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This volunteer role requires volunteers to provide a high standard of care for Seeing Eye Dogs breeding dogs in their own home as approved and agreed by Seeing Eye Dogs. Volunteers are required to maintain the Seeing Eye Dogs breeding dogs obedience, house manners, training and socialisation. Volunteer are also required to transport Seeing Eye Dogs breeding dogs to required locations such as veterinary clinics or to SED (17 Barrett Street, Kensington, Vic, 3031) when required for matings, reproductive/health appointments or when in season. In addition to the standard volunteer carer duties as detailed in the Puppy Carer Volunteer Assignment, Breeder Carer volunteers will: • Conduct role specific duties of a Breeder Carer as outlined below: • Care for brood bitch (female) or stud dog (male) and follow the Seeing Eye Dogs protocol of husbandry for the dog under guidance from Seeing Eye Dogs. • Keep the Seeing Eye Dogs breeding dog fit and in a healthy body condition at all times. This generally requires at least 45 – 60 minutes of brisk walking each day, and monthly reporting of the dog’s weight to Seeing Eye Dogs. • Able to drive, own a car and have immediate car access to transport Seeing Eye Dogs breeding dogs to required locations such as veterinary clinics or to Seeing Eye Dogs headquarters in Kensington, Melbourne when required for veterinary appointments or specific reproduction activities. This may be required within 24 hours notice due to the time critical nature of reproduction activities such as matings. • For a Stud dog (male) - Carers are required to be available to transport the dog to Seeing Eye Dogs and collect it from Seeing Eye Dogs on average at least 6 times per year for matings. • For a brood bitch (female) – Carers are required to transport brood bitches to Seeing Eye Dogs for reproductive/health appointments including pre-natal health checks and ultrasounds, whenever in season, and when a brood bitch is entering or leaving the puppy centre for a whelp. • Obtain approval from Seeing Eye Dogs before undertaking travel with the dog. • Seek clearance from Seeing Eye Dogs before housing any other pets at the property. Undesexed dogs of the opposite gender are not permitted to be housed in the same property. • Be available for visits from your Seeing Eye Dogs staff member during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm). • Be of the understanding that Seeing Eye Dogs breeding stock may be reassigned in to formal training, to other organisations or used for other purposes at any stage. The volunteer will demonstrate abilities in: • Dog handling skills (enjoys working with dogs) • Physical capacity to safely walk and handle a large dog on a daily basis • Driving skills • Interpersonal skills Open in Kensington, Flemington, North Melbourne, Ascot Vale, West Melbourne areas in Victoria only
Skills and Attributes
All carers must be able to drive, own a car and have immediate car access to transport the pup/dog to Kensington or any other location as required Becoming a carer means you will join a dedicated group of like-minded volunteers who are passionate about dog caring and supporting people who are blind or have low vision to live the life they choose. All our carers carry the following attributes when they support Seeing Eye Dogs: Kind and collaborative “The community is nice and welcoming.” • Surrounded by a supportive and encouraging community. • Share experiences and empathise with others who are going through a similar experience. Committed “It has opened up a new world in animal care for me; training these amazing dogs and knowing that I am doing something important.” • Dedicated to the purpose of supporting people who are blind or have low vision. • Devoted to caring for and training happy, healthy pups to become the next generation of Seeing Eye Dogs. Openness and flexibility “Being connected to the organisation, learning and gaining new skills.” • Solution focussed mindset, open to new challenges and learning new skills. • Being flexible and adaptable to a changing environment. Integrity “Feeling that I am a part of an interactive community who really cares about what they're doing and how we're all helping.” • Be a role model for others. • Valuing human connections. Healthy “Not only am I giving back to the community, dog walking keeps me fit” • Optimistic outlook and healthy emotional state. • A good level of fitness.
Training for this role includes: • Role specific – Face-to-face (as required) (Breeder Caring manual and resources provided)
Once the application form has been returned, complete the following; • External Risk Assessment Form • Global Carer Agreement • Breeder Carer Agreement • Working with Children check (WWCC) in VIC / Blue Card in QLD • Police check • Statutory Declaration *If required • Interview & Property Inspection • COVID-19 Vaccination evidence (Vision Australia is required by law to collect COVID-19 vaccination information from certain workers and volunteers. This information may include whether a person is fully or partially vaccinated, unvaccinated, or whether a medical exemption applies. In some cases, unvaccinated workers and volunteers will be prohibited from working outside their ordinary place of residence.)
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