Animal Health Care Assistant

  • Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Inc.
  • 316 Old Stage Road, Saugerties, NY, USA
  • Feb 14, 2018
Full time Animal Care Veterinary Services

Job Description

The Health Care Assistant (HCA) role is responsible for assisting the Health Care Coordinator (HCC) with all aspects of the physical and emotional well-being of Catskill Animal Sanctuary’s 300 animals. The primary responsibilities are to conduct health checks on multiple species, to maintain and update medical records and to perform health procedures as needed, as well as basic health care. Additionally, the HCA is responsible for assisting on-site visits by animal care specialists and during the transportation of animals to medical appointments. 

As a representative of Catskill Animal Sanctuary, the HCA acts in a professional and friendly manner at all times with colleagues, volunteers, and the public. The Health Care Assistant reports directly to the Health Care Coordinator.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct full body health checks, perform health care procedures on a variety of species.  These include, but are not limited to wound care, administering medications, weight and skin checks, ear/nose/eye cleaning, foot cleaning and beak/hoof/toenail trims.  
  • Administer routine vaccinations and species-specific health care maintenance  
  • Identify potential health concerns and communicate these assessments to the HCC
  • Creates and maintains health records on each animal resident
  • Actively participate in the daily well-being of all animals to maintain a high level of wellness
  • Assists in monitoring the emotional well-being of each animal, always seeking to maximize each individual’s happiness
  • Consults with the Health Care Coordinator about potential adjustments or improvements in animal’s daily life that would increase their sense of well-being
  • Assists in determining optimum diets for all sanctuary animals and solicits the HCC about adjusting diets as necessary
  • Supports onsite visits from veterinary medical teams, farriers, shearers, and other healthcare specialists
  • Participates in the transportation of animals to medical appointments and collaborates directly with the HCC on outcomes or changes to daily care routines
  • Actively keeps feed board and other communication strategies current and up to date throughout the day
  • Orders all supplements, medications and medical supplies using the most cost-effective measures
  • Ability to perform duties in enclosed and outdoor environments throughout the year



  • Previous farmed animal experience (e.g. goats, cows, chickens, sheep, horses, etc.)
  • Veterinary technician or comparable experience highly desired
  • Strong organizational skills with a proven ability to manage multiple priorities and projects in fast-paced work environment
  • Excellent time management and communication skills
  • Ability to work well with a variety of staff and external partners
  • Experience dealing with animal emergency situations
  • Valid driver’s license with clean driving record required


This is a full-time position with benefits (e.g. medical insurance, floating holidays, vacation and personal time off).  Starting salary is between $15 - $17/hour based upon experience. To apply, send cover letter and resume to

Area of Focus

Animal Rights

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