Overview

Company Description
The Franklin Animal Clinic at Greenwood Park is a well-established, progressive, family friendly and fast paced two doctor small-animal practice located in Greenwood, Indiana. We offer many services to provide the best comprehensive care to our patients including Preventative Care, Surgery, Urgent Care, High Speed Dentistry, Cold Laser Therapy, In-House Diagnostics, Digital full body and dental radiology, and more.

The Franklin Animal Clinic at Greenwood Park is in Greenwood, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis with a population of 60,812. Greenwood is in Johnson County and is one of the best places in Indiana to live. Many families and young professionals live in Greenwood. The County public schools are highly rated, making it an ideal area to raise a family! Popular activities in the area include Museums, Theaters, Shopping, Hiking, Golfing, Parks, and other family friendly attractions etc.). Greenwood is a wonderful place to enjoy a healthy and active work-life balance.

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Job duties include, but are not limited to:

INTRODUCTION The Kennel Department provides care and the basic needs of animals that are patients of Franklin Animal Clinic including cleaning of cages, runs and ward areas, laundry, walking, and proper feeding, medicating and care of all hospitalized patients. The kennel assistant operates under the supervision of the Surgery Team Lead/ Practice Manager.

PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: ● Observe animal appearance and activity for general physical condition, obvious signs of illness, disease and discontent. ● Handle animals as required and restrain animals. ● Walk hospitalized and boarded dogs several times a day to provide exercise and time for elimination of bowels and bladder. ● Apply knowledge of normal food and liquid requirements of animals. As required, provide special food and liquids. ● Discharge and admit animals at the request of receptionists, practitioners and animal health technicians. Assure animals being discharged have been checked by animal health technician and/or practitioner. Ensure that animals are clean and fresh smelling prior to discharge. ● Clean, disinfect and maintain kennels, cages, runs and stalls 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. ● Launder and dry towels and blankets. ● Patrol hospital grounds daily, picking up any trash and stool material. Empty trash. ● Care/Maintenance of cadaver freezers- de-icing ● Work well with all employees and ensure that your actions support the hospital, the doctors and the practice philosophy. ● Perform other duties as assigned.

CONTROLS OVER WORK The Kennel Assistant works under the direct supervision of the Veterinary Practice Manager who will indicate general assignments, limitations and priorities. Practitioners/animal health technicians 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.

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE ● 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 ● Ability to use cleaning materials and equipment with skill and efficiency. ● Ability to perform moderately heavy physical labor. ● Knowledge of principles and processes for providing client and personal services. This includes client needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of client satisfaction. ● Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. ● Ability to work independently on assigned tasks as well as to accept direction on given assignments. Understand and carry out oral and written direction.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

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. Work is normally performed inside; some outside work is required. Follow federal and state animal health laws and regulations including OSHA and DEA.

We are looking for someone with:

Knowledge of cleaning and disinfecting methods.
Proper methods of animal restraint.
Ability to use cleaning materials and equipment with skill and efficiency.
Perform moderately heavy physical labor (large dogs, bags of litter, pet foods, etc).
Ability to sympathetically and patiently attend to sick, scared and injured animals.
Ability to learn to administer medications and to recognize abnormal conditions.
Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
Maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of the job.

We offer our staff:

Comprehensive Benefits (health, dental, vision, liability, 401k & 401K matching program, life & supplemental insurance, HSA, & FSA)
Employee Assistance Program
Paid Vacation and Sick Time for ALL Employees
Paid Bereavement Program
Paid Parental Leave Program
Competitive Compensation
Continuing Education Allowance (applies to licensed/registered/certified roles)
Tuition Assistance Program
Access to a CVA/CVT/CVPM Partnership through Penn Foster
Career Development Opportunities
Referral Bonus Program for most positions!
Additional Benefits May Also Be Available (i.e. Personal Pet Discounts, Holiday Pay, Uniform Allowance, Bonuses etc)
*Note – some benefits may only be available to or vary slightly for full time employment status vs part time status.

WE ARE A DRUG-FREE, SMOKE-FREE, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

Company Policy & Federal & State Laws Forbid Discrimination Because of Age, Color, Race, Religion, Sex, Disability, Sexual Orientation or National Origin

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of cleaning and disinfecting methods.
Proper methods of animal restraint.
Ability to use cleaning materials and equipment with skill and efficiency.
Perform moderately heavy physical labor (large dogs, bags of litter, pet foods, etc).
Ability to sympathetically and patiently attend to sick, scared and injured animals.
Ability to learn to administer medications and to recognize abnormal conditions.
Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
Maintain cooperative relationship

Required Education Level : None