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Recruitment drive for Honorary Regional Welfare Officers

The Welsh Pony and Cob Society (WPCS) is recruiting further Honorary Regional Welfare Officers (RWOs) in order to provide coverage, by the end of September 2015, in all UK regions.

One of the main charitable objects of the WPCS, as laid down in its Articles of Association, is to prevent cruelty to and promote the welfare of horses and ponies. The Society acknowledges that things do go wrong with animal welfare and in order to effectively manage welfare issues, the Trustees of the WPCS decided to create a UK-wide welfare network.

There is no doubt that animal welfare can be physically demanding and challenging but immensely rewarding and very satisfying. Many people dream of a career working with horses and the opportunities in the equine industry are vast. They can encompass a range of careers, but competition is strong. Enthusiasm, previous experience and qualifications will often give applicants the edge; fulfilling the role as a WPCS Honorary Regional Welfare Officer will not only provide unique front line experience and invaluable opportunities to gain qualification (s) relevant to the job you seek, but will stand out on any CV and give one an insight into the equine industry and what the work involves.

The recently appointed Honorary National Welfare Coordinator (NWC), Edward Gummery, who has the responsibility to create, train and manage RWOs, has undertaken the direction of the welfare network.

The role of the RWO is both educational and investigative.

· To provide advice, assistance and support to WPCS members and/or owners of Welsh Ponies & Cobs in a preventative and educational role. This may include educational talks/presentations to groups such as area associations, schools & colleges and other equine societies.

· To investigate all welfare concerns/complaints as allocated by the NWC, gathering and providing evidence and compiling written reports. This will include the inspection of Ponies and Cobs at the locations where they are being kept; setting out and implementing plans for improvement for particular animal(s) and/or the conditions in which the animal(s) is kept to an acceptable standard as laid down by the WPCS/DEFRA Welfare Codes. Where improvements are not met the referral to appropriate welfare enforcement bodies will be undertaken, working in partnership with them, veterinary officers and equine welfare organisations when necessary.

Qualifications are desirable but not essential and accredited training will be provided and maintained. The applicant should be a driver/car owner and should be willing to undergo a DBS check if required; equipment and protective clothing will be provided; travelling and out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

It is important that the applicant

· Is motivated, hard-working and physically fit

· Is happy to work unsociable hours and outdoors at all times of the year

· Has good general knowledge and experience of equine husbandry, breeding and welfare management

· Is able carry out briefing/debriefing and compile and prepare written reports

The RWO must be able to demonstrate various skills including:

· Diplomacy and communication

· Planning and organising

· Problem solving

· Personal and professional integrity

· Flexibility

· Team working but also able to work with little or no supervision

Anyone aged over 18 fitting these criteria and who is interested in applying to be an Honorary Regional Welfare Officer should complete the expression of interest form that can be found on the link below.

The completed form should be emailed to the secretary@wpcs.uk.com or by post to the WPCS office addressed to the Secretary.

The closing date for submission is Friday 31st July 2015.

6th Jul 2015