Named Veterinary Surgeon

University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Application deadline: open until filled

This is an excellent opportunity for a veterinary surgeon to join the Bioresearch & Veterinary Services (BVS) department at the University of Edinburgh. BVS provides biomedical research services including Home Office and Named Veterinary Services across the University. We work within a large and diverse scientific community and oversees all aspects of welfare, breeding and husbandry of rodents, fish, farm animals and poultry used in biomedical research, under the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. BVS is looking to recruit a Named Veterinary Surgeon (NVS) to join our enthusiastic and experienced NVS team supporting our world-leading research.

The Named Vets in BVS play a key role in supporting our research, training, Culture of Care and engagement with the 3Rs. Each NVS looks after a dedicated area, providing animal care advice, support to researchers and technicians and in house Personal Licence training. This includes a 1 in 4 on-call rota. The Named Vets work as a team to develop key aspects of our processes and procedures so that we are always trying to improve the quality of our research and the welfare of the animals under our care. The post holder will participate in the ethical review process and be part of the University’s Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body. This role would suit an experienced NVS or veterinary surgeon with research experience who is keen to work independently and develop their own skills and interests whilst part of a friendly team who are striving to care for animals and staff alike. Vets without NVS experience will also be considered if they bring relevant clinical experience and enthusiasm to the role. This post may particularly suit an applicant with large animal or mixed practice experience. Applicants should be members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

The ideal candidate would be a veterinary surgeon (MRCVS or eligible) with experience in laboratory animal medicine and surgery. Vets interested in joining the field will be considered if they bring clinical experience and enthusiasm to the role. Internal training will be provided. 

Appointments will be made at Grade UE08 (£48,350 to £59,421 pa) DOE with additional on call payment. Relocation and Visa sponsorship available.

Essential Requirements:

  • Member of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (or eligible).
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Highly motivated and able to show initiative and work independently.
  • Clinical veterinary experience


  • Preferably qualified as a veterinarian for at least three years but more recent graduates may be considered.
  • Laboratory animal experience preferred including NVS training.
  • Postgraduate research experience in biomedical science.
  • Experience in teaching especially practically as well as lecturing.
  • Official Veterinarian certification.

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ECLAM Residency position

Universität Bern, Switzerland

he Experimental Animal Center (EAC) is a structural unit which carries the responsibility for in vivo research of the University of Bern. The EAC is building upon excellence in its animal care program to achieve the best quality of research. The 3Rs, the culture of care and compliance to regulations are cornerstones of the EAC strategy.

This is an interesting career opportunity to become a European Specialist in Laboratory Animal Medicine (Dipl. ECLAM) that provides three years of supervised training and experience on Laboratory Animal Medicine and Science within the Swiss and Southern Germany Residency Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine.

The post holder performs his/her duty under the direct supervision of the clinical veterinarians, the Head of EAC, who is a Dipl. ECLAM and other EBVS specialists (ECVAA, ECPV). This position will report to the Head of EAC.

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