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Kennel Technician – Delaware, OH


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Location: Delaware OH

Company Name: Canine Companions for Independence

Occupational Category: 31-9096.00,Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Date Posted: 2020-02-24

Valid Through: 2020-03-25

Employment Type: FULL_TIME

Description:

The Kennel Technician is responsible for providing quality care of the dogs and puppies housed in the kennels as well as the cleaning and maintenance of the kennels, dog exercise yards and kennel complex.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

Sanitation/Maintenance

Daily clean and disinfect kennels, exercise, training areas and grounds and other kennel facilities using approved cleaning supplies, tools and methods.

Clean and sanitize toys, beds, feeding bowls, crates and other equipment.

Report maintenance problems or repairs to the supervisor.

Dog Feeding

Prepare and dispense food in appropriate amounts and time intervals, including feeding of special diets to kennel dogs and puppies per feeding instructions and guidelines.

Prepare specific diets for individual dogs and oversee the preparation of special diets and amounts.

Understand and able to identify the clinical signs and symptoms in a dog that indicate a change of diet may be required; suggest and understand appropriate transition protocol

Ensure that records of dog feeding are appropriately documented.

Dog Care

Provide quality care and a safe environment to kenneled dogs and puppies.

Provide immediate response to a dog or puppy in distress.

Understand approved commands and leash etiquette for all dogs whether in professional training, puppy or graduate program.

Administer approved medications orally, topically or by injection under the direction of veterinarian or supervisor.

Provide and assist in emergency first aid, wound treatment, tests, and exams.

Groom dogs including bathing, trimming hair and nails.

Keep records of dogs coming and going from kennels.

Exercise and socialize dogs and puppies in approved locations.

Provide behavioral correction, as necessary.

Transport dogs and puppies using crates or approved methods.

Provide breeder information (swabs) to vet clinic, if applicable.

Inventory

Monitor, store and inventory kennel supplies and replenish as needed.

Report needed supplies to supervisor.

Administration

Record keeping and special projects.

Work with and coach kennel support volunteers, such as bathing and walking.

Work with staff and volunteers with special events and tours as needed.

Provide quality customer service.

Communicate and log all health or veterinary concerns, needs and problems.

Be accountable not only for direct responsibilities outlined in this job description but also to serve fellow staff and other constituents with whom position interacts.

Ensure actions and communications follow core values.

Other duties as assigned by supervisor or department.

Qualifications

REQUIRED CHRACTERISTICS

Able to perform several tasks concurrently, time management and good organizational and communication skills.

Must be able to safely lift 45 pounds and safely handle, hold and restrain active dogs weighing up to 110 pounds.

Employees should seek assistance when lifting dogs or objects weighing more than 45 lbs.

Able to remain on one’s feet, standing, walking, bending and/or stooping on cement for extended periods.

Able to work different day and weekend shifts – weekend and holiday work may be required.

Able to complete necessary paperwork and meet deadlines.

Able to use computers including email and database applications.

Take direction and show initiative; cooperate with coworkers.

EXPERIENCE: Prior dog handling, training and dog health care experience preferred but not required.

EDUCATION: High school graduate, GED or equivalent preferred but not required.

LICENSES: Current driver’s license and insurability at normal risk rates.

WORKING CONDITIONS: The employee will work outdoors and indoors performing cleaning, maintenance and canine health care duties.

Activities include regular and/or repeated walking, standing, bending, stooping and kneeling.

The noise level in work environment is usually moderate and can be loud at specific times.

Weekend and holiday work may be required.

SAFETY HAZARDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is subject to hazards that can be caused by working with animals and exposure to kennel cleaning chemicals and high temperature steam cleaning apparatus.

Campus and offices subject to working with and around service dogs and other campus animals.

This job description does not list all the duties of the job.

You may be asked by supervisors or managers to perform other instructions and duties.

You will be evaluated in part based upon your performance of the tasks listed in this job description.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily