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Career and Education Opportunities for Animal Attendants

In general, animal attendants handle animals for the purpose of investigations of mistreatment, or control of abandoned, dangerous, or unattended animals.

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JOB DESCRIPTION: Animal Attendant

Animal Attendant video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

Animal attendants write reports of efforts, and maintain files of impoundments and dispositions of animals. They also remove captured animals from animal-control service vehicles and place animals in shelter cages or other enclosures. Equally important, animal attendants have to answer inquiries from the public concerning animal control operations. They are often called upon to contact animal owners to inform them that their pets are at animal holding facilities. They are expected to educate the public about animal welfare, and animal control laws and rules. Finally, animal attendants get ready for prosecutions pertaining to animal treatment, and give evidence in court.

Every day, animal attendants are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings.