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Wareham, Dorset C2 Recruitment

Clinical Animal Behaviourist

Church Knowle, Dorset

Salary dependant on experience 30,000 - 35,000 per annum

Full time hybrid role with weekend availability - 37.5 hours per week

My client is a well-established, much loved local charity based in Church Knowle, Dorset. They currently have an exciting opportunity to join them in the newly created position of Clinical Animal Behaviourist. This is a great opportunity for a qualified and ambitious animal behaviourist to make a real difference to the way this charity care for animals both in their centres and the wider communities.

Responsibilities in the role of Clinical Animal Behaviourist:

  • Support colleagues in all three centres with behaviour assessments for dogs and cats, particularly where concerns have been raised, considering safe practices for risk mitigation and promotion of best practice.
  • Create plans for both training and behaviour modification, using evidence based, positive methodologies that are practical and mitigate risk.
  • Ensure continuous professional development is met by exploring contemporary knowledge via networking and collaboration with relevant organisations, both within and outside of the charity sector, and provide thought leadership in promoting new opportunities and methodology throughout the charity.
  • Represent the charity as a passionate and informed expert, working with the Operations and Fundraising/Communications managers at internal and external events, with the media, and all relevant external channels.
  • Play a leading role in formulation of education initiatives, both at our rescue centres and through our network of charity retail shops. Work with the Leadership team to produce an Education Strategy that promotes responsible pet ownership, position statements and wider community projects.


Experience and qualifications required in the role of Clinical Animal Behaviourist:

  • Level 6 graduate qualification (Diploma / Masters / Doctorate NVQ level 6), or higher, in companion animal behaviour, welfare and behaviour modification, or companion animal behaviour counselling.
  • Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) accredited Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB) or working towards accreditation.
  • Extensive experience of working in the field of dog behaviour rehabilitation and welfare.
  • Demonstrable experience of carrying out behavioural assessments of pets.
  • Experience of modifying companion animal behaviour in a variety of settings.
  • Clear experience of welfare-focused animal handling in a clinical setting.
  • Experience of working on behavioural modification techniques with cats, equines, small animals and farm animals would be advantageous
  • Full UK driving licence


Benefits in the role of Clinical Animal Behaviourist:

  • Uniform provided
  • Company pension
  • Employee discount - Charity shops, Pet insurance and dog/cat boarding
  • Employee Assistance Programme wellbeing scheme
  • Sick pay
  • Hybrid Home-working
  • Mileage /mile
  • Free onsite parking
  • Training budget


If you are a current Clinical Animal Behaviourist, looking for an opportunity to really make a difference within a charity that really do care about the welfare of animals and supporting the wider community with education on the subject, then please apply today with a copy of your CV.

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