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Staff Veterinarian - Kanab, Utah

Competitive pay, medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, short and long-term disability, dependent care reimbursement, pet sitting reimbursement when traveling for work, flexible spending account

Posted November 13, 2022

Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile
Kanab, UT
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Join Best Friends and turn your career into a labor of love. The benefits package is competitive, generous, and one of the best! We offer competitive pay, medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, short and long-term disability, childcare reimbursement, pet sitting reimbursement (when traveling for work), flexible spending account, health savings account, generous paid time off, paid holidays, auto insurance discount, and legal and identify theft coverage.  For added wellbeing support, we offer Pawternity Leave for employees to have time to care for their personal pets, mental health support, and an employee assistance program. We also offer a generous 401k savings plan that offers 100% match on employee contributions up to 6% after two years of service and staff discounts on Best Friends merchandise.  

Location: Kanab, Utah

Are you a veterinarian looking to expand your professional journey at an exceptionally well-sourced facility? Join the Best Friends team and work at the largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals in the country! As a Best Friends veterinarian, you'll be part of a professional medical team that performs lifesaving work in a modern hospital, providing animals top-of-the-line medical care.

Our 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 to provide animals first-class care. Come live among the beautiful red rock canyons and put your veterinary experience to work for up to 1,600 dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, horses and other barnyard animals at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. 

What are the perks of working at Best Friends? We offer a competitive salary and an incredible comprehensive benefits package including a flexible work week, one week of paid volunteerism per year, continuing education opportunities, and generous paid time off, pawternity leave, free lunch at our vegan café, medical, dental, vision insurance, a fun-loving staff and so much more! 

In addition, Kanab is in beautiful southern Utah – an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. We are surrounded by world-renowned parks and nature sites such as the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, and many more. If you are looking for a spectacular work-life balance and want to live in the outdoor playground of southern Utah, contact us today!

You can check out the sanctuary in this short video, or better yet, visit us and see for yourself!

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).


  • Treat people around you as our most valuable resource by leading with Kindness and Compassion in all your actions, build trust by demonstrating authenticity and following through on your commitments, encourage self-care and work-life balance through your own example, and work to build strong relationships with your team by creating communication loops to share and receive honest feedback. You are responsible and accountable for the culture of your team.
  • Responsible for the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of sanctuary animals, employee animals, and some public animals.
  • Performing surgeries as required. These include, but are 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 the public and the 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.
  • Delegate duties and responsibilities to technical support staff to ensure proper care and comfort of hospitalized patients.
  • Keep 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.
  • 4+ years of work experience in a 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
  • License in good standing with state veterinary board
  • License or application for a 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, 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 issues
  • 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.
  • Possess a valid driver's license with access to transportation

Physical Requirements:

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

After applicants accept an offer of employment in writing, they will be asked to provide Covid-19 vaccination status information pursuant to any applicable policies in place at the time of hiring.

Thank you so much 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.

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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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About Best Friends Animal Society

The Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile is an extension of the longstanding hospitality experienced at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Best Friends Animal Society is a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. In addition to running lifesaving programs in partnership with thousands of animal welfare groups across the country, Best Friends has operations in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Salt Lake City and Northwest Arkansas and runs the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary.

Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to about 347,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs all across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 3,300 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All®. 

While you are in Kanab, we welcome you to learn more about our lifesaving work, schedule a tour of the Sanctuary, and consider becoming a member of Best Friends Animal Society

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.

The Best Friends Roadhouse Story

Your southern Utah vacation experience just got better: Welcome to the Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile, the latest (and greatest) lodging option among Kanab’s fast-growing hotel and motel offerings.

Located in the heart of Kanab, Utah, just five miles south of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the Best Friends Roadhouse & Mercantile welcomes pets and their people. For visitors to the Sanctuary and nearby national parks, it provides a pet-friendly place to stay.

The Roadhouse features 40 rooms as well as a variety of dog- and cat-friendly amenities and services, such as built-in cubbies for snuggling, dog washing stations, pet walking and a fenced dog park area with a splash zone. It’s an animal lover’s dream come true! We can’t wait to welcome you to the Roadhouse, where you can experience the warmth of Best Friends hospitality.

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.