Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  IntegrityRespect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.

Why Work for Aurora?

  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation work spaces

Department Information
The Neighborhood Services, Animal Services division provides animal-related services for the city of Aurora.  You can call them to pick up an injured or stray animal. Owners should search kennels in the shelter frequently for lost pets. The shelter also has many animals available for adoption.  Our mission is to balance the needs of people and animals as we:
  • Provide humane shelter, treatment and placement of animals

  • Enhance and preserve the human-animal bond through education, outreach, adoptions and cruelty prevention

The Veterinarian will provide humane medical care and treatment of animals in the Aurora Animal Shelter.  

Application must include:
Resume and Cover letter


  • Serve as the division's lead medical and surgical staff member. 
  • Perform medical examinations and treatments on shelter animals as requested.
  • Perform surgical procedures including but not limited to: spay/neuter, umbilical hernia repairs, dentistry, cherry eye repair, soft tissue damage, and orthopedic procedures/amputation as requested.
  • Performs euthanasia and provide training and certification of euthanasia to Animal Services staff.
  • Performs necropsies and decapitations as needed.
  • Provides examination, documentation, and expert testimony in cases of animal neglect or abuse when needed for Aurora Animal Services Division.
  • Provide oversight and direction to veterinary technicians and support staff.
  • Provides assistance to patrons and veterinarians with questions about shelter-related illness regarding animals adopted from the Aurora Animal Shelter.
  • Foster relationships with local veterinary clinics and local shelter veterinarians. 
  • Provide medical training to division staff to include but not limited to rabies vaccination, other appropriate vaccinations, physical examinations, implanting animal microchips, treatments and contagion identification.
  • Represents the division, perform medical procedures at vaccination clinics and other shelter events.
  • Provide instruction to veterinary and/or veterinary technicians students on dentals, vaccinations, and various shelter medical treatments.
  • Maintain appropriate licensing and continuing education course requirements.
  • Contribute to the organization protocols, policies and procedures pertaining to shelter medicine, treatment and care of shelter animals.
  • Manage and maintain accurate medical records.
  • Responsible for ordering, logging and all record keeping for pharmaceuticals and prescription foods using the state-issued Colorado Veterinary License.
  • Allow designated shelter staff to order legend pharmaceuticals, excluding Sodium Pentobarbital, using the contract veterinarian's name and Colorado Veterinary License number. 
  • Performs other duties assigned
This position will be required to be on-call to speak with Animal Protection Officers as well as our contracted emergency vet hospital to speak about emergency animal cases, as they come up


Education:  Doctoral degree in Veterinary Medicine
Experience: Three years of experience in shelter medicine. Membership in a veterinary medical association or veterinary alliance, membership to DAVMS or CVMA is preferred. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs preferred. Chameleon Database knowledge, preferred.
Knowledge:  Working knowledge of current veterinary standards and practices, dog and cat breed characteristics and knowledge of standard contagion practices in a shelter environment. 
Possess an excellent understanding of animal behavior and uses positive reinforcement techniques to interact with shelter animals. 
Abilities:  Ability to effectively communicate in writing. Effective time management skills with the ability to triage cases and workload. Ability to work well in fast-paced environment. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and citizens; to handle difficult or stressful situations with tact and diplomacy; to provide humane care and treatment for a variety of animals; to pay high attention to detail; to assist in daily surgical procedures; to perform in a high pace and high stress environment; to assist with performing euthanasia on a daily basis; and ability to operate a City vehicle.
Skills:  Strong surgical skills. Strong interpersonal skills. Possess safe animal handling and restraint techniques; provide good customer service with strong interpersonal skills.  Skilled in Chameleon software or other shelter related software.  Skill in data entry of medical records and logging of controlled substances and medical treatments. Motivation to always improve standard of care.
Licenses, Certificates and/or Equipment Required:

  • Must have current Veterinary License with clean practice record.
  • Valid Colorado Driver's License with a good driving record.
  • Euthanasia Certification.
  • Ability to obtain DEA license.
This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.


Physical Demands:  Moderate to heavy physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 75 pounds; frequent lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds; regular walking and standing; a full range of body movements including bending, kneeling, stooping, pushing, pulling, climbing, and crawling; foot/eye coordination to operate motor vehicle; vision to read reports, instructions, and other written material; speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with employees, citizens and animals. 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 with reasonable accommodation.
Work Environment:  Works primarily indoors in an animal shelter with exposure to dust, water, noise, animal dangers, odors, cleaning chemicals, animal dander, feces and fumes. Handle and restrain animals of various sizes, weights, and temperaments. Subject to animal bites or scratches. Work is often performed in high noise level areas.
Equipment Used: Uses a variety of tools and equipment common to veterinary, kennel and cleaning operations; motor vehicle for transporting animals to off-site animal hospitals.

For Veterans preference:  Please show all of your employment history, military service and include related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.
Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies

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