The purpose of this position is to provide the hospitalized and boarded animals with constant cleanliness of cages, runs and wards; the proper feeding and overall animal husbandry as requested by the doctor, technician and owner of the pet. This position also ensures the comfort and happiness of our patients by paying attention and giving affection to each pet as needed throughout the day. This position is also responsible for general maintenance and janitorial duties throughout the hospital and provides support to the doctors, practice manager and staff as needed.
Work often requires lifting and carrying animals which may weigh upwards of 100 pounds; will be assisted by appropriate staff while working with larger animals. Walks or stands for extended periods of time; frequently works in bent position.
Work often exposes the animal caretaker to unpleasant odors and noises. May be exposed to bites, scratches and animal waste. May also be exposed to contagious diseases. May be exposed to radiographic equipment, insecticides and gas anesthetics.
Controls Over Work
The manager provides continuing or individual assignments indicating what is to be done, timeframe, quality and quantity expected, limitations and priority of assignments. The manager will provide additional specific instructions, including suggested work methods or advice on work methods. The animal caretaker assures that finished work and methods used are technically accurate and in compliance with training, the hospital’s standards of excellence, and instructions. Administrative supervision may be provided by they manager, including performance appraisals and direct supervision.