Pet Care Assistant

Job Description

Job Description


The Patient Care Technician functions include, but are not limited to, providing the care and basic needs of animals being groomed, boarded or that are patients of Kremer Veterinary Services, including cleaning of cages and runs and ward areas and the proper feeding and care of all boarding and hospitalized animals. The Patient Care Technician operates under the supervision of the Patient Care Technician Manager, Practice Manager, and DVM Partner.


  • Observe animal appearance and activity for general physical condition, obvious signs of illness, disease, and discontent.
  • Properly handle patients as required and appropriately restrain patients as directed.
  • Walk boarded dogs several times a day according to hospital protocol to provide exercise and time for the elimination of bowels and bladder.
  • Socialize and exercise borders in a safe manner at all times.
  • Provide care for pets housed/visiting the hospital. Report signs of illness, disease, injury or unusual activity to animal health technicians/veterinarians.
  • Apply knowledge of normal food and liquid requirements of animals. As required, provide special food and liquids.
  • Discharge and admit patients at the request of receptionists, practitioners and veterinary assistants and technicians. Ensure that patients/borders are clean and fresh smelling prior to discharge.
  • Under the supervision of veterinarians or technicians, assist with the administration of medications, post-operative care or preparation of samples for laboratory examination, collect specimens, clean instruments, fill prescriptions as authorized.
  • Ensure that cages and patients are properly numbered and identified and that authorized property (toys, treats, blankets, leashes) are stored in the proper area and identified.
  • Clean, disinfect and maintain kennels, cages, runs and litter boxes as often as is necessary to ensure no cages or kennels are soiled and odors are not apparent. Perform general cleaning in other areas of the hospital to control the spread of disease. Wash and sterilize water and food bowls.
  • Wear personal protective equipment required for the area and maintain the personal protective equipment in good working order.
  • Launder and dry towels and blankets.
  • Patrol hospital grounds daily, picking up any trash and stool material. Empty trash.
  • Bathe and dry animals. As required, perform pedicures, express anal glands, and ear cleaning.
  • Collect any samples requested by the doctor or technician.
  • Know proper animal restraint techniques, assist with patient restraint.
  • Deep cleaning of the hospital.
  • Record information such as feeding schedules, appearance, the behavior of patients that are boarded, groomed or hospitalized.
  • Exhibit a technical knowledge of services sold, including dietary products. Demonstrate the ability to explain and educate clients on products and answer their questions regarding product purchase/use.
  • Clean bathrooms daily.
  • Vacuum and mop hospital daily.
  • Work well with all employees and ensure that your actions support the hospital, the doctors and the practice philosophy.
  • Notify the supervisor of needed maintenance.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


The Patient Care Technician Assistant works under the direct supervision of the Patient Care Technician Manager and Practice Manager who will indicate general assignments, limitations, and priorities. Technicians will provide specific instructions in giving medications, feeding specific diets or following special sanitary procedures. Recurring assignments are performed independently. Deviations or unfamiliar situations are referred to the supervisor.


  • Knowledge of hospital procedures outlined in the employee manual as well as those that are implied (reasonable expectations).
  • Knowledge of spelling and meaning of commonly used veterinary terminology in order to accurately enter specific information onto patient records.
  • Apply knowledge and skills in controlling/handling individual animal temperament.
  • Ability to gain animal confidence when restraining them for transport, grooming and/or treatment.
  • Knowledge of proper methods of animal restraint.
  • Knowledge of basic bathing practices for a wide range of small animals.
  • Ability to work independently on assigned tasks as well as to accept direction on given assignments. Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Ability to use cleaning materials and equipment with skill and efficiency.
  • Ability to perform moderately heavy physical labor.
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Critical thinking – Understanding logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the primary functions of this job.

  • Frequently required to bend, stand, stoop, walk, sit, talk, and listen, frequently working in a bent position.
  • Frequently use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel; the employee will reach with hands and arms.
  • Use strength or agility in capturing and restraining stronger, more active animals.
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.
  • Occasionally handle dogs weighing up to and over 150 lbs. Assistance will be provided by another team member when working with larger animals.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to hazards associated with aggressive pets; 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.

Work is normally performed inside; some outside work is required.

Follow federal and state animal health laws and regulations including OSHA and DEA.

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Downers Grove, Illinois, United States

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