Job Post

Equine Veterinary Assistant

Company Name: Dumb Friends League
Company Website:
Location: Franktown, CO
Job Type: Full Time
Job Category: Field

Are you compassionate about animals and have a desire to speak for those who cannot? For over 100 years, the Dumb Friends League has been working to end pet homelessness and animal suffering by providing a strong and steadfast voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

As the largest community-based animal welfare organization in the region, we care for more than 46,000 homeless pets and horses each year at our four facilities and are a national model in animal welfare. If you work well with people too, join our team and help us provide that voice.

Purpose of Position: Assists the Harmony Equine Veterinarian in providing medical care and treatment for animals.


  • Assist veterinarians in the performance of medical and surgical procedures.
  • Administer medications as directed to shelter equines.
  • Clean, disinfect, and maintain surgical and medical areas.
  • Maintain medical equipment and supplies.
  • Handle and move equines prior to and following medical procedures, restraining equines as needed.
  • Perform data entry to update animal records.
  • Perform clinic reception duties including handling incoming phone calls, assisting employees and volunteers. .
  • Contribute to and lead initiatives to improve processes and procedures.
  • Assist in the induction and preparation of equines for surgery.
  • Recover equines from surgery and assist other staff, volunteers, and interns on how to perform the task.
  • Identify, assist with and be able to perform sample diagnostic testing as directed.
  • Perform euthanasia and related tasks.

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
  • Conflict Management

Supervisory or Managerial Responsibility

  • Volunteers


  • This position may require travel to different work sites

Shift Details: 40 hours per week, five 8-hour shift

Full Time Benefits – Please visit our website for a comprehensive list of all offered benefits

  • Benefits (medical, dental, and vision)
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • League-paid Life and Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Holiday Pay
  • 401(k)
  • And more!

Compensation: Starting at $20.00 – $20.90 /hour (starting pay commensurate with market, experience, and equity)

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 up to 40 pounds with reasonable accommodation.

Position Qualifications


  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • High attention to detail


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Professional experience in animal welfare/working with animals


  • Experience working with equines strongly preferred
  • Experience working in a veterinary clinic or similar environment
  • Working knowledge of current veterinary practices
  • Veterinary assistant certification