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: Field

Are you a veterinarian who loves to teach and has a passion for shelter medicine and HQHVSN, and desire to increase 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, providing overall management and coordination of the program, while serving as the primary instructor for shelter medicine and consulting with instructors for community medicine.

The CSI Veterinarian leads our externship program and works in partnership with Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to provide a two-week rotation for fourth year veterinary students in shelter and community medicine.

This position is a member of the League’s veterinary services leadership team, helping support and guide our shelter and community medicine teams. We provide care for over 46,000 animals across our five locations, although the CSI Veterinarian will be focused at our Malone Center location as well as occasionally providing support at CSU SPUR, our community medicine location.

Join a progressive organization dedicated to animal welfare and a team of passionate veterinary professionals. Help us inspire the next generation of veterinarians to 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 veterinarian cultivates learning opportunities for League externs in shelter and community medicine, providing overall management and coordination of the program while serving as the primary instructor for shelter medicine and consulting with instructors for community medicine. This is also an adjunct faculty position with Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.


  • 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.
  • Develop and adapt the curriculum as best suited for the League and the externs.
  • Receive training from CSU veterinary school faculty intermittently thereafter, to ensure a quality and consistent extern experience.
  • Support the League’s shelter and community medicine veterinarians in their interactions with and instruction to the veterinary externs to ensure a smooth, effective program for the League and experience for the externs.
  • 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 in the League’s shelter practice.
  • Develop a deep understanding of incremental care as it pertains to access to veterinary care, and how it is applied to patients seeking medical care at the League’s Veterinary Hospital at CSU Spur.
  • 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.
  • Be familiar with and rotate through the different areas of veterinary practice in Shelter Veterinary Services
  • Effectively and compassionately communicate with staff, students, 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.
  • Participate in donor events, meetings, and tours.
  • 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) with matching
  • 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.


  • Experience as a teacher or mentor of veterinary students or interns
  • Experience practicing shelter medicine and HQHVSN
  • Experience with Chameleon Software
  • Experience performing orthopedic surgeries and dentistry
  • Leadership or management experience in a clinic, hospital, or shelter environment