Senior Director of Shelter Medicine

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As part of the Shelter Services department, the Shelter Medicine Service (SMS) team works to improve the health and welfare of animals in shelters and communities by strengthening shelter medicine programs and strategically applying expertise to improve animal health and shelter function. The Senior Director, Shelter Medicine (Senior Director) will work in close collaboration across internal ASPCA programs to support the integration and alignment of key shelter medicine principles in order to ensure the consistency and continuity of high-quality animal care. This person will play a critical role as a mentor and supervisor for Shelter Medicine Residents, and for ASPCA staff members, externs, and interns on a variety of shelter medicine topics. The Senior Director will also support external sheltering organizations by providing training and developing educational resources on shelter medicine topics, and through direct consultative work with partner organizations. Finally, this position plays an important role in the continued growth of the field of shelter medicine by serving in leadership positions in strategic veterinary medical and animal welfare organizations.

To succeed in this role, the Senior Director will bring a high level of knowledge in shelter medicine, excellent writing, public speaking, and communication skills, and a strong desire to continually improve the health and well-being of animals, shelters, and the communities in which they live. This person will also provide mentorship, training, and support for residents as well as staff and volunteers across ASPCA programs and external partner organizations. Success will hinge on the ability to work with a variety of constituents and facilitate relationship-building. Collaboration with different subject matter experts and across programs to ensure alignment with and integration of best practices across ASPCA programs will be critical, so that animals’ physical and behavioral needs are met on both individual patient and population levels.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Strategic Support to Internal and External Stakeholders (60%)

  • Collaborate with and support internal programs to facilitate the consistent application of shelter medicine guidelines, principles and best practices to ensure high quality and humane animal care, and to facilitate the most efficient pathways to placement or other outcomes.
  • Develop and support the implementation of efficient and effective protocols for high-quality, practical, and cost-efficient veterinary care in accordance with shelter medicine principles and best practices to ensure a consistent approach across the organization while addressing direct care programs’ varying circumstances; coach and trouble-shoot the development, implementation, and continued refinement of key shelter medicine practices such as daily rounds and pathway planning.
  • Provide direct clinical assistance to support the management of individual and population-level cases where appropriate.
  • Provide a safe and compassionate environment for animals in our care, our staff, and for our clients by using low-stress handling techniques.
  • Teach and mentor internal ASPCA staff on shelter medicine topics; build capacity in veterinarians and other medical staff to apply shelter medicine principles and best practices across a wide variety of situations to prioritize use of SMS’s time and expertise.
  • Model a standard of continual commitment to improvement of all aspects of animal care and handling and the further elevation of shelter medicine.
  • Consult with external shelters, veterinarians, and other stakeholders on veterinary issues pertaining to shelters.
  • Provide shelter medical expertise to partner and other external sheltering organizations, focusing on shelter health and operations; provide consultative support for clinical management of individual and population-level cases.
  • Advise on and participate in the development of industry standards and guidelines, quality of care, protocols, and adherence to regulatory requirements as they pertain to shelter medicine programs and related initiatives, such as transport programs and public outreach.
  • Contribute to facility design and programmatic development in support of new and existing ASPCA programs from a shelter medicine perspective.
  • Collaborate on shelter medicine consultations and evaluations with shelters, universities, community organizations and other groups involving partner or strategically important organizations.
  • Advise and educate the public, shelters, veterinarians and ASPCA departments on issues pertaining to shelter medicine, animal health, and animal welfare.
  • Stay abreast of shelter medicine practices and trends, in order to employ these across direct care programs when applicable; work with stakeholders to implement appropriate protocols on topics that relate to animal health and welfare, including but not limited to sanitation, population management, animal housing and segregation, and nutrition.
  • Other duties as assigned by the VP or SVP.

Mentoring, Training and Development (40%)

  • Improve animal health and strengthen shelter medicine programs through teaching, research, and the development of educational materials.
  • Serve as a mentor to residents, interns, and externs; provide direct or indirect supervision, as appropriate, to ASPCA shelter medicine residents across direct care programs to improve the residents’ knowledge, clinical and technical proficiency, and communication skills and ensure a consistent and high-quality training experience.
  • Collaborate with SMS, other internal programs and external veterinary specialists (as needed) to ensure successful specialty level learning experiences throughout the duration of the residency.
  • Develop programs, presentations, audio-visual content, website content, and written materials on shelter medicine that focus on preventive medicine, epidemiology, population management, infectious diseases, and efficient and effective veterinary care in shelters.
  • Develop and coordinate new and continuing education for professional veterinary and lay shelter staff; deliver training on shelter medicine and animal welfare topics at various venues.
  • Provide expertise and support for implementation and evaluation of shelter medical programs and protocols, including publication of results where applicable.
  • Collaborate on relevant research on a wide variety of topics related to shelter medicine.
  • Identify and develop opportunities to promote, expand, and improve programs for the care of shelter, homeless, and at-risk animals in communities.
  • Assist in outreach and networking efforts to promote shelter-medical programs and facilitate cooperative partnerships with national, local, and state veterinary associations and colleges.
  • Support the advancement of shelter medicine by serving in leadership roles in strategic veterinary medical and animal welfare organizations on a regional or the national level.


  • High level of knowledge of shelter medicine required
  • Current veterinary license in one or more states required
  • Excellent writing, public speaking, presentation, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills and a high level of attention to detail
  • Possess critical thinking and multi-tasking skills; able to work well under pressure, adapt to changing circumstances, and juggle and shift priorities based on animal and organizational needs
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of constituents and facilitate relationship-building and collaboration
  • Able to identify new opportunities and assist in the development of new projects
  • Able to work in a home office with minimal supervision
  • Regular travel required – up to 30%, including occasional unplanned and/or weekend travel
  • Exemplifies the ASPCA’s Core Values:
    • Has Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
    • Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
    • Believes in Team – that we are stronger together
    • Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible
    • Focuses on Impact, specifically making change for animals

Education and Experience:

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent degree from an accredited veterinary college required
  • Minimum of five years of veterinary experience required
  • Minimum of three years of shelter medicine experience, including working directly in or closely with a variety of sheltering organizations on both individual animal and population level concerns required
  • Residency training and/or board certification in shelter medicine practice strongly preferred
  • Prior experience training veterinary students and/or veterinarians preferred
  • Fear Free Shelter and Fear Free Veterinary certification required within 60 days of hire

Compensation and Benefits:

The applicable target hiring range for this remote role is based on where the employee works, which for remote roles is the employee’s primary location of residence, and its respective cost of labor. We have organized the U.S. varying costs of labor index into three geographic zones. As a point of reference, below, we have included our ASPCA locations by geographic zone to illustrate what the hiring range would be in each of the following areas.  

Starting pay for the successful applicant will depend on a variety of factors, including but not limited to education, training, experience, location, business needs, internal equity, market demands or budgeted amount for the role. The target hiring range is for new hire offers only, and staff compensation may increase beyond the maximum hiring range based on performance over time. The maximum of the hiring range is reserved for candidates with the highest qualifications and relevant experience.

The expected hiring salary ranges for this role are set forth below and may be modified in the future.   

  • Zone 1 (Asheville, NC; Champaign, IL; Columbus, OH; Gainesville, FL; Miami, FL; Oklahoma City, OK; Overland, KS; Union, MO; Weaverville, NC): $133,000 - $140,000

  • Zone 2 (Washington D.C.; Los Angeles, CA): $148,000 - $155,000 

  • Zone 3 (New York, NY): $167,500 - $177,500 

  • You can view which zone applies to where you plan to work here. For questions regarding other locations not found on the list, please send an email to for more information.   

  • Information on our benefits offerings can be found here.       

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Current veterinary license in one or more states required, Excellent oral and written communication, including presentation skills, Flexibility to work with a variety of individuals and organizations and to adapt to changing needs and priorities, High level of knowledge of shelter medicine, Must be able to identify new opportunities, including high level organization and streamlining, and assist in the development of new projects, Must be able to work with a variety of constituents and facilitate relationship-building and collaboration, Must have excellent interpersonal skills



English (Required)

Education and Work Experience:

Doctorate: Veterinary Medicine (Required)


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About Us:
The ASPCA was founded in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment by humans and must be protected under the law. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout the United States.

The ASPCA is headquartered in New York City, where we maintain a full-service animal hospital, spay/neuter clinic, mobile spay/neuter and primary pet care clinics, a rehabilitation center for canine victims of cruelty, kitten nursery, adoption center, and two community veterinary centers.

The ASPCA also operates programs and services that extend nationwide. We assist animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty interventions, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and the advancement of the sheltering and veterinary community through research, training, and resources.

At the ASPCA, we are committed to fostering a collaborative and compassionate culture and we welcome all voices to contribute to our lifesaving mission. Our staff represent a vast array of backgrounds and diversity dimensions, bringing with them valuable experiences and perspectives. They join the ASPCA to learn, grow, and continually do their best work on behalf of animals. We are inspired by our staff, partners, and the communities we support across the country who work to improve animal lives. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the ASPCA because it elevates our organizational culture, aligns with our Core Values, and enables us to move further and faster toward the ASPCA’s vision – that all animals live good lives; valued by society, protected by its laws, and free from cruelty, pain and suffering.