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 20,000 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.
As Chief Veterinarian, you will serve as lead medical and surgical staff member of Solutions Veterinary Hospital. You will provide mentorship and support to staff Veterinarians, and provide veterinary care for underserved populations in the metro area. The Solutions Veterinary Hospital has five guiding principles: prevent suffering, alleviate suffering, maximize our impact, enhance the dignity of our clients, and to collaborate with the veterinary community. This position works directly with at risk communities to provide affordable, high quality veterinary care within a respectful and compassionate environment. Go to our website to learn more https://www.ddfl.org/about-us/career-opportunities/.
Develop, implement, and monitor medical programs that facilitate effective outcomes with a strong focus on the animal’s quality of life. Collaborate with hospital manager and leadership to ensure the Hospital’s operations are conducted using appropriate and up-to-date medical practices. Supervise and mentor staff Veterinarians and Veterinary interns and externs. Create training programs for staff Veterinarians and Veterinary interns. Maintain a culture of collaboration and teamwork among the Veterinary team. Coach junior veterinarians. Serve as a liaison promoting the League’s philosophy and goals to veterinarians, vendors, the public, and other animal welfare related organizations. Perform surgical procedures daily including spay/neuter, dentistry, and various soft tissue and orthopedic procedures. Procedures performed at Solutions Veterinary Hospital. Provide high quality wellness care. Perform euthanasia when an acceptable quality of life is unachievable. Develop SOPs and ensure they are updated and practiced with staff and volunteers. Assist with development of the annual budget. Recruit, hire, develop, coach and counsel veterinarians. Monitor and evaluate departmental/area processes and procedures to maximize efficient uses of resources. Participate in inter-departmental meetings and discussions to support and develop League initiatives. Be a positive representative of the League, some public speaking required.
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.
Organizational competencies apply to all jobs at the League; position competencies are specific to this position.
Accountability Flexibility Leadership Teamwork Attention to Detail Initiative Managing Resources Technical Expertise Decision Making Integrity Results Oriented Time Management
Analytical Thinking Community Partnerships Conflict Management Financial Acumen Strong Leadership highly efficient Creativity Fiscal Responsibility Innovation Team Building People Development Project Management The Dumb Friends League is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Qualifications Education Required
Doctorate or better in Veterinary Medicine.
•Doctoral degree in veterinary medicine •Current Colorado veterinary license with clean practice record •Ability to obtain DEA license •Experience practicing veterinary medicine in a full service, high surgical volume environment •Ability to effectively lead a team •Demonstrated excellent surgical skills •Strong interpersonal communication skills •High emotional intelligence •Strong desire to serve under resourced communities with respect and compassion. •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 •Valid driver’s license and insurable driving record
•Five years’ experience practicing veterinary medicine in a full service, high surgical volume environment •Experience performing orthopedic surgeries. •Leadership or management experience in clinic, hospital, or shelter environment •Experience developing budgets •Experience in shelter medicine
About Dumb Friends League
Join an industry leader! The Dumb Friends League is the largest community-based animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region, and recognized nationally as a model for other animal shelters across the country. Each year, we welcome more than 20,000 homeless pets to our two shelters while our equine center in Franktown takes in abused and neglected horses, ponies, mules and donkeys that have been removed from owners by law enforcement authorities. At all of our facilities, we provide a nurturing environment where animals may find relief from suffering, and opportunities for rehabilitation and adoption.