Tuesday , January 31 2023

Jobs with Dogs – Clinical Animal Behaviourist

Website Dogs Trust

Job Description:

Provide behaviour consultations to adopters of Dogs Trust dogs who require this level of behavioural advice, prepare and deliver training in dog behaviour and welfare to Dogs Trust staff and mentor staff towards CCAB accreditation


Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide independent assessments, as required, of dogs with behaviour problems that require more specialist input, including human directed aggression. Completing all necessary paperwork associated with running behaviour consultations, including writing reports and liaising with referring veterinarians.
  • Assist the Clinical Animal Behaviour Manager and the Head of Clinical Behaviour Services in designing, delivering and assessing educational material, both theoretical and practical, for the education of all staff within Dogs Trust.
  • Provide mentoring for the professional development of staff towards national standards of accreditation in clinical behaviour.
  • Keep up to date with the latest thinking on canine behaviour and training, including knowledge of the influence of physiological changes on behaviour, the principles of learning, and the relationship between behavioural signs and welfare. Be able to read and interpret new information in a critical manner and help to convey these in lay terms to ensure that therapies and practices applied in Dog School and Rehoming Centres are evidence based and have a positive impact on dog welfare. Support and advise Dog School and Rehoming Centre staff on matters relating to dog behaviour and training and provide staff training in dog behaviour through workshops, clinical case reviews and staff conferences.
  • Undertake other reasonable responsibilities

Job Requirements:

  • Have experience in handling dogs with a range of problem behaviours, and be familiar with a range of different techniques for training and rehabilitation
  • Be passionate about enhancing the welfare of dogs and their owners through the use of appropriate management, behaviour modification and rehabilitation programmes.
  • Have demonstrable proficiency in conducting behaviour consultations for a range of problem behaviours.
  • Have excellent written skills, with the ability to write, interpret and analyse comprehensive behavioural reports and record information accurately, record basic (descriptive) statistics where required and use data to generate basic reports.
  • Be a good listener, empathic and able to mentor and develop Dogs Trust staff in clinical skills.
  • Have good verbal communication skills and be able to discuss the management of dogs confidently with a range of stakeholders, including veterinary surgeons, other specialist practitioners, Dog School staff, TBAs and senior TBAs.
  • Be able to work independently, be organised and able to develop and prioritise his or her own workload.
  • Be aware of the limitations of their expertise and ensure cases that require additional specialist or veterinary advice are highlighted to the Head of Clinical Behaviour Services in Canine Behaviour.
  • Be experienced at dealing with the general public, prepared to run workshops, demonstrate rehabilitation techniques and comfortable delivering presentations to large audiences.
  • Ideally have prior experience in teaching or mentoring clinical skills
  • Be computer literate with knowledge of MSWord, Excel and able to use Internet.
  • Be willing to travel within the UK as a regular part of the job along with overnight stays.
  • Valid Manual driving licence

Job Details:

Company: Dogs Trust

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: South West England, England, UK

Application Deadline: N/A

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