Heartland is searching for a highly motivated, experienced veterinarian to provide medical care and HVHQSN services to our shelter animals and some public clients (duties split between surgery and shelter medicine/pet wellness services).  This position would serve as the primary staff veterinarian as well as work directly with the Executive Director on planning and initiatives to help grow the impact of Heartland’s Medical Program. The ideal candidate for this role would possess a dynamic skill set, confidence, and be a positive and flexible team player with a passion for shelter medicine and an interest in establishing protocols, team building, and community programming.

This is a part-time (2 days/week) position with room for growth to full-time; we encourage and value continuing education and take pride in our commitment to a positive workplace culture.  This position is great for a veterinarian who enjoys both medicine and surgery and who is comfortable providing guidance about shelter med protocols to our small team of technicians.
The shelter veterinarian would oversee and maintain the health of our shelter population (cats and dogs) and offer support to operations staff in maintaining herd health. Candidates should be comfortable with in-heat spays, pregnant spays, large dog surgeries, and have the ability to perform procedures such as leg amputation, enucleation, cherry eye sx, as well as other lifesaving procedures.
Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Providing medical care and medical oversight of the shelter population
  • Working with key staff to ensure the overall health and wellbeing of the animals in our care
  • Providing HVHQSN to our shelter animals prior to adoption as well as to our low cost clinic clients
  • Handling animal medical emergencies, assisting staff with proper handling of medical emergencies
  • Communicating with key staff on medical plans and follow up for shelter animals
  • Communicating with key managers on housing and containment of contagious diseases
  • Conducting surgery and other life saving medical procedures, performing occasional euthanasia
  • Providing medical care and services via our community pet wellness days, vaccine clinics and public spay days
  • Working with a small team (2 -3) technicians to ensure consistency in medical care
  • Assisting with management of inventory for surgical supplies; help keep medical expenses within budgetary guidelines by developing/maintaining effective and efficient medical processes
  • Managing proper drug logs and records, oversight of pharmacy inventory
  • Working through solutions and providing input on protocols, facility improvement, and overall medical operations
  • Working directly with the Executive Director to expand clinic operations and map out clinic related programming
  • Assisting with team building of the clinic staff and volunteers

Minimum Requirements:

  • A licensed DVM, with a minimum 4 years of experience, preferably with at least 2 years of shelter medicine experience
  • Ability to perform at least 20 spay/neuter surgeries in one day using HVHQSN techniques
  • Strong understanding of shelter medicine best practices
  • Fear Free Certification, or willingness to receive certification within 6 months of employment
  • Ability to work compassionately with clients and staff/volunteers in various emotional states
  • Comfortable working independently in a fast-paced and sometimes stressful environment
  • Must possess extraordinary communication and problem solving skills as well as possess the ability to be flexible/pivot with changing situations
  • Previous experience with oversight of clinic staff a plus


When you adopt from a no-kill shelter, you save two lives. The animal you adopt and the one that replaces him.