Veterinary Board Member

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ORGANIZATION: Ruff Start Rescue

Summary: The Veterinary Board Member is an active member of the Ruff Start Rescue Board of Directors who is responsible for adhering to general board responsibilities, along with governance authority and responsibility to determine important policies, overall operations, and maintain general, active management of and ultimate control over matters involving professional judgment regarding veterinary medicine any publicly owned animals under Ruff Start Rescue's care/supervision/treatment. This individual will also provide broad-level overview information and guidance to current staffed veterinarians, CVTs, and program staff. Topics may include but are not limited to, high volume spay/neuter, best practices for veterinary medicine, protocols, shelter medicine. They will help give guidance regarding policies for internal foster animals, as well as the care of public animals performed by Ruff Start Rescue.

Time Commitment: 2-3 hours weekly, in addition to general board time commitments

Location: Current Zoom/Future In-person

Reports to: Board Chair


  • Provide veterinary expertise to the board, medical department, and staff as needed
  • Participate in medical meetings with the programs management team/medical team as needed
  • Evaluate quality medical/compliance reports as needed and make recommendations for improvement/expansion of services/revenue opportunities
  • Advise staff and board on medical standards, guidelines, protocol, etc. within the clinic and to ensure compliance with MVMA, AVMA, OSHA, and the MN Board of Animal Health


    • An active member of the Ruff Start Rescue Board of Directors
    • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations within the veterinary field
    • Knowledge of issues, concerns, and challenges facing animal welfare organizations, as well as veterinary medicine in general
    • Clinical experience in and/or willingness to learn about fast-paced shelter medicine, treating health conditions common in shelter populations, as well as owned pets
  • Must have an active DVM License in Minnesota and is willing to keep license active during Board terms
  • License must be in good standing with the MVMA

Applicants, please note: to be considered for this position, you must submit a cover letter in addition to a resume to

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About Ruff Start Rescue


12526 319th Ave, Princeton, MN 55371, US

Mission Statement

Ruff Start Rescue is dedicated to saving animals whose lives are at risk. We also educate the community about the importance of animal rescue and responsibility.


Who We Are & How We Do It

We are a foster based animal rescue based out of Central MN. We are a No-Kill dog and cat rescue organization. We rescue stray, neglected, abandoned, and surrendered dogs and cats as well as ferrets, guinea pigs and rabbits. We all work very hard to place them in new loving homes. We have a facility in Princeton for staff and supplies, but we operate throughout all of central MN. In fact, we have most of our fosters in the twin cities and surrounding areas.

This group could not survive without all of our wonderful volunteers who spend countless hours devoting time to save lives. Most volunteers work full time jobs, have children, their own animals, etc and have a very busy schedule. So if your phone calls or emails are not answered by a live person right away, it’s probably because we are at work and will call you as soon as we can.

More info at:


Board Development
Animals, Board Development


We'll work with your schedule.


All Over MinnesotaPrinceton, MN 55371



  • Veterinary
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Management
  • People Skills




  • 2-3 weekly

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