Animal Care Technician

Summary:   Responsible for the general care of shelter animals and maintenance of kennels; treats animals with kindness and respect; maintains a clean and sanitary environment for animal health and safety; facilitates safe animal interaction with guests and potential adopters; interacts professionally and in a friendly manner with the public through excellent customer service; this position is also cross-trained for front desk/adoptions duties.


  1. Care for animals by feeding, watering, and maintaining clean and sanitary conditions
  1. Observe animal appearance and activity for general physical condition, obvious signs of illness, disease or discomfort
  1. Thoroughly clean and disinfect all areas of the shelter and kennels daily
  1. Take charge of/handle animals as required and restrain if needed for control
  1. Clean public and common areas of shelter as directed;
  1. Empty trash as needed
  1. Assist clinic staff as needed;
  1. Maintain equipment used to complete job assignments and keep such equipment and tools in good working condition;
  1. Notify management of major repairs needed or new equipment necessary to adequately complete assigned work;
  1. Assist other employees, clients and volunteers in a cheerful and respectful manner as a representative of the Peninsula SPCA and ensure customer satisfaction;
  1. Perform front desk adoptions duties as needed: processes animal intakes and adoptions; assist with clerical duties on clinic days; processes payments for adoptions, clinic fees, petting zoo tickets, donations and other.
  1. Other duties as may be assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Should enjoy working with animals
  2. Able to read, write, understand and follow oral and written instructions
  3. Able to humanely handle animals under various circumstances
  4. Able to work harmoniously with fellow employees
  5. Able to stand for prolonged periods of time
  6. Able to lift 50 pounds
  7. Able to bend and squat regularly
  8. Have reliable transportation to and from jobsite

Working Conditions:

  1. Work normally performed in kennels and main shelter building
  2. Some exposure to unpleasant odors, noises & extreme or inclement weather
  3. Possible exposure to bites, scratches and animal waste
  4. Possible exposure to contagious diseases
  5. Possible exposure to caustic chemicals such as bleach, disinfectant
  6. Includes weekend and holiday hours

Physical Demands:

While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is required to:

-stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear, sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel or crouch, crawl

-lift 50 pounds

-vision requirements include close vision, distance vision, distance vision, peripheral vision

Candidates should be at least 18 years old, possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. The Peninsula SPCA is a drug-free workplace.

Interested candidates should come to the Peninsula SPCA Animal Shelter and Humane Education/Outreach Center at 523 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Newport News to submit an application.

Shelter Veterinarian

Peninsula SPCA, Newport News, Virginia

Job Description

The Peninsula SPCA, an Adoption Guarantee animal shelter and humane education center, seeks an innovative, experienced veterinarian with a passion for shelter medicine to lead our clinic and animal care staff as we expand our public clinic service offerings on the Virginia Peninsula. This position serves as the Veterinarian-in-Charge for the Peninsula SPCA and oversees all aspects of veterinary care for both the shelter’s adoptable animals as well as the animals in our Petting Zoo and animal clients seen at our walk-in vaccination clinics and scheduled spay/neuter clinic. This position reports directly to the shelter’s Executive Director and works closely with shelter management, animal care staff and the clinic’s client base. The SV performs all surgical procedures at the PSPCA, including spay/neuter surgeries through the shelter’s clinic, and performs/supervises all vaccination and other procedures that take place through our low-cost clinics. The SV will also lead the coming expansion of clinic services offered to include future evening walk-in clinic opportunities.

In addition to sheltering small animals such as dogs, cats and rabbits, the PSPCA houses a Petting Zoo where goats, sheep, alpacas, miniature donkeys and other farm-type animals are kept; the general veterinary health of these animals is also under the supervision of the SV. Other responsibilities include hiring, training and supervising medical staff; departmental budgeting; updating medical protocols and SOPs and participation in staff and Board meetings as requested. Benefits offered include paid holidays and vacation; an employee health insurance plan and a retirement savings plan.

This position is estimated to require 32-40 hours per week.

How To Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume, and professional references to megan@peninsulaspca.org  Applications may also be delivered in-person during the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 523 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard in Newport News.