Buddy Dog Partnership Specialist ( previously Canine Assisted Partnership Specialist)

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Starting from £28,988 gross per annum + excellent benefits

Vacancy location


Scotland, Scotland, Homebased Scotland

Vacancy details


Operations - Scotland & Northern Ireland

Job Title

Buddy Dog Partnership Specialist ( previously Canine Assisted Partnership Specialist)

Job Level

Specialist Professional

Contract type

Fixed Term/Secondment

Contract duration

18 months

External job advert

The Buddy Dog Partnership Specialist plays a vital role in delivering the Buddy Dog Service and continually supports the Companion Dog Service.


These services improve the health and wellbeing of our clients in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Northwest of England, increasing their self-confidence and encouraging interaction in the wider community and so reducing the isolation and impact of living with sight loss.


Part of the role is to identify and assess each dog to ensure it is suited to the Buddy Dog Service which can include some training of the dog. They also deliver training to service users (and their families) or volunteers. 


Most of our dogs come from our hub in Forfar and the successful applicant will need to be able to place dogs over the entire region.


This is a homebased role, however there is a requirement for regular travel predominately to our Forfar hub but also to Glasgow, Belfast, and Newcastle.

The hours of work are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week, with 26 days paid holiday (excluding bank holidays) a year.


We offer a generous pension scheme, life assurance and enhanced pay for parenting and sickness leave. In addition, we provide an Employee Assistance Programme, flexible benefits package and discounts and cashback scheme to care for our people.


More details about this role, the Organisation and the recruitment process can be found in the attached candidate pack and job description.


We reserve the right to close adverts earlier than the closing date.



Guide Dogs welcomes applications from all sections of the community and actively encourages diversity to maximise achievements, creativity, and good practice. We positively welcome and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or nationality. We encourage applications from people with disabilities as they are currently under-represented in the organisation and guarantee an invitation to interview for all applicants with disabilities who demonstrate, within their application form, sufficient evidence to meet the essential criteria for the job.



Guide Dogs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people, and adults at risk of harm with whom we work. We expect all our employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.


Candidate profile

To be able to fulfil this role, the skills and experience we are looking for in a potential candidate include:


•        Vocational qualification or equivalent experience in dog behaviour/ animal welfare.
•        A qualification, experience, or willingness to undertake training in child-care, child development, behaviour, or teaching children/young people.
•        Current valid UK/EU Driving licence, or able to demonstrate how to complete the role without.
•        Evidence of training delivery and education with clear communication skills.
•        Proven understanding of dog welfare and needs to match them with the needs of people living with sight loss and provide ongoing support.
•        Good planning skills, with a clear focus on client’s outcomes.


•        A recognised qualification in either training dogs or animal behaviour.
•        Certification as a clinical animal behaviourist or veterinary behaviourist.
•        A qualification, experience, or knowledge in a veterinary field.
•        Teaching qualification.
•        A Re-Habilitation or Habilitation qualification.
•        Experience of working with a range of clients with disabilities or individual needs.

For the complete list of essential and desirable criteria necessary to be successful in this role please see the Person Specification within the Job Description below.

The candidate pack contains more information about this role & the recruitment process at Guide Dogs.

If you are successful you will need to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK. We cannot provide sponsorship for this role.

How to apply

Applications need to be made using the online application form, accessed using the ‘apply’ button above.

As part of your application ensure you provide evidence and examples of how your skills & experience meet the criteria as set out in the attached job description.

The system has a one-hour time limit. We would advise you to prepare your answers separately and then copy and paste into the online form once finalised.
If any mandatory fields are missed, a pop-up box will appear at the top of the page advising which sections require completion.

Please note that you will have to upload a CV as this is a mandatory requirement as part of our Safer Recruitment Policy.

Guide Dogs follow Safer Recruitment practices to ensure we are safeguarding the vulnerable people we work with. As part of this, we require a full work history with any gaps accounted for & a minimum of 2 professional referee details fully covering the past 5 years. If there is not enough space in your application form to provide this information, please ensure you upload additional documentation containing the additional detail.

If you have any accessibility issues, or need help with the application process please contact our Recruitment Team on 01189838837 or peopleservicecentre@guidedogs.org.uk.

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