Unit Specialist(Dogs & Cats)

  • Location
    Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
  • Salary
  • 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, Leceistershire.

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. 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. The hourly pay rate is £9.53.

Start date will be ASAP pending security and medical clearance.

Research and Quality

  • Ensures quality by following defined protocols and specifications.

  • Accurately record data.

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

  • Actively demonstrate good onward communication

  • 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 regulations relevant to all animal units.

  • 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.

  • Promptly escalates any welfare or medical concerns.

  • Delivers and records all activities.

  • Provides husbandry support for animals.

  • Ensures unit housekeeping activities are completed.


  • 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.).

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


  • A good general education to GSCE 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

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Please apply with your CV to: Lucy Wells