Working with a team of 5 NVSs, under the supervision of the Director and Head of Veterinary services, the postholder will provide expert, veterinary advice to animal carers and users on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease in animals used in research at our clients’ premises.
Red Kite Veterinary Consultants Ltd. provide Named Veterinary Surgeon services to clients in London, Central England and across the South and South West, and these include major universities, BBSRC and MRC facilities, pharmaceutical companies and contract research organisations. We also provide staff training across the UK.
Our mission is to provide information and support to the biomedical research community, by promoting and disseminating best practice in animal welfare and providing high quality staff training.
Although based in Oxfordshire, Red Kite Veterinary Consultants Ltd manage their clients’ requirements through agile and home working arrangements in place and visiting client sites as required.
We are growing as a Consultancy and, therefore, looking to recruit up to 3 enthusiastic veterinary colleagues to join our team. We will, therefore, also consider Veterinary Surgeons who have clinical experience but limited or no laboratory animal experience, and also applicants looking for full or part-time working arrangements.
Dealing mainly with our clients in London and in the South, you will support our team of veterinary surgeons in fulfilling the duties of the Named Veterinary Surgeon under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act (1986).
You will work closely with technical staff and research personnel and provide advice to our clients on the health and welfare of research animals.
You will also work with our training development team to deliver high quality training to licence applicants and technical staff working under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act (1986).
Main purpose of job:
To provide a comprehensive veterinary service for our clients, fulfilling the legal responsibilities of the Named Veterinary Surgeon under the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act (1986). The Named Veterinary Surgeon (NVS) must be a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) with expertise in laboratory animal medicine for the species being used in the establishment.
The role of 'Named Veterinary Surgeon' (NVS) employed in scientific procedure establishments and breeding and supplying establishments under ASPA is specified in section 24 of the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct.
The Home Office Guidance requires the NVS to:
• Notify the personal licensee in charge of an animal if they are concerned about its health or welfare.
• Control, supply and direct the use of controlled drugs, prescription only medicines and other therapeutic substances for use on protected animals in the establishment.
• Certify an animal is fit to travel to a specified place.
• Take an active part in the Animal Welfare & Ethical Review Body.
• Ensure that adequate veterinary cover and services are available at all times and maintain animal health records.
• Advise on implementation of 3R’s (Replacement Refinement & Reduction) and the impact of experimental procedures on the welfare of protected animals & help minimise the severity of protocols & establish humane end points. Take appropriate clinical or therapeutic action for the welfare of a protected animal undergoing regulated procedures.
• Advise on implementation of 3R’s and the impact of experimental procedures on the welfare of protected animals & help minimise the severity of protocols & establish humane end points.
• Advise on general and experimental surgical techniques, and post-operative care.
The role’s main responsibilities specifically include:
• managing day-to-day health problems of animals,
• establishing and overseeing health maintenance and monitoring programmes,
• visiting animal facilities regularly to ensure comprehensive veterinary care to all animals used for scientific research is applied,
• liaising with unit managers, Named Animal Care and Welfare Officers (NACWOs) and scientists on issues of animal health and welfare,
• advising scientists on best practice with respect to methods of anaesthesia, aseptic technique etc., and on choice of appropriate animal models,
• ensuring that research projects within the institutions are appropriately monitored and reviewed for ongoing application of the 3Rs,
• participating in the AWERB. This will include reviewing licence applications and advising applicants on best practice with respect to experimental techniques, animal welfare and application of the 3Rs (reduction, refinement and replacement),
• you will also work with our training development team to deliver high quality training to licence applicants and technical staff working under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act (1986), contributing to the knowledge and skill training of scientific and animal care staff.
Knowledge, skills and experience needed for this role:
• Member of, or eligible for membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and qualified as a veterinarian, with at least two years’ post qualifying clinical experience.
• Planning and organising skills, with the ability to absorb complex information and quickly identify key issues.
• Ability to solve problems and make decisions.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team, dealing with unforeseen circumstances and problems.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, particularly influencing skills as well as proven ability to provide advice and support.
• Extensive skill and experience in building relationships, with an awareness and sensitivity to a range of cultures and behaviours.
• Good knowledge of relevant legislation and understanding of structures and processes involved in compliance with the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act (1986) amendment regulations and related guidance.
• Proactive highly motivated self-starter, willingness to be flexible and work out of hours where required.
For applicants wanting to apply as a Veterinary Surgeon they must have clinical veterinary experience, laboratory animal veterinary experience is desirable.
A strong commitment to improving animal welfare and a good understanding of the procedures involved in biomedical research.
You will be working with a variety of clients and must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
You must be a proactive highly motivated self-starter with the willingness to work independently or as part of a team, with the capacity to be flexible and work out of hours where required.
Membership of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and at least 2 years’ experience in clinical veterinary practice and previous experience as a Named Veterinary Surgeon (NVS) or with research animals is desirable.
Experience of delivering training is also preferred. Own transport essential.
Red Kite Veterinary Consultants Ltd offer a company pension scheme, paid Continued Professional Development (CPD) and travel allowance.
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You must complete the required application form and pre-qualifying questions in full.