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IGDF Members E-Newsletter April 2024
Organization: Guide Dogs of America
Location: Sylmar, CA
Job Type: Full time
Deadline: July 31, 2022

Job Description

Contact at organisation: Kristine Wallace, Guide Dogs of America

Phone: 8188336439


Job Purpose: To provide leadership to the veterinary service program and provide care and oversight of all GDA/TLC dogs.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for ensuring operations comply with all state and federal laws regarding the practice of veterinary medicine on site;
  • Provide and manage professional veterinary care, including surgery, radiography, internal medicine, and dental for dogs brought to the veterinary clinic;
  • Ensure appropriate staffing, training, retraining, monitoring, evaluation, and recognition of direct and indirect reports and volunteers within the Vet Department;
  • Responsible for managing Vet Department staff including timecards, overtime, vacation requests, job performance, scheduling;
  • Develop standard operating procedures and clinical protocol as appropriate;
  • Participate in strategic planning process;
  • Develop and manage local preferred veterinarian networks to provide the desired standard of care and services for the medical needs of all GDA/TLC dogs;
  • Confer with outside veterinarians, caring for GDA/TLC dogs to assure that their recommended treatment is consistent with our protocols and other conditions, and that results are appropriately documented and reported;
  • Consult with breeder keepers, puppy raisers, graduates and handlers of dogs up for adoption concerning their dogs’ care by phone, email and when appropriate in person.
    After-hours emergency phone consults;
  • Manage inventory, storage systems and vendor relations to maintain an appropriate level of all supplies, drugs and equipment; track expenses; process invoices, expense reimbursements and other paperwork related to inventory control;
  • Ability to work overtime, nights, holidays and weekends as needed;
  • Travel may be required;
  •  Clinic environment with multiple dogs;
  • Works mainly indoors in campus clinic, in prisons, at puppy raiser groups and elsewhere as needed.

Essential Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to stand for long periods;
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 60 lbs. and 80 lbs. with assistance;
  • Ability to walk, push, pull, reach overhead, crouch, stoop, kneel and bend to the floor;
  • Ability to exert 20-50 pounds of force including pushing or moving objects;
  • Visual acuity required to render veterinary care, see and read dog’s behaviors, forms, documentation, computer;
  • Hearing ability required to interact with dogs, staff, volunteers, clients;
  • Working in a kennel environment with multiple dogs;
  • Ability to tolerate elevated noise levels – barking dogs.


  • 18+ years of age;
  • Valid drivers’ license and insurable;
  • Must be a licensed Veterinarian in good standing in the U.S. with eligibility for licensure in California;
  • Ability to lead and manage change;
  • Ability to organize, meet deadlines, delegate tasks, evaluate and supervise work force;
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills and be able to communicate with all agents;
  • Work well as part of a team and in a team environment.

How to Apply

Submit cover letter and resume to: