Puppy Kennel Technician
Company: Guide Dogs for the Blind
Location: San Rafael
Posted on: July 9, 2019
OVERALL SUMMARY:-- A Puppy Kennel Technician (Canine
Welfare/Neonatal Technician) provides care to dogs that are being
kenneled at our facilities for reasons other than formal training.
Requiring solid teamwork and communication skills, this work
entails feeding, bathing and medicating dogs; maintaining a clean
kennel environment; assisting with breeding and whelping; providing
care to newborn puppies, as well as some data entry and reception
duties related to dogs coming into or leaving our kennel
facilities. -- POSITION ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
- Provide basic care of kenneled dogs and puppies, such as
weighing, assisting in whelping and breeding duties; grooming,
bathing, and medicating dogs; reporting behavioral changes, as well
as walking dogs or transporting them by van to other locations.
Observe, record and communicate pertinent information verbally,
electronically and in hard copy.
- Prepare and dispense food, including special diets, for up to
65 dogs being kenneled. Keep precise feeding records. Dispense food
as requested to dogs or puppies leaving or off campus.
- Uphold stringent cleaning standards in individual kennels and
kennel complex facilities. Greet the public, volunteers, and GBD
staff; assist with the intake and release of dogs. Maintain precise
records of dogs moving within, into, or out of the kennel,
following GDB procedures to assure that complete and accurate
information regarding care, medications, food, etc. is communicated
clearly to all related constituents. Keep precise records relating
to medications administered and prescribed, conditions under
observation, and care given to the dogs and puppies in the
- Use the educational opportunities available to develop
proficiency in the areas listed on this job description and show
ability to move beyond basic knowledge.
- Adheres to our organization's safety policies and procedures
and encourages others to do the same. Promptly reports incidents
and accidents according to campus procedures.
- Represent GDB at special functions, assist in photo shoots of
puppies, and undertake other duties assigned. POSITION ESSENTIAL
- Strong communication skills, verbal and written.
- An interest in learning the details of specialized dog
- Attention to detail, good observational and recordkeeping
- Able to take direction and to work as part of a team.
- Must safely handle a variety of large breed dogs, weighing up
to 90 pounds, with varying strength and manageability. Ability to
safely lift up to 40 pounds. Employees are required to seek
assistance when lifting dogs or objects weighing more than 40
- Ability to remain on one---s feet, standing, or walking all day
- Ability to withstand up to 3 hours of repetitive bending,
stooping, kneeling, and squatting, scooping and hosing.
- Able to communicate via charting, voice mail and e-mail, do
basic data entry, within one month of employment.
- Demonstrate knowledge and ability to handle some of the Canine
Welfare/Neonatal department---s specialized and complex care,
medical assistance, communication, and reception duties within 6
months of employment.
- Willingness to work night shifts alongside experienced staff as
assigned. -- POSITION SPECIFICATIONS: Full-time, non-exempt
position. Requires day, night, weekend and holiday shifts.
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