admissions counselor resume example with 5+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
, , 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor
Home: (555) 432-1000 - Cell: - - -

I love working with animals is an understatement. I am incredibly good at it, and I am exceptional at customer service. I am naturally a kind-hearted, empathetic, and a driven individual. Understanding the non-verbal and verbal ques that animals communicate by is a natural ability of mine. I am currently beginning to become CCPDT certified. I have 9 years of professional experience working in the animal care field, and 5 years experience working in Animal Welfare. I am experienced with supervising very large play groups of dogs, assisting in vet clinics, consulting with pet owners in a professional and empathetic manner, counseling pet-owners on behavior management, and alleviating the stress levels in a shelter setting. I have worked at the Independence Animal Shelter, Midwest Animal ResQ, and Great Plains SPCA. My background includes working as a vet’s assistant and as a care tech in a cage-free boarding business. I am highly proficient in animal care, Adoptions counseling, customer service, intake, and Admissions.

As an Admissions representative, I am familiar and keen on identifying behavior concerns, issues, and types of aggression. My work ethic goes above and beyond. I am a firm believer in reliability, consistency, integrity, and working cohesively as a team. I believe that observational, listening, communication skills are a must. As well as taking accountability and practicing patience. Admissions is an incredibly demanding role, with bats swinging in every direction. My communication with customers is above world class. I have a knack for understanding people and helping them feel better about a situation. I am expert at prioritizing, managing time, and still remain patient and understanding with every individual I speak with.

That being said, my attention to detail is unmatched. Throughout the number of jobs I have held, I have always had a fine eye for my quality of work. Whether it is the quality of food I am making, the Cappuccino am serving, or the dog I am processing. Checking their teeth, their ears, their paw pads, making sure their incision isn't torn open. These skills translate along to everything I do.

  • Organizational skills
  • Animal Care
  • Time Management
  • Communications
  • Front Desk
  • Call Center
  • Customer Service
  • Animal Restraint
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Excellent Listening Skills
  • Ability to stay calm during stressful situations
  • Medical Care
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Problem-Solving
  • Behavior Counseling
  • Attention to Detail
  • Resource Prioritization
  • Critical Thinking
  • In-Depth Program Knowledge
  • Emotional Support
  • Administration Required Reporting
  • Microsoft Office
  • Decision Making
  • Verbal and Written Communication
  • Information Collection and Recording
  • Work Prioritization
  • Animal Observations
  • Animal Examinations
  • Animal Behavior Education
  • Dependable and Responsible
  • Policy and Procedure Explanations
  • Problem Identification
  • Customer Communication
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Relationship Building
  • Honest and Dependable
04/2022 to Current
Admissions Counselor Frostburg State University Frostburg, MD,
  • Great Plains is one of the largest no-kill shelters in the Kansas City area. Their mission is to drive change into the community through innovative programs that promote adoption and outreach.
  • Admissions oversees anything, intake-related, including but not limited to: owner relinquishment's, public-stray drop-offs, Animal Control, and transfers.
  • Intake impounds, medically processes, and safely handles every animal. Processing includes: aging by DS, current weight, checking ears, body, and skin for required treatment, DAPPV/FVRCP, Nasal-Bordetella, Strongid, and topical flea preventatives, Heartworm SNAP, and Triple SNAP testing.
  • Responsible for notifying registered, or known owner's that their pet is under our care. Always strives to see pets return home to loved ones.
  • Records all intake memos, pending exams, and behavior evals. Also notes behavior concerns.
  • First responders to multiple Animal Control Divisions: Overland Park, Leawood, Lenexa, Shawnee, Prairie Village, Johnson County Sheriffs Department, Parks Department etc.
  • Department is very demanding and can be challenging at times. Counselors operate the "Admissions and Lost and Found" Call center. Patience and listening skills are critically important. We review all surrender applications and respond via email with either moving forward in the surrender process, or helping said person with alternate solutions. I firmly think that education is a huge responsibility for those in Animal Welfare.
02/2020 to 03/2022
Matchmaker Sherwin-Williams Ventura, CA,
  • Midwest Animal ResQ is a smaller-scale Animal Shelter that partners with the city of Raytown in Missouri. They have a reputable Animal Control Division with multiple officers. The numbers of strays that come in are an estimate 300 yearly, which is a lot for a shelter with only 16 runs. a large percentage of their animals are from owner-relinquishment's, transfers from other shelters, and transfers from puppy mills, and breeders. Operating under only 5-10 staff members, everyone is responsible to do work in all areas.
  • Matchmaker's oversee physical and mental health of animals in the shelter. Position consists of Canine Care, Feline Care, processing/impounding animals, and adoption counseling. Staff addresses and alleviates issues animals have, whether its behavior or medical. With extremely limited space, this can be challenging. Every dog is dog-tested, placed in play groups if allowable, and cat-tested. Staff is responsible for giving every dog over 5, daily rotations, simultaneously feeding 2x a day, cleaning kennels, dishes, laundry, etc. Puppies and small dogs are housed in x-pens- which must be cleaned as needed. Intake room is reserved for sick animals, newly-arrived cats, not yet combo tested, and occasionally puppies that are Parvo-Positive.
  • Provided assistance communicating, typing correspondence or obtaining information.
  • Prepared records of client progress and services performed under care.
  • Delivered warm companionship with conversation, emotional reassurance and coordination of mentally stimulating activities.
05/2018 to 01/2019
Animal Care Technician Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Uniondale, NY,
  • Independence Animal Shelter partners with the city of Independence, MO. They have their own, city-funded Animal Control Division. They have their own Vet and Parvo Ward.
  • Feline Care Technicians oversee general care of all the cats housed on the Adoption floor, Intake, Cat Holding, the Vet clinic, and a separate room for cats treated for Ringworm.
  • Technicians are responsible for feeding, administering medication, daily cleaning of all areas, dishes, laundry, deep cleaning, following SOP for cleaning kennels consecutively.
  • Cared for animals in post-operative recovery by closely monitoring vital signs and progress.
  • Isolated animals with potential contagious diseases to reduce infection risks and monitor disease presentation.
  • Examined animals for injury or illness and documented symptoms for veterinarian review.
  • Cleaned cages in accordance with health code requirements to ensure sanitary environment for animals.
  • Supported animal health by keeping areas clean, neat and properly sanitized.
  • Observed shelter animals for unusual symptoms indicative of medical or behavioral problems, reporting issues to shelter manager.
  • Talked to animals in calm tone and familiarized each with human voices.
11/2016 to 04/2018
Pet Care Technician Dog Pawz City, STATE,
  • Dog Pawz is a cage-free boarding facility. They have multiple enclosed areas with locking gates. When dogs are boarding, or staying for daycare, they typically are housed with dogs of similar size or energy levels. Pet Care Tech oversee the play groups, prevent altercations between pets, and monitor dogs with different ranging play styles. Techs are responsible for spot-cleaning, deep-cleaning, preparing and giving meals according to owner instructions, and walking the dogs who are in private sweets.
  • Kept facility areas clean, neat and sanitized for optimal animal health and well-being.
  • Communicated positively with clients to understand and meet pets' unique needs.
  • Fed pets on-schedule and with appropriate food for developmental or health requirements.
  • Monitored pets for signs of distress, injury and illness and coordinated caring responses.
  • Assessed dog behavior in group play to provide positive and fun experience for dogs.
Education and Training
Expected in 04/2012
Associate of Science: Veterinary Science
Holmes Community College - Goodman, MS
Expected in 07/2009
High School Diploma:
North Kansas City High School - Kansas City, MO,
  • Certified in the observational, management, and alleviation of animal stress, fear, and anxiety in the shelter setting. Certified in 2021.
  • Starting CCPDT certification, March of 2023.

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School Attended

  • Holmes Community College
  • North Kansas City High School

Job Titles Held:

  • Admissions Counselor
  • Matchmaker
  • Animal Care Technician
  • Pet Care Technician


  • Associate of Science
  • High School Diploma

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