Animal Caretaker

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.

 Major Duties

•Clean and sanitize all cages, runs, wards, exercise areas, parking lot, counter tops and related areas.
•Recognize and record or notify the proper technician or doctor for any unusual condition or abnormal behavior of any hospitalized or boarded animal.
•Feed, walk and care for each animal as prescribed by the attending doctor.
•Perform needed grooming procedures necessary to ensure every animal in the hospital’s care is in a state of constant cleanliness.
•Assist doctors and technicians as needed with restraint and treatment of animals.
•Receive each animal to be admitted for boarding and be responsible for their identification; set up; recording of personal belongings; recording of their location on the communication board.
•Release animals to their owners as directed by the doctor, technician or receptionist, ensuring that every animal is clean and properly groomed before release, ensuring that all personal belongings are released with animal; updating communication board as necessary.
•Complete and initial all necessary daily jobs before shift ends.
•Give the respect, care, love and attention to each hospitalized and boarded animal as if it was your own pet.
•Maintain a neat and professional appearance at all times.
•Be efficient, very pleasant, courteous, polite, concerned and helpful to all clients and co-workers under all conditions at all times.
•Attend and participate in all staff, department, coordinator and continuing education meetings as required.


    •High school diploma or equivalent.
    •Strong organizational skills and detail oriented personality.
    •Out-going, positive and service oriented personality.

Physical Effort

 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.

 Working conditions

 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.