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Become A Kennel Assistant

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Working As A Kennel Assistant

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $24,360

    Average Salary

What Does A Kennel Assistant Do At Bluepearl

* Observes patients for obvious signs of health concerns and reports to senior staff.
* Cleans and disinfects areas of the hospital as often as is necessary to maintain high standards of care.
* Prepares patient meals, cleans patient cages and bedding, and maintains litter boxes.
* Safely approaches and restrains cooperative patients as needed during treatments.
* Provides routine attention to patients, including walking dogs.
* Effectively cleans and maintains hospital equipment and tools.
* Quantifies patient voids and reports to senior Veterinary Assistant or Technician.
* Removes and washes soiled laundry and keeps clean laundry stocked.
* Patrols facility regularly to ensure cleanliness.
* Other job duties as assigned

What Does A Kennel Assistant Do At Suny Delhi

* Primate & rodent colony husbandry on weekends and holidays
* Assist with dog, cat and rodent colony (rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters) husbandry during academic breaks
* Husbandry includes cleaning and sanitizing animals caging and housing areas, feeding, medicating as needed
* Reporting on the animals daily condition on medical forms and to the staff and facility manager
* Supervise student volunteers and student work study employees
* Tasks may be added as deemed necessary for the safety and wellbeing of our patients
* In the event of an urgent matters or emergency situations, regardless of the day or time of day, this employee will contact appropriate personnel or safety officers

What Does A Kennel Assistant Do At Monicas Doggie Barber

* Grooming pets and assisting kennel with needs.
* Caring for animals.
* Feed and water animals according to schedules and feeding instructions.
* Do facility laundry and clean, organize, maintain, and disinfect animal quarters, such as pens and stables, and equipment
* HOURS: Part Time/Flexible/Varying ScheduleWAGE: $10
* DOEIf bringing own clientele I will pay min 50
* of grooming

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How To Become A Kennel Assistant

Most veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers have a high school diploma and learn the occupation on the job. Experience working with animals can be helpful for jobseekers.


Most workers entering the occupation have a high school diploma or its equivalent.


Most veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers are trained on the job, but some employers prefer candidates who already have experience working with animals.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although certification is not mandatory, it allows workers to demonstrate competency in animal husbandry, health and welfare, and facility administration. Employers may prefer to hire candidates who have certification, and it may be required for advancement.

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) offers the Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) designation for veterinary assistants. To qualify for the designation, candidates must graduate from a NAVTA-approved program and pass an exam.

Laboratory animal caretakers can become certified through the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS). AALAS offers three levels of certification: Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT), Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT), and Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG). For AALAS certification, candidates must have experience working in a laboratory animal facility and pass an exam. 

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers often communicate with pet owners, veterinarians, veterinary technologists and technicians, and other assistants. Good communication skills are especially important when dealing with an emergency, such as an ill or injured animal needing immediate attention.

Detail oriented. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers must follow strict instructions. For example, workers must be precise when sterilizing surgical equipment, monitoring animals, and giving medication.

Dexterity. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers must handle animals and use medical instruments and laboratory equipment with care.

Empathy. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers must treat animals with kindness and be empathetic to both the animals and their owners.

Physical strength. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers must be able to handle, move, and restrain animals.

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Top Kennel Assistant Skills

  1. Dog Kennels
  2. Facility Laundry
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Keep dog kennels and animal shelter spotless.
  • Do facility laundry and clean, organize, maintain, and disinfect animal quarters, such as pens and equipment.
  • Vaccinated all pets for adoption customer service assisted in adoption events
  • Train incoming Kennel Assistants and Veterinary Technicians.
  • Clean kennels to ensure sanitary environment.

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