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Breeding Department Manager - California, USA

Breeding Manager-Full-Time Exempt Positon

Guide Dogs of America

Sylmar, CA

Duties and Responsibilities

Oversees Breeding Program staff- recruit, mentor, develop and successfully manage a team to achieve the objectives for the present and future needs the school.

Manage the breeding colony, including healthcare, reproduction and replacement

Maintains, clean and sanitizes 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.

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-

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

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

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

Monitors time clock and vacation schedule

Other duties as assigned



High school graduate or GED

RVT license preferred

Has a good understanding of pedigrees and ability to read them

Knows how to collect semen from stud dogs

Has a basic understanding of medical problems related to breeding/whelping/neonates and stud dogs.

Knows how to artificially inseminate breeding females

Has a strong understanding of neonate health issues


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 send resume to kdwallace@guidedogsofamerica.org