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Breeding Dog Care & Welfare Attendant

Lions Foundation Canada Guide Dogs

Breslau, ON, Canada



Employment Type

Part-Time (Weekends)

Breeding Dog Care & Welfare Attendant

Job Summary

The Breeding Dog Care & Welfare Attendant is responsible for maintaining a high standard of care for all breeding dogs and puppies housed at the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides (LFCDG) breeding facility. This is an active working position, cleaning kennel areas and observing canine medical and behavioral changes to report to the necessary staff. This is a physically demanding role requiring the majority of time spent standing, walking, lifting, and bending in all weather conditions. The Breeding Dog Care & Welfare Attendant will foster a positive and productive work environment, and support a team that can deliver on the assigned work and initiatives. As a member of the breeding program team, the Breeding Dog Care & Welfare Attendant is responsible for training new team members, creating and communicating task outlines, and working collaboratively with other team members and departments to ensure the wellbeing of the dogs. Professional canine care knowledge and experience are preferred.

Job Duties

Kennel Duties:
· Maintain a clean and safe kennel environment
· Handle all dogs in a humane and efficient manner
· Walk and socialize dogs and puppies while adhering to basic obedience guidelines
· Accurately prepare meals and feed dogs
· Bathing and grooming of dogs
· Assist with whelpings and matings
· Examine dogs regularly to ensure good health
· Provide necessary medical care to dogs including medications (oral, topical)
· Effectively and efficiently manage veterinary emergencies
· Maintain accurate records and communicate concerns to the appropriate staff members
· Communicate with Breeding Program Supervisor, veterinary clinic staff, and foster families regarding behavioural and medical issues as required
· Train other breeding kennel team members as needed
· Inventory and restocking of supplies as needed
· Adhere to all workplace health and safety guidelines, policies, and procedures as outlined
· Safe operation of large fleet vehicles for occasional transportation of dogs, as needed
· Regularly report to Breeding Program Supervisor on all areas of responsibility

Employee Benefits

- Casual dress
- Dental care
- Disability insurance
- Extended health care
- Life insurance
- On-site parking
- Paid time off
- Vision care

What You Bring

· Minimum completed: High school or equivalent education
· Post-secondary education in Animal Care or Veterinary Technician training an asset
· Proven animal care in a professional environment – 1 year
· Knowledge or experience in animal/canine reproduction and genetics strongly preferred
· Professional grooming experience or experience with breeding animals an asset
· Ability to identify signs of canine ill health and treat as prescribed
· Demonstrated capacity to work in a busy and noisy work environment
· Demonstrated capability in problem-solving and reasoning
· Proven ability to foster positive, productive working relationships
· Positive attitude, and ability to work independently and as part of a team
· Ability to lift 50 lbs. of food products and dogs weighing 60 lbs.
· Efficient use of PCs; the Internet; MS Word, Excel, and Outlook; ability to learn new software
· Very strong interpersonal and communication skills – both written and verbal
· Demonstrated time management and organization skills with the ability to effectively prioritize workloads, multi-task, respond adeptly to shifting priorities, and act quickly to immediate needs
· Ability to work a flexible schedule (including evenings and weekends)
· Minimum valid G2 Drivers License with a clean driving abstract required
· Reliable transportation and comfortable traveling in all weather conditions
· Comfortable driving large fleet vehicles
· Ability to work physically in all weather conditions
· Perform strenuous physical tasks on a daily basis
· Vulnerable Sector Police Background Check required

How to Apply

Please fill out and submit a Client Referral Form to be considered for this postion. 

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