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Breeding & Puppy Supply Assistant

This is a great role, working directly with our puppies and helping to select the assistance dogs of the future. The role will assist our Breeding & Supply Supervisor to implement and develop our puppy breeding programme.

Salary: £18,400 - £23,000 depending on experience

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This is an exciting opportunity to join our team at the Midlands Training Centre in Osgathorpe, Leicestershire at a time of growth and development for Canine Partners. You will be passionate about changing people’s lives and proud to be part of our extended family.

The role will assist our Breeding & Supply Supervisor to implement and develop our puppy breeding programme, ensuring an adequate supply of good quality puppies for the puppy training programme. The welfare and health of the puppies and brood bitches will be a key concern. The role will be responsible for identifying suitable brood bitches, puppy testing and selecting suitable puppies, and establishing close links with breeders and other assistance dogs breeding programmes.

It is essential that you meet the following criteria:

• Strong communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills
• Great organisational skills
• Experience of working with volunteers an advantage
• Ability to drive and travel across the UK visiting breeders, Canine Partners sites and other Assistance Dogs Organisations. Some overnight stays will be necessary.
• Critical eye for detail

It is also essential that you have a commitment to excellence and an ability to demonstrate a passion for your work. Ideally you will have practical experience of dog breeding along with knowledge of dog care, behaviour and welfare, a positive attitude, flexibility and initiative.

Joining Canine Partners could be the start of a fantastic career, assisting people with disabilities to enjoy a greater independence and a better quality of life.

To apply, please download the job description and application form. Please email your completed application form to Sarah McElhinney at

For further information, please contact Sarah McElhinney on 01730 716002

Closing date: 9am Monday 16 March 2015
1st Interview held at: Midlands Training Centre, Osgathorpe, Leicestershire
1st Interview date: Thursday 9 April 2015

2nd Interview date: Tuesday 28 April 2015

Closing Date: 9am Monday 16 March 2015



Volunteer supporters needed nationwide - be part of our growing family!

You too can help provide our highly skilled Assistance Dogs for people with disabilities by offering help local to you at a Puppy Training Satellite or Support Group. We can put you in touch with Canine Partners staff and volunteers in your area, just contact us to see how you can help. For further information on opportunities to help please click here to find out more, for example:

West Sussex Head Office, Scotland & Essex Fundraising need volunteers to help for various events and administration tasks. 


For further details, please contact Sarah McElhinney on 01730 716002 or email


Canine Partners is an equal opportunity employer.  


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Canine Partners needs to raise £3.1million to build a second Training Centre in order to train more dogs and change more lives.

We have purchased a site in a village called Osgathorpe, halfway between Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Loughborough, which has a range of barns, outbuildings and associated land. The plan is to replace the barns and adapt some of the outbuildings to create the specialised buildings we need.

Having a Midlands Training Centre will not only increase our output, it will also make the charity far more accessible for those on our waiting list who are unable to make the long journey to our centre in West Sussex. 42% of the applications we received last year were from people living in the mid and northern regions of the UK. Many of our existing partnerships will also benefit from being able to receive support from the new centre.

The site will consist of a training centre and office facilities, fully accessible accommodation and kennelling.

This is an extremely exciting time for Canine Partners and we would be delighted to receive your support.

For more information about this project, please contact Cat Harvey on 01730 716018 or email

Jobs available at the new centre will be advertised on our Vacancies page here: Work for us



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