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Animal Behaviour Trainer - Cats & Dogs


Waltham, LEC, GB, LE14 4RS


A mutually rewarding experience.

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Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

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Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.


Animal Behaviour Trainer - Cats & Dogs

Salary - £19,000

Waltham on the Wolds, Leicestershire


If you are a great dog or cat trainer, this may be what you have always looked for!


In Leicestershire, we have a fundamental petcare research centre, the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition, which is recognized as one of the world’s leading scientific authorities in the field of pet nutrition and wellbeing. We have an amazing opportunity within the Behaviour and Training team at Waltham, focused on the training of animals to take part in our studies in our centre.


Our researchers work across multiple disciplines that are linked to pet nutrition and health. Such disciplines include nutrient requirements for different pet life stages and lifestyles, gastrointestinal health, energy requirements, immune function, skin and coat condition, oral health, feeding behaviour, and clinical nutrition.


Guided by Mars’ Principle of Mutuality, WALTHAM scientists share their leading research with the scientific community to help make A Better World for Pets™ around the world. Since our first scientific publication more than 50 years ago, we have communicated our expertise through more than 1,700 publications, including more than 600 peer-reviewed journal articles. WALTHAM has pioneered many important breakthroughs in pet nutrition. Best of all, in collaboration with the world’s foremost scientific institutes, it provides the science and expertise for the Mars Petcare brands you love, including PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, BANFIELD® Pet Hospital, CESAR®, NUTRO®, SHEBA®, DREAMIES™.



There are several new and exciting opportunities to join the behaviour and training team at Waltham. You will be working alongside other likeminded, passionate animal trainers, training our animals to take part in our studies. There are opportunities to interact with numerous colleagues within other teams on site on a daily basis. Our team aims to provide animals behaviourally fit and ready for the studies that they will take part in with the enjoyment of training session. Within the team there is also the opportunity to train other members of staff to deliver standard training with our dogs and cats.


The purpose of this role is to deliver day to day direct training with both dog and cats of all life stages, measuring the training success, changing and modifying your approach depending on the individual’s needs. The role provides opportunities to develop your own expertise in animal training, welfare and behaviour allowing you to develop and demonstrate your skills and competence in building relationships across teams, motivating others and delivering results that add value for WPN and the wider business.

In this role you will:

  • Deliver trial related training to pets of all species (canine and feline), ages and breed.
  • Perform non-regulated research procedures, e.g. saliva collection.
  • Enable regulated research procedures, by holding pets or cueing pets for position for the personal licensees who perform the procedures.
  • To drive life and core skill training to pets with special behavioural or other needs by training others.
  • To deliver life and core skill training to kittens and puppies.
  • To accurately record relevant data for measuring training progress in relevant data bases.
  • Contributing to the further development of WALTHAM animal welfare standards, thus ensuring that WALTHAM continues to deliver outstanding care to its animal population.
  • The role will be responsible for some revenue budget directly linked to animal welfare, of approximately £500. 


To do this role, you will need:

  • A good general education (grade C or above in GCSE or equivalent in maths, English and a science) 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.
  • Practical experience of training animals is essential.
  • 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.  


    In return, we offer:

  • Great career progression
  • Range of in-house and out-house training opportunities
  • Competitive salary, bonus and range of large company benefits


We know it’s important to you to find out as much about us as possible, so following a review of your CV the first stage will be a telephone interview with the hiring manager and a chance for you to ask lots of questions. If successful you will be invited to an interview day in front of our panel. Don’t worry you’ll have plenty of time to prepare.

If this sounds like the right role for you, please click on the APPLY button below. We look forward to hearing from you!


Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.


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