Job Post

Staff Veterinarian at the League’s Veterinary Hospital at CSU Spur

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

Join a team of veterinarians dedicated to providing underserved communities access to high quality veterinary care!

The Dumb Friends League Veterinary Hospital at Colorado State University Spur (CSU Spur) is hiring staff veterinarians to work at our state-of the-art donor-subsidized urgent care facility and teaching hospital. We provide accessible and high-quality veterinary care to under-served communities in Denver using an incremental care approach to medicine. Our veterinarians never have to turn away a client due to an inability to pay and the families we help are genuinely grateful for our help. Many of our patients diverted to our hospital avoid the need to relinquish their pet or consider euthanasia for economic reasons. As an urgent care hospital and HQHVSN clinic, case management is generally limited to same day oversight. Full time veterinarians work four 10s, with no “on-call” hours.

Purpose of Position: This position provides compassionate veterinary care to pets and their families who would not otherwise have access to care and may support all or some of the services offered by the Community Veterinary Services department, including urgent care, spay/neuter in HQHVSN clinic, and vaccine clinics. Based at the Dumb Friends League’s Veterinary Hospital at CSU Spur, many of our surgeries are performed “on-view” for visitors of the CSU Spur campus. CSU Spur programming is targeted at K-12 students, with the mission to inspire STEM careers and future veterinary professionals.


  • Perform comprehensive patient examinations and develop diagnostic and/or treatment plan options using an incremental care approach for patients with urgent/sick care needs.
  • Perform and interpret diagnostic studies including diagnostic imaging, bloodwork, and in-house cytology.
  • Perform surgeries and comprehensive dentistry procedures, including surgical extractions, in an on-view setting.
  • Provide end of life services.
  • Opportunity to perform high-quality high-volume spay/neuter surgeries for dogs and cats.
  • Conduct brief wellness examinations and provide vaccinations at high-quality high-volume vaccine clinics located within the League’s priority neighborhoods.
  • Effectively and compassionately communicate with owners of pets and the community.
  • Manage and maintain accurate medical records using a cloud-based/digital practice management software system.
  • Provide support and clinical mentorship to externs and interns, including direct observation, training, and assessment.
  • Contribute to and lead initiatives to improve processes and procedures.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled doctor meetings and journal clubs.
  • Cultivate a culture of collaboration, teamwork and learning within veterinary services and throughout the League.
  • Opportunities to 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

Position Key Competencies

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Team Player
  • Conflict Management
  • Community Partnerships
  • Strong Leadership
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Innovation
  • Strategic Thinking

Supervisory or Managerial Responsibility

  • Veterinary Interns
  • Veterinary Externs
  • Volunteers


This position requires travel to different work sites

Shift Details: Full Time Staff Veterinarians work 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: Starting at $110,000 – $120,000 annually – at Full Time 40 hours status (starting pay commensurate with market, experience, and equity)

Work Conditions and Physical Requirements

The Dumb Friends League’s Veterinary Hospital at CSU Spur provides an “on-view” experience for visitors to the CSU Spur campus. Staff joining the Community Veterinary Solutions team should expect that they will occasionally or regularly, depending on their work assignment, be working in an exam room, surgical suite or dentistry suite that is on-view through windows to a public audience.

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, urine 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 provision for patients. Frequent lifting of animals and objects with reasonable accommodation.

Position Qualifications


  • 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: Experience practicing veterinary medicine with owned companion animals.
  • Special Training, Certification or Licensure: Eligible to obtain a Colorado Veterinary License.


  • Experience performing comprehensive dentistry, including surgical extractions
  • Experience performing fundamental ultrasonography
  • Experience performing high quality, high volume spay/neuter procedures