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Pet Trainer


Waltham, LEC, GB



Pet Trainer (Cats / Dogs)

Waltham on the Wolds, Leicestershire

£19,700 plus depending on experience (Healthcare, pension, bonuses)


As a member of the Operations Trainer team, you will play an important role in ensuring that Waltham continues to deliver the highest possible standards of animal training and enrichment. The role is essential to ensure that the pet population is fit for purpose to ensure the delivery of the Waltham research programme in line with the insitutes Caring Science Approach. You’ll join an established team of experienced pet trainers who are responsible for delivering life and core skills to our kittens and puppies as well as delivering trial training to adult cats and dogs.


Not only will this position provide the successful applicant with the opportunity to develop their expertise in animal training, animal welfare and behaviour, but it will allow them to develop and demonstrate their skills and competency in building relationships across teams, motivating others and delivering results that add value for the wider business.  


What are we looking for?

  • Practical experience of training animals is essential
  • A higher/professional qualification(s) (e.g. A-level, HND) is desirable.
  • A relevant degree, e.g. a BSc in Animal Behaviour or any other animal-based qualification is preferable
  • An excellent working knowledge of learning theory and principles of animal training is essential.
  • An excellent understanding of feline and canine communication and behaviour is essential.


What would be your key responsibilities?

  • To deliver trial related training to pets of all species (canine and feline), ages and breed.
  • Perform non-regulated research procedures, e.g. urine collection.
  • Enable regulated research procedures, by holding pets or cueing pets for position for the personal licensees.
  • To deliver life and core skill training to kittens and puppies.
  • To accurately record relevant data for measuring training progress in relevant data bases.
  • To identify new behaviours of our pets that open research opportunities in line with the Waltham Caring Science Approach and develop training protocols to enable these.
  • The role holder must drive his/her own continuous professional development in the field of pet training.
  • Providing direct training of pets with specific training needs


What can you expect from Mars?

  • An industry competitive salary and benefits package, including an excellent pension scheme
  • Great career progression and a range of in-house training
  • A company that understands the importance of a work-life balance
  • The chance to take hold of your own career and develop personally and professionally