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 life-saving work training dogs to save lives using their incredible sense of smell. Our current vacancies are listed below:
Canine Health and Welfare Assistant

The Job  

 The welfare of our dogs is of paramount importance and you will help ensure that dogs at the MDD Centre are at all times well cared for and that their health & welfare needs are met.

Reports to: Health and Welfare Coordinator

Responsibilities

Health & Welfare needs

  • Ensure MDD dogs are fed, watered, toileted and exercised as required while they are at the Centre.
  • Weigh and groom MDD dogs as needed when they are at the Centre.
  • Ensure all dog first aid kits are fully equipped
  • Assist with the weekly health checks of all Bio Detection Dogs and ensure that vaccinations and any preventative medication are always up to date and administered as and when required.
  • Ensure all Bio Detection Dogs have the appropriate equipment and are correctly tagged.
  • To support when requested, the training of any new staff on Health & Welfare matters.

Bio Detection Dogs Supervision

  • Assist with the organisation of the monthly schedule for each Bio Detection Dog.
  • To meet the Fosterer’s and handover the Bio detection dogs when they arrive to collect at the end of the day.
  • Assist with arrangements for holiday or other temporary cover when a fosterer is going away.
  • Arrange day cover in emergency situations.
  • Help coordinate the collection and return off dogs from fosterers, liaising with other staff as necessary and as and when required arrange volunteer drivers to collect or return dogs or when
  • necessary collect or drop off dogs yourself.
  • Organise the rota for dog walkers and keep them updated on any changes.

MDD Site Responsibilities

  • Ensure all bedding on the MDD site is washed, clean and changed regularly.
  • Ensure that the dog holding areas are regularly cleaned and well maintained, with support from the contract cleaning team.
  • Ensure that the grooming room is regularly clean and well maintained.
  • Ensure the veterinary room is kept clean and tidy, well equipped with relevant treatment & equipment.

Record Keeping

  • Keep accurate records of Bio Detection Dog health, welfare, weight and any medications or treatments given.
  • Ensure that all Bio Detection Dogs insurance and microchip details are correctly recorded.

Fosterer Queries

  • When requested, act as the first point of contact for all fosterers, including out of normal working hours in emergencies.

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

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Experience of practical dog training.
  • Understanding of dog health and welfare and experience of providing basic, considered and appropriate advice and support to dog handlers.
  • IT literacy and report writing skills including experience of using Microsoft based programs such as Outlook, Word, Excel, Internet Explorer and Power Point

KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE

Practical Knowledge in the following areas:

  • The basic theory of practical dog training.
  • The law in relation to dogs i.e. appropriate areas to free run a dog, ID needed etc.
  • Dog and human psychology.
  • Health and safety implications of dog and fosterer handling.
  • A basic understanding of the various diseases and medical conditions with which the charity works, or the capacity and willingness to learn.

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

  • A professional approach to other staff, clients, fosterers and their families 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.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • An organised and methodical approach, with the ability to prioritise.
  • Attention to detail is essential.
  • Interested and passionate about the work of the charity.
  • Must be comfortable working in vicinity of dogs.
  • Flexibility around working hours when required.

You will also be expected to:

  • Hold a full UK Manual Driving Licence
  • Provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK.
  • Undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • On occasions you may be requested to take dogs home for some additional training or health and welfare observations for a set period

Our Values & Behaviours

There are a few key values that we believe are important in the workplace:

  • Respect
  • Cooperation
  • Honesty
  • Fairness

Based on the values listed above, we encourage the behaviours below in the charity:

  • Respectful communication
  • Cooperating with others
  • Honesty in all interactions
  • Fairness in decision making

Benefits

  • Sick Pay
  • Health Cover
  • 26 days holiday, increasing with service
  • 5% Employer Pension Contribution
  • Free On-site parking
  • Life Insurance

Finally, the successful candidate will also be expected to:

  • Provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK.
  • Undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

You will assist the Health & Welfare Coordinator in their role, providing support to socialisers and fosterers and dealing with queries including those relating to health & welfare and holiday cover, referring the queries to the appropriate member of staff where necessary.

LOCATION: Great Horwood, Milton Keynes

SALARY: £22,370

JOB TYPE: Full-time, Permanent (10am – 6pm)

TO APPLY – Please send your current CV with covering letter (no longer than one A4 sheet) stating why you would like the role to [email protected]

Closing date: 20 July 2024

Assistance Dog Trainer

Responsibilities  

Training and Development of Puppies

  • Take responsibility for a group of puppies allocated to socialisers living in your geographical area.
  • Provide training that meets the charity’s quality standards and in accordance with timescales and targets.
  • To deliver effective training by holding puppy classes, 121’s and home visits with socialisers in your geographical area.
  • To prepare the puppy to be a Medical Alert Assistance Dog, using positive reinforcement techniques to teach desired behaviours and modify unwanted behaviours.
  • Regularly monitor progress of the puppies in your area and provide detailed, evidenced feedback to the senior team within Dog Supply and training.
  • Support and assist with the potential matches for a particular assistance dog partnership and in consultation with the Assistance Dog Training Coordinator, provide any client specific training needed prior to the match.
  • Conduct regular training sessions with assistance dogs in training in various environments to ensure they are confident and responsive in real-world settings.

Socialiser Support

  • Be the first point of contact for the socialisers in your area, which will include guidance, support and instruction to socialisers on effective work and training with their assistance dogs.
  • Provide general health care advice within your core working hours.

Socialiser Recruitment

  • Assist in the recruitment of new volunteer socialisers.
  • Carry out home checks to assess prospective new socialisers.

Other

  • Update the Harlequin CRM database in a timely fashion to ensure accurate and up to date training, veterinary and health records.
  • Support the charity’s fundraising, communications and volunteering teams as required, specifically in relation to your area.
  • From time to time you may be required to have a dog live with you for additional training for a set period.
  • 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.

KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE

We are looking for someone with the skills, experience and passion to join our team of trainers responsible for organising and monitoring the progress of our puppies and young dogs to ensure they receive the highest standard of socialisation and early training, thereby maximising their chances of becoming a Medical Detection Dog.

  • Experience in training Assistance Dogs.
  • Minimum of 1-2 years of experience in dog training
  • Basic theory of practical dog training.
  • Law in relation to dogs.
  • Knowledge of medical conditions relevant to puppies between 8 weeks and 2 years of age.
  • Dog and human psychology.
  • Health and safety implications of dog and socialiser handling.
  • Experience and understanding of ADUK and ADI regulations.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Ability to demonstrate high quality judgement and a proven track record in relation to the following:
  • Dog training matters including the analysis of temperaments, appropriate training methods and requirements necessary to maintain public perception in assistance dogs.
  • Solutions to training and behavioural problems.
  • Socialiser training including the ability to assess each person’s preferred learning style and adapt as appropriate your training approach, the specific programmes to be followed,
  • Strong and clear teaching and instructing skills.
  • Ability to plan work, be organised and ensure that time is utilised effectively for yourself, colleagues and socialisers.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with a wide range of people internally and externally. This will include clients and their families, fosterers, other professional service providers, members of the public, the media, managers and other colleagues.
  • High level of IT literacy and report writing skills including experience of using Microsoft based programs such as Outlook, Word, Excel, Internet Explorer and Power Point.

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

 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.

Our Values & Behaviours

There are a few key values that we believe are important in the workplace:

  • Respect
  • Cooperation
  • Honesty
  • Fairness

Based on the values listed above, we encourage the behaviours below in the charity:

  • Respectful communication
  • Cooperating with others
  • Honesty in all interactions
  • Fairness in decision making

Benefits

  • Sick Pay
  • Health Cover
  • 26 days holiday, increasing with service
  • 5% Employer Pension Contribution
  • Free On-site parking
  • Life Insurance

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 train specialist dogs to detect the odour of human disease, providing life-saving alert assistance dogs to people with complex health problems across the UK and collaborating with NHS Trusts and other researchers and Universities both in the UK and internationally to advance the early diagnosis of disease.

We have an exciting new opportunity to join this small but fast-growing charity that is a world leader in its specialist innovative field.

LOCATION: Based out of our Training Centre in Great Horwood, near Milton Keynes with responsibility for puppies placed with socialisers in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Northamptonshire (with possible travel outside these areas from time to time)

SALARY: £22,370 to £26,000 Depending on experience

JOB TYPE: Full-time permanent, with occasional evenings and weekends required

REPORTS TO: Assistance Dog Training Coordinator

TO APPLY – Please send your current CV with covering letter (no longer than one A4 sheet) stating why you would like the role to [email protected]

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