Animal care technicians play an important role in maintaining safe and humane conditions for pets, animals, or livestock held in veterinary care or kennel facilities. These technicians typically handle daily duties such as maintaining clean kennels and cages, waste disposal, and feeding duties, and in veterinary offices or hospitals they may also be required to assist veterinarians in examinations, routine procedures, or administration of medicine.
Animal care technicians are often tasked with monitoring and maintaining animal housing areas within a facility. These animals are typically pets left overnight for observation after surgical procedures or those that are kenneled as part of a service. These technicians ensure that the housing areas are kept clean and sanitized and all animals in the facility are fed according to schedules, and most areas also require record-keeping and logging of these activities, as well as supply inventory and reordering work.
Some veterinary care facilities require animal care technicians to also work directly in animal medical care, and these duties may include preparing and disinfecting examination/surgical areas and cleaning and sanitizing all instruments as needed. Animal care technicians may also be involved in helping to handle or calm an animal for the veterinarian and assisting in examinations, administrating medicine, and other routine procedures.
Requirements for this position can vary depending on the responsibilities required by the particular animal care facility. If the technician's job is largely non-medical in nature, candidates may only need a high school diploma and strong affinity for animal welfare. For those who work directly with medical care, an associate's degree or certificate in animal care is typically required. Most animal care technicians work regular office hours, but in 24-hour animal hospitals this position may involve shift work during evenings or overnights.
Animal Care Technician Tasks
Observe and monitor behavior.
Clean animal cages or enclosures and change bedding materials.
Feed and water animals.
Record feedings, changes in behavior and other activities.