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Dumb Friends League
Denver, Colorado, United States
16 days ago


Do you love shelter medicine and teaching?  The Dumb Friends League in Denver, Colorado is looking for an experienced veterinarian with a passion for teaching to join our team!  This is a leadership position within the League’s veterinary team, responsible for managing our internship program and working with the Chief Veterinarian of Shelter Veterinary Services in support of our amazing team of staff veterinarians, interns, and externs.  The League provides our veterinarians a competitive salary, a four 10s schedule, and amazing benefits including student loan assistance and annual support for continuing education.

Position Summary

To lead and participate in the day-to-day work of the Shelter Veterinary Services (SVS) doctor team in partnership with and at the direction of the Chief Veterinarian. The Deputy Chief Veterinarian will provide veterinary care in a fast-paced, passionate shelter environment, available to provide support, consultation and guidance for staff veterinarians regarding case management, diagnostics and decision-making, and support and cultivate learning opportunities for all team members, especially League interns and externs.

The Deputy Chief will manage the League’s internship program and serve as the lead shelter veterinarian when the Chief is absent or unavailable.


Providing Veterinary Services

  • Provide leadership, guidance and a decisive voice regarding case management and scope of care for shelter animals in the absence of the Chief.
  • Provide veterinary care, as needed, including public appointments, physical exams, diagnostics, owner requested euthanasia, and necropsies.
  • Develop diagnostic and/or treatment plan options for patients using an incremental care approach, guided by the shelter scope of care.
  • Perform surgical procedures on a regular basis including HQ/HV spay/neuter, dentistry, and various soft tissue and orthopedic procedures.
  • Effectively and compassionately communicate with owners of pets and the community.
  • Work within and across other departments to effectively and efficiently coordinate animal care and execute quarantine of infectious disease animals.
  • Assist in the development, implementation, and monitoring of medical programs that improve the standard of animal and veterinary care.
  • Work with the League’s investigations team and field services veterinarian as needed, regarding evaluation, documentation, and testimony about the condition of animals involved in cruelty and neglect cases.
  • Monitor and evaluate departmental/area processes and procedures alongside Chief Veterinarian and the Director of Shelter Veterinary Services to maximize efficient uses of resources.
  • Collaborate with leadership teams across departments to ensure the League’s veterinary care is provided using appropriate and up-to-date medical practices.
  • Assist in developing and implementing League specific training programs regarding veterinary care as requested.
  • Maintain a culture of collaboration and teamwork within Veterinary Services and the League broadly.
  • As our shelters operate 24/7, assume occasional overnight on call responsibilities. These responsibilities are remote telemedicine consults with overnight shelter staff or foster parents, not in-person.

Coaching & Mentorship within Veterinary Services

  • Actively cultivate a culture of learning for all staff within Veterinary Services.
  • Directly supervise, coach and mentor veterinary interns and externs on a day-to-day basis, specifically in their provision of veterinary medicine.
  • Directly coach and mentor Staff Veterinarians on a day-to-day basis, specifically in their provision of veterinary medicine.
  • Provide performance feedback, directly and/or via the respective program manager, to veterinary interns and externs, specifically in their provision of veterinary medicine.
  • Collaborate with the Extern Program Manager for effective implementation of extern experiences across the League.
  • Serve as a veterinary ambassador with community partners, promoting the League’s mission, goals and strategic initiatives including Socially Conscious Sheltering and Communities to veterinarians, vendors, the public, and other animal welfare related organizations.

Intern Program Manager

  • Provide outstanding diagnostic, clinical and surgical care for shelter animals, adopted pets and their owners, and pet owners seeking services within the scope of care for League shelters.
  • Provide active instruction to veterinary interns.
  • Complete evaluations of veterinary interns.
  • Coordinate, update and oversee all aspects of the veterinary intern match program.
  • Coordinate between League facilities to ensure a quality and consistent intern experience.
  • Serve as a liaison and point of contact between potential interns, veterinary schools, and the League.
  • Maintain responsibility for execution, continuous improvement and review of the League’s internship programs.
  • Work in partnership with the Development team as requested to provide information regarding the internship program with potential donors or in the development of reports describing work that has been funded.
  • Serve as the lead advocate and voice for interns within Veterinary Services.

People Care

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; leadership and position competencies are specific to this position.

Organizational Key Competencies

  • Integrity and Ethics
  • Adapting to Change and Ambiguity
  • Customer and Community Focus
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Excellence

Leadership Key Competencies

  • Project and Process Management
  • Delivering Results
  • Developing Direct Reports
  • Building and Leading Effective Teams

Position Competencies

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Community Partnerships
  • Conflict Management
  • Strong Leadership
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Innovation
  • Team Building
  • People Development
  • Project Management
  • Strong teaching and mentorship skills
  • Strategic Thinking

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. 

Full Time

  • Benefits (medical, dental, and vision) 
  • Flexible spending accounts 
  • League-paid Life and Short-Term Disability Insurance 
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) 
  • Holiday Pay 
  • 401(k)  
  • Veterinarians are eligible for student loan reimbursement  

Compensation: $110,000 - $125,000 annually (starting pay commensurate with market, experience, and equity) 


  • Skilled and proficient diagnostician
  • 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


  • Education: Doctoral degree in veterinary medicine
  • Experience: Five years or more of experience practicing veterinary medicine and providing leadership for or managing a team
  • Licensure: Eligible to obtain a Colorado Veterinary License


  • Current or ability to obtain DEA license
  • Experience working in animal sheltering and welfare
  • Experience performing orthopedic surgeries and/or dentistry
  • Experience as a teacher or mentor of veterinary students or interns
  • Leadership or management experience

Job Information

  • Job ID: 58685330
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado, United States
  • Position Title: Deputy Chief Veterinarian
  • Company Name: Dumb Friends League
  • Employment Type: Non-Profit Associations
  • Position: Veterinarian
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: DVM
  • Min Experience: 5-7 Years
  • Required Travel: None
  • Salary: $110,000.00 - $125,000.00 (Yearly Salary)

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