The Arizona Animal Welfare League is a limited-intake shelter intaking about 4,300 animals annually. Our medical team provides leadership and direction not only to the shelter clinic and staff but is also responsible for AAWL's low-cost clinic which provides affordable vet care to the public. In addition, our medical team provides help and assistance to other rescue operations and shelters in rural areas of the state, serving as consultants and partners in all areas of operation. Our goal is to be innovative and a leader in the animal welfare sector and an important resource for partners throughout the state of Arizona.

General Function

AAWL provides quality medical care to shelter patients from public intakes, rural rescue, and other partner organizations. This includes, but not limited to, spays/neuters, exams, treatment procedures and daily rounds, various other duties.

Job Description

The veterinarian should have a good understanding of shelter medicine, the scope of knowledge should also include, but not limited to, moderate to high volume spay/neuter, physical exams, treatment procedures.


· Educate staff and volunteers regarding animal disease and treatments.

· Ensure that each animal receives a physical examination and that sick and injured animals are diagnosed and appropriate treatment is prescribed.

· Perform high volume spay/neuter surgeries and additional surgery as necessary. Additional surgeries include but are not limited to enucleations, exploratory surgery, minor orthopedics, tumor removal with biopsy, dentals, amputations, etc.

· Provide emergency medical care as needed, including but not limited to, IV catheter placement, emergency surgery, transfusions, etc. to shelter animals.

· Monitor the health of animals in the shelter (in collaboration with the shelter staff) and provide appropriate treatment when necessary.

· Assist in training veterinary techs, other shelter staff and interns from local veterinary programs.

· Ensure accurate recordkeeping in the computerized medical records system for medical management and surveillance of disease within the shelter.



Physical requirements:

· Ability to lift and move objects and animals weighing up to 50 pounds for short distances and to humanely restrain an animal when necessary.


· DVM or VMD degree from an accredited university with an active Arizona license (or the ability to acquire an Arizona license).

· Must able to be on-call every other weekend, as needed.

· Must be able to work collectively on cases with other Veterinarians, management, CEO, and Specialists.

· Experience with high volume spay/neuter, and pediatric surgeries highly desirable.

· Ability to accommodate varied work assignments and schedules.



  • Veterinarian: 1 year (Preferred)

To Apply for This Position

To apply for this position, email your resume and cover letter to Marcus Brown at

Employment Details

EXEMPT POSITION: Days/hours are flexible.

Apply by email. Please include CV and cover letter.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: Competitive, DOE