Join the MAC Team!


Like animals?  Love people?  Passionate about making a difference in the lives of both?  Then McKamey Animal Center wants YOU to join our growing team! MAC employs animal protection officers, veterinary staff, animal caretakers, behavioral experts and more, and each and every team member is committed to making our community a better place for animals and the people who love them. 

If you are passionate, dedicated, hard-working and believe in our mission, Saving Animals, Helping People, apply below!



McKamey Animal Center is an approved Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) employer! 

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McKamey Animal Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, Vietnam-era or disabled veteran status in its employment programs and policies.

Career Opportunities Available



Our Clinic Veterinary Technicians and Assistants support the comfort and well-being of animals receiving medical care at McKamey Animal Center and assist with all daily activities of the MAC’s in-house veterinary clinic. The successful applicant will participate in all daily MAC veterinary clinic operations, including spay/neuter surgeries, TNR, diagnosis/treatment of ill or injured animals, check-in/check-out of surgical patients, making appointments, support of community vaccine/microchip clinics and more. While the majority of clinic functions take place at MAC during regular operating hours, this position may be assigned to support other supplemental clinic programs like vaccination clinics, mass surgery days, etc.  The successful candidate will have the technical expertise to support the work of a high volume spay neuter clinic, the ability to project a professional and positive demeanor even in a high stress environment, and the drive to support MAC in its lifesaving work each and every day. 



  • Hourly Rate: Dependent upon experience      
  • Schedule: Center surgeries are performed Monday through Friday, but animal care is needed 7 days a week; additional hours for Center events are scheduled as needed.
  • Benefits: Medical, dental, holidays, retirement plan


JOB RESPONSIBILITIES (includes, but not limited to):

  • Perform daily veterinary clinic activities including preparation of animals for surgery, assisting veterinarians during surgery, monitoring the condition of animals after surgery, transporting animals back to their respective cages or kennels after surgery, and assisting the public with animal intake/discharge, appointment scheduling and more.
  • Deliver excellent customer service when dealing with the public, other staff and supervisors.
  • Work directly with the Center’s veterinarians to assure the safety and health of animals in the Center and ensure that all procedures are performed in a highly efficient and effective manner.
  • Provide assistance with evaluations/management of medical needs of animals in the Center.
  • Assist in treatment of Center animals by performing and documenting routine health checks, including drawing and processing diagnostic work; identifying, properly documenting and treating common medical conditions, as prescribed by a veterinarian; and properly assessing and following written protocols for ill/injured animals while providing supportive care.
  • Provide routine and health care for animals under Clinic supervision, keeping daily logs of medical treatment for each animal, ensuring daily treatments are completed as prescribed, monitoring progress of treatment and bring needed rechecks to the attention of appropriate staff.
  • Maintain proper record keeping for all animals treated within the Clinic.
  • Ensure overall sanitation of the clinic, including medical/surgery suite, prep area and equipment.
  • Assist with medical supply inventory and re-stock medical treatment areas as needed.
  • Provide support for off-site medical activities, including vaccine clinics, etc., as assigned.
  • Ensure highest standards of professionalism and customer service whenever interacting with others.
  • Perform humane euthanasia in accordance with shelter standards, as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Job Qualifications and Skills

  • Qualified individuals must be trained, experienced or educated in surgical support (ideally spay/neuter surgery).
  • Strong animal handling skills and demonstrated understanding of basic animal health, care and welfare issues.
  • Computer savvy.
  • Ability to maintain composure in an often stressful and emotional work environment.
  • Ability to make sound judgments and work independently and in a team setting in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands.
  • Proven organizational skills and attention to detail, and effective record keeping ability.
  • Ability to relate to and confer with Veterinarians, shelter leadership, co-workers and the general public in a positive and constructive manner at all times; ability to exercise good judgment when dealing with the public and when making decisions in the absence of leadership.


Education and Experience Required

  • High School diploma required.
  • Minimum of 2 years of work experience in a veterinary clinic, animal shelter or similar entity.
  • Prior Veterinary Assistant or Veterinary Technician experience strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in animal medical care, including drawing blood, administering vaccinations and medications, and safely securing animals for veterinary procedures.
  • Fear free certification highly desirable.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age (required for insurance purposes); valid driver’s license and insurable driving record.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Potential for standing/walking/bending up to eight to ten (8-10) hours a day.
  • Must be able to performing physical tasks like animal restraint, physical examinations of animals, scrubbing cages, cleaning floors and more.
  • Must be proficient in handling syringes and needles.
  • Must have quick reflexes and ability to use both hands simultaneously (example: open cage door while handling animal, react to escaping animal).
  • Occasional lifting of up to a hundred (100) pounds with assistance.
  • Ability to bend and squat in order to leash/harness, and/or pick up an animal.
  • Ability to see well enough to move safely around the building, distinguish animal body language, read instructions, and read an animal’s paperwork.
  • Ability to hear if an animal is giving warning signs, such as growling, yelping or hissing.
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally.
  • Ability to cope with a very loud environment due to animal noises.
  • Must not have strong allergies to dogs, cats or other companion animals that can’t be managed by medication, or to chemicals used in grooming or cleaning. Must not be highly allergic to peanut butter.
  • Ability to deal with strong and unpleasant odors and feces.







The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Exposure to high noise levels, zoonotic diseases, and animal bites/scratches when handling animals.
  • Exposure to all weather conditions when outdoors.





McKamey Animal Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We reserve the right conduct criminal background checks and requires drug testing of all employment candidates.

Job Description

Job Title: Animal Care Specialist
Job Classification: FT hourly, non-exempt
Job Relationships: Reports to Animal Care Supervisor
Job Summary: Work within a team setting to ensure the health and well-being of animals being sheltered at MAC. Responsible for daily cleaning, feeding and socialization of animals according to specified protocols, and for maintaining a safe and sanitary facility for animals and people.

Salary: $13.75/hr


Job duties:

  • Ensure each shelter animal receives appropriate food and water each day, as instructed and trained.
  • Clean and/or sanitize animal cages, kennels, holding areas, rooms, hallways and other shelter spaces each day, as instructed and trained.
  • Perform laundry, dish washing, and other general care and cleaning duties as assigned.
  • Perform animal bathing, grooming, exercising and socialization as assigned.
  • Observe, monitor and document the health and behavior of animals as assigned.
  • Ensure that every interaction with animals, including caretaking, moving, handling, etc. is done according to fear-free humane techniques as instructed and trained.
  • Ensure the most humane living environment for each animal possible.
  • Provide daily enrichment activities for animals as assigned.
  • Properly vaccinate/medicate animals as instructed and trained.
  • Obtain euthanasia certification and perform humane euthanasia as necessary according to best practices and applicable laws and regulations.
  • Participate in behavioral assessment and modification activities as assigned.
  • Maintain a clean, orderly, appropriately stocked work environment.
  • Follow all employee health and safety protocols.
  • Ensure that all interactions with the public are positive and professional.
  • Actively support and cultivate a positive, humane, professional work environment for fellow staff and volunteers.
  • Assist with lost pet owner reunifications.
  • Respond to general public inquiries (via phone, email or in person) as instructed and trained.
  • Assist with rescue group transfers and transports as assigned.
  • Support supervisory staff in training new employees and volunteers as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Prior animal caretaking experience preferred.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to care for all types of animals, including domestic, livestock and wildlife.
  • Ability to adhere to all MAC protocols regarding care and feeding of animals, staff safety, etc.
  • Ability to make sound judgments and to work independently or in a team setting while being faced with a fast-paced environment and demonstrate ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with coworkers, supervisors, and the general public, verbally and in writing.
  • Desire to support the mission of the McKamey Animal Center and be a positive representative of MAC.
  • Ability to humanely handle animals of all types, and willingness to follow all MAC protocols regarding humane animal handling.
  • Ability to use relevant computer programs and systems to document and research animal information.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to cover any and all assigned work shifts, and to managing changing work schedules.
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing organizational needs and instructions.
  • Excellent customer-service oriented attitude and demeanor.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age;
  • Valid Tennessee Driver’s License and insurable driving record required;
  • Random or required drug testing may be required.

Work Environment:

  • Exposure to high noise levels, zoonotic diseases, and animal bites/scratches when handling animals;
  • Exposure to cleaning agents;
  • Exposure to all weather conditions when outdoors;
  • Bending, reaching, and walking up to 8 hours a day.

Physical Activities:

  • Regular lifting of up to 50 lbs., with occasional lifting of up to 100 pounds with assistance
  • Potential for standing/walking up to ten hours a day
  • Various cleaning activities, including scrubbing kennels and cages;
  • Various animal handling tasks, including performing physical examinations and humane restraint
  • Handling of medications and medical tools, including syringes and needles.

Pre-employment Requirements: The McKamey Animal Center conducts criminal background checks and requires drug testing of all employment candidates.

McKamey Animal Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with the position.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $13.75 per hour


  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance