Unit Specialist for dog and/or cat animal care

  • Location
    Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
  • Salary
    £ 8.78 - £ 9.53 / Hour
  • Category
    Agriculture & Fishing - Agriculture & Fishing
  • Job type
  • Industry
    Agriculture and Fishing
  • External Reference


We are currently recruiting for unit specialist roles for our client based at the world's leading pet nutrition centre in Waltham on the Wolds, Leicestershire.


Working as a unit specialist in the Operations Team you will be required to facilitate the needs of WALTHAM research on one animal unit to the standards required by the UK Home Office, QMP and HSE standards. This will include relevant data generation and collection, performing care activities directed at maintaining animals as fit for life at WALTHAM.

These roles are full time with an average of 37.5 hours per week, 0800-1600, working on a rota that includes weekends and bank holidays.

Start date will be 7th January 2019 pending security and medical clearance.


Research and Quality

  • Ensures quality by following defined protocols and specifications on their unit, including the provision and measurement of water, food, body weights, Body Condition Score (BCS) and Faeces Scoring.

  • Accurately records all data to unit books, the Waltham Animal Database (WANDA) and supporting documents as required.

  • Completes and follows-up all on all assigned training relevant to the role.

  • Actively demonstrate good onward communication of all key information relating trials or welfare to all relevant unit personnel (e.g. UO, UC, other US, Operations trainers, Hygiene Team members).

  • Maintain a close and positive working relationship with the UO and UC, promptly informing them and the research team of any quality or welfare concerns.

  • Identify and record quality incidents and improvements (Qii's) and escalating all incidents to UO and UC. Supports non-regulated procedures by collecting research samples (e.g. urine, saliva collection, etc.).

Care and Welfare

  • Understand and adheres to Home Office and HSE regulations relevant to all animal units to ensure WALTHAM's compliance with QMP, HO and Safety legislation.

  • Provides life skills training, recreation and socialisation for all animals. Life skills training may include (but is not limited to):

Wearing collar, Lead walking, General handling - grooming and health checks

Socialisation/Confidence, Table training, Faeces and urine collection

Pen and paddock/door manners, Use and familiarization around feeding boxes

  • Conducts welfare related activities such as grooming, clipping/trimming, tooth brushing and health checks and ensures living and socialisation areas and equipment is safe to use.

  • Promptly escalates any welfare or medical concerns to NACWO or vet team

  • Delivers and records all activities as defined in cat and dog care package relevant to the role.

  • Provides husbandry support for animals including spot cleaning, removing animal waste, changing of litter and cleaning of toys.

  • Ensures unit housekeeping activities are completed and recorded. (On cat/dog breeding units, take responsibility for all unit cleaning activities).

  • Move pets between areas to facilitate research trial requirements, to enable CBRE hygiene team to clean the unit facilities.

  • If working on a breeding unit, ensures all procedures for breeding and whelping are followed at all time.


  • Provides demonstrations for WALTHAM visitors and supports the Scientific Communications Team.

  • Cover critical Unit Coordinator tasks during weekends or as required (e.g. unit morning meetings, vet rounds, health related medications, final sweeps, temperature monitoring, etc.). The frequency of this task will be dependent on the experience of the Unit Operations Specialist or the life stage of the animals in their care (e.g. breeding units may require more UOS trained to deliver treatments)

Demonstrate a flexible approach providing support outside of core hours for specific research or welfare needs.


� A good general education toGSCE standard or equivalent, with a C grade or above in Math's and English being essential and a C or above in Science being preferable

� A relevant degree, vet nursing or any other animal based qualification is preferable

� Experience of working with cats or dogs and a passion for animals is essential. Proven experience of animal training and welfare is preferred

� A flexible working style, good communication and planning and organisation skills and proven ability to work in a team are all essential

� Good numeracy, attention to detail and computer literacy is essential to enable the data collection and data handling required of the role

� Own transport is essential due to location

� Successful applicants will need to undergo security checks and undertake a medical and drug test

Adecco acts as an employment agency for permanent recruitment and an employment business for the supply of temporary workers. The Adecco Group UK & Ireland is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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Please apply with your CV to: Joanne Grewcock