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Title: Veterinarian

Reports to: Director of Operations

Status: Non-Exempt

Start Date: Fall of 2024



The Veterinarian manages the DRHS’ medical efforts, spay/neuter surgeries, and disease control protocols in collaboration with the Director of Operations. The Veterinarian is responsible for developing and implementing standards of medical care and managing treatments for animals in the care of the DRHS.


Essential Job Functions

Animal Care

  • Responsible for medical examinations, care, monitoring, and health of animals in the care of the DRHS, including foster animals.

  • Perform spay/neuter and other surgeries.

  • Examine animals, evaluate animals’ health, and perform veterinary medical and surgical procedures including vaccinations, prescribing and administering medications, anti-parasite treatments, tests, and lab work.

  • Maintain electronic medical records for animals. Document physical examination findings and any adverse events on appropriate medical records.

  • Provide direction to staff responsible for following prescribed treatment and maintaining treatment records for animals brought to the shelter. Ensure that the highest level of service and care are provided and that changes in animals’ conditions are recorded.

  • Participate in group discussion regarding euthanasia decisions of animals. Perform humane euthanasia according to established protocol. Provide euthanasia training to selected staff.

  • Provide medical information and representation to other DRHS departments.

  • Develop and follow all written and verbally communicated DRHS Spay/Neuter Standard Operating Procedures.

  • Provide preventative treatments for infections, disease prevention and control, general health, parasite diagnosis and treatment, and dietary evaluations.

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of shelter animal health protocols, surgical procedures, and companion animal health issues.

  • Maintain knowledge of animal inventory and animal health including shelter and foster animals. Make daily rounds to ensure timely identification of medical issues.

  • Strive to achieve the Association of Shelter Veterinarian Guidelines of Standards of Care in Animal Shelters as they pertain to the medical care of DRHS animals.


Safety and Legal Compliance

  • In collaboration with the Director of Operations, ensure proper shelter protocol and solutions for the prevention and management of infectious disease, and develop and manage all DRHS medical protocols.

  • Ensure that all state and federal laws, state regulations, accepted standards, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration policies and procedures regarding clinic operations, the practice of veterinary medicine, drug control, and animal care and handling are adhered to, to ensure a safe work environment.

  • Ensure adequate inventory of supplies, medications, and drugs including DEA-regulated substances.

  • Participate in local, regional, and national veterinarian associations.



  • Have steadfast belief in the mission, policies, and procedures of the DRHS

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited college or university.

  • Possession of a current license to practice in the state of Iowa.

  • At least one (1) year of professional Veterinarian experience is preferred.

  • Effective decision making and diagnostic skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Work collaboratively with diverse groups of people including volunteers, department supervisors, and staff, and make decisions in the best interest of the organization.

  • Strong organization, interpersonal, and multi-tasking skills. Able to prioritize and adhere to deadlines. Detail oriented and resourceful.

To apply, please send your resume to

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