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Staff Veterinarian - BFAS

Posted April 14, 2021

Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile
Kanab, UT

About This Job

Location: Kanab, Utah

Join our team at the largest animal sanctuary in the country! Help to save lives in our state-of-the-art hospital where we pride ourselves on offering homeless pets the same top-of-the-line care that animals with the most loving families would have their vets provide. The new 13,000-square-foot facility offers a private room for shy community cats to stay before and after spay/neuter surgery, a dedicated dental suite, a state-of-the-art laboratory, an x-ray suite, an ultrasound room and many more features that allow us to provide top-notch care. So follow your dream and come live among the beautiful red rock canyons, and put your veterinary experience to work for the animals who need you most – homeless pets.

Position Summary: 

The Staff Veterinarian will provide quality medical care for all our sanctuary animals, employee animals, and some public animals (i.e. other rescue groups' animals, and low income family pets).


  • Responsible for the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of sanctuary animals, employee animals, and some public animals..
  • Performing surgeries as required. This includes, but is not limited to, mid to high volume spay and neuter, abdominal exploratories, mass removals, and can include orthopedic surgeries as well.
  • Diagnostic procedures include, but are not limited to, interpreting radiographs, ultrasounds, fine-needle aspirates, nasal and tracheal flushes.
  • Be on call after hours 2-3 days a week for sanctuary and employee animals
  • Advocate for animals, educate public, Best Friends Animal Society staff on all aspects of animal health, and ensure a safe and effective clinic environment.
  • Educate, mentor and coach veterinary students.
  • Promote continuing development of medical care through continued education.
  • Delegating duties and responsibilities to technical support staff to ensure proper care and comfort of hospitalized patients.
  • Keeping abreast of veterinary concerns and trends in the animal welfare movement.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Experience:

  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM, VMD) or equivalent required.
  • 7+ years of work experience in clinic, hospital, or shelter setting.
  • Experience with large animals is not required but is helpful.
  • Interest in other species such as parrots, rabbits, and wildlife is also helpful
  • Proficient at spays and neuters of dogs and cats
  • Interest in shelter medicine.
  • License in good standing with state veterinary board.
  • License or application for license with Drug Enforcement Agency.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations. The ideal person for this job would be a team player, personable, professional, upbeat, and energetic, takes initiative, uses tact and diplomacy.
  • Able to maintain clear communication with internal staff on all levels. Proven written and oral presentation skills
  • Interest in continuing veterinary education and exploration of new technologies and treatment modalities.
  • Flexible work schedule with emergency on-call duties as needed.
  • Ability to professionally advocate Best Friends positions on issue.
  • Work requires continual attention to detail. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated good working habits in an environment that requires multitasking and multiple demands on time.
  • Valid Driver's License with access to transportation.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time while performing work requiring concentration and manual dexterity.
  • Ability to work long hours multiple days in a row.
  • Lifting animals of all sizes, bending, stooping and walking on a daily basis.
  • Working at a computer for extended periods of time with repetitive typing, arm and hand motion.

Thank you for your interest in pursuing a career at Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, or domestic partner status.


About this Employer

Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile

30 North 300 West
Kanab, UT 84741

Telephone (435) 644-2001
Reservations (435) 644-3400

40 Room Hotel

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Who We Are 

For over 30 years, Best Friends Animal Society has been running the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and building effective programs that reduce the number of animals entering shelters.

Just for Pets

At the Best Friends Roadhouse & Mercantile, pets are just as much guests as their people are. For their comfort and happiness, we are pleased to provide:

  • Personal pet welcome
  • Complimentary self-serve pet washing facilities
  • Complimentary cleaning products, located in the service building
  • Pet walking service provided in half-hour increments by Best Friends volunteers and staff (a fee applies)
  • Pet visits by our staff during the day (a fee applies)
  • Fenced pet-park area with splash water feature (for pets of lodging guests)
  • Pet treats, beds and retail items in the mercantile building
  • Built-in cubbies and snuggling areas in select guest rooms

Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.