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Animal Care Attendant (3370) - SF Animal Care & Control

City and County of San Francisco
San Francisco, California, US
Closing date
May 19, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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Job Description

Under direct supervision, the 3370 Animal Care Attendant maintains safe and sanitary facilities for shelter or museum animals and the public, and provides humane handling and care for shelter or museum animals; and performs related duties.

Essential Functions

1. Cleans and disinfects kennels, wards, cages, equipment, runs and common areas of the facility with appropriate cleaning agents in order to maintain a healthy, clean, safe and sanitary facility for shelter animals and the public.

2. Humanely handles and kennels all animals and identifies shelter animals with appropriate tags or bands before kenneling, including animals which may be ill, injured, quarantined, aggressive or difficult to control and wildlife such as snakes, skunks, pigeons and raccoons.

3. Provides food, water and proper care for all shelter animals.

4. Under the direct and indirect supervision of the Shelter Veterinarian, administers medication, vaccinations and microchips, conducts feline immunodeficiency virus/feline leukemia virus (FIV/FELV) testing through venipuncture and provides treatment to all shelter animals and documents this activity in animals' medical records.

5. Monitors all animals, including those that may be isolated or quarantined, for signs of illness or unusual behavior; makes notations and reports problems regarding health and behavior of animals to the Animal Care Supervisor and/or Veterinary Medical services staff.

6. Performs the euthanasia of animals by intravenous injection with controlled substances; disposes of the euthanized animal; when necessary, decapitates animals for rabies laboratory testing, stores remains and prepares and processes related documentation; may assist in the determination of animals to be euthanized; administers Schedule 2 barbiturates and/or narcotics.

7. Maintains accurate and legible case files and records for each animal in the shelter; uses a computer to input, update and access information regarding shelter animals and to produce written documents.

8. Provides information and assists members of the public, including individuals who may be angry, hostile or distraught, in search of lost or adoptable pets; assist potential adopters with information about animals' needs, temperament, behavior and care.

9. May assist management, the Veterinary Medical staff and other individuals, in animal husbandry, surgery or related procedures, as required by law and departmental policy.

10. Transports animals, specimens, supplies and equipment to pet adoption events, satellite adoption centers, veterinary clinics, laboratories, wildlife centers and humane societies for treatment, testing and relocation as necessary.

11. Performs related duties as assigned.
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