Employer: Medical Detection Dogs

Job Title: Canine Health and Welfare Assistant

Job Location: Great Horwood, near Milton Keynes

Salary: £22,370

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

Job Description:

Medical Detection Dogs trains dogs to save lives.

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 other researchers, NHS Trusts and Universities internationally to advance the early diagnosis of disease.

The Job

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.

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

Specific Responsibilities

 Health & Welfare needs

Bio Detection Dogs Supervision

MDD Site Responsibilities

Record Keeping

Fosterer Queries

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


SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE  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    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 AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS  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:

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


•             Sick Pay

•             Health Cover

•             26 days holiday, increasing with service

•             5% Employer Pension Contribution

•             Free On-site parking

•             Life Insurance

Application Deadline: 20th July 2024

Application Details: Please send your current CV with covering letter (no longer than one A4 sheet) stating why you would like the role to hr@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk

Website Link: Work for us – Medical Detection Dogs