Job Post

Clinical & Surgical Instructor Veterinarian at the Dumb Friends League

Company Name: Dumb Friends League
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Location: Denver, CO
Job Type: Full Time
Job Category: Operations

Are you a veterinarian who loves to teach and has a passion for shelter medicine and increasing access to veterinary care for underserved communities?  Join our team!

The League’s Clinical and Surgical Instructor Veterinarian (CSIV) cultivates learning opportunities for veterinary externs in shelter and community medicine.  This position provides direct supervision of externs, including support, consultation, and guidance regarding case management, diagnostics, and surgery with a strong emphasis on HQHVSN. Our externship program provides a two-week rotation in shelter medicine and community practice for fourth year veterinary students from Colorado State University. At the League’s Malone Center, the CSIV joins a team of shelter veterinarians providing high quality care to the over 20,000 pets who move through our three shelters in Colorado.  At the League’s Veterinary Hospital at CSU Spur, the CSIV joins a team of veterinarians providing accessible and high-quality veterinary care to under-served communities in Denver using an incremental care approach to medicine.  Our next CSIV will be skilled in HQHVSN and community practice, with a passion for helping the next generation of veterinarians fall in love with serving the needs of owned and homeless community pets!

Interested?  Please reach out to learn more about this unique teaching opportunity!

Purpose of Position: The League’s clinical and surgical instructor cultivates learning opportunities for League externs; providing direct supervision in fast-paced shelter and community medicine environments, including support, consultation, and guidance for externs regarding case management, diagnostics, and surgery. This is also an adjunct faculty position with Colorado State University Veterinary School and serves as a liaison between the League and CSU.


  • Manage the League’s veterinary externship program, including active instruction, grading, evaluation, and coordination.
  • Directly supervise, coach and mentor veterinary externs on a day-to-day basis, specifically in their provision of veterinary medicine.
  • Receive training from CSU veterinary school faculty initially and intermittently thereafter, to ensure a quality and consistent extern experience.
  • Serve as a liaison between potential externs, veterinary schools, and the League.
  • Serve as lead advocate and voice for externs within the League’s veterinary services.
  • Provide outstanding diagnostic, clinical, and surgical care for the shelter animals and owned pets within a spectrum of care in the League’s shelter and community medicine practices.
  • Perform and teach surgical procedures on a regular basis with an emphasis on HQHVSN.
  • Dentistry, various soft tissue and orthopedic procedures may also be included.
  • Effectively and compassionately communicate with owners of pets and the community.
  • Work with other departments to coordinate care and quarantine of infectious disease animals effectively and efficiently.
  • Cultivate a culture of collaboration, teamwork and learning within veterinary services and throughout the League.
  • Work in collaboration with the Philanthropy team to support fundraising efforts and campaigns, such as providing impact stories and reports resulting in financial support.
  • Participate in donor events, meetings, and tours.
  • Ensure program grant compliance and quality of services and evaluations.
  • Serve as a veterinary ambassador with community partners, promoting the League’s mission, goals and strategic initiatives including Socially Conscious Sheltering and Animal Communities to veterinarians, vendors, the public, and other animal welfare related organizations.

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. Additional definitions for competencies may be obtained from Human Resources.

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 Key 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

Supervisory or Managerial Responsibility 

  • Externs
  • Volunteers


This position will require travel to different work sites

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.

Shift Details: Full Time Staff Veterinarians work Three to Four, 10-hour shifts

Full Time Benefits* – Please visit our website for a comprehensive list of all offered benefits. *Benefits and compensation range listed below apply to full time employees working 40 hours a week.*

  • Benefits (medical, dental, and vision)
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • League-paid Life and Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Sabbatical Program
  • Holiday Pay
  • 401(k)
  • Veterinarians are eligible for student loan reimbursement
  • Up to $2,000 Relocation Assistance
  • And more!

Compensation: $120,000 – $145,000 annually (starting pay commensurate with market, experience, and equity)

Position Qualifications  


  • Skilled and proficient diagnostician
  • Strong teaching and mentorship skills
  • 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
  • Work Experience: Five years of experience practicing veterinary medicine in a variety of practices including private practice
  • Special Training, Certification and/or Licensure:
  • Eligible to obtain a Colorado Veterinary License.
  • If driving a League vehicle, valid driver’s license and insurable driving record are required.


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