Do you want to make a difference to the lives of dogs who have suffered from cruelty and neglect and give them a second chance?
We have an exciting opportunity for a Behaviour Welfare Advisor to join the team at RSPCA Blackberry Farm Animal Centre, who are dedicated to finding unwanted, mistreated and abused animals loving permanent homes.
As a Behaviour and Welfare Advisor, working as part of the animal care team, you will be responsible for assessing and monitoring the behaviour of dogs in the RSPCA’s care. This will include devising behavioural plans and carrying out or overseeing environmental and behavioural modifications to ensure high standards of welfare.
This role also supports adopters post adoption and provides training and behaviour education support to the ACAs on site.
What you’ll be doing as an RSPCA Behaviour and Welfare Advisor:
Assessing behaviour and welfare of dogs at intake into the RSPCA establishment and throughout their stay by use of agreed criteria
Completing detailed and accurate records of each animal
Producing, or supervising production of, a behaviour and welfare plan for every dog in the animal centre
Cooperating with the RSPCA Regional Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist when a specialised behaviour intervention is required
Providing proactive and reactive advice and support on welfare, behaviour and training to RSPCA staff (including Inspectorate), volunteers, potential fosterers, adopters and owners of RSPCA animals
Providing pre-adoption meetings and post-adoption telephone or face to face support as required for adopters
Assessing behaviour and welfare of RSPCA dogs held at private boarding establishments (PBEs), prioritising those with the greatest needs for transfer to RSPCA animal centres
Where required supporting educational programmes as part of the RSPCA’s Generation Kind project
Maintaining an up-to-date and evidence-based knowledge in the behavioural rehabilitation and welfare of companion animals
Formal qualification in dog welfare, behaviour and training carrying at least 120 credit points at level 4
Experience of the care, husbandry and handling of dogs gained whilst working in the animal care/welfare industry (desirable)
Practical experience of the application of theoretical behaviour modification and training principles
Experience of working and communicating with the general public
Proven ability to lead/supervise a team
Experience of leading training sessions either 1:1 or groups
What’s in it for you:
Opportunity to work for the largest animal welfare charity in England and Wales.
Opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge; attending regular internal CPD with our accredited Clinical Animal Behaviourists.
Opportunity to be part of an expanding behavioural team making a real difference to the welfare of the animals most in need.
We value and recognise our employees’ contribution and are proud to offer an extensive benefits package that includes:
Up to 20 (25 FTE) days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 30 days with service (pro rata for part time); a generous pension scheme with associated life assurance and group income protection scheme; access to private healthcare scheme; support for professional development after qualifying period and access to our employee assistance programme.
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