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Director of Veterinary Services

Humane Society for Greater Nashua

The Humane Society for Greater Nashua (HSFN) is a not for profit, community animal shelter with a staff of 22 people who, along with hundreds of volunteers, help care for and raise needed funds for the 3,000 + pets we care for annually. We provide for and protect abandoned, stray and owner released pets by connecting them with new families via adoption.  Each pet that enters the shelter will receive a full medical and behavioral evaluation, is spayed or neutered if needed, given needed vaccines and appropriate medical care.  During their stay all pets have a warm bed, toys, plenty of food, and lots of love andcare until they are adopted. To see our pets currently available for adoption, please visit

Description This Veterinarian is responsible for supervising the overall health of all shelter animals. Provide care and treatment of incoming and housed animals with in the shelter. Provide training for shelter staff on proper veterinary techniques; training about disease, and intestinal parasites. Oversee the Vet Tech’s performance of tests for heartworm tests, feline leukemia, etc. Provide all necessary examinations and vaccinations for all adopted animals.  Oversee community and in house vaccination services provided to the public.  Oversee all surgical and radiological procedures done in the facility.


Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions

• Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited college or university and three to five years of professional veterinary medical experience. 

• Possession of a current license to practice veterinary medicine in New Hampshire.


Physical and Mental Abilities Required to Perform Essential Job Functions 


• Physical Abilities 

o Ability to operate, maneuver and/or provide simple but continuous adjustments on equipment such a surgical instruments, syringes, catch poles, microscopes, diagnostic equipment computer terminal, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.  

o Ability to recognize and identify degrees of similarities or differences between characteristics of colors, shapes, sounds, tastes, odors and textures associated with job-related objects, materials and tasks. 

o Tasks involve the ability to exert moderate but not constant physical effort, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching, and lifting, carrying objects and animals of moderate weight. 


• Environmental Adaptability 

o Ability to work under often unsafe and uncomfortable conditions where exposure to environmental factors such as temperature variations, odors, toxic agents, violence, noise, wetness, and disease can cause discomfort and where there is a risk of injury. 



Knowledge/Abilities Required to Perform Essential Job Functions 

• Ability to perform mid-level data analysis including the ability to audit, deduce, assess, conclude and appraise. Requires discretion in determining and referencing such to established criteria to define consequences and develop alternatives. 

• Ability to provide technical and functional supervision, including scheduling, approving time off, providing technical training, and providing employee feedback. 

• Ability to utilize a variety of advisory data and information such regulations, animal medical certificates, treatment/medical records, lab results, veterinary medicine manuals and textbooks, and general operating manuals. 

• Ability to communicate orally and in writing with pet owners, staff, volunteers, the general public and animal control officers. 

• Ability to apply principles of influence systems such as supervision, managing, leading, teaching, directing, planning, coordinating and controlling. Ability to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to problem resolution. 

• Ability to exercise the judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental and/or subjective criteria, as opposed to criteria that are clearly measurable or verifiable. 

• Knowledge of the principles and practices of veterinary medicine; the most current veterinary practice and techniques relating to the treatment of injured and ill animals, and animal diseases and their prevention, control and eradication. 

• Knowledge of shelter animal health protocols, surgical procedures and companion animal health issues. 

• Knowledge of County, state, City and federal animal health laws and regulations and animal regulation procedures and problems. 

• Effective customer service strategies and the ability to further the City's customer services objectives and strategies. 


The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned. 


• Provides lead direction to staff responsible for following prescribed treatment and maintaining treatment records for animals brought to the shelter; ensures that the highest level of service and care are provided and that changes in animals' conditions are recorded. 

• Assists in the development and implementation of goals, policies, and procedures for the center; recommends changes in procedures as needed. 

• Provides preventative treatments for infections, disease prevention and control, general health, parasite diagnosis and treatment, behavioral evaluations and modification, dietary evaluations, and grooming (healthy coat maintenance.) 

• Examines animals, evaluates animals' health and performs veterinary medical and surgical procedures including vaccinations, prescribing and administering of medications, anti-parasite treatments, tests and lab work for infection, and spay and neuter surgery. 

• Performs surgical sterilization of dogs, cats, including pediatric and high volume spay/neuter. 

• Manage and implement all in house radiological services as needed for shelter and owned pets.

• Performs in-house inspections with shelter staff. 

• Coordinates with local veterinarians and clinic/shelter professionals to promote positive and productive relationships; arranges for full-service care at a veterinary hospital for severely injured, sick or diseased dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals; provides full orders for care.

• Performs all necessary euthanasia according to established protocol. 

• Establishes and maintains medical record and drug use logs to standards of veterinary and sheltering practices; ensures that records are in order and complete. 

• Ensures that all state and federal laws, state regulations, accepted standards, and SAWA policies and procedures regarding clinic operations, the practice of veterinary medicine, drug control, and animal care and handling are adhered to. 

• Maintains up-to-date knowledge of shelter animal health protocols, surgical procedures and companion animal health issues. 

• Builds effective relationships through positive interaction and communication with the community, volunteers and staff. 


Additional Tasks and Responsibilities 

While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other unit members. 


• Assists in monitoring inventory and ordering of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals.

How to Apply:

E-mail resume and cover letter to President & CEO Douglas Barry

Salary Type: Yearly
Salary Minimum: 90000.00
Salary Maximum 100000.00
Job Location:


Date Added: August 1, 2022

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