• Doctorate (Preferred)
  • Veterinary Experience: 2 years (Preferred)

Full Job Description

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is proud to be a no-kill organization that has been serving the animals and people of the Miami Valley since 1902. To put that into perspective, we have been committed to the animals in our community before the Wright Brothers invented flight! Our mission is to build a community in which all animals are valued and free from suffering, and life is enhanced through the relationships with pets.

Position Summary:

The Wellness Director will be responsible for ensuring high quality preventative and wellness pet care services in both the HSGD hospital and shelter. This person will be the primary veterinarian to ensure all animals under the care and custody or ownership of HSGD are safe, comfortable and well-taken care of, including diagnostic tests, vaccinations and preventative medications.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provides and supports the highest quality of veterinary care to animals in accordance with HSGD protocols.
  • Responsible for the examination, veterinary care and monitoring of the health and welfare of animals in the care, custody or ownership of HSGD, in addition to owned animals participating in our programs.
  • Responsible for performing physical examinations and diagnostics (if applicable) to determine and evaluate the health condition of animals at the time of admission, prior to adoption or in preparation for surgery.
  • Provides routine and emergency veterinary care (at any time) for animals under the care, custody or ownership of HSGD and privately owned animals participating in our programs.
  • Additional soft tissue and orthopedic surgery may be necessary.
  • Inoculate animals and provide recommendations for follow-up care
  • Supervise handling and recording of controlled substances by Veterinary Technicians
  • Assess individual patient issues, and provide appropriate solutions
  • Provides direct, written (i.e. text or email) or telephone health care instructions to appropriate staff members, potential adopters or private owners of animals that the HSGD is handling.
  • Communicate effectively with management to keep apprised of all out of the ordinary situations
  • Assist Humane Agents with cases (alive or deceased animals), including but not limited to examining animals, treating animals, writing statements and testifying in court proceedings
  • Participates in disease prevention programs at HSGD.
  • Consults and advises appropriate staff regarding health care protocols.
  • Monitors animals for signs of illness, disease or unusual behavior (including isolated or quarantined animals).
  • When appropriate, evaluate and make recommendations for untreatable animals or animals that are suffering with no remedy or relief.
  • Effectively communicates the medical condition and status of animals to the public, adoption partners, and the veterinary community when requested by management.
  • Works at HSGD sponsored clinics, at the HSGD, or in the community, inside or outside of normal business hours, as directed by management.
  • Provides high quality service to HSGD employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public by providing accurate, complete and up-to-date information, in a courteous, efficient and timely manner.
  • Enters data into animal database software and maintains required record keeping logs for drug use, procedures, etc.
  • Communicates effectively and professionally with co-workers, management, volunteers (including fosters) and the public at all times.
  • Takes immediate action to address any safety concern or noncompliance of safety rules that could put an employee, volunteer, client, animal, or the organization at risk
  • Represents the HSGD in a manner that upholds both personal and professional standards at all times
  • Maintains appropriate licensing and completes required continuing education courses. Adheres to state regulations and organizational protocol regarding animal care, treatment, advocacy, and the mission of HSGD
  • Helps maintain proper identification on animals during veterinary interactions.
  • Attends various meetings at the request of management.
  • May be called upon to perform other HSGD tasks as requested by management.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Performs other job-related duties and activities, as needed
  • Keeps management informed on animal care needs and concerns
  • Works extended hours; as needed
  • On call for animal emergencies
  • Travel, as requested

Minimum Position Qualifications:

  • DVM/VMD degree from an accredited university
  • Active veterinary license in state of Ohio.
  • Three years practical experience in the field of veterinary medicine, with experience with high volume surgeries preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills are required.
  • Maintenance of malpractice insurance
  • Ability to work well within frenetic nature of the shelter environment

Daily Contacts:

  • Clients
  • Staff
  • Veterinary Clinics and Veterinarians
  • Vet Supply companies/Vendors
  • Humane Society employees
  • Volunteers
  • Other animal shelters and their employees
  • Other not-for-profit groups

Direct Reports:

  • Veterinarians, Spay & Neuter

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Individual will have extended periods of 8 or more hours of standing, sitting, stretching and bending.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds repeatedly throughout the day with help
  • Must be able to stand, walk, sit, talk and hear, stoop, bend, squat, kneel, grasp grip, put fingers together firmly and reach above and below shoulder level and lift, push or pull 50 pounds for situations of restraining or moving animals and lifting supplies, materials and equipment
  • Repetitively use hands to operate computers and medical equipment
  • Flex the neck upward and downward; twist the neck and the waist. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • The employee is rarely required to sit
  • Must have good vision including peripheral vision, fine detail, distance, depth perception, and ability to focus
  • Must have reasonable degree of agility to move through tightly cramped areas in various situations
  • Must be able to work in potential extreme environmental temperatures.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Standard office, animal care, public, and surgical environment, with exposure to hazardous chemicals, anesthetics, sharp objects, excessive noise, animal waste, and dead animals, and sewage and zoonotic diseases can occur; requires travel.

The schedule may change and may require in order to complete the job. This can include working possible weekends, holidays and special events as required. Veterinarian may be on call in the evening, weekends and holidays depending on clinic needs. Traveling and training often requires travel on weekdays. Candidate must be flexible with schedule change on short notice.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
  • Work related stress is occasional
  • Will be exposed to blood and/or bodily fluids of animals
  • Prolonged exposure to various aqueous solutions, including, but not limited to chlorahexadine
  • Prolonged exposure to isopropanol, hydrogen peroxide
  • Potential exposure to Formalin solution
  • Potential/Prolonged exposure to isoflorane gas
  • Prolonged exposure to quaternary ammonium cleaners and bleach
  • Potential exposure to sharps, including needles and surgical blades

Job Type:

  • Full-time


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift


  • Doctorate (Preferred)


  • Veterinary Experience: 2 years (Preferred)


  • DVM/VMD from an accredited university (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • One location

Benefit Conditions:

  • Waiting period may apply

Work Remotely:

  • No

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place

To apply for this job email your details to awilson@hsdayton.org