1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Job Description:

Join Our Team as an Animal Trainer at Waltham Petcare Science Institute!

Are you passionate about animals and dedicated to their well-being? Do you have a knack for understanding their behavior and training them to reach their full potential? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you to make a difference in the lives of pets at the forefront of scientific research.

About Us:

At Waltham Petcare Science Institute, we're committed to delivering the highest standards of animal training and enrichment. Our caring science approach ensures that every pet in our care receives the best possible treatment while contributing to cutting-edge research. With a team of over 130,000 diverse and talented Associates guided by our Five Principles, we're building the world we want tomorrow, today.

Position: Animal Trainer

Key Responsibilities:

Train pets of various species, ages, and breeds for research purposes.

Assist in regulated research procedures by cueing and handling pets.

Conduct non-regulated research procedures, including urine collection.

Provide essential life and core skill training to kittens and puppies.

Document training progress accurately in relevant databases.

Identify new behaviors to open up research opportunities and develop training protocols.

Act as an expert in animal training and behavior.

Support associates and contract staff in animal training, handling, and husbandry.

Implement animal welfare and behavior programs.

Qualifications and Skills:

Essential: Good general education with minimum grade C or above in GCSE or equivalent in math, English, and a science subject.

Desirable: Higher or professional qualifications, such as A-levels or HND.

Preferable: Relevant degree, like a BSc in Animal Behaviour or equivalent.

Strong knowledge of learning theory and principles of animal training.

Excellent understanding of feline and canine communication and behavior.

Practical experience in training animals.

Flexibility, effective communication, planning, organization, and teamwork skills.

What We Offer:

A chance to work with a passionate team committed to animal welfare and research.

Opportunity to contribute to groundbreaking research in a caring science environment.

Best-in-class learning and development support, including access to our in-house Mars University.

Competitive salary and benefits package, including company bonus.

Join us in shaping the future of pet care through dedication, expertise, and compassion. Your skills can make a tangible difference in the lives of animals and the advancement of scientific knowledge.

Waltham Petcare Science Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

Together, we're leading the way in animal training and research!


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.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
Enhanced paternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
“Pawternity” leave
Pregnancy loss leave

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Company employees

4,000 In the UK

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Slough, Waltham, Castle Cary, Birstall, Plymouth

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom
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