SummaryUnder direction of the Practice Manager, provides for the constant cleanliness of cages, runs and ward areas and the proper feeding and care of all hospitalized animals.DutiesCleans and sanitizes all cages, runs, wards and related areasGives baths (ordinary cleansing, flea, medicated) and performs whatever grooming may be necessary to the treatment and constant cleanliness of each animalRecognizes and records any unusual condition or abnormal behavior of any hospitalized animal; observes animals recovering from anesthesiaFeeds each animal as prescribed by the attending D.V.M. and records appetites; keeps kitchen area clean and neatReceives animals to be admitted for hospital care and is responsible for their proper identification and for recording their respective locationsReleases animals to their owners as directed by the attending doctor and practice manager and ensures that every animal released is clean and properly groomedAssists doctors, nurses, treatment assistants and other personnel with the administration of medications or with restraintOther duties assigned as requiredRequirementsKnowledge of: Cleaning and disinfecting methods and the use and care of cleaning materials and equipmentProper methods of animal restraintAbility to: Use cleaning materials and equipment with skill and efficiencyPerform moderately heavy physical laborSympathetically and patiently treat sick and injured animalsLearn to administer medications and recognize abnormal conditionsUnderstand and carry out oral and written directionsMaintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of workPHYSICAL EFFORTThe physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the primary functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to bend, stand, stoop, walk, sit, talk, and listen; may be required to walk or stand for long periods of time; will use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel; will reach with hands and arms. The employee is often required to lift and carry materials weighing fifty pounds or more; handle dogs weighing up to 150 lbs. WORK ENVIRONMENT While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to hazards associated with aggressive patients; hazards associated with infected animals and controlled substances; exposure to unpleasant odors and noises; exposure to bites, scratches and animal wastes; possible exposure to contagious diseases.
Location/Region: Carbondale, IL