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Veterinarian, Exotics Interest

Posted March 26, 2023

Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile
Kanab, UT
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$120,000 to $165,000 annually, depending on experience.

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Imagine putting your knowledge of exotic species medicine to work with a team of knowledgeable and compassionate care providers, spending time with parrots, wildlife, rabbits and others. Or perhaps you have experience with exotic species in a general practice and would love to expand that area of your work. It’s all possible when you join the Best Friends team, working in the heart of our organization, the largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals in the country! 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. As a Best Friends veterinarian, you'll be part of a professional medical team that performs lifesaving work, providing animals top-of-the-line medical care.

While staff veterinarians work as a team to provide for all veterinary needs across departments, there are multiple areas within which you can grow or apply your passions in the role. We’re seeking veterinarians who have professional interests that include:

  • Shelter medicine – Dogtown and Cat World help save animals from under-resourced shelters across the region and the country. They provide care and treatment with the goal of finding a loving, adoptive home as efficiently as possible.
  • Exotics – From Parrot Garden and Bunny House to Wild Friends with a full wildlife rehabilitation and education program, the Sanctuary cares for an incredible variety of species for adoption, release to the wild, or lifetime care when needed. 
  • Large animals – Horse Haven is home to horses, but also goats, pigs, and the occasional donkey. With a new, state-of-the-art headquarters and veterinary clinic, Horse Haven is a world-class equine medicine experience. 
  • High-volume, high-quality, spay and neuter surgeries – spay and neuter surgeries are critical in our work to Save Them All.
  • Urgent care and general practice – Best Friends veterinary team responds to the routine and urgent needs of the animals in our care and others within the clinic facility, ensuring animals receive the care they need in this beautiful rural community. 

Our medical facilities include a 13,000-square-foot clinic facility with dedicated surgery and dental suites, state-of-the-art laboratory, x-ray suite, ultrasound room, and many more features to provide animals with all they need. And satellite clinics located within each sanctuary department allow you to spend your days working closely with the animal care teams and thousands of animals who pass through the Sanctuary on their way to a loving adopted home, with resources and technical support readily at hand. 

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!

Summary: Best Friends staff veterinarians provide high quality veterinary care for Best Friends Animal Society program animals. This includes pets in our care as well as high-quality, high-volume spay and neuter surgeries and other surgeries and care for Best Friends public and partner lifesaving activities. 

Culture Statement: We value attitude over aptitude, and we treat Kindness as a discipline because it is paramount in our culture along with our other Guiding Principles. Culture is how we talk to and treat ourselves and one another, it’s how we generate and respond to change, it’s how we plan and make decisions, it’s how we do what we do. 

Essential Duties/ Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate kindness and the Golden Rule in our everyday actions by practicing inclusion and respect for every person for the value they bring to the table. Be a role model for the spirit of authenticity, kindness and positive influence with each other, our visitors, and volunteers as well as to the animals every day. This includes listening, being present, being supportive of others and demonstrating compassion and curiosity in conflict. 
  • Responsible for the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of program animals; uphold medical standards of care; perform a variety of procedures as needed including high-volume spay and neuter; maintain knowledge of shelter medicine including common infectious diseases and conditions and their treatment; conduct diagnostic procedures.
  • Support on call and emergency response; ensure a safe and effective clinic environment, educate, mentor, and coach veterinary students, technicians, assistants, and volunteers; communicate with shelters, outside veterinarians, and clinics regarding cases including referrals or post-adoption support. 
  • Promote continuing development of medical care through continued education; keep abreast of veterinary concerns and trends in animal welfare; and uphold the highest standards of professionalism.
  • Lead by example in delivering superior customer service in our operations, where we relate to all visitors, adopters, fosters, and others in a friendly, informational, and professional manner. 
  • Work collaboratively with and assist Best Friends’ team members in all areas of operations to develop, evolve, and implement efficient processes to achieve lifesaving goals; follow policies, procedures, and task lists, including accurate and timely communications, work completion, data entry, and recordkeeping. 
  • Maintain a safe workplace, value, and model safe work practices, adhering to organizational safety practices and rules, and addressing or communicating to leadership about unsafe practices and conditions.

Skills and Experience:

  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM, VMD), work experience preferred but new graduates considered.
  • Licensed in good standing with state veterinary board, license or application for license with Drug Enforcement Agency.
  • Bilingual or multi-lingual skills preferred but not required. 
  • Customer-centric, non-judgmental approach to engaging with adopters, partners, visitors, volunteers, and colleagues; familiarity and comfort with a conversational adoption process. 
  • Ability to work with, leash, kennel, walk, and handle cats and dogs, including those with health and/or behavior conditions/concerns; basic ability to identify and speak to medical and behavioral characteristics of dogs and cats. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, a team player, personable, professional, and able to get along with people from different backgrounds, as well as the ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations.   
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with well-developed organization skills to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands.  
  • Resourceful, get-it-done attitude; initiative to assist in any area or process; problem solving, seeking answers independently and enthusiastically; flexibility to persist until goals are achieved. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products; familiarity with shelter software/animal management software, or desire to learn. 

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to:  
    1. Routinely lift 40 pounds and perform daily strenuous activity including, but not limited to lifting, carrying, reaching, stooping, squatting, cleaning, and bending.  
    2. Perform repetitive tasks for extended periods of time including typing, sitting, walking, arm, and hand motion.    
    3. Work indoors and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions including extreme heat and cold.  
  • Exposure to dogs, cats and other animals of all sizes, temperaments, and medical status.   
  • Valid driver’s license, meeting Best Friends Animal Society’s driver qualification standards; ability to travel, including overnight stays, when needed.   
  • Daily hours and days of the week may vary according to the needs of the department schedule; position includes weekends, nights, and holiday work.
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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

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.