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MTS Level 4 - Animal Care Attendant - Small Animal - Veterinary Teaching Hospital - Atlantic Veterinary College

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Veterinary Teaching Hospital - AVC
MTS Level 4 - Animal Care Attendant - Small Animal
Full-Time Permanent Position
Hours of Work:
37.5 hours per week

$45,394 to $49,916 per annum, as per CUPE 1870

Do you want to join a dynamic team practicing and teaching the highest standards of Veterinary Medicine?  Do you want to work in an environment supporting primary care clinicians and veterinary specialist experts across a small animal caseload?  Do you want to be part of training and shaping the next generation of veterinarians?  If so, we’d love to have you join us!  The Veterinary Teaching Hospital is seeking an Animal Care Attendant to join in a full-time permanent position within the Small Animal Hospital to assist the client services representatives, technical staff and clinician teams in support of patient care and hospital operations.

This position will have a rotating schedule that includes covering weekdays, weekends, holidays and UPEI closures. 


Small Animal – Animal Care Attendant duties

  • Clean and disinfect equipment and animal holding areas to the highest standard following infection control guidelines
  • Coordinate and process online pet food client sales and maintain pet food inventory for hospital use, including ordering and receipt of pet food inventory for hospital inpatients and client food orders
  • Facilitate adequate stock levels for hospital pet food and retail
  • Assist with monitoring and restocking hospital supplies
  • Support the daily care and husbandry of hospitalized patients within a referral primary care and emergency hospital setting
  • Follow specialized feeding instructions
  • Provide assistance with the safe handling and restraint of patients
  • Provide assistance to veterinary technicians and clinicians for routine and emergent examinations, diagnostic procedures, treatments, and patient care
  • Work as required with specialized equipment and maintain the highest standard of cleanliness 
  • Interact with and facilitate communication between clients, students, and hospital staff

General duties

  • Maintain collegial and professional interactions and communication with colleagues and clients at all times, including respecting client/patient confidentiality
  • Must be willing to be assigned in an on-call schedule that may be required for hospital operations
  • Maintain safe, respectful, professional, and ethical conduct, handling and interactions with patients as befitting a veterinary teaching hospital environment
  • Participate as assigned in a schedule as required for hospital operations that may include some work during nights/weekends/holidays/university closures


  • A graduate of Grade 12
  • 1.5 years’ experience in the safe handling and restraint of small animals in a clinical setting required, with experience in a referral/teaching hospital preferred
  • Experience ordering and receiving inventory in a veterinary clinical setting preferred
  • Certification in low-stress animal handling would be considered an asset
  • Must have demonstrated abilities in use of computer systems and spreadsheets
  • Must have ability to lift weights up to 25kg
  • Must be self-motivated and reliable
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must be able to work independently, but also as part of a team
  • Must be prepared to work 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.

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.

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.

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.