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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. Our Medical Alert Assistance Dogs alert people with complex health conditions when they are in danger of having a potentially life-threatening episode so they can take the necessary action and prevent hospital admission. Our Bio Detection Dogs detect diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s disease and malaria, potentially much earlier than is currently possible. This pioneering work could help to speed up the diagnosis process and impact on thousands of lives.

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

Our current vacancies are listed below, or why not come along to one of our recruitment evenings and learn more about working with us.

Regional Support Instructor – South Coast

p/t 22.5 hours per week

12 month contract

Salary range £20,000 – £25,000 FTE (to be paid pro rata)

We have an exciting new opportunity for a Regional Support Instructor to support clients via aftercare visits, support partnerships, and carry out home interviews. You must have proven experience of dog handling skills within an assistance dog environment, teaching and instructing skills and a sound knowledge of dog training and dog behaviour.

Ideally you will be centrally located within the Region (Greater London, Essex, Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and occasional visits to South West) and have flexibility regarding your working hours.

Please send your CV with covering letter to

Closing date 13 October 2019

Regional Support Instructor – South Coast – full job description

JOB TITLE: Regional Support Instructor (part time) South Coast 

LOCATION: The region consists of Greater London, Essex, Kent, Sussex, Surrey Hampshire, Dorset and occasional visits to Exeter.

SALARY BAND: £20000 – £25000 FTE (to be paid pro rata)

HOURS: 22.5 hours per week

JOB TYPE: 12 month Fixed Term Contract (part time)

The Job

  • To instruct, guide and support clients in managing and handling a Medical Alert Assistance Dog effectively, via aftercare support visits including one to one training in public environments with a view to reaching an accreditable standard.
  • To support partnerships in successfully reaching an accreditation standard and in maintaining this standard throughout the life of the partnership.
  • Carry out applicant home interviews and workplace assessment visits as and when required
  • Monitor established, accredited partnerships by carrying out re-accreditation visits, partnership refreshers and support visits.
  • Monitor welfare of allocated dogs
  • To support and assist in empowering the client and family to care for a working assistance dog and maintain the required obedience and task work standards
  • Ensure up to date communication is given to the Client and Partnership Co-ordinator and allocated Centre Instructor as relevant.

Personal Attributes

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Happy to stay away from home and stay in local hotel when carry out visits and training at the charity’s Centre or if the client’s location is too far from the Centre to travel back.
  • Good team worker, but equally able to work alone.
  • Positive, empathetic and calm attitude Able to embrace a constantly evolving organisation
  • Flexible

Experience Required


  • Proven evidence and experience of dog handling skills within an assistance dog environment
  • 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.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities

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 complete comprehensive reports and paperwork for any time spent with applicants or partnerships ensuring they are saved on the charity’s shared drive and linked to the charity’s database. 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 to agreed standards and timescales. 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. Some individual partnerships may be in need of more frequent support visits than others.

To provide support to the Charity’s public relations and fundraising functions as required, specifically in your area.

To act as the ‘local 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.

You will be required to work and stay away from home for short periods if you are attending a training course or meeting at head office in Great Horwood.

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 Department and the charity as a whole.

To apply: Please send your CV with a covering letter stating how you meet the criteria for the role (no longer than one A4 sheet) to

Closing date 13 October 2019

Bio Detection Technician (Part time)

Provide Technician support to the Bio Detection department. You will be maintaining the cleanliness of all work and sample preparation areas following standard operating procedures. This is a part time role – 11 hours per week to be worked over 3 or 4 days.

Closing date 21 September 2019

Bio Detection Technician – full job description

JOB TITLE: Bio Detection Technician

LOCATION: Great Horwood, near Milton Keynes 

SALARY BAND: £17,500 – £18,500 (Dependent on experience) to be paid pro rata

JOB TYPEPart time – 11 hours per week to be worked over 3 – 4 days

The Job

  • Provide Technician support to the Bio Detection department 
  • Assist the Bio Detection department by maintaining the cleanliness of all work and sample preparation areas following standard operating procedures.
  • Ensure an exceptional level of health and hygiene for all work areas and equipment required for research and dog training.
  • Ensure all team members follow safe working practices within the sample preparation areas during dog training and trial activities including safe handling and storage of equipment while cleaning for regulated and non-regulated research and ensuring the work areas are compliant with health and safety aspects for all training facilities for both staff and dogs.

Specific Responsibilities 

  • Ensure all equipment used in the Bio Detection department is cleaned and maintained as required, including glassware and lids.
  • Maintain departmental cleaning equipment and report malfunctions and service requirements to the facilities team.
  • Assist all members of the Bio Detection department with the technical and cleaning requirements of their equipment, provide clean equipment on time and as required across the range of trials to meet project outcomes.
  • Prepare and, as necessary, update SOPs for all cleaning equipment in the Bio department and provide training when required to other team members
  • Maintain the tidiness and organisation of the sample preparation areas.
  • Assist with general Bio Detection department duties such as stock control, cleaning and moving equipment.
  • Keep distilled water containers filled.

Additional responsibilities

Other tasks or ad hoc duties agreed with your line manager required to ensure the successful running of the charity.

Person Specification


  • Experience of providing technician support in a laboratory or biological research environment including the use of glasswashers and autoclaves.
  • Experience of health & safety in the workplace and ideally within a biological research environment.
  • Experience of preparing SOPs.
  • Experience of maintaining a safe and hygienic research sample preparation working environment following established SOPs.
  • A Scientific A Level or BTEC or equivalent in a Science related subject is desirable.


Practical Knowledge in the following areas:

  • Understanding of Health and Safety policies for handling of biological samples or a willingness to learn.
  • Some understanding of the work of bio detection dogs generally.
  • A basic understanding of the various diseases and medical conditions with which the charity works, or the capacity and willingness to learn.


  • Attention to detail is essential.
  • A professional approach to other staff, clients and members of the public and the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with a wide range of people internally and externally.
  • A good attitude to work and ability to use initiative and work effectively and efficiently without supervision.
  • An organised and methodical approach, with the ability to prioritise.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Interested and passionate about the work of the charity.
  • Must be comfortable working in vicinity of dogs.
  • Flexibility around working hours when required

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

If you believe you meet the criteria for the role, please submit your CV with covering letter (no longer than one A4 sheet) to 

Closing date 21 September 2019

New Trustees

Could you help shape the direction and strategy of a charity at the forefront of cutting edge innovation?

Medical Detection Dogs is a world-leading charity training dogs to detect diseases. We are looking for two new Trustees to help us develop our work and turn our research into reality.

Founded in 2008 we have already achieved a great deal, with a number of published research papers and more than 140 life-saving medical alert assistance dogs placed supporting people with complex healthcare needs. We are about to move into the next stage of our growth and looking to strengthen our board to help achieve this.

The successful applicants for these exciting vacancies will help shape the direction and strategy of a charity at the cutting edge of British innovation.  Our aim is to save and change lives through early detection of disease and our work is much needed.

The charity is now looking for two exceptional people to join our board: one should have a strong research background, ideally bio-medical, with excellent international links and an ability to lead the strategic direction of its research; the other excellent operational fundraising experience to help develop and implement a strategy to raise the funds needed for the charity’s growth and development, and to achieve our ambitious goals.

For further details on the charity and the roles, as well as details of how to apply please see the attached information.

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