Canine Health & Welfare Officer

Dogs NZ

Wellington, New Zealand

Full time

Reception/ Support Staff / Other

Mar 27

This job is no longer accepting applications.

Closes: Apr 19, 2022

Organisation/clinic: Dogs New Zealand

Location: Porirua, Wellington

Position type: Full-time Canine Health & Welfare Officer


  • Full-time role for those with a passion for animal welfare
  • Play an important role in improving New Zealand dog breeding
  • Porirua location; but opportunity for flexible work location for outstanding candidates

Varied and busy role providing an exciting opportunity to make a difference in canine welfare!

Dogs NZ is the largest organisation of dog owners in New Zealand, with a strong focus on healthy, active, well-mannered dogs and responsible dog ownership.

Their mission and purpose is to be a champion for pedigree dogs and to offer all dogs lovers the opportunity to be great dog owners and involved in dog competitions.

Reporting to the Director Secretary and working closely with our Canine Health & Welfare committee, this is a broad and varied role where you will be responsible for driving real change in the education and breeding practices of one of our most loved companion animals

While you will need to be proactive and resilient to succeed, you are building on a solid foundation of progress in the development of our welfare strategy and policies to ensure Dogs NZ registered dogs are as free as possible from the clinical effects of avoidable inherited disease and exceed best practice animal husbandry.

This is a varied and busy role that will test your ability to communicate good science practice to our 2,400 strong dog breeder community while promoting health testing as well as building relationships with government animal welfare agencies and our animal health research partners.

You will enjoy the opportunity to take real ownership of this important role, stamp your mark and play a pivotal role within a small collegial team.

Person Profile:

  • A passion for dogs and some experience in breeding or working with breeders.
  • Qualification in veterinarian science, animal welfare or veterinary nursing/technician
  • Knowledge and understanding of genetics
  • Experience in planning and research principles and practices
  • Project management skills
  • Understanding of principles of policy formation especially at government level
  • Confidence in public speaking at all levels

Applications close: 19 April 2022

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