Hawaiian Humane Society
  • Honolulu, HI, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

PRIMARY PURPOSE: Providing high level medical care and high quality, high volume sterilization procedures to our patients in accordance with established policy and procedure. Supervises and performs healthcare according to Hawaiian Humane procedures to ensure sheltered animals are receiving safe, competent and humane care and are provided with quality health care and surgical procedures at all times.

Reports To: Chief Veterinarian

Supervises: Volunteers and staff as needed


  • Oversight of Medical Procedures, Treatment and Drugs. Treat owned pets and shelter animals. Perform high quality, high volume spay/neuter surgery and veterinary healthcare services of all shelter animals according to Hawaiian Humane procedure. Perform successful pre-operative, spay/neuter surgeries and post-operative care in both shelter clinics and spay neuter clinics. Maintain the use, control, and recording of drugs and supplies used in department according to federal and Hawaiian Humane procedure. Select and perform euthanasia of admitted animals according to Hawaiian Humane procedures.
  • Customer and Animal Care. Effectively communicate with staff and clients in a professional and compassionate manner. Inform the public concerning questions of healthcare, welfare and condition of animals at the Hawaiian Humane Society. Conducts oneself in a pleasant, courteous, and professional manner. Treat all animals humanely, properly, and with compassion according to organization standards and industry best practices.
  • Professional Medical Opinion. Provides professional advice and opinions regarding the development and implementation of educational and enforcement programs. Maintaining proper written records
  • Professional Development and Organizational Improvement. Continue to educate oneself concerning veterinary medicine, animal welfare, and staff supervision; and improve or update current procedures as needed according to Hawaiian Humane policy.
  • Medical Forensics for Cruelty Investigations. Assist with the physical examination/necropsies, treatment protocol, testimony, and documentation of animal(s)'s condition that are involved in a cruelty investigation for field services department.


  • Other Duties as Assigned. Ensure a positive public image and to enhance the operation of the organization and improve the quality of life for animals. May include organization-wide support as needed such as but not limited to participation in events, serving as spokesperson, fundraising, covering other operational departments, and Hawaiian Humane's role as a first responder to disasters.


  • Equipment Use: Veterinary medical and surgical equipment, computer, telephone system.
  • Other Materials: Commercial disinfectant, gas anesthetic, euthanasia solution.
  • Hours: Based on operational requirements. Must be available full-time and available to work over 40 hours, as needed, any 7 days of the week, weekends and holidays. On call for emergencies seven days/week.


  • Must have passion and concern for both animals and people.
  • Must agree with and be committed to Hawaiian Humane goals, objectives, and programs.
  • Requires working with minimal supervision. Must be self-motivated.
  • Requires alertness and attention to detail in handling and procedures with animals.
  • Requires standing and performing surgery for periods up to four hours without a break.
  • Requires patience and tact when working with difficult, emotional, or angry people.
  • Requires handling people and animals in a pleasant, courteous, and professional manner.
  • Must be able to lift/carry up to 50 of weight, struggling or limp with or without reasonable accommodation. Must have no limitations to prevent handling or working with animals.
  • Requires detailed and correct written work with respect to reports on animal examinations, court testimony, and department records and reports.
  • Requires ability to supervise, delegate, train, and evaluate staff in department.
  • Requires speaking and writing effectively and clearly in a professional manner both individually and to groups.
  • Requires interpreting and integrating written materials from other staff and department reports, veterinary and animal welfare periodicals, and other regulatory agencies, and developing, recommending, and implementing changes into Hawaiian Humane procedures.


  • Skills/Knowledge: Ability to write and communicate effectively. Ability to plan, organize, train, and supervise staff and volunteers. Public speaking experience is a plus.
  • Education/Training: Requires DVM or VMD and current Hawaii veterinary license within 6 months of employment.
  • Experience: Minimum two years of experience working in a clinical environment required. HVHQSN experience is preferred. Humane Alliance training is a plus.

The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this classification. It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory, or all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of employees assigned to this job. Management has the right to add to, revise, or delete information in this description. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

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