life insurance ($10,000) and long-term disability. Employees earn sick and vacation time each pay
period, plus several recognized holidays. After one year of employment, employees are eligible for a
401K retirement plan that we will match up to 3%. Employees also have access to an array of discounted
programs including pet food, cell phones, travel, pet insurance, clothing, entertainment tickets, etc.
Email a cover letter and resume detailing your qualifications and experience as it relates to
this opportunity to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply