The Delaware Humane Association (DHA) is currently accepting applications for a full-time Director of Veterinary Services (DVS). The DVS works closely with the Director of Lifesaving and the Director of Animal Care to maintain the health of the Center’s animal population through effective protocols of animal husbandry and the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of medical conditions. The ideal candidate will be responsible for providing medical care for all DHA animals in accordance with the DHA policies and procedures, as well as shelter standards regulated by the State Office of Animal Welfare. They will be expected to promote the humane care and treatment of animas at all times. Candidate should have availability of a minimum of 40 hours per week and flexible availability for emergencies after hours.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
Responsible for providing high quality and fast pace medical care of animals in the Center
Performs initial and follow-up examinations for all animals in DHA care and diagnoses as needed
Performs clinical, laboratory services for sheltered animals (reading in-house slides)
Performs or assists with initial medical assessments for animals being considered for intake
Recommends and documents treatment plans including proper dosages and length of treatment
Conducts or assists with medical Exit examinations
Drafts Medical Addendums for adoptions as needed
Runs tests to check for parasites. Perform skin scrapings, fecal floats, ph urine, FeLV tests, Heartworm tests, Parvo tests, and UV checks for Ringworm…etc
Conducts blood sampling
Communicates effectively with partnering Vet Offices and Foster Parents providing care for the DHA animals
Performs Euthanasia when necessary
Performs Spay & Neuter Surgery at minimum of 2 days per week
Maintains proper paperwork and medical records as required by law
Performs general office duties and other duties as business needs present such as making recommendations for medical policies and procedures
Works as an on-call resource to diagnose emergencies for in-house and foster animals after normal working hours
Qualifications include but are not limited to:
Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine with valid License to practice in Delaware
3 or more years’ experience as a Veterinarian
Knowledge of state laws and regulations as they relate to euthanasia, rabies quarantine, and DEA record keeping etc
Demonstrates capability to be a self-starter and be able to work well in a changing environment which may be stressful or emotionally charged at times
Ability to work and excel in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment
Ability to life 50 pounds or more
About DELAWARE HUMANE ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1957, Delaware Humane Association (DHA) is Delaware’s premiere nonprofit no kill animal care and adoption center, serving a four state area. We are committed to providing for the needs of homeless and owned dogs and cats in our community.
Each year, hundreds of animals come to DHA in search of a warm bed, good meal, and most importantly, a new home. Our dedicated staff and volunteers work hard to ensure that each animal receives the best care possible during his/her stay at our adoption shelter. We’re committed to preparing all adoptable dogs and cats for a new home by keeping them well-groomed, giving them daily exercise and affection, and providing obedience training and any necessary medical care.
DHA serves the community by offering affordable spay/neuter services, low cost vaccination clinics, and a pet food pantry.
We receive no government funding, and rely on the support of the community in the form of volunteers, private donations, bequests, grants, fundraising events, our Guardian Angel Program, and our Helping Hands Club to complete our mission.
Vision: We envision a day when every animal is loved, has a home and has a “friend for life.”
Mission...: We make “friends for life” by connecting people with animals, and by building strong relationships to better serve our community.
Values: At DHA, we make “friends for life” by:
Matching the right people with the right animals
Offering a friendly, welcoming environment
Empowering others to care for animals
Being kind, caring and compassionate