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Veterinary Surgeon

The University of Edinburgh
City of Edinburgh
Salary of UE08 - £48,350 - £59,421
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Academia, Veterinary
Job Type
Veterinary Surgeon, Surgeon
Contract Type
Full Time, Part Time

Job Details

Named Veterinary Surgeon

United Kingdom (Hybrid working)



  • Job Identification: 10365
  • Locations The Chancellor's Building, Edinburgh, EH16 4SB, GB(Hybrid working)
  • Apply Before: 05/31/2024, 11:59 PM
  • Health and Safety Requirements: Key hazards identified (plan is in place)
  • Criminal Record Check: Disclosure Scotland check required
  • Contract Type: Open Ended
  • Number of Openings 1
  • Grade: UE08
  • Organisation: Edinburgh University Group
  • Department: BVS
  • Job Function: Animal Care Job
  • Schedule: Full time


  • UE08 - £48,350 - £59,421
  • Named Veterinary Surgeon
  • Corporate Services Group, Bioresearch & Veterinary Services
  • Contract Type - Open Ended
  • Full Time - 35 Hours Per Week
  • 1 post

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 while 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.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job


  • 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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The University of Edinburgh is an exciting, vibrant, research led academic community offering opportunities to work with leading international academics whose visions are shaping tomorrow’s world.

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies was founded in 1823 by William Dick

William Dick
William Dick was an outstanding practitioner who made great strides in establishing veterinary education in Scotland. Besides setting up the School in 1823, he was appointed Veterinary Surgeon in Scotland to Queen Victoria in 1844.

By the time of his death in 1866, the 818 students he had taught were to be found throughout the world. Among them were the founders of veterinary schools in Glasgow, Liverpool, Ireland, Canada, the USA and Australia.

Clyde Street Veterinary College
In the autumn of 1829 William Dick’s lectures were given in Clyde Street, probably in the old building at number 8. It was in Clyde Street that Dick first trained as a farrier at his father's forge.

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