Animal Care Attendant

JOB DESCRIPTION
ANIMAL CARE ATTENDANT

REPORTS TO: Owner or Practice Manager

POSITION OVERVIEW

Kennel staff members are responsible for proper feeding and care of all hospitalized or boarded animals, including cleanliness of cages, runs and ward areas.

  • Provides compassionate care to patients.
  • Receives animals to be admitted, is responsible for their proper identification and for recording their respective locations.
  • Releases animals to their owners as directed by the doctor; ensures that every animal released is clean and properly groomed.
  • Follows a regular schedule for cleaning and sanitizing all cages, runs, wards and related areas; changes litter boxes.
  • Feeds each animal as prescribed by the attending doctor and records appetites.
  • Gives baths, and grooms as directed by the doctor.
  • Collects urine and fecal specimens as directed by the doctor.
  • Administers oral & injectable medications to patients as directed.
  • Recognizes and records any unusual condition or abnormal behavior; observes animals recovering from anesthesia.
  • Assists doctors, nurses, technicians with the administration of medications or with restraint.
  • Keeps the kitchen area clean and neat.
  • Maintain storage and other areas as directed.
  • Perform other duties as requires.
  • Assists other staff members as required.
  • Performs other duties as determined by the doctors.
  • Attends clinic sponsored events such as client education events, community outreach, pet health fairs and any other events requested by management
  • Performs other duties as assigned such as accuracy of client and pet data, exam room stocking, bathing/grooming, back office organization, teamwork, problem-solving, participation in staff meetings and special projects and assignments as needed
  • Attain at least 2 continuing education credit each quarter.

AGE REQUIREMENT

Minimum 16 years old.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

High school degree or in the process of attaining.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

No specific experience is required but a candidate for this position should be willing and able to:

  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Maintain good and cooperative relationships with other employees.
  • Clean equipment and facilities, using materials and equipment with skill and efficiency.
  • Perform moderately heavy physical labor.
  • Learn to administer medications and recognize abnormal conditions.

PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Genuinely enjoys working with animals and is able to deal with them even when they are stressed or ill or in pain.
  • Is able to work effectively with doctors.
  • Is experienced in the teamwork approach and works well with all hospital staff members.
  • Has excellent client communication skills.
  • Physical Effort: Work requires lifting and carrying animals (will be assisted by other staff members in lifting animals over 40 lbs).  Walks or stands for extended periods or time; frequently works in a bent position.
  • Working conditions:  May be exposed to unpleasant odors, noises and animal feces. May be exposed to bites, scratches and contagious diseases.

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