Dog Care and Welfare Assistant

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Publication end date


Employment Details

Contractual hours



£18,000.00 per annum

Vacancy location


England, Midlands, Guide Dogs National Centre

Vacancy details


Operations - Breeding Team

Job Title

Dog Care and Welfare Assistant

Job Level

Support Provider

Contract type

Fixed Term/Secondment

Contract duration

12 months

External job advert

The Dog Care & Welfare Assistant helps those with sight loss to live the life they choose by providing for the mental and physical welfare and specialist care of all dogs/pups whilst housed in kennels at the Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre. 


This role provides day to day husbandry of dogs/pups in kennels ensuring adherence to national dog care working practices and standard operating procedures.


This role is 35 hours per week on a rota basis including evenings, weekends, and bank holidays, with 26 days paid holiday (excluding bank holidays) a year. As a charity, we’re always keen to support flexible working as best we can. 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

Candidate requirements


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




  • Able to work unsocial hours including rostered evenings, weekends and bank holidays.
  • Able to demonstrate aptitude for dog handling.
  • Understanding of animal care and behaviour.
  • Animal Care qualification OR extensive animal care based work experience that demonstrates the ability to undertake the requirements of the role.




  • Extensive work experience in a dog kennels establishment.
  • Practical experience working with dogs within either dog care or training environment.
  • Relevant animal care based qualification
  • Experience of whelping a dog and rearing a litter of pups


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

If you have any accessibility issues, please contact our Recruitment Team on 01189838837 or


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


As part of your application ensure you provide to 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’ll 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.


Please contact our Recruitment Team on 01189838837 or if you require any support with your application.


Application Closing Date




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