Dogs Trust Jobs – Veterinary Hydrotherapist

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Job Description:

Oversee the rehabilitation facilities at the rehoming centre, using hydrotherapy and/or physiotherapy for the therapeutic treatment of clinical conditions and as a means of providing environmental enrichment for dogs in a kennel environment.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Efficiently manage the rehabilitation suite and other associated facilities to ensure effectiveness. Receive referrals from the centre team, working with the centre vet, behaviour team, management team and other canine care staff to ensure each dog’s clinical and mental health is considered and the best approach taken for each case.
  • Design and deliver exercise programmes, tailored to the individual patient, ensuring clinical and environmental well-being.
  • Schedule appointments and therapy work, pre- and post-therapy updates of patient records, stock ordering and invoice processing along with other administrative tasks relating to patients and the running of the rehabilitation suite.
  • Provide feedback to the management, behaviour and/or veterinary teams to let them know about any dogs of concern and case progression.
  • Provide a high standard of customer service to members of the public and adopters when meeting them in person or dealing with them over the phone/by email. To provide preand post-adoption support to new adopters.
  • Maintain high standards of cleanliness and hygiene in all areas and equipment associated with the rehabilitation facilities, ensuring that all health and safety regulations are adhered to, implemented, and followed. Maintain all equipment to required standards, including water quality for the hydrotherapy unit and organise checks and audits as required.
  • When required, prepare for and present information regarding dogs of concern at the centre’s Periodic Welfare Review – a four-monthly meeting with the Regional Manager, centre management team, centre behaviour team, centre veterinary team and senior behaviour team.
  • Be responsible for self-development and keep up to date with the latest regulations and requirements on canine hydrotherapy and physiotherapy, attending internal training courses, CPD courses and meetings as requested by the management team.
  • Transport dogs to and from veterinary practices/referral clinics/rehoming centres.
  • Supervision of any personnel (internal and external) that assist within the rehabilitation facility, undertaking responsibility for their health and safety
  • Kennel duties – all rehoming centre staff may be required to work in the kennels on occasions, performing Canine Carer duties. What percentage of time this is will depend on the needs of the rehoming centre but isn’t expected to be more than 10% of the duties performed over an average year.

Job Requirements:

  • Level 3, or above, Small Animal Hydrotherapy Certificate
  • Certified units in advanced hydrotherapy treadmill
  • BSc or MSc in veterinary physiotherapy
  • An up to date certification in canine first aid (required for professional body membership)
  • Prior experience of undertaking canine hydro and physiotherapy.
  • Experience of overseeing and ability to supervise others.
  • A positive and proactive attitude and willingness to work with members of the public, staff and volunteers.
  • Hard working, enthusiastic and a team player.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (verbal and written).
  • Good organisational and time management skills.
  • Reliable and flexible.
  • Experienced in working on own initiative and have good judgement to escalate issues or seek guidance as appropriate.
  • A knowledge of dogs and their welfare requirements, including an appreciation/understanding of dog temperament and emotional state.
  • A good understanding of the importance of great customer service, ideally with experience of providing excellent customer care.
  • Administrative skills, including use of MS Office and computerised systems.

Job Details:

Company: Dogs Trust

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Loughborough, England, UK

Application Deadline: N/A

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