Want to be a Dog Control Officer?


To become a Dog Control Officer, a person must be able to communicate with people from all walks of life.  Your communication skills will be tested when you are dealing with a highly emotive dog owner whilst having to seize their dog.

You will need to be able to handle stressful situations as during such a seizure, as there may be Police Officers, Dog Control Officers and an extremely upset dog owner with possibly their friends/relatives present.

You need to be a good educator as some dog owners need guidance to help with issues their dog is facing i.e. barking, wandering.  Sometimes, all it takes is a gentle word and the problem is resolved.

Education of children and adults on how to be safe around dogs is also provided by Dog Control Officers either in the classroom or group sessions.

A Dog Control Officer should be able to understand dog behaviour as reports of aggression are not always what they seem.  It could be anything from a play bow to dominance or something in-between.

Officers can also be responsible for the Territorial Authorities Animal Shelter which requires cleaning dog pens, bedding, exercise areas and feeding the dogs.  Any medication required will also need to be administered (as per owner instructions/vet advice or policy and procedures of the Territorial Authority).

Some dogs, that have not been claimed can be temperament tested for adoption suitability. However there will always be dogs unsuitable to be safety re-homed back in our community so euthanasia is a unpleasant aspect of the role.

You will be required to investigate complaints, so being non-judgmental and having good investigative skills is very important.

Some level of knowledge around stock would also be useful. It is part of a Dog Control Officer’s role is to remove stock from roads and investigate stock wandering complaints.

Whilst there are no qualifications required to become a Dog Control Officer, the New Zealand Certificate in Regulatory Compliance (Core Knowledge)(Level 3) is desirable.  Training in all aspects of the role will be provided internally or externally, depending on the Territorial Authority.

To be employed as a Dog Control Officer you would need to approach your local Council to see if any positions are available.  Positions are also advertised on this website, Trade Me www.trademe.co.nz or Seek www.seek.co.nz

Being a Dog Control Officer can be a very rewarding career, meeting new people, facing challenges and making a positive difference in our communities.

Do you have experience in a regulatory environment and are looking for a step up, or a new career direction? Do you have a positive and engaging communication style? Do you have a solutions-based approach to your work? Can you be both assertive and accommodating in order to get results?

If so, we currently have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Animal Control / Compliance Officer to join our team as a key member of our animal control and monitoring team.

This is a busy and varied “hands on” role where you will provide leadership in delivering our animal control services and will undertake general compliance duties. The role involves responding to community queries and requests surrounding the control of dogs and stock within the district; and monitoring bylaws, resource consents, and RMA related complaints.

You will be involved in taking necessary enforcement action under required legislation, including site assessments, taking statements and undertaking investigations when required, and monitoring compliance activities.

To be successful in this position you will:

  • Be computer savvy
  • Be a team player and collaborator
  • Be an excellent communicator with a customer service focus
  • Have experience of working in a regulatory environment and an awareness of relevant legislation
  • Have highly-developed interpersonal skills and communication and dispute resolution skills, and will put your negotiation and conflict resolution skills to good use
  • Be highly organised with an ability to manage and improve processes and procedures
  • Be safety conscious and solution-focused.

The Waitomo District offers a relaxed lifestyle, centrally located in the North Island.

Your office will be just one hour from major cities, lakes and beaches.

If you’d like to be part of the team, contact us now.

To apply for this job, please go online to www.joinourteam.co.nz .

Applications Close: Friday, 18th October 2019, 11:55pm.


26 Jan 2018
Faulty Microchips
Virbac New Zealand Ltd

We’d like to update you on our plan to replace potentially faulty BioTec microchips. We would be grateful if you could forward this to all relevant people in your organisation.

Since 2009 our advice has been to scan pets with microchips at every visit, and to replace the BioTec microchips at our cost if they fail.

As you will recall, earlier this month, we thought it might speed things up for vets and pet owners if we proactively offered to replace ALL BioTec microchips from the affected batches. This approach included microchips that have not failed. The details of this approach were contained in our letter to all veterinary clinics on January 8th.

We now realise that, despite our best intentions, this approach is impractical and unworkable. We regret that it has caused confusion and frustration. We are particularly appreciative that the NZVA and its membership tried to help us make it work for pet owners and their animals.

We have listened to concerns raised by veterinarians, pet owners, and other stakeholders, including the NZVA, VCNZ, NZCAR, and local authorities. We are grateful for their constructive feedback and with the efforts that many have gone to on our behalf. We have decided to simplify the process, effective immediately, as follows:

  • Our approach is to ask veterinarians to scan pets with microchips at every visit, and to replace the BioTec microchips at our cost if they have failed.
  • We are no longer asking veterinarians to pre-emptively contact pet owners for bulk microchip replacement.
  • There will be no cut-off date for claims against faulty BioTec microchips.

To help identify pets with potentially faulty BioTec microchips, we have narrowed down the specific series within the batches. Please match the full 15-digit microchip number:

  • From 900-010-000-125-000 to 900-010-000-135-000
  • From 900-088-000-032-635 to 900-088-000-543-529
  • From 900-008-800-219-506 to 900-008-800-248-955

It has always been our intention to resolve this situation as effectively as possible, and we are sincerely grateful for everyone’s patience as we work through this.

Please also be assured that our replacement microchips, BackHome BioGlass Minichips, are manufactured to the highest industry standards with direct-bonding technology to ensure total and lifelong reliability. They have been in use for five years.

Virbac New Zealand Ltd