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Industrial Placement-Animal Unit Specialist

Posted 2 February by Adecco UK Limited Ended
This advert is for an Industrial Placement at the world's leading pet nutrition centre in Waltham on the Wolds, Leicestershire for a university student in 2nd year of a relevant degree.

Two positions are available at £8.10 to £8.91 per hour (dependant on shift pattern which may be inclusive of weekends) and 30 days holiday per year. Both placements will be on temporary contracts (through Adecco) for 12 months starting in September 2018 expected to work 37.5 hours per week.

1.About Us
WALTHAM is a fundamental science research centre for a multi-billion pound privately owned company with leading brands such as Pedigree®, Royal Canin®, Sheba® and Whiskas®. Waltham focuses on the nutrition and wellbeing of dogs, cats, horses, birds and fish, and the benefits of pet ownership to humans.
We are looking for a talented and motivated student with an excellent grounding in animal science / care to undertake an Industrial Placement opportunity at the fundamental science research centre, WALTHAM ( The successful applicant will contribute to a world class research program which supports global brands such as Pedigree®, Royal Canin®, Sheba® and Whiskas®.

2.Would you like to complete your industrial placement with us?
Working as a Unit Specialist in our busy and dedicated Operations Team, you will be responsible for ensuring that our animals are cared for in line with our WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition welfare standards and policy. This high standard of care ensures that our animals are fit and fully prepared to participate in our research programme and for the effective generation and collection of data from research trials paving the way for us to produce world-class pet care products.
The role is both challenging and rewarding being at the forefront of research and pet care operations at WALTHAM. The purpose of the Operation Team is to produce high quality innovative science data that is conducted in a caring way. This Unit Specialist placement is integral to delivering this by the provision of data from research trials and the delivery of trial support, including the individual care, development and maintenance of our pets.

As part of the team, you will be responsible for all elements of pet care. This will include the following:
*Delivery of training and habituation of pets
*Accurate collection and recording of all relevant data
*Weighing and recording bodyweights and reporting any changes
*Delivering all pet care and husbandry on the designated unit e.g. grooming
*Monitoring and reporting pet health status, handling pets for veterinary examinations and procedures and administering daily treatments and periodic vaccinations
*Carrying out behavioural programmes for pets with special needs

In exchange for your drive and enthusiasm, we offer you the chance to experience different aspects of the Research and Development environment and will support development of your science and care skills in a business context that rewards creativity and personal responsibility. In addition to a high level of training, the successful applicant will gain access to a variety of science, animal care, and business focused personal development tools.
You will be able to spend up to 20% of your working time on towards a project and personal development (e.g. attendance at research meetings and training courses).

3.What are we looking for in our ideal candidate?
*Have completed 2 years of a relevant degree or animal based qualification
*Good communication, planning and organisation skills and a proven ability to work in a team
*A good level of numeracy and computer literacy to ensure the accuracy of data collection and data handling required of the role
*A flexible working style and good attention to detail

Above all, we are looking for people who are really passionate about the wellbeing of animals!

4.Why is this role so great? A current student tells us why based on her experience…
"I have been on an Ambassador Studentship for nearly 6 months now and I already know this is where my passion and enthusiasm between animals and research lies. The research we do here is still exciting every day and the culture of care provided makes me really feel like I am making a difference to these animals' lives, as well as to the scientific field of nutrition and health. The work we contribute towards is innovative and cutting-edge, and the magnitude of information I have learnt while being here is indescribable. All the while, working directly with cats/dogs on a daily basis with a team of like-minded, animal lovers similar to myself. "

At WALTHAM we invest in people and really give them the freedom to fly. So if we've just described you, and your career aspirations, and you wish to apply, please send a CV and cover letter to us.
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Sunday 25th of February 2018.

Adecco is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy. The Adecco Group UK & Ireland is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Required skills

  • care
  • biology
  • welfare
  • nutrition
  • student
  • dog
  • cat
  • animal
  • pet
  • zoology
  • veterinary
  • industrial placement
  • canine
  • feline

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