Veterinary Assistant / Kennel Attendant

The Kingston Humane Society, a non-profit animal welfare organization and registered charity, is seeking an engaging and energetic individual to fill the position of Veterinary Assistant / Kennel Attendant. The ideal candidate will be adaptable within the ever-changing atmosphere of leading shelter medicine practices. The KHS is a fast-paced, teamwork-based organization that promotes responsible pet ownership and compassion and respect for all animals.

Reporting directly to the Animal Programs Manager, VA duties include:

  • Maintaining a safe and sanitary environment for all animals in the shelter, while adhering to safe animal handling practices and disease control protocols
  • Responsible for nutritional, medical, housing, and enrichment needs
  • Performance of daily evaluations of shelter animals health and well-being; notifying supervisors of any health problems or concerns regarding animals; follow established protocols if symptoms of illness arise; documenting/charting as appropriate
  • Provide animal enrichment including exercise, training, and socialization of animals Ongoing advocacy and support to patients
  • Transportation of animals through use of KHS vehicles – to appointments, participating in transfers
  • Providing customer service and counselling to adopters, owners of lost pets, donors, and other members of the public
  • Work in compliance with all KHS policies, procedures and protocols including the Health & Safety procedures
  • Immediately report all incidents of injury, property and/or equipment damage, and maintenance issues to a supervisor
  • Demonstrate cooperation with other departments in order to ensure efficiency of care and support for animals

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Successful completion of a Veterinary Assistant course, or other combination of education and experience
  • Experience working in an animal shelter, veterinary clinic, kennel, or similar establishment
  • Communication, organizational and customer service skills
  • Good interpersonal skills, a positive attitude, and the ability to interact with other animal care staff, Veterinarians, the adoptions team, veterinary clinics and members of the public
  • Experience with low-stress animal handling techniques and behaviour management
  • A valid Ontario Driver’s License (G2 minimum) and a clean driver’s abstract
  • Technological skills, including the ability to work efficiently with computers, a broad variety of software and a web-based environment

ASSET QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with PetPoint database management
  • Knowledge of Ontario SPCA Act and Pounds Act
  • Experience working with an organization managed by a Board of Directors
  • Leadership and supervisory experience

WORK CONDITIONS

  • Interaction with employees, management, and some contact with the public, including adopters and foster parents
  • A supportive and inclusive work environment that offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Rotating shifts of 8am-4pm and12pm-8pm, some weekends and holidays
  • May involve the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of heavy to moderately heavy objects and materials and some combination of climbing and balancing to include stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling>
  • Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, including, but not limited to: dirt, dust, odours, wetness, humidity, weather, temperature and noise extremes, hazardous materials, bright/dim lights, toxic agents, animal/human bites, disease, pathogenic substances.

Please submit a letter of interest and resume indicating how you meet the qualifications for this position to [email protected] with the subject line “Veterinary Assistant”. This vacancy will be posted until filled.

The Kingston Humane Society is a respectful and inclusive workplace, committed to accessibility, diversity, and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made by indicating this on your application and we will work with you to meet your accessibility needs. For any questions, suggestions or required documents regarding accessibility in a different format, please contact [email protected]

No telephone calls, please. We thank all applicants, however, only those being considered for interviews will be contacted.

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HUMANE SOCIETY TO RESUME ADOPTIONS

Contactless adoptions will begin on May 6th for limited number of animals

Kingston, ON – May 1, 2020
Beginning on Wednesday May 6th, the Kingston Humane Society (KHS) will resume adoptions of animals to suitable members of the public. The number of animals available will initially be limited and significant safety protocols will be employed to avoid any contact or direct interaction with potential adopters.

Five weeks ago, the KHS suspended all adoptions in an effort to significantly reduce the potential of COVID-19
transmission within the community or to the KHS staff. In that time, more than 100 foster volunteers have stepped up to care for animals that would normally have been housed in kennels and waiting for adoption.

“Our foster volunteers have been incredible,” said Gord Hunter, Executive Director, “but we’re starting to see
the expected spring influx of animals and we need to be sure we have capacity within the shelter once things
begin to open up again and once the foster families begin returning animals to us.”

The capacity of the current building is limited to 75 cats and 44 dogs. The KHS currently has 112 animals in
care; the majority in foster homes. In May of 2019, the Kingston Humane Society took in just under 200
animals. After this year’s mild winter, Animal Programs Manager Christie Haaima expects numbers to rise significantly, potentially putting the shelter well over capacity.

“Each year, we see a large influx of animals heading into the summer months, predominantly stray cats and
orphaned kittens,” said Haaima. “We can’t allow Covid-19 to prevent us from saving the lives of nearly 2,000 pets this year. We need to be prepared by continuing adoptions and expanding our foster program.”

Pre-adoption counselling and meet and greets will be done virtually utilizing available electronic meeting platforms. The successful adopters will then come to the shelter to pick up the animal in a no-touch environment. Adoption payments will be accepted by debit or credit only using no-touch or minimal contact protocols. All KHS staff employees will wear full PPE and adopters will be asked to wear gloves and masks when picking up their new family member.

“This is new to all of us and we expect to experience small glitches that we’ll address and correct on the fly,” said Hunter. “Our goal is to find forever homes for as many animals in our care as possible and to remain within our somewhat limited capacity, keeping the strain on staff and animals to a minimum.”

Beginning Wednesday May 6th, the public can find animals available for adoption on our website at www.kingstonhumanesociety.ca . Online applications will be processed as received and suitable adopters will be contacted for virtual meet and greets.

BACKGROUND

The Kingston Humane Society is committed to advocating for and improving the lives of animals within our community. Founded in 1884, the KHS continues to provide shelter and care for homeless animals in Kingston and surrounding communities. We promote responsible pet ownership and compassion and respect for all animals. In addition, we work in and with our community to provide leadership in the humane treatment of all animals, to address the causes of animal suffering, to encourage people to take responsibility for their animal companions and to provide care for animals who are neglected, abused, exploited, stray or homeless.

CONTACT
Gord Hunter, Executive Director KHS, 613-546-1291 ext 105

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