Job Title:
Animal Care Supervisor – RVT
Job Type:
Full Time
Job Location:
Yarmouth, NS
Number of Positions:
Date Posted:
Job Competition Closes:
Job Start Date:
to be negotiated
Terms of Employment:

A Nova Scotia SPCA Animal Care Supervisor is a key member of the SPCA team. This individual is responsible for ensuring the smooth and efficient day-to-day animal care operational practices of the Shelter to make certain they are compliant with the Society’s animal care standards.


The primary duty of an Animal Care Supervisor is to participate in and oversee the shelter’s animal care operations to achieve the desired animal outcomes.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Review monthly animal care goals and results, identify and understand variances, and participate in corrective action plans.
  • Work directly with veterinarians and staff to implement best practices in disease control and medication protocols.
  • Oversee that all staff are properly trained in disease control cleaning protocols, proper administration of medicine and vaccines.
  • Oversee all pharmaceutical and animal care inventory control and purchasing to ensure proper controls and cost efficiencies.
  • Provide oversight of behavioral assessments of animals, as well as overseeing all euthanasia related decisions or performance of at the shelter in collaboration with the Provincial Director of Animal Care
  • This position supports animal care initiatives and ensures that the shelter is collaborating with other organizations and has the resources required to achieve the Society’s goals
  • Occasionally required to work directly with the public and local veterinarian clinics to ensure the success of our adoption program.
  • Work with leadership team on various initiatives including the continued enhancement of revenue streams that align with our mission and improve our ability to support a greater number of animals in need.
  • Understand the impact of financial and operational changes, and demonstrate strong problem-solving skills on behalf of the animals, community, stakeholders and the leadership team.
  • Participates in the preparation of shelter reports.
  • Works directly with those responsible for maintaining the volunteer and foster based programs to ensure proper training in disease control protocols and the administration of medicine.
  • Expand and increase live release rates through creative adoption strategies; supportive of solutions put forward by Nova Scotia SPCA’s No Kill Model and the Society’s strategic imperatives.
  • Understand and oversee operational compliance with current federal, provincial, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines that affect operations and budgets of non-profit organizations and animal shelters.
  • Ensure policy compliance operationally and accurate and transparent reporting of statistical animal care data.
  • Participates in all animal care cleaning protocols and administer medications to animals and other shelter activities as requested

Required Skills

In addition to having the ability to travel and a valid Drivers license, the following are some of the skills required of an SPCA Animal Care Supervisor.

  • Leadership Skills: Animal Care Supervisors have to keep staff motivated, resolve conflicts and make hard decisions. Good leadership qualities and administrative abilities are essential.
  • Time Management: Animal Care Supervisors work with multiple staff, managers and volunteers across the province, assist in crisis situations and perform reviews. Animal Care Supervisors must to have the ability to create schedules, order supplies and write reports. Ability to work under tight deadlines and pressure situations is essential.
  • Math and Budgeting: Animal Care Supervisors are expected to keep and maintain budgets, and make sure Shelters are staying on budget. It is essential that the Animal Care Supervisor is good at computers and has extensive knowledge of marketing and sales.
  • Decision-Making Skills: Whether it is dealing with staff, management, government agents, veterinarians or suppliers, the Animal Care Supervisor will have to make decisions that affect the Society. Having the ability to make hard decisions under pressure is crucial to success.
  • Speaking and Writing: Animal Care Supervisor are required to have strong written and oral communication skills.


  • Education; A Registered Veterinary Technician and a member in good standing with the NSVMA or equivalent work experience
  • Animal welfare knowledge, donor and volunteer relations, special event experience, marketing and computer skills are necessary.

 Additional Information

  • This position requires a flexible schedule. Evenings and weekends may be required, must be willing to work a flexible schedule.
  • Driver’s license is required

Physical Requirements

  • Working conditions include working alone, working outside in varying weather conditions, frequent interruptions, and some evening meetings.
  • Requires frequent bending, reaching, repetitive hand movements, standing, walking, squatting and sitting, with some heavy lifting, pushing and pulling exerted regularly throughout a regular work shift.

Hours of Work

Work responsibilities require a standard 40 hours per week plus additional overtime as required fulfilling the duties associated with the position.

The Nova Scotia SPCA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, or disability.

The Nova Scotia SPCA provides a competitive salary and benefits package and a rewarding work environment.  Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter indicating salary expectations to . It is our intention to start reviewing resume’s on October 30, 2017 and to quickly start the interview process. However, as long as this posting remains on posted it is an indication that the position has not been filled and we are still accepting resumes.

Please quote “Yarmouth Animal Care Supervisor” in the subject heading in your email reply.

We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at the Nova Scotia SPCA, however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.