This is a full-time position (40 hours/week)
Salary negotiable dependent on experience
Full-time employment includes relocation assistance, health benefits, retirement plan, 4 weeks paid time off, 6 paid holidays, as well as CE reimbursement, malpractice insurance, VIN membership, state and DEA licensing reimbursement
For qualifying vets, fully funded high volume spay/neuter training via the ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance will be provided
Reports to: Executive Director
Position type: Full-time (40 hours/week)
Overview: Founded in 1873 by caring Delaware citizens, Delaware SPCA has served the people and animals of Delaware for 149 years and is one of the oldest animal welfare organizations in the country. Founded in 1957, Delaware Humane Association (DHA) is a Delaware nonprofit no-kill animal care and adoption center, serving a four-state area. Collectively, we are committed to providing for the needs of homeless and owned dogs and cats in our community (and the occasional bunny or guinea pig!). Our Wilmington and Newark centers also operate high volume, low cost spay/neuter clinics, provide affordable wellness services for pets, offer regular low-cost vaccination clinics, and have on-site community pet food pantries.
This is an exciting time to join the Delaware SPCA and Delaware Humane Association team as we merge into one organization. Read more on our website (www.delspca.org and delawarehumane.org).
Job summary: Delaware SPCA and Delaware Humane Association are seeking a Director of Veterinary Services to join our growing team and make an impact in our community! Our three adoption centers, located in Wilmington, Newark and Rehoboth Beach, consistently achieve over a 95% save rate for cats and dogs, and expect to welcome 4,000 shelter animals into our programs in 2022. This position will oversee our part-time and relief veterinarians, all aspects of veterinary care for our shelter animals, including spay/neuter, and collaborate with our dedicated leadership team and frontline staff on programs that include: low-cost wellness services, HVHQ spay/neuter, and One Health – an innovative program that provides human and animal health services to those most in need.
Our work culture prioritizes a healthy work-life balance, and we are closed on all major holidays. On your days off, enjoy the close proximity to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and New York. Or, take a trip to the beach – just an hour and a half away! Delaware is home to many hiking/walking trails, parks and amenities, and boasts a low cost of living as well as no sales tax. We are also commutable from various parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland.
Essential Managerial Duties:
Create, evaluate and uphold veterinary protocols, and ensure staff are trained on and fully understand all diagnoses and prescribed treatments
Develop and oversee a team of part-time and relief veterinarians, as well as medical support staff
Mentor medical staff (licensed vets and vet techs) and support a learning environment in order to continue to advance the medical department
Manage externships of visiting veterinarians and/or students
Communicate ideas and use a problem-solving approach to provide high quality veterinary care, while understanding resource limitations
Collaborate with leadership team to ensure organization hits monthly and annual goals
Be part of an energetic, upbeat team dedicated to the advancement of our lifesaving programs (which includes adoption, foster, wellness, spay/neuter and community services)
Be willing to work at various locations including Newark (Delaware SPCA) and Wilmington (DHA) - located just 15 minutes apart - with occasional travel to Rehoboth Beach or other future locations (travel beyond New Castle County will be reimbursed)
Essential Medical Duties:
Oversee shelter animal veterinary care by performing intake exams, vet check requests and specialty care referrals
Provide timely care for animals arriving on out-of-state transport
Oversee wellness clinic on assigned days by performing exams on healthy and sick publicly-owned animals
Communicate diagnoses, treatments and recommendations to clinic staff and the public, and answer client questions in person or over the phone when needed
Perform humane euthanasia on publicly owned and shelter owned animals, when necessary, as well as provide guidance on end-of-life decision making
Interest in and ability to perform HVHQ spay/neuter surgery and/or specialty surgeries preferred
Other duties as assigned by Executive Director
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA)
Must have a current, valid license that allows the practice of veterinary medicine
Three years of previous shelter medicine experience is preferred
Three years of previous supervisory experience is preferred
Must maintain a valid driver’s license and good driving records
Founded in 1873 by caring Delaware citizens, Delaware SPCA has served the people and animals of Delaware for 148 years and is one of the oldest animal welfare organizations in the country. Delaware SPCA has operated a shelter on Stanton Christiana Road since the early 1970s, where, every year, we provide thousands of companion animals with veterinary care, food, spay/neuter surgery, and a warm, safe environment until placing them into loving homes. We also operate a high volume, low cost spay/neuter clinic that sterilizes 3,000+ dogs and cats annually, provide affordable wellness services for pets, offer regular low-cost vaccination clinics, and have an on-site community pet food pantry. This is an exciting time to join the Delaware SPCA team as we prepare to merge with Delaware Humane Association who operates centers in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach! Read more on our website (www.delspca.org).