Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.
Some veterinary clinics and hospitals have what's known as a boarding facility or kennel, a place where pets can stay while their owners are away.
Basically, it's a pet hotel within a hospital, albeit not usually as glamorous as a stand-alone luxury pet resort, a place where pet owners leave their pets while away, usually in 'luxurious' living spaces, with lots of entertainment and individualized attention. Some luxury pet resorts even have a veterinarian on staff to provide basic care if the need should arise.
But a typical veterinary boarding facility doesn't offer such 'upscale' services (which don't come cheap) and should also be distinguished from a hospital ward, which technically refers to an area or room where numerous patients, sometimes segregated by similar medical conditions, are housed.
Thus, a boarder in a kennel need not be a patient. Although admittedly, many clinics and hospitals keep some patients and boarders in the same general area.
Anyway, we'll go over some important points related to boarding facilities and what you might expect if you're tasked with its upkeep.
Boarding Facility Basics
Boarding facilities almost always separate cats from dogs. It's just way too stressful on the cats otherwise, and the dogs are equally stressed out, albeit a bit differently.
Cats may be stressed because of the fear of being attacked by a dog, and dogs will get stressed out because they can't play with or hunt the cat. In either case, it adds unnecessary strain to both species, and so they are kept in separate rooms.
Cat boarding facilities commonly have metal cages stacked on top of one another, with enough room for the cat to walk around and stretch. Inside the cage, there will be a bed, litter box, and dishes for food and water. Sometimes owners will leave favorite toys or blankets. Other times owners bring their own food to be fed to the cat instead of the hospital food.
In other boarding facilities, cats may be allowed to roam free in a larger area and interact with other cats.
Canine boarding facilities have larger enclosures with enough room for the dog to stand up, walk around, and go to the washroom away from their bed. They'll have food and water dishes and toys and blankets left by owners or provided by the hospital. As with cats, some owners bring their own dog food, and other times hospital food is fed.
Canine boarding facilities vary greatly. Some are indoor only and can be more than one story tall. Others have doggie doors running from the indoor area to an outside run where the dogs can bask in the sun, play, and go to the washroom.
More upscale boarding facilities can even have swimming pools for dogs, TVs for them to watch and listen to, and lots more.
Working in a Boarding Facility
Working and managing a boarding facility is a tough job, even if it's a small, modest facility.
You have to carefully open cages and dog runs to ensure no one tries to make a break for freedom. You need to be good at reading behavior so you don't get hurt or stress the animals out.
You have to be good with time management, because in a day's work you'll have to do a lot:
- Feed and water all the animals
- Give some of the animals their medication
- Clean the cages, litter boxes, dog runs, and play areas
- Do the dirty laundry
- Bathe any animals that need to be washed
- Walk the dogs in an enclosed designated area
- Clean up after messy eaters and drinkers
- Look for any signs of animals that may be getting sick or need immediate medical attention
- Tolerate a lot of noise, different smells, and potentially aggressive animals
And that's just the half of it. Depending on what services the boarding facility offers, you may easily need to spend time playing with some of the animal guests, teaching them tricks, and much more.
A veterinary boarding facility is a place where pets can stay while their owners are away.
Your typical boarding facility is not a luxury pet resort, a place where pet owners leave their pets while away, usually in 'luxurious' living spaces, with lots of entertainment and individualized attention.
And a boarding facility should also be distinguished from a hospital ward, which technically refers to an area or room where numerous patients, sometimes segregated by similar medical conditions, are housed.
Boarding facilities will look different in every clinic and hospital, but you can expect dogs and cats to be separated from one another into different enclosed rooms -- that's for sure.
Keep in mind that a lot more goes on in a boarding facility than meets the eye. There's a bunch of cleaning, feeding, noise, and much more!
Following this video lesson, you should be able to:
- Identify the purpose of veterinary boarding facilities
- Distinguish veterinary boarding facilities from luxury pet resorts and hospital wards
- Describe the general organization of a boarding facility
- Explain the common duties for a person who works in a boarding facility
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