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Position Title Kennel Assistant
Job Classification Non - Exempt
Assignment Category Part time/ 16-20 Hours/Week
Salary Range $11.00- $13.50/hour
Department Clinic
Reports to Director of Operations - Clinic

Job Description Summary

Responsible for maintaining proper disease control protocols, including cleaning of facility, preparation of surgical packs, laundry, and general maintenance of facility.

Main Responsibilities/Functions

• Perform daily cleaning of kennels, cages and public areas, following proper disease control protocol to ensure a sterile environment
• Keep Clinic Lead Veterinary Technician informed of animal behavior, health or concerns
• Stock all kennel/cleaning supplies as needed
• Stock areas and spot-clean kennels and public areas throughout the day
• Clean surgical laundry, clean and sonicate surgical instruments and prepare surgical packs as needed
• Clean, fold, and stock kennel laundry throughout the clinic
• Other duties as assigned.


• High school graduate or equivalent (GED) is required
• Preferred one year of previous hospital/clinic experience.
• Ability to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers and the public.
• Knowledge and demonstrated ability to identify animals by breed,
gender, age and health condition.
• Demonstrated ability to calculate dosages, perform injections and blood draws.
• Ability to professionally advocate Mary S. Roberts PAC / Spay & Neuter positions on issues.
• Experience in Microsoft Office and Google programs
• Understanding of and the ability to educate the public on the benefits of spay/neuter

Client Education

• Must be able to learn basic veterinary medical concepts, including but not limited to vaccine protocols and anesthetic risks
• Must also be able to communicate basic veterinary concepts to owners and be able to repeat information relayed by a veterinarian
• Will be asked to communicate with the public on a daily basis in a professional manner

Physical Requirements

• Must be able to work standing or sitting for 8 or more hours
• Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds repeatedly throughout the day with help
• Must be able to bend and kneel repeatedly
• Must be able to see fine detail in a variety of situations
• Must have good hearing including ability to distinguish changes in npitch
• Must have reasonable degree of agility to move through tightly cramped areas in various situations
• Must have acceptable sense of touch and smell
• Must have good range of motion in joints especially wrist, knees, elbows
• Must have good range of motion in your back for twisting etc.
• Must be able to work in potentially extreme environmental ntemperatures
• Must have acceptable sense of balance
• Must be able to work and reach on hands and knees
• Must be able to use a ladder and/or step stool
• Must possess excellent hand-eye coordination
• May be asked to move large oxygen tanks
• Must possess an acceptable degree of dexterity in hands and fingers
• Must have good vision, including peripheral vision, fine detail, distance, depth perception, and ability to focus

Emotional/Mental Requirements

• Must be able to work under stressful conditions and work efficiently and effectively under those conditions
• Must be able to cope with death either due to surgical complication or euthanasia
• Ability to rapidly and accurately process information
• Ability to delegate tasks
• Ability to recognize a need for assistance and ask for help
• Ability to work independently and as part of team
• Ability to make decisions
• Ability to cope with frustrating situations and remain calm

Potential and Prolonged Exposures

• Prolonged exposure to various aqueous solutions, including but not limited to, dish soap, chlorhexidine, and spectra soap
• Prolonged exposure to isopropanol, hydrogen peroxide
• Potential exposure to formalin solution
• Potential/prolonged exposure to isoflurane gas
• Prolonged exposure to quaternary ammonium cleaners and bleach
• Prolonged exposure to pressurized steam
• Potential exposure to sharps including needles and surgical blades


***This job description is subject to change at any time***

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