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Clinical Animal Behaviourist

Scottish SPCA

Location: 125 Kinnell Pl

Salary: 30,000

Hours: 37.5

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: Sunday 8 August 2021

How to Apply: Please visit the Scottish SCPA careers website and use the Apply Now button

To improve the well-being of rescue animals in our care and significantly enhance their successful rehoming prospects through the provision of clinical behaviour expertise. Help develop the ethos around behavioural standards and establish consistent descriptive vocabulary across the team. Help make clinical decisions in collaboration with centre management and the veterinary team.

Key Responsibilities:
 Model the Society’s values, Committed, Compassionate, Professional, Expert, Collaborative and Adaptable in the workplace at all times.
 Develop clinical individual behaviour modification plans, with concise benchmarks and measurable goals for a range of domestic animals.
 Prepare weekly progress reports for discussion with the Centre Management.
 Maintain and monitor accurate animal records ensuring that each animal’s behaviour plan is carefully documented and visible to colleagues using the ARRC’s various databases and information boards.
 Build a foundation of animal behaviour knowledge, initially, across a core team of staff and volunteers through the provision of workshops and individual coaching to ensure they are fully equipped to support the animals in their care.
 Over time provide animal behaviour training through workshops and individual coaching to develop all staff and volunteers at Glasgow ARRC to support the animals in their care.
 Introduce enrichment and de-arousal activities to reduce both kennel stress and optimise successful rehoming chances
 Work on and off site with foster carers to demonstrate the potential for the dog and support the rehoming team in finding the right owner who can continue the work post rehoming.
 Review work conducted by the team to provide positive reinforcement of what has gone well and document lessons learned to ensure continuous improvement after each case.
 Stay abreast of the latest scientific developments in clinical animal behaviour and provide continual development to the team through knowledge sharing and supportive behavioural coaching/supervision, promoting best practice across all staff and volunteers.
 Ensure that all behavioural activities are conducted in a safe manner and develop both documented and dynamic risk assessments as required.
 Undertake any other general duties as directed by your line manager and co-operate with other members of staff as required.

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