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Veterinarian (Teaching Position)

Bristol Zoological Society
Salary £30,000 to £32,206 per annum dependent on experience
Closing date
30 Nov 2023
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Teaching exotic pet medicine to vet students and teaching MSc students through the provision of small group practical sessions, seminars and workshops.

Based in Clifton, but working across both our sites, Bristol Zoo veterinary department provides the veterinary care for our zoo animals and is also heavily involved with both undergraduate and postgraduate higher education.  We are a friendly team and enjoy teaching exotic pet, wildlife, zoological and conservation medicine to a variety of students.  We work closely with our animal and conservation science teams.  With a new strategy in place to create a world-class Bristol Zoo and conservation, education and sustainability at its heart, this is an exciting time to be working for the Society.  We are committed to employing from all areas of the community, we value equality and diversity across our workforce and aim to ensure our staff reflect the diversity of the community.

Job Purpose

  • To facilitate the learning experience of undergraduate veterinary students through the provision of formal and informal teaching in small mammal and exotic pet medicine, including small group practical/clinical sessions, lectures and seminars.
  • To develop related teaching materials and provide student feedback.
  • To teach postgraduate students on the University of Bristol’s MSc Global Wildlife Health and Conservation (GWHC) through the provision of small group practical sessions, lectures and interactive workshops.

Main Duties

  • Working alongside the rest of the veterinary team to facilitate the learning experience of final year veterinary students, primarily in small mammal and exotic pet medicine
  • Leading small group learning sessions (including practical/clinical sessions) and teaching animal handling and clinical skills to both undergraduate and postgraduate MSc students
  • Delivering undergraduate lectures and case-based sessions; developing case-based material for teaching exotic pet management and medicine
  • Delivering lectures and interactive workshops to veterinary and non-veterinary students on MSc GWHC and BSc Zoological Management and Conservation
  • Providing formative feedback and contributing to student assessment, including using in-clinic assessment tools
  • Collating and submitting feedback relating to student performance on clinical rotations
  • Assisting with development of final year rotations in Exotic pet medicine and Zoo, wildlife and conservation medicine rotations; reviewing/updating associated rotation handbooks and other related documents
  • Assisting with curriculum review for BVSc students at Bristol Veterinary School with a focus on small mammal and exotic pet teaching
  • Administrative work to support the department’s teaching activities including upload and review of teaching materials
  • Line managing veterinary administrative assistants
  • Helping with general administrative and other tasks of the veterinary department, including report writing as required
  • Undertaking training consistent with continuous professional development

Successful Candidate

Clinical experience with exotic pets is essential, along with some experience of teaching veterinary students. Excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills are required and an interest in gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice is preferred.  Applicants must enjoy working in a collaborative environment and must be members of the RCVS. 

Benefits include:

  • £30,000-32,206 per annum dependent on experience – 30 hour week 30 days of annual leave (Pro-rated, inclusive of bank hols) increasing with length of service
  • Access to our company pension scheme
  • Access to a range of resources to support your physical, mental and financial health, including access to our Employee Assistance Programme
  • Death in service benefit (x3 salary)
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loans
  • Other flexible benefits include gym discounts and access to a health cash plan
  • Hybrid working for certain roles, to allow you to work where you work best - We’re happy to discuss flexible working
  • Family friendly policies with enhanced maternity, paternity, and adoption support
  • Ongoing training and development opportunities, including CPD budget and teaching training, including support and encouragement to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

To apply for this role please click the apply button and upload your CV and cover letter.

Closing date for applications: 30 November 2023.


We save wildlife together, through conservation science research, working to protect species and habitats overseas, encouraging sustainable behaviours and perceptions, educating tomorrow’s wildlife warriors and connecting people with nature through a great day out.

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