Veterinary Health Research Manager

The Kennel Club - Canine Health and Welfare Department

Based in Central London

Full Time Permanent Contract

An opportunity has arisen to join the Health Team at the Kennel Club on a full time, permanent contact. In this role you will be working within the Team to provide veterinary expertise particularly in the field of research and development. You will be required to represent the Kennel Club and be a first point of contact with Veterinary Bodies, as well as develop and deliver comprehensive Breed Health and Conservation Plans for 221 Kennel Club recognised dog breeds. The role includes developing dynamic breed- specific breeding strategies to focus on improvement in health, to quantify changes, and identify new challenges within the breed(s).  Breed Plans will be considered and approved by relevant Kennel Club committees and include Breed Club(s) and breeders in its development. A holistic view of breed health will be taken and therefore known hereditary conditions, complex hereditary conditions, conformational concerns and/or population genetics will be considered.

The ideal candidate must have a veterinary, biology or veterinary science background with a PhD or equivalent experience, and a strong understanding of epidemiology within animal breeding/conservation. This would be extremely suitable for an early to mid-career post-doctoral candidate with an interest in using their expertise to undertake an applied science project. Opportunities to develop a budding research publication record will be available. A good level of organisational experience, strong analytical skills, and strong IT skills, including Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint are required. Previous experience of statistical analyses and programming in a statistical language, such as R, would be an advantage. You will be confident and comfortable in managing a varied and busy workload. Previous knowledge of the Kennel Club or of the veterinary world is essential.

It is important that you are an effective and confident communicator.

If you are interested in applying for this position please send your CV and covering letter explaining why you are suitable for this position to Lorna Chalk, Human Resources Advisor, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, London W1J 1AB or email your application to

Closing date for application is 25th February 2019, interviews will commence after 26th February.

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