Generally, pet care attendants work in animal shelters, veterinary offices, and occasionally pet-boarding facilities. They are primarily responsible for looking after pets, as well as cleaning cages, ensuring pets are fed properly, walking them or ensuring exercise, and checking for signs of illness.
Some employers, particularly vet offices, may require these attendants to ensure that the building is clean or hold animals while medicine or shots are administered. They may also be in charge of stocking items and donations and releasing animals back to their owners. This job involves working with many types of animals, so being an "animal lover" is very important, as are the abilities to control animals, handle emergencies, and clean effectively. Knowledge of common illness symptoms and animal behavior, good communication skills, timeliness, and the ability to work well on teams as well as independently are also important.
Applicants for this position should be aware of the risk of mild injury due to dog bites, cat scratches, and other animal distress actions; otherwise, formal requirements for the job are minimal beyond a high school diploma or equivalent. Some employers may require certification.