Clinical Animal Behaviourist
Do you have an animal behaviour or welfare qualification at degree level and a thorough, in depth knowledge of dog behaviour, training and welfare? Are you experienced in handling dogs with a range of problem behaviours, and familiar with a variety of different techniques for training and rehabilitation?Dogs Trust are recruiting for a Clinical Animal Behaviourist to assist the Head of Professional Development in Canine Behaviour in providing behavioural support for Dogs Trust dogs, mentoring of staff towards professional accreditation in clinical behaviour and devising and delivering training to Rehoming Centre and Dog School staff.Dogs Trust is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK with a nationwide network of rehoming centres and charity shops. Last year, Dogs Trust centres cared for over 15,000 dogs; we never put a healthy dog down.Behaviour problems are the most common reason for dogs to come into rehoming centres, and Dogs Trust are committed to making sure that problems are identified and training or rehabilitation programmes put in place. Dogs Trust uses reward based, welfare compatible methods of training and behavioural rehabilitation techniques in line with the latest scientific evidence. In addition to working with dogs in our centres we run Dog School, an exciting new initiative, providing community education about dog behaviour and accessible dog training classes across the UK. Through providing appropriate advice to dog owners, Dog School aims to reduce the numbers of dogs developing problematic behaviour and have a positive long-term impact on dog welfare.Reporting to the Head of Professional Development in Canine Behaviour, the Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB) will have a thorough understanding of canine behaviour and welfare, demonstrable proficiency in conducting behaviour consultations for a range of problem behaviours, and ideally prior experience in teaching or mentoring clinical skills. In this post you will be expected to maintain an up to date knowledge of developments in dog behaviour, and be able to evaluate critically new approaches, therapies or treatments in the area. You will be required to develop written and on-line support materials on behavioural issues for Rehoming Centres and Dog Schools across the UK, and be able to discuss treatment strategies with adoptive owners, other Dogs Trust staff as well as external professionals such as veterinary surgeons.In addition, the successful candidate will also be expected to visit Rehoming Centres and Dog Schools across the UK to ensure excellent standards of provision in behavioural advice, and provide staff with help and advice on behaviour modification for individual dogs as necessary and as requested.To be successful in this role you will have an animal behaviour or welfare qualification at degree level and a thorough, in depth knowledge of dog behaviour, training and welfare. Ideally you will hold CCAB accreditation, or be able to demonstrate an equivalent level of clinical competence. You will be passionate about enhancing the welfare of dogs and their owners through the use of appropriate management, behaviour modification and rehabilitation programmes, and you will be an excellent communicator and a fantastic, empathetic listener.To apply for this position please click the APPLY NOW button. Our application process requires you to submit a CV and cover letter explaining your interest and suitability for the role.