Kennel Assistant

Nov 29, 2021

Title of Position: Kennel Assistant

Reports to: Practice Manager

Rate of Pay: $14 - $15 Hourly

Overall Responsibility: Provide support to the veterinarian, veterinary technician and veterinary assistant as directed in various areas of the hospital.


  • Follow all protocols, policies, and procedures of AESC.
  • Keep hospital wards and working areas clean and organized.
  • Wash, dry, fold and put away laundry.
  • Maintain the washer/dryer and laundry room area.
  • Properly wash and sanitize patient dishes; return to the treatment area when dry.
  • Properly wash and sanitize patient litter boxes; return to treatment area when dry.
  • Thoroughly complete vacuuming and sweeping of all hospital wards and treatment areas.
  • Follow hospital protocols regarding thorough mopping of the floors in all hospital wards and treatment areas.
  • Thoroughly clean patient cages and kennels according to hospital protocol.
    • Must be completed in a timely manner upon the patients release from the hospital.
  • Collect and empty trash, recycling, and handle sharps according to safety protocols.
  • Maintain the cleanliness of the outdoor patient areas to include; removal of solid waste and periodic disinfection of hard surfaces.
  • Complete assistant weekly and monthly cleaning lists to include; deep cleaning of the treatment areas, kennels and all other clinical treatment areas.
  • Assist veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants with patient walks if asked to do so.
  • Communicate any patient concerns to appropriate personnel.
  • Follow all OSHA regulations and hospital safety standards.
  • Other duties assigned as needed.

Educational Requirements: High School diploma or equivalent required.  At least 1 year of animal handling experience.

Skill Requirements: Strong ability to multitask and anticipate needs. Excellent communication with staff, and between staff and upper management. Good attendance. Handles stress well and keeps a positive attitude. Excels at conflict resolution and superb at problem solving.

Physical Requirements: This job is physically active and requires frequent bending. It also requires routine lifting and restraining of animals in excess of 50 pounds.

Interacts with: All areas of the hospital.