Animal Care Manager RVT

Website Lakefield Animal Welfare Society

Are you tired of late nights, weekends, and holiday hours? Are you looking to put your skills and passion toward supporting animal health and wellness in a progressive and community-focused sheltering environment?

The Lakefield Animal Welfare Society is looking for a dynamic individual who can help fulfill its mission of saving lives and finding loving homes for animals in need.

This unique opportunity is available for candidates who want to promote animal welfare and lead a team within the best practices of shelter medicine.

LAWS is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Animal Care Manager Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Operations, this is an opportunity for a Registered Veterinary Technician who will thrive by supporting animal welfare, health and wellness, and industry standards in a rewarding shelter environment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Ensure the emotional and physical health of LAWS animals
    Follow all disease and infection control, intake, and health and wellness protocols and best practices
  • Provide medical and general animal assessment services
    Monitor animal health and well-being of each individual animal and herd health
  • Administer prescribed treatments and other medical and diagnostic interventions
  • Accurate record-keeping and data input into the shelter management system
  • Provide education, information and support to LAWS staff and clients
  • Perform daily rounds and make necessary changes to any animal’s daily routines as needed.
  • Act as key medical liaison with veterinarian clinics
  • Ensure animals are in compliance with feeding, medicine, vaccine, internal/external parasite control protocols, best practices and directions from the veterinarian
  • Control all prescription medication, complete drug log, and ensure safe/locked storage
  • Lead Veterinary Day at the shelter by compiling the list of animals for attention and being in attendance during these sessions in order to provide information and respond to inquiries by the veterinarians
  • Coordinate and communicate with Foster to Adopt or Foster families regarding vaccines, health concerns, and spay/neuter surgeries and keep open communication with foster coordinators
  • Create and manage the enrichment program
  • Perform animal care cleaning duties as necessary
  • Support adoptions by providing adoption counselling, post adoptable animals, on social media and support their inquiries
  • Work within the Fear Free Shelter philosophy
  • Model and train safe handling, intake skills to staff and volunteers
  • Supervises Animal Care Attendants, foster coordinators and volunteers
  • Provide transport to and from veterinary clinic(s)


  • A Veterinary Technician diploma from a recognized college
  • Registration with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians with preferred 1 to 2 years clinical experience
  • Experience supervising or training staff preferred
  • Experience in a shelter environment is preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English are required
  • Valid G Class Driver’s License and maintain a clean driver abstract

Essential duties and working conditions:

  • Employees will be required to work occasional weekends, generally working
  • Monday to Friday 8am-5pm and some flexibility to support evening emergencies when needed
  • Employment is conditional upon the ability to provide services in a safe manner, including, but not limited to lifts and transfers of large animals and to lift 50 lbs
  • Employment is conditional upon maintaining the confidentiality of LAWS information
  • Employment is conditional upon the ability to work around all species of animals safely

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