Wellness and Spay/Neuter Clinic - Animal Handler


The Animal Handler is vital to maintaining the flow of our low-cost, high-volume Wellness Clinic. The Animal Handler is a go-between for the Advocates and the Lab staff, bringing animals from the waiting areas to the lab, and informing the Vet Techs about the services the pet will be receiving. The Animal Handler holds the pets as vitals are taken, vaccines are administered, or as otherwise directed. It is critical that the Animal Handler be aware of how to identify a stressed or frightened animal. Volunteers should arrive 15 minutes prior to opening for clinic meetings, and stay until all clients have been assisted.



  • Assist Vet Techs during lab visits
  • Lifts and restrains animals using proper holding techniques
  • Monitors pet holding and waiting areas
  • Brings pets and families to isolated waiting rooms as necessary to avoid conflict
  • Sets the pace for the clinic by moving pets from waiting areas to the lab
  • Helps maintain a clean and organized working environment



  • Ability to lift pets of all sizes
  • Ability to handle animals of all temperaments
  • Must be able to take direction from Vet Techs and Veterinarian
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • High situational awareness
  • Must wear wine-colored scrubs (to be purchased by volunteer)
  • Background check and signed waiver


All volunteers are provided with on-the-job training. Volunteers are paired with an experienced volunteer until they are comfortable enough to perform the required tasks on their own. There is always staff on hand volunteers can contact if they have any questions.

Qualifications Required

  • Age Must be at least 18 - 55
  • How much weight can you safely and comfortably lift? Must be at least 31 - 40 pounds

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Tuesday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Wednesday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Thursday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Friday - Morning, Afternoon