Overview

Job details

Salary

$7.50 – $10.00 an hour

Job Type
Part-time
Number of hires for this role
2

Qualifications

    • High school or equivalent (Preferred)

    • Veterinary Experience: 1 year (Preferred)

Full Job Description

VETERINARY/KENNEL ASSISTANT POSITION

Sparta Small Animal Veterinary Clinic, a fast paced, high energy veterinary clinic is seeking a Part Time Veterinary/Kennel Assistant. This team member is responsible for providing facility sanitation and the daily care, feeding, and exercise of hospitalized pets. This position may require snow removal, landscape maintenance, and other maintenance tasks assigned by management.

The successful candidate must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, be detail-oriented and capable of following outlined protocols with minimal supervision. A high school diploma is required, or in the process of obtaining.

This is a flexible Part Time position offering afternoon into evening hours Monday-Friday and rotating weekends. Compensation will be based on experience. Please send your cover letter, resume, and references to:

Sparta Small Animal Veterinary Clinic

Attn: Jana Mitchell

1701 W. Wisconsin St.

Sparta WI, 54656

Fax 608-269-4965

Job Summary

A kennel assistant provides daily care, feeding and exercise of hospitalized pets. He or she also pays close attention to pets’ status such as signs of stress and changes in eating or elimination habits, promptly notifying technicians and veterinarians when a pet needs medical attention. Proper record documentation and accurate completion of forms and cage cards is critical. A kennel assistant must pay close attention to details, understand and follow proper feeding and sanitation procedures and monitor hospitalized pets. Property maintenance personnel are responsible for snow removal, maintaining clinic landscape, and any other maintenance tasks assigned by management.

Reports to: Veterinarians/Practice Manager/Veterinary Assistants/Technicians

Responsibilities and Duties

Animal Care and Treatment:

  • Provide compassionate care to hospitalized patients
  • Walk through kennel area regularly, checking each pet for any abnormal activity such as vomiting, diarrhea or blood in the cage or run
  • Report abnormal activity to doctors and technicians
  • Recognize emergency situations, enlisting the aid of veterinarians and technicians
  • Accurately record eating, drinking and elimination habits on cage cards and kennel log
  • Feed and water animals according to clinic protocol and/or owners instruction
  • Clean and disinfect cages, runs and yard as needed, using hoses and spray bottles of disinfectant. Use a squeegee to remove excess water.
  • Clean and disinfect cat litter boxes
  • Clean and disinfect all food and water bowls
  • Move pets to other areas so runs can be disinfected; return animal to correct run after the run is clean and dry.
  • Remove soiled bedding and take it to the laundry area
  • Operate washer and dryer to clean towels, bedding, and hospital laundry
  • Place clean bedding in runs & cages
  • Record and label all personal belongings
  • Collect any samples requested by the veterinarian or technician
  • Know proper animal restraint techniques
  • Maintain food and supply storage areas
  • Understand infectious diseases and how to control and prevent their spread

Inventory:

  • Assist with stocking of cleaning supplies
  • Maintain the in-house food log

Clinic Cleanliness and Sanitation:

  • Vacuuming
  • Sweeping
  • Mopping
  • Garbage removal including recycling bins and the break down and removal of boxes
  • Dusting
  • Following daily, weekly and monthly task lists
  • Maintaining the restrooms and all sinks
  • Maintaining clinic litter boxes
  • Completing laundry according to clinic protocol
  • Sanitizing kennels
  • Cleaning windows and doors
  • Replenishing supplies
  • Cleaning kitchen and break room
  • Overall maintenance
  • Following isolation protocols
  • Monitoring the yard and sidewalks for trash and stool and removing as needed

Safety:

  • Follow OSHA requirements
  • Follow Sparta Small Animal Veterinary Clinic’s health and safety protocols
  • Wear personal protective equipment required for the area and maintain the personal protective equipment in good working order. Personal protective equipment includes goggles or face shields, aprons, full body aprons, gloves, boots and booties or other equipment assigned.
  • Know where and how to use Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

Administrative:

  • Perform basic Impromed Infinity functions
  • Attend departmental meetings

Qualifications and Skills

Educational Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent, or in the process of obtaining
  • Experience in caring for animals preferred, proper restraint techniques

Skills Needed:

  • Leadership
  • Initiative
  • Ability to follow instructions without supervision
  • Ability to recognize certain behaviors in cats and dogs
  • Ability to learn and understand medical terminology and minor procedures
  • Ability to ask questions when a task or procedure is unclear
  • Ability to work with computers and other office equipment
  • Ability to read and comprehend instructions
  • Ability to spell, alphabetize and perform basic mathematics.
  • Ability and willingness to assist technicians, doctors and receptionists
  • Responsibilities will vary based on the practice’s current needs, the season and the individual skills of the employee

Physical Obligations:

  • Ability to lift and carry patients and equipment up to 40 pounds
  • Ability to lift and carry patients and equipment over 40 pounds with assistance
  • Endure sitting, kneeling, standing and walking on hard floor surfaces for extended periods
  • Able to work in a noisy environment with sounds from animals and equipment
  • Take safety precautions for exposure to toxins, drugs, anesthesia and radiation

Benefits

Compensation will be based on experience.

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: $7.50 – $10.00 per hour

Benefits:

  • Employee discount
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance

Schedule:

  • Holidays
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability

COVID-19 considerations:
To keep employees as safe as possible, employees are provided PPE to include: face masks, gloves, and minimal client interaction. We are currently working curbside service only – only clients allowed into the clinic are for quality of life purposes.

Education:

  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)

Experience:

  • Veterinary Experience: 1 year (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • One location

Work Remotely:

  • No

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