Summary: A Kennel technician is usually an associate degree holder in veterinary studies, who works in a kennel, and is responsible for the customary care of all pets in a kennel or a veterinary clinic. Their work may involve anything from basic tasks such as feeding, to more complicated ones such as administering basic treatment to animals.
Duties: A Kennel Technician’s duties include feeding and giving water to animals following specific schedules and special feeding instructions. They also clean, organize, and disinfect animal quarters; answer phone calls and schedule appointments; examine and observe animals to check possible signs of illnesses, diseases, or injuries; respond to questions from customers, and provide information about animals, such as habitat, behavior, physical activities or breeding habits. Kennel technicians also provide treatment to sick or injured animals, or contact veterinarians to administer treatment; collect and record animal information such as weight, size, physical condition, food intake, treatments and medications received; groom animals; and mix food, liquid formulas, medications, and food supplements according to prescriptions.
Education and Training Requirements: To be a Kennel technician, one must have at least a high school diploma, although some may require vocational training or other related course work. Other employers may also require an associate or bachelor’s degree. There are undergraduate programs available, which are associated with Non-farm animal caretaking, and continuing education may also be required to pursue a career as a Kennel technician.
Knowledge and Skills Requirements: A good Kennel technician must be able to actively listen to what other people are saying; have good time management and communication skills; is socially perceptive; coordinated; and is good at understanding instructions, making judgments and decisions. Knowledge in customer and personal service, English language, administration and management, public safety and security, biology, clerical, and education and training would also be helpful.
Working Conditions: Good physical condition is a must for aspiring Kennel technicians because the work involves a lot of walking and lifting. Work is performed both indoors and outdoors, and may require coming in during weekends and holidays. The work place is also often noisy because of the number of animals present, and the odor animal feces may be present. Travel may also be necessary and some employers require their Kennel Technicians to have their own vehicles.
Salary: Kennel Technicians typically receive an average of $29,000, and may vary greatly depending on the company, area, industry, experience, and benefits. Benefits, such as medical and dental insurance, and paid sick or vacation leaves are usually provided only to full-timers. Some employers may provide assistance or reimbursement for continuing education.