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Kennel Supervisor 

About the Organization Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship.  
Location Southeast Regional Center - Orlando, FLA  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
About the Region

The Southeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence has been making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities since 1989. The Southeast Region Training Center, an 8-acre campus, opened on Independence Day, July 4, 2000, and serves the states of Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. The campus, named in recognition of Anheuser-Busch/SeaWorld's million dollar gift, consists of four buildings with a total of 32,000 square feet. It is a state-of-the-art facility where training, education and caring come together.


Schedule Information None Specified 

Salary Range Salary DOE. CCI offers benefits including Med., Dental, Vision, 403b w/ match, Life Insurance, and various disability long term care benefits.  

SUMMARY This position is responsible for supervising and training kennel staff while participating in the care and maintenance of the kennel complex to provide quality care to dogs and puppies housed in the kennels. The Kennel Supervisor must possess a thorough knowledge of canine health & general dog care and kennel operations in order to effectively supervise the kennel operations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned as needed:


  • Supervise kennel staff to ensure proper staffing and coverage, maintain staff work schedules and oversee scheduling
  • Anticipate staff vacancies and coordinate adjustments to maintain kennel coverage.
  • Prioritize and coordinate daily, weekly and monthly duties of kennel technicians and ensure adherence to rules and procedures.
  • Participate in interdepartmental objectives and trainings, organize and conduct regular staffmeetings.
  • Actively recruit, interview and hire kennel Staff and respond to inquiries from the public, volunteers and applicants.
  • Oversee that kennels are maintained to agency’sstandards ? Communicate effectively and efficiently interdepartmentally, with peers, employees and with management

Staff Training

  • Oversee staff training in all kennel management details, including kennel cleaning and maintenance procedures, staff scheduling, and canine health maintenance and treatments that occur in a kennel environment.
  • Collaborate with program staff to ensure consistency in standards of kennel and dog care.

Animal Husbandry Operations

  • Clean individual kennels and maintain a sanitary kennel environment.
  • Provide basic and specialized care to kenneled dogs, including feeding, walking, exercising, weighing grooming and bathing.
  • Prepare and dispense food, adjust food amounts according to dog’s need, work in cooperation with the vet department for dogs with special dietary concerns.
  • Administer basic treatments (such as vaccines) and medications individually, as well as assuring consistency and accuracy within the kennels.
  • Assist in emergency first aid, would treatment and exams.
  • Recognize common veterinary conditions and maintain familiarity with current treatment protocols as prescribed by the National Vet Clinic.
  • Perform routine physical examinations, including health checks on puppies and dogs and currency of preventative care (vaccines, blood tests, etc.)
  • Obtain blood and urine samples. Ensure proper process and transport of lab samples.
  • Maintain and clean medical/technical equipment. Report any abnormalities to the Program Director and schedule regular maintenance checks and repairs.
  • Assist veterinarians with x-rays and file management. ? Inventory and maintain office supplies; prepare purchase orders for approval.
  • Transport dogs and puppies using crates and/or approved methods as needed.


  • Maintain written records of dogs moving into or out of kennel, individual dog care, or behavior following CCI protocols.
  • Maintain good oral and written communications with co-workers, instructors andsupervisor.
  • Participate in meetings, educational sessions and other group forums.
  • Maintain kennel protocol and procedural records.
  • Assist with graduation and special events.
  • Be accountable not only for direct responsibilities outlined in this job description but also to serve fellow staff and other constituents with whom position interacts. Ensure actions and communications are honest and transparent.
Position Requirements


  • Able to perform several tasks concurrently, time management and good organizational and communication skills.
  • Must be able to safely lift 45 pounds and safely handle, hold and restrain active dogs weighing up to 110 pounds. Employees should seek assistance when lifting dogs or objects weighing more than 45 lbs.
  • Able to work, standing or walking on cement for extended periods oftime.
  • Able to work different day and weekend shifts.
  • Able to complete necessary paperwork and meet deadlines.
  • Familiarity with dog training and behavior, animal health and disability awareness and sensitivity.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum one-year prior dog handling, training and dog health care experience preferred. Supervisory and management experience preferred.

EDUCATION: High school graduate, GED or equivalent preferred

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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