Job Description

Responsible for ensuring high veterinary medical standards and quality of service in the shelter and community wellness program. The community wellness program will offer two days of wellness services in Colorado Springs and two days in Pueblo for pet owners in financial need. Services will encompass spay/neuter, vaccinations, wellness and sick appointments to bridge the gap that currently exists for access to veterinary care for low income clients. The Community Wellness and Shelter Veterinarian will be scheduled for two days per week in the wellness clinic, and two days per week in the shelter at either location. In the shelter, veterinarians are responsible for medical care, surgical procedures to include sterilization of dogs, cats and rabbits, dentals, amputations, mass removals, eye surgeries and other medical procedures as needed in a high volume setting for shelter animals.

Veterinary Medical Care

• Adhere to veterinary care protocols for shelter and public animals at the HSPPR Colorado Springs and Pueblo locations

• Ensures sound veterinary medical practices and oversees veterinary medical care related to shelter and public patients.

• Sets standards and performs spay/neuter and other surgical procedures for shelter animals.

• Performs spay/neuter for owned animals through the donor subsidized spay/neuter program.

• Set standards and performs medical care for shelter and surgery related post adoption patients.

• Responsible for compliance with all laws pertaining to controlled drugs

• Responsible for assessing animal health.

• Forensic examination of animal abuse and neglect cases and necropsy related to Animal Law Enforcement cases. Testifying in court may be required in some cases.

• Responsible for enhancing professional knowledge and skills.

• Participates in daily medical rounds.

Staff Development

• Responsible for staff development through teaching, mentoring and training.

• Keep staff informed on latest relevant medical techniques and information and encourage stimulating interchange of medical knowledge.

• Mentor and train veterinary intern.

Client Services

• Work directly with clients through the community wellness program, providing excellent client education and patient care

• Investigates and responds to medical concerns and complaints internally and externally and reporting results.

• Represents the HSPPR in professional and confident manner.

• Treats everyone with respect and contributes to teamwork.


• Ensures any decisions, policies or procedures are effectively communicated to the appropriate staff and department.

• Maintains effective communication with staff through daily contact, in scheduled meetings, daily medical rounds, informally or in writing as needed to coordinate and direct medical functions in the shelter and Surgery Center.

• Able to lead by example and facilitate good working relationships through teamwork and collaboration. Projects a calm, professional demeanor and positive attitude.


• Commitment to the mission, values, goals and success of HSPPR

• Perform all other duties as assigned.

Skills / Requirements

Who We Seek:

Graduated from an accredited veterinary medical college – DVM or equivalent.

Licensed to practice in the State of Colorado.

Minimum 1 year experience in veterinary medicine

Working the hours necessary to accomplish targeted responsibilities

Experienced in high volume spay/neuter clinic and/or post graduate surgical training.

Demonstrated aptitude in clinical medicine and surgery.

Experience in animal welfare and shelter operations a plus.

Demonstrated success in working with a diverse team of professionals, skilled in managing varied relationships and successful at facilitating collaboration and cooperation.

Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.

Communicating effectively, verbally and in writing in a diverse range of audiences and settings.

Excellent communication skills including give/receive feedback.

Giving what is necessary to accomplish targeted responsibilities.

Practices excellent quality medicine and upholds the veterinary code of ethics.

Important Notes

Who Are We?  The Only AAHA Accredited Shelter in Colorado!

Employment at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region - Colorado

HSPPR is a nonprofit animal shelter serving El Paso, Pueblo, and Douglas County and the City of Centennial.  We employ a total of 160 full and part-time employees.  Employees must be 18 years of age, a drug test and background check are mandatory for employment.  In addition to competitive salaries, we offer comprehensive benefits to our full-time staff members. They include:     

Health Insurance     401K with employer matching at 5% of salary      Dental and vision Insurance*     Aflac Group Insurance*     Short term disability Insurance      Paid time off      Holidays      Direct Deposit          (*) Employee pays full premium

 The core values of the staff unite and guide us to provide the best service to the animals in our care, our organization and our community.

 HSPPR Operating Values:

Compassion: We believe that kindness and respect toward animals is an essential element in building a more humane and civil society.  We work to elevate empathy and behavior in order to prevent animal cruelty, exploitation, and neglect.

Stewardship: We will responsibly manage expenses and revenue, acting for the long-term greater good of the organization, conserving our resources and preserving our environment.

Integrity: We encourage honest dialogue about issues and solutions.  We are willing to explore all options and listen to all perspectives to arrive at the best decisions.  We take responsibility for our behavior –every action counts. 

Excellence: We make a difference every day.  We are committed to the safety and protection of people and animals.  We foster a learning environment, encourage new ideas, and care enough to provide constructive feedback.

Collaboration: We are united in the pursuit of our mission.  We will be known as an organization that is inclusive, fair, and transparent. We expand and develop partnerships to further our mission.