More ABS regional advisors needed

Created: 13/01/2011

THE KENNEL Club is hoping to recruit more regional advisors for its Accredited Breeder Scheme (ABS).
Currently there are 12, but advisors are still needed from the South West (Cornwall and Devon), East Midlands (Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire) and the North East (Yorkshire, Humberside, Scottish Borders).
These advisors carry out inspections of accredited breeders’ premises which is an important part of the scheme, the KC said.
“It is key to ensuring that the principles of good breeding practice are maintained,” said health and breeder services manager Bill Lambert. “We need people who are highly experienced in all aspects of the dog world who can help make a difference for dogs and raise the quality of breeding.

‘Crucial part’

“Advisors play a crucial part in helping the KC ensure that the high standards of the scheme are maintained.”
The ABS was launched in 2004 and now has more than 6,500 members.
“We are delighted to have reached 6,500 members and need to expand our robust system of inspections,” Mr Lambert said. “Many breeders are now visited prior to joining the scheme and our target is to visit every single scheme member, so the number of visits that we carry out needs to keep pace with our growing membership.
“We already have a skilled team in place, drawn largely from the dog-breeding community, and we are calling again on the vast wealth of experience that is out there to help us shape the scheme’s development.”
The role is open to those with experience and interest in dogs and in the dog world in general. All applicants will be considered by the KC, Mr Lambert said, and preference will be given to those with knowledge of breeding and a good understanding of the ABS.
Experience of working within an inspection or quality standards process would also be an advantage, he explained. The role is a voluntary one but all expenses will be covered and full training and mentoring provided.
“The ABS is continually growing in size as more and more people recognise the vital role that it plays in protecting the health and welfare of dogs and puppies,” Mr Lambert said. “The puppy-buying public need to be directed to responsible breeders and we work with those breeders to ensure that their standards are maintained.”
 Those interested should contact Sarah Watkins, Heath and Breeder Services Department, the Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges St London WIJ 8AB, email, or phone 020 7518 1015. The deadline is February 4 and applicants must be able to attend selection and training sessions on both February 22 and April 8.