Ali Fell, the first person to achieve accreditation, recommends all those in rescue and rehoming take advantage of the KC scheme, which she says is “the UK gold standard for teaching and advising in the UK.”

A woman from Brighton has become the first person in the UK to receive national accreditation for dog rescue work.

Ali Fell, who runs Brighton Dog Training and has worked at the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is The Kennel Club’s (KC) first accredited instructor in rescue and rehoming.

Ali Fell is first to gain new rescue and rehoming qualification.The new accreditation is part of the KC’s accreditation scheme for instructors in dog training and canine behaviour (KCAI) and was created with the help of Battersea in 2011 to help raise standards and set a benchmark for those who train dogs that need rescuing and rehoming.

The KCAI qualification is recognised by City and Guilds, making it the first externally recognised qualification for rescue and rehoming trainers.

Ali said: “I am incredibly honoured to be the first Kennel Club accredited instructor in rescue and rehoming in the country.

“The reason I was willing to dedicate myself to the KCAI scheme and achieve this qualification is that it is truly the UK gold standard for teaching and advising in the UK.

“I would recommend all those in rescue and rehoming to take advantage of it, as it really rewards the expertise, knowledge and professionalism of those working in the rescue and rehoming sector.”

Since the accreditation scheme was launched by Battersea and The Kennel Club, 150 Battersea staff have enrolled in the programme and it is now available to staff at rescue centres across the UK.

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