Employment Opportunities

Founded in 1948, Guide Dogs of America has long been a leader in providing guide dogs to blind and visually impaired individuals. Regardless of where you work at Guide Dogs of America, you will contribute to fulfilling our mission. We recognize and support employees’ efforts to develop, expand their knowledge, improve their skills, and assume added responsibility. Yet, the greatest reward comes from knowing that you have a role in assisting blind and visually impaired individuals pursue their goals of greater independence and mobility.


Breeding Department Manager
Guide Dogs of America
Sylmar, CA

Job Purpose
Oversees Breeding Program- including but not limited to, staff, volunteers (hosts and campus), and canines. Manages breeding colony, breeder selection, healthcare, reproduction and technical aspects of breeding. Manages data from primary or secondary data sources and maintains databases/data systems to support the improvement of genetics in the breeding colony.

Duties and Responsibilities
Oversees Breeding Program staff- recruit, mentor, develop and successfully manage a team to achieve the objectives and the present and future needs the school.
Manage the breeding colony, including healthcare, reproduction and replacement
Maintains and clean and sanitized facility including assigned vehicles/puppy development area/whelping/stud dog area/treatment area/food prep/ etc
Maintains all computer records using cornerstone software pertaining to breeding stock and puppies in the nursery
Manages/Develops the Breeder Keeper/Hosts families Program
Prepares annual breeding plans.
Has a good understanding of pedigrees and ability to read them
Designated GDA representative for ABC breeder co-op
Develops and oversees the nursery volunteer puppy socialization program/puppy development
Develops/trains/ maintains volunteer whelping teams and whelps litters as necessary.
Designates which stud dogs to breed to which female-
Knows how to collect semen from stud dogs
Knows how to artificially inseminate breeding females
Has a basic understanding of medical problems related to breeding/whelping/neonates and stud dogs
Collects and prepares chilled semen for shipment and/or processes incoming semen to be inseminated.
Draws blood and runs progesterone chemistry on dogs due to be bred and/or whelp and interprets the results.
Maintains records on frozen semen
X-rays pregnant dogs and interprets results
Has a strong understanding of neonate health issues
Dog grooming, bathing, transporting, bottle/tube feed as needed.
Maintain relationships with outside breeders.
Screen potential dogs/pups offered for donation to GDA.
Assures puppies get micro chipped and vaccinated
Monitors time clock and vacation schedule
Understanding of Canine Genetics
Understanding of canine behavior traits in relation to genetics and their effect on a breeding colony
Desire to work as a team within the program related to Veterinary /Training/Puppy Program/Kennel
Manage a team of employees including shifts/vacation time/sick time/training
Other duties as assigned
Qualifications
High school graduate or GED
Previous experience in Service Dog Organization required
Minimum 4 years canine breeding experience required
RVT license preferred

Working Conditions
Indoors and outdoors
Share office space
Multiple distractions
Some overnight/weekend and holiday shifts required
Telephone and computer work
Canine Health issues with blood/organs/deaths

Physical Requirements
Increased bending
Unpleasant smells
Lifting 50 pounds

Direct Reports
Breeding Assistant
Nursery Technician
1-2 Kennel Techs

Qualified applicants please submit resume to kdwallace@guidedogsofamerica.org


About Guide Dogs of America

At GDA, all of our volunteers, donors, clients and staff share a belief that we don’t just train guide dogs, we inspire others to live their lives. GDA places more than 50 dogs each year, serves more than 300 graduates across the U.S. and Canada and has been enriching the lives of others for more than 65 years.

GDA is located in Sylmar, Calif. a suburb of Los Angeles. Southern California living offers something for just about anyone. Close to beaches and skiing, Disneyland and Universal Studios, seven professional sports franchises, world class universities and colleges and so much more.

GDA is a “Best” award recipient of the Independent Charities of America. Our guide dogs are provided at no cost to our clients and our program receives no federal, state or local government funding. GDA is an accredited member of the International Guide Dog Federation, the California State Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind and Assistance Dog International.

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