Job vacancies at Medical Detection Dogs

Job vacancies
at Medical Detection Dogs
Working for Medical Detection Dogs is an exciting and rewarding experience. We are at the cutting edge of British innovation and collaborate with institutions and healthcare organisations around the world.

You can help us achieve our goals, and whatever the role you will contribute towards our work training dogs to save lives using their incredible sense of smell.

Our current vacancies are listed below:

We have three exciting new vacancies on our Board for people with senior level fundraising, research and financial experience who can help achieve our aim of training more life-saving dogs

Accelerated by the COVID crisis, the Charity is at the point in its development where there are numerous opportunities we could pursue. Our aim is to be internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in the field of canine diagnostic innovation and to translate our research into practical outcomes that improve health.

That is why we would now like to further strengthen our board by appointing up to three new trustees who have the skills and experience to support and advance our work, one of whom would take on the role of Honorary Treasurer.

For further details please click below to download the recruitment brief.

Assistance Dog Instructor


We are looking for someone with previous experience as an Instructor or similar role within an assistance dog setting to support our assistance dog partnerships, by way of:  

  • carrying out client specific training with individual dogs that have been matched, including the required odour scent training 
  • Instructing, guiding and supporting assistance dog clients in managing and handling a Medical Alert Assistance Dog effectively, via pre training, placement training and aftercare visits. 
  • Supporting partnerships in successfully reaching an accreditation standard and in maintaining this standard throughout the life of the partnership. 
  • To support partnerships in the form of aftercare, over England and Wales and Scotland. 

 Reports to: Client and Partnership Co-ordinator


  • To plan, organise and deliver practical and theoretical training to clients, meeting their individual needs in line with agreed standards to include areas such as dog welfare, appropriate handling, commanding and overall management. This will involve working with the parents as Team Leader and child as Client and working with adult clients. 
  • Assessing the team dynamics of the family & balancing the needs of all family members as well as those of the dog. 
  • Assessing the individuals preferred learning style and amending as relevant to aid a client. 
  • To accompany the client into all regular environments that they will take the dog to, ensuring the dog behaves in an acceptable manner and that the client and others are aware and clear in terms of where they dog should reside and behave for eg public transport, place of work. 
  • To support and advise clients in transferring the odour training from pot training to real life alerting with the client. 
  • To monitor the correct and false alerting percentages of allocated partnerships and advising where necessary until the correct alerting levels are achieved. 
  • To complete comprehensive reports and paperwork for any time spent with applicants or partnerships. Maintain accurate records by providing verbal and written information with agreed timescales about clients, dogs, applicants and apprentices as appropriate.
  • To work alongside allocated partnerships with the aim of the partnership reaching an accredited standard and feeding back to the Client and Partnership Co-ordinator and Assistance Dog Programme Manager if there are any concerns that the accreditation cannot be achieved.
  • To provide clients with appropriate aftercare services at regular intervals in their own homes in the form of annual visits, support visits or at refresher workshops run at the Centre to agreed standards.  This will include continual re-assessment of the dynamics of family and dog, formulating and training on appropriate solutions, as well as offering additional dog training advice.
  • To deliver handling days as part of an applicant’s pre training to include ‘Introduction to Assistance Dog’ ‘Advanced Handling’ and Family Handling.
  • To scent train and seizure proof advanced dogs in preparation to be partnered with an adult or child client.
  • To have dogs who are being scent trained to stay in their home whilst the scent training is carried, normally for a period of 6 – 8 weeks depending on the number of tasks required by the dog.
  • To maintain the ongoing public access training with any advanced dog in scent training that has been allocated to them.
  • To provide support to the Charity’s public relations and fundraising functions as required, specifically in your area.
  • To act as the ‘contact’ person for the assistance dog programme in relation to training policy procedures with clients and their families, other professional service providers and members of the public.  This will include on-going research and development of the project.
  • To liaise with and provide support for Volunteers who may operate as part of the aftercare programme provided by the charity.
  • To ensure all partnerships are in line with the ADUK regulations with regards to behaviour, obedience and welfare and branding.
  • Due to the nature of the role, flexible working hours may be required in some instances to facilitate the effective delivery of the work e.g. working during the school holidays with school age clients. 

Any other duties or tasks that are required to ensure the successful running of the Medical Alert Assistance Dog 


  • Share best practice with colleagues across the charity. 
  • Other tasks or ad hoc duties agreed with your line manager required to ensure the successful running of the charity. 





  • Previous Assistance Dog instructing/training experience 
  • Proven evidence and experience of dog handling skills 
  • Previous experience of teaching and instructing 
  • Sound dog training and dog behaviour knowledge 
  • IT literacy and report writing skills 
  • Experience of using Microsoft based programs such as Outlook, Word, Excel, Internet Explorer and Power Point 
  • Full UK driving licence 
  • Pass a DBS (CRB) check due to regular contact with children 


  • Knowledge of debilitating medical conditions and understanding of how they can impact people, both physically and psychologically, particularly when they are unstable and fluctuating. 


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills 
  • High level of preparation, organisational and co-ordination skills 
  • Strong and clear teaching and instructing skills 
  • High level of self – motivation and planning 
  • Approachable, calm and empathetic to children and adults with  debilitating and life threatening conditions 
  • You should be supportive of the charitable aims of Medical Detection Dogs and capable of working as part of a team, as well as able to motivate yourself.   
  • You should be adaptable and positively embrace change by not only being flexible towards the ideas of others but also putting forward ideas to colleagues. This will involve creativity in problem solving and making appropriate responses to new ideas and unexpected situations. 
  • Happy to travel alone within the UK to visit any clients as necessary. 
  • Happy to be on call at all times for partnerships as and when required. 
  • Able and willing to stay away from home and stay in local hotel when the client’s location is too far from the Centre to travel back. 
  • Able to have Medical Alert Assistance Dogs in training to reside in their home. 
  • Good team worker, but equally able to work alone. 
  • Positive, empathetic and calm attitude 
  • Able to embrace a constantly evolving organisation  

Values & Behaviours

Working at Medical Detection Dogs will be a richly rewarding experience. Our Values & Behaviours encapsulate who we are, what we stand for and what it will feel like to be part of our team: 

  1. We treat each other with respect and courtesy 
  2. We act professionally at all times 
  3. We accept responsibility for our own performance and behaviour 
  4. We are honest and open in our dealings with each other  
  5. We are inclusive and open minded 
  6. We provide a safe space for challenging opinion, behaviour and decisions 
  7. We give credit when and to whom it is due 
  8. We support one another in achieving our goals 

And of course, we advocate for Medical Detection Dogs whenever we get the chance and we pride ourselves on our role as ambassadors. 

Finally, the successful candidate will also be expected to: 

  • Hold a full UK Driving Licence 
  • Provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK. 
  • Undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check 
  • Work some evenings and weekends 

      We are looking for someone with previous experience as an Instructor or similar role within an assistance dog setting to support our assistance dog partnerships. 

      LOCATION: Great Horwood, near Milton Keynes  

      SALARY: £20k-£25k commensurate with experience

      JOB TYPE: Full time, 37.5 hours per week [with some evening and weekends required]

      HOW TO APPLY  

      To be considered for this job vacancy, please submit your CV with Covering Letter stating how your experience meets our requirements to our Recruitment Team who will review your details.

      Closing Date: 15th November 2021

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