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MTS Level 3 - Kennel Assistants (2 positions) - Veterinary Teaching Hospital - Atlantic Veterinary College

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Veterinary Teaching Hospital - AVC
MTS Level 3 - Kennel Assistants (2 positions)
Full-Time Term Positions
Hours of Work:
37.5 hours per week, working nights in a schedule that will include working some weekends, some statutory holidays and UPEI closures (4 on and 4 off shift schedule)

$42,928 - $47,176 per annum, as per CUPE 1870


May 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023 (Term may be reduced or extended depending on performance, available funding, and departmental requirements)

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the Atlantic Veterinary College requires Kennel Assistants to play an important role working nights in the Small Animal Hospital team supporting Animal Care Attendants, Technical and Clinical staff with responsibilities including cleaning, basic animal husbandry and restocking various hospital areas.


Under supervision, job responsibilities will include:

  • Basic cleaning and disinfection of equipment and animal holding areas, following infection control guidelines
  • Assist with the restocking of laundry, food, and consumables.
  • Preparation of kennels for patients
  • Provide feeding and follow feeding instructions
  • Provide assistance with the safe handling and restraint of small animal patients
  • Provide assistance to Animal Care Attendants (ACAs), Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs) and Clinicians for routine and emergent examinations, diagnostic procedures, and treatments
  • Assist with the daily care and husbandry of hospitalized patients within a primary care, referral, and emergency setting
  • Work as required with equipment and maintain high standards of cleanliness
  • Liaise with ACAs, RVTs, Clinicians and clients, where required.
  • Maintain the highest standards of professionalism in all interactions and communication including respecting patient/client confidentiality


  • A graduate of Grade 12, or an equivalent combination of training and veterinary/animal experience
  • 6 months’ experience in the safe handling and care of small animals, with experience in a clinical setting considered an asset
  • Certification in low-stress animal handling would be considered an asset
  • Must have basic competency to input data in computer systems and spreadsheets
  • Must have ability to lift weights up to 25kg
  • Must be self-motivated with a strong work ethic and reliable
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must be able to work independently, but also as part of a team
  • Must be prepared to work nights, some weekends, some statutory holidays and UPEI closures


Application Instructions:

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website. Applications will not be accepted via email.

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

UPEI will require all students, staff, and faculty to comply with the Covid 19 attestation and vaccination requirements as set out under the UPEI Covid 19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

UPEI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation and believes in providing a positive learning and working environment where every person feels empowered to contribute. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment and encourages applications from underrepresented groups including women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. 

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.