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Employment Opportunities at DHA

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Current Opportunities
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Current Opportunities

Veterinary Technician

DHA is currently accepting applications for a part-time Veterinary Technician.

Vet Techs are responsible for providing medical care to all resident animals in accordance with DHA's policies and procedures, assisting with public education about humane animal care and welfare, and ensuring proper admitting, preparation, monitoring, recovery and discharge of animals receiving spay/neuter services at DHA. They will be expected to promote the humane care and treatment of animals at all times and to perform job duties within established protocols.

We are looking people who genuinely care about all animals and will be committed to providing exceptional care to our clients and visitors.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assist with spay/neuter services, including admitting patients, administering pre-surgical injections, monitoring recovery, clean and preparation of surgical equipment, and cleaning of the surgery suite and/or surgery van
  • Conduct assigned morning and evening rounds of all areas of the center to ensure the well-being of all animals
  • Administer daily medical treatment to all resident animals as prescribed by staff veterinarians and the Medical Manager
  • Prepare daily list of animals requiring vet exams
  • Perform or assist with initial medical assessment for animals being considered for intake
  • Perform or assist with daily medical treatments, follow-up physicals, and Exit Examinations
    Properly dose and administer medication and vaccines
  • Administer tests to check for Heartworms and other parasites, urine pH, FeLV/FIV, Parvo, etc.
  • Performing blood sampling, skin scrapings, fecal floats, UV checks for Ringworm, etc.
  • Conduct nail clipping, ear cleaning, suture removal, and weight checks on all resident animals
  • Assist the veterinarian at Vaccination Clinics, including handling of pets while vaccinations and microchips are administered
  • Communicate effectively with partnering veterinary offices and foster parents who are providing care for the shelter animals
  • Assist with euthanasia when necessary (DHA is a no kill shelter that does not euthanize to make room for other animals)
  • Assist with the training and supervision of Medical Department volunteers
  • Maintain a clean and sanitary area in all work spaces
  • Maintain proper paperwork and medical records as required by law
  • Maintain all equipment in good working order
  • Report items for repair/replacement as needed
  • Perform general office duties and other duties as needs present

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a high school diploma or general education degree (GED)
  • Have a minimum one year of experience as a Veterinary Technician or similar work experience in an animal care, veterinary hospital and/or shelter environment (certification is preferred)
  • Possess a genuine passion for the humane care of animals
  • Have the ability to perform simple math to calculate proper dosage of medications
  • Have excellent communication skills, public relations/customer service experience, and strong organizational and written skills
  • Possess basic computer operations and knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel software programs
  • Perform duties in a professional manner using good judgment while promoting a team environment
  • Be in good physical and mental health with no animal allergies and be able to lift up to 70 pounds
  • Be a self-starter who is able to work well in a fast paced, changing environment which may be stressful or emotionally charged at times

If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete an Employment Application and email it along with your resume to Director of Operations Debra Radcliff at dradcliff@dehumane.org or fax them to (302) 571-0745.

Animal Caretakers

We currently have employment opportunities available for part-time Animal Caretakers to work in our kennel and cattery.

Animal caretakers feed and clean our resident animals and their living areas, provide them with exercise and socialization, administer medication, and monitor the kennel and cattery to ensure a clean, healthy, and welcoming environment for the animals and shelter visitors.

Our kennel and cattery staff members also use their knowledge of the animals in our care to help potential adopters find a good match for their needs and lifestyles, provide assistance with animal visitation, and support the Customer Service and Adoption Counseling staff with animal handling as needed.

Candidates should not have a fear or dislike of cats or dogs since they will be handling both, and should be prepared for physically demanding work, including the ability to lift up to 50 pounds. We are looking for people who genuinely care about all animals and will be committed to providing exceptional care to our resident animals.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please stop by the shelter and pick up an application, or contact Layne Ross, Executive Assistant & Human Resources Manager, at (302) 571-8171, ext. 301 or lross@dehumane.org. Resumes can be sent via email or faxed to (302) 571-0745.

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How to Apply

Unless otherwise specified in the job posting, please follow the instructions below to apply for a job at DHA.

Please note that you must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a job at DHA, and have attained at least a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent degree.

Step 1

Complete the employment application provided below and:

  • Email it to lross@dehumane.org
  • Fax it to (302) 571-0745
  • Mail it to Delaware Humane Association
    Attn: Layne Ross
    701 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

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Alternately, you can pick up a printed copy at the shelter and submit it in person or by mail.

Step 2

After completing your application, please submit your resume by email, fax or mail. If you don't have a resume, please provide a letter describing your interest and background.


If you have questions about applying, please contact Layne Ross at (302) 571-8171, ext. 301 or lross@dehumane.org.

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Delaware Humane Association is an EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) employer.