Animal Care Specialist
Bideawee - Wantagh, NY

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Animal Care Specialist provides supportive services under the direction of the Prevention and Wellness Satellite Program Manager. The ACS is responsible for the care of ISO cats and ISO dogs as well as part time responsibilities on the resident Animal Care team. This includes but is not limited to administering oral or topical medications, as allowed by NY state law; syringe feeding, restraining animals, setting up equipment for all treatment rooms and maintaining records for all animals in ISO. The position also includes cleaning of isolation rooms. Responsible for care of in-house cats and dogs, this includes regular feeding, cleaning, socializing, grooming, and evaluation of physical and emotional well being.


The following is a list of essential job requirements. This list may be revised at any time and additional duties not listed here may be assigned as needed. Job Functions and Job Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Bathing__All ISO animals must be lime dipped immediately upon arrival
  • Feeding —Making sure each animal gets the proper amount and type of food prescribed. And always has fresh water (unless it cannot for a medical reason)
  • Cleaning —making sure all animals are in a clean comfortable environment at all times. This includes properly disinfecting, removal of fecal matter or any debris in the area they are housed in, at all times. Make sure all areas are odor free at all times.
  • Assist inventory with licensed tech to maintain cleaning supplies food and litter
  • Socialization —Making sure all animals get proper social contact, as well as appropriate social experiences. And keep records of these activities.
  • Monitor Wellness Cards —Logging all behaviors, and eating habits, fecals or anything out of the ordinary, documentation for coworkers.
  • General well being —Responsible for noting and bringing to supervisor ’s attention any time an animal exhibits signs of not feeling well.
  • Exercise —Each animal gets the proper amount of exercise daily.
  • Medically Cleared Animals —maintain contact with the Adoption Centers for transfer to location and keep stage updated in Petpoint
  • Arrange transport and enter into Dispatch accordingly
  • General Housekeeping —Keeping work stations clean and neat at all times, this includes all areas in and around the stations as well as the AC and AH common areas.
  • Laundry —Making sure the laundry is being done at all times and maintain general sterilization for disease control
  • Grooming —All animals are clean and bushed, nails are clipped, eyes and ears are kept clean. Any animal that has fecal matter or unpleasant substances on them should be bathed immediately. The animals should never have an unpleasant odor or unkempt appearance.
  • Needs to be detail oriented and precise
  • Is kind and compassionate
  • Able to follow directions
  • Organized
  • Patient
  • Needs to be able to keep a clean uncluttered environment
  • Works quickly
  • Works well with others and understands the team approach
  • Flexible


Licensed Veterinarian Technician Preferred but not required

Work Requirements
  • This position requires the ability to walk, bend, stand, lift, reach, stoop, carry, push and pull at least 8 hours per day.
  • Lifting of packages and large bags of food 25-40 pounds, as well as bags of kitty litter up to 40 pounds.
  • Lifting large animals for exams and/or grooming
  • Ability to speak and hear sufficiently to understand the job.
  • Ability to write neatly and communicate with others.
  • Visual acuity sufficient to maintain accurate records.
  • Ability to restrain animals
  • Ability to attend staff meetings and training classes
  • Ability to understand the needs of the animals
  • Own transportation
Posting Date: November 30, 2012