Mission and Values: Foothills Animal Shelter’s mission is Providing support to our surrounding community through education, services that strengthen the human-pet bond, and humane care for the animals we serve.
All employees and volunteers are expected to embody the Shelter’s Values which are to have honesty and integrity in all that we do, with the following values as our guide: Stewardship: Assume responsibility and ownership for our actions within our shelter and our community; Positive Culture: Create a safe, supportive environment for the health, wellbeing, and development of staff and volunteers; Openness: Nurture an innovative, inclusive, and creative environment that cultivates conversations and relationships that actively work towards the future; and Team Oriented: Build relationship, embrace teamwork, and foster collaboration in pursuit of our Mission.
Position Summary: Reporting directly to the Shelter’s Chief Veterinarian, the Associate Veterinarian is responsible for implementing and maintaining the quality standards of animal care, quality diagnostics, treatment and surgical services to animals served by Foothills Animal Shelter in accordance with FAS policies, procedures and philosophy. Medical cases are both sheltered animals and community owned animals with the majority being canine and feline patients and a small percentage of exotics (small mammals and birds).
The ideal candidate will possess a passion for animal welfare, have at least two years of experience in shelter medicine, experience in high volume spay/neuter and general surgeries, and experience in forensics. Knowledge of herd health, animal disease, humane euthanasia and forensics procedures. The candidate should have a proven track record of leading and collaborating with veterinary practitioners and team members. The position requires keen attention to detail, ambition for team collaboration, strong problem-solving skills, excellent communication skills and the ability to balance multiple priorities. Applicants must possess a Doctoral degree (DVM, VMD) and be licensed to practice in the State of Colorado. This is a high-energy, fast paced environment and the schedule will include at least one weekend day.
A strong desire to make a difference in the animal welfare industry.
Ability to examine, evaluate and treat animals in a professional, safe, humane and efficient manner.
Provide clinical leadership and case consultation to veterinary services team, veterinary doctors and paraprofessionals, students, externs and staff. Support and assist management of technicians, assistants, and interns.
Strong medical case analytical skills. Maintain accurate medical records and documentation of animals in shelter database.
Competent surgical skills: HQHV spay/neuter, general surgery, dentistry. Orthopedic surgical skills a plus.
Competent care for critical and/or trauma cases. Forensics experience a plus.
Collect, order, and interpret diagnostics and generate appropriate medical and surgical plans.
Ability to follow protocols/Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and experience in developing and improving them.
Calculate and administer anesthesia, medications, fluid therapy, and analgesia.
Ability to follow medication and drug protocols as well as helping to develop and improve them.
Readiness to participate in and lead rounds with chief and staff veterinarian(s) as well as technicians and shelter staff as needed.
Work with city and county animal control officers for evaluation, documentation and testimony about the condition of animals involved in court cases. When necessary, assume responsibility for animal related court cases, including veterinary records and testimony.
Perform or supervise the visual monitoring of impounded animals, including those that may be isolated or quarantined for signs of illness or unusual behavior.
Advise/train staff on veterinary field topics relevant to Foothills Animal Shelter such as administering vaccinations, de-wormers, medications, etc. to shelter animals. Perform, direct, and certify staff to perform euthanasia of animals as necessary.
Demonstrate knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, and federal and state rules and regulations. Knowledge and compliance of safety regulations and safe work practices.
Lead and organize Foothills Animal Shelter’s vaccine clinic program with shelter staff and volunteers.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (DVM, VMD).
Current Colorado veterinary license with clean practice record.
Two years’ experience in shelter medicine and/or high volume spay/neuter clinic.
Demonstrated excellent surgical skills: HQHV S/N, general, dentistry.
Strong interpersonal communication skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.
Knowledge of Shelter Buddy®, a shelter animal care software preferred.
Ability to work in a fast-paced, team environment.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country.
About Foothills Animal Shelter
Foothills Animal Shelter is an open-admissions facility, which means we never turn away an animal. We care for more than 9,300 orphaned cats, kittens, dogs, puppies and critters every year with a compassionate team of staff and volunteers.
We are a true community resource and offer a variety of services including pet adoption, Jefferson County pet licensing, affordable spaying and neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and lost and found pets. We are committed to our important mission and the life-saving work that we do every day of the year. We adhere strongly to our mission statement that Foothills Animal Shelter is dedicated to providing the best care possible for every animal that enters our doors. We also firmly believe in the four key principles of our organization,
Community, Adopt, Reunite and Educate (C.A.R.E.).
We work closely with animal welfare officers across Jefferson County to keep our neighborhoods safe and to educate the community. Arvada, Edgewater, Golden, Lakewood, Westminster, Wheat Ridge and unincorporated Jefferson County are all communities served by the Shelter.
Originally founded in 1976 by an intergovernmental agreement the Jefferson Animal Shelt...er served as the impound facility for unincorporated Jefferson County and the cities of Arvada, Lakewood and Wheat Ridge. In 1994, after years of success, the Jefferson Animal Shelter reevaluated its mission and goals to accommodate growing demands on the facility and changes in the external environment. As part of the reevaluation, the shelter changed its name to Table Mountain Animal Center. With the new name came expanded services, more efficient operations and greater public outreach, including the addition of the City of Golden as a member agency.
On June 30, 2009, ground was broken on the site of a long-awaited brand new facility, Foothills Animal Shelter. In early August of 2010, Table Mountain Animal Center became Foothills Animal Shelter and moved to its new beautiful building at 580 McIntyre at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
At 33,000 square feet, the current facility is nearly three times the size of the old building and allows the Shelter to significantly improve the space in which the animals are housed and the services to the community. A new medical suite allows the Shelter to provide more on-site, cost-effective care and has increased the number of spays and neuters.