RSPCA Behaviour and Welfare Adviser (multiple vacancies)

We have several exciting opportunities for Behaviour Welfare Advisers to join our teams across the UK. The RSPCA is dedicated to finding unwanted, mistreated and abused animals loving, permanent homes.

As a Behaviour and Welfare Adviser you will be responsible for assessing and monitoring case and signed-over dogs in the RSPCA's care. This will include devising behavioural plans, carrying out or overseeing environmental and behavioural modification to maintain high standards of welfare, supporting successful rehoming and reducing return rates.

Vacancies are as follows:

  • Felledge Animal Centre - 35 hours per week
  • Great Ayton Animal Centre - 35 hours per week
  • Bryn-y-Maen Animal Centre - 28 hours per week
  • Gonsal Farm Animal Centre - 28 hours per week
  • Block Fen Animal Centre - 28 hours per week
  • Blackberry Farm Animal Centre - 28 hours per week
  • Ashley Heath Animal Centre - 28 hours per week
  • Newport Animal Centre - 17.5 hours per week

What you'll be doing:

  • Assess behaviour and welfare of dogs at intake into the RSPCA establishment and throughout their stay by use of agreed criteria. Complete detailed and accurate records of each animal
  • Produce, or supervise production of, a behaviour and welfare plan for every dog in the animal centre.
  • Implement, or supervise other staff implementing, the plans and ensure ongoing observation and assessment of progress for each animal.
  • Work closely with the animal centre management and the team to ensure all relevant information is gathered and staff are appropriately supported to provide these plans while also able to perform their other tasks.
  • Provide proactive and reactive advice and support on welfare, behaviour and training to RSPCA staff (including Inspectorate), volunteers, potential fosterers, adopters and owners of RSPCA animals.
  • Cooperate with the Regional Clinical Animal Behaviourist and the Head of Clinical Behaviour in the management of difficult cases.
  • Provide pre-adoption meetings and post-adoption support as required for adopters, to maximise successful rehoming and minimise return rates.
  • Assess behaviour and welfare of RSPCA dogs held at private boarding establishments (PBEs), prioritising those with the greatest welfare and behavioural needs for transfer to RSPCA animal centres.
  • Plan and deliver agreed training on animal behaviour and welfare matters to RSPCA staff and volunteers, enabling them to implement interventions.
  • Where required supporting educational programmes as part of the RSPCA's Generation Kind project
  • Maintain an up-to-date and evidence-based knowledge in the behavioural rehabilitation and welfare of companion animals.

You'll have:

  • Formal qualification in dog welfare, behaviour and training carrying at least 120 credit points at level 4
  • Experience of the care, husbandry and handling of dogs gained whilst working in the animal care/welfare industry (desirable)
  • Practical experience of the application of theoretical behaviour modification and training principles
  • Experience of working and communicating with the general public
  • IT skills
  • Proven ability to lead/supervise a team
  • Experience of leading training sessions either 1:1 or groups

What's in it for you:

You'll have an opportunity to work for the largest animal welfare charity in England and Wales.

We value and recognise our employees' contribution and are proud to offer an extensive benefits package that includes:

  • Up to 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 30 days with service; 
  • this will be pro-rata based on your standard working hours;
  • a generous pension scheme with associated life assurance and group income protection scheme;
  • access to private healthcare scheme;
  • support for professional development after qualifying period;
  • access to our employee assistance programme.
How to apply: 

See webpage

Closing date: 
Friday, January 24, 2020
United Kingdom
£25,946.33 (Full Time Equivalent)
Contract type: 
Full time