Job Specifications

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Date Originated:


Date Revised:

5/08, 6/15



Under the general supervision of the Animal Services Coordinator or Animal Services Shelter Manager, provides routine care, exercise, basic training and medical treatment to animals in the shelter; cares for animals and assesses them for adoptability; assists in the placement of, or provides for the humane euthanasia of shelter animals; assists veterinarians in the medical treatment of or spay or neuter of animals; assists in developing protocols and implementing programs to maintain kennels in a sanitary and disease-free condition; and performs other duties as required.


This is the journey level classification in the care of animals at the Animal Services Authority and may serve as a lead worker to less experienced animal care staff. Responsibilities include directing and carrying out the humane euthanasia of animals according to established procedures; assisting in developing and maintaining health care and sanitation programs within the animal shelter; and assessing the adoptability or redemption of animals after their required holding periods.


Assists veterinarians in providing health care to shelter animals; may assist veterinarians in performing surgery; conducts physical examination of shelter animals to make a preliminary assessment of the nature of illness or injury; takes and records temperature, pulse, and respiration; collects and labels specimens for culture or microscopic examination; administers medications and immunizations; may oversee daily medications dispensing; determines correct procedures and substances to inject for the disposal of animals and injects animals for the purpose of euthanasia; maintains inventory of all pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and supplies; maintains records and reports; oversees and provides training to Animal Care Workers, work-release inmates, and volunteers; participates in deploying protocols for maintaining sanitary kennels and shelter facilities; prepares food and feeds shelter animals; cleans kennels and helps maintain kennels and shelter facilities; receives animals and separates for observation all animals that show signs of rabies or other diseases; assists the public in claiming, obtaining, and licensing animals; exercises and provides basic training to shelter animals; maintains effective working relationships with other agencies and the public; conducts behavioral examinations of animals at the end of their required holding period to evaluate adoptability; transports animals, supplies and equipment as directed; may inject microchips into animals; and other tasks as assigned.


Working knowledge of:

Some knowledge of:


Ability to:

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and work experience that would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Two years of experience performing animal health care tasks for domestic animals in a veterinary office or animal shelter.

A valid Registered Veterinary Technician license issued by the California State Veterinary Medical Board may be substituted for the required experience.

Special Requirements, Conditions:

Training: Incumbent must attend and pass the Euthanasia by Injection certification course within the first six months of hire.

Incumbent must possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver License.

Hours: Availability to work a flexible schedule including weekends and/or holidays, and rotational on-call duty as required.

Lifting: Incumbent must be able to lift, push/pull or carry up to 50 lbs unassisted.

Special Working Conditions: Exposure to animals who may be hostile or dangerous and exposure to animal feces and urine. Incumbents will be encouraged to undergo a pre-rabies vaccination series.

Bargaining Unit: 41
Workers Comp Code: 1073
EEOC Code: 03
Occ Unit Group: 91