Full-time $15.76 / hour
AM PM Staffing is hiring a Veterinary Assistant for a client in St. Charles Parish. Under general supervision, performs semi-skilled work in the enforcement of ordinances and statutes related to the control of animals for the Animal Control Department. Work involves capturing, confining, and caring for stray animals; maintaining records pertaining to collection of animals and bothersome animal activity; and enforcing animal ordinances. Employee is responsible for answering compliant calls from Emergency Operations Center, the general public, and capturing and confining unwanted animals; assisting the public with the adoption of a pet or for those who have a missing pet; assisting in the general maintenance of the kennel and care for impounded animals; transporting unclaimed or diseased animals to a nearby Parish for humane destruction; and preparing associated reports and records. Employee is subject to the usual hazards of animal control work. Reports to the Animal Shelter Supervisor.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- -Patrols the Parish picking up animals which are running loose in violation of state and Parish laws; uses traps and/or firearms equipped with tranquilizing ammunition to subdue animals, as necessary; capturing unlicensed, stray, sick or injured animals.
- -Investigates animal bite cases; ensures that confinement of such animals is proper and complete according to the law; apprehends animals that have bitten humans, and transports them to the Animal Control Center.
- -Implements procedures for operation of rabies control in the Parish; informs Parish Health Officer or proper authority of possible rabies cases.
- -Responds to requests for service from the Emergency Operations Center or general public to capture and confine unlicensed, stray, diseased, injured and bothersome animals, including domestic and wild animals, livestock and fowl. Investigates complaints of cruelty to animals and violations of animal control ordinances; answers complaints regarding stray, dangerous, or injured animals. -Assists and advises the general public of laws and ordinances pertaining to care and confinement of animals.
- -Prepares and updates a variety of reports and records, including place, time, date, and breed of animal at time of capture, and numbers of animals collected and confined, released for human destruction and the number of animals under observation for rabies; maintains routine activity reports, including mileage and fuel consumption. Discerns general health status of animal and whether or not it should be destroyed immediately.
- -Provides information to the public regarding the adoption process of animals in the shelter; and provides information and assistance to those who have a missing pet.
- -Observes and evaluates care of animals impounded at center.
- -Assists in the maintenance of kennel operations such as feeding and watering animals at the Animal Control Center; cleans and disinfects animal cages, disposing of refuse materials, changing sawdust and other bedding materials, and washing floors and walls of animal rooms when necessary.
- -Processes animal remains (i.e., burying or operation of an animal incinerator); transports animals to nearby parish for humane destruction; performs loading, unloading, and euthanizing of dogs and cats.
- -Performs minor maintenance, yard work, and repair work (including temporary repairs to cages), in and around the Animal Control Center office and kennels; cleans and dust office area, empties trash cans.
ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- -Maintains inventory of kennel.
- -Assists in training new personnel.
- -Picks up animal traps as necessary.
- -Performs related work as required.
- -High school diploma or GED. Have some experience in animal control, public service program coordination or related work. Any equivalent combination of experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
- -Possession of a valid Louisiana driver’s license.
- -Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment including typewriters, two-way radios, hand tools, animal traps, firearms, etc.
- -Must be physically able to operate a motor vehicle. Must be able to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Work involves walking, standing and running, and may involve physical confrontations.
TEMP TO PERM position.
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