Shelter Veterinarian - South Elgin
Position Description

Anderson Animal Shelter is a progressive, limited admission humane society with an annual intake of approximately 4,000 companion animals with a live release rate of 95%. In addition, we provide care for over 3,000 injured and orphaned wild animals annually through our wildlife center. Over the course of the next 5 years, we plan to expand the number of species in care to include pet birds (primarily parrots), horses, and other hooved animals commonly kept as pets and small mammals such as rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, etc. We are a fast-paced organization dedicated to the animals in our care and the people we impact. We emphasize the importance of a flexible work-life balance for our staff and volunteers and we work hard to create a positive and fun work environment.

We are seeking a shelter veterinarian to join our mission-driven clinic team. The ideal candidate will be proficient in the medical care of dogs and cats and will also have proficiency in the care of wildlife and non-dog/cat pet species. Candidates who lack experience with non-dog/cat species but who are interested in pursuing these competencies are also encouraged to apply. Typical duties, daily and weekly schedule are determined by current organizational and business needs, urgent medical cases, and veterinarian experience. This role supports our Director of Veterinary Medicine in a collaborative environment providing high quality healthcare to our companion animals and exceptional service to our clients.


Reports To: Chief Operations Officer

Job Type: Part-time, Non-Exempt of Full-time, Exempt commensurate with professional experience and interest in organization's plans for growth and expansion.


Responsibilities include
  • Provides safe, compassionate care and medical treatment to all animals in the shelter population

  • Administers diagnostic and preventative care to all animals in the Anderson population. Medical care of recently adopted animals is occasionally required

  • Triages and stabilizes urgent medical patients

  • Promotes and demonstrates safe practices in the workplace

  • Remains current on shelter industry animal care and medical developments to advance clinic efficiency and support exemplary animal care

  • Enhances the medical skills training of the Veterinary Assistants and Veterinary Technicians

  • Builds constructive and respectful relationships with staff, volunteers, adopters, fosters and community

  • Ensures full compliance with all municipality, county, state laws as well as policies established by Anderson’s Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors

  • Is able and willing to work hours necessary for the successful operation of Anderson’s veterinary clinic and to advance its developing programs

  • Performs additional tasks as assigned


  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) required
  • License to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Illinois required
  • Current DEA license for controlled substances required
  • Previous surgical experience, knowledge of R+ handling, and Fear Free certification is a plus
  • High proficiency in diagnosing and treating a wide variety of illnesses and injuries
  • Experience and/or interest in treatment of other species (wildlife, aviary, equine, small mammals) a plus
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s License
Physical Requirements
  • Is physically able to walk, sit and/or stand for up to 10 hours at a time, and occasionally work high activity shifts of up to 12 hours at a time in all kinds of weather conditions
  • Is willing and physically able to work with domestic and wild animals with a wide variety of temperaments and species


Anderson Animal Shelter was incorporated in 1966 as the Humane Society of North Central Illinois. Over the years, the shelter has transitioned from a traditional community animal shelter to one of the most progressive humane societies of its kind. After the merger of Anderson Animal Shelter and Fox Valley Wildlife Center in February 2020, our organization currently cares for over 7,000 animals each year.

Anderson’s mission is to create mutually beneficial connections between people and animals through programs that raise awareness and inspire kindness, empathy, and respect throughout the community. Anderson is a 501c3 charitable organization and does not receive any federal or state funding. The shelter supports the compassionate and humane treatment of animals through direct care, humane education, and community outreach programs. With locations in the western suburbs of Chicago that include South Elgin, Bloomingdale, and North Aurora, they positively impact the community by supporting the human-animal bond.


All volunteers and staff of Anderson Animal Shelter must understand and accept that, even though all reasonable accommodations are made to support the physical and emotional health of our shelter animals, there are situations in which animals must be euthanized.

Please email resume and cover letter to for consideration.


Adoption Center

180 N Randall Road

North Aurora, IL 60542

Next to Pet Supplies Plus

(847) 697-2880 ext 80

Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.


Main Shelter

1000 S La Fox Street

South Elgin, IL 60177

(847) 697-2880

(847) 697-8229 fax

Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.


Entrance is second door

1000 S La Fox Street

South Elgin, IL 60177

(847) 697-2880 ext. 25

Center Hours

By appointment only.


Adoption Center

412 W Army Trail Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Inside Petco

(847) 697-2880 ext 90

Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.

Shelter Holidays

New Year's Day  ·  Memorial Day  ·  Fourth of July  ·  Labor Day  ·  Thanksgiving Day  ·  Christmas Day

We will close at 3pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Anderson Animal Shelter is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit recognized by the IRS.

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