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Named Veterinary Surgeon

University of Cambridge
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Salary up to £53,348 per annum, plus a standby and on-call allowance
Closing date
22 Nov 2021

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Animal Health, Small Animal, Veterinary
Job Type
Veterinary Surgeon
Salary Band
£50,000 - £59,999
Contract Type
Full Time
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Named Veterinary Surgeon
Reference: AQ28674
Salary: up to £53,348 per annum, plus a standby and on-call allowance.

The University of Cambridge is pleased to announce this opportunity for an experienced laboratory animal veterinary surgeon to join our team within the University Biomedical Services division.

You will work as a Named Veterinary Surgeon as defined by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, to provide a comprehensive veterinary services to the animal species housed within University biomedical research facilities. This shall include the provision of technical advice, clinical care and veterinary treatments, support and delivery of training within the UBS Training School. This will require regular liaison with the other NVSs, licensees and technical staff in regard to animal care and welfare concerns, health surveillance and other veterinary issues.

As well as providing clinical veterinary care you will also have responsibility to ensure compliance with specific legislation in relation to the health and welfare of a variety of laboratory animal species within the Establishment.

This includes providing technical advice to researchers for both regulated and non-regulated animal research and as part of the Animal Welfare Ethical Review Body (AWERB) process; overseeing compliance of specialist functions, for example: aseptic surgery, quarantine and housing of immunocompromised animals; and the control and use of controlled drugs.

You will be responsible for the effective delivery and management of programmes for health surveillance and disease control, analysing health surveillance data for animal import / exports, risks relating to zoonotic and notifiable diseases and disease outbreak management.

Applicants must have their own method of transport for travel between biomedical facility sites and respond to out of hours emergency call outs, covering approximately one week in three. Any out of hours work will be compensated.

Applicants must be qualified veterinarians, members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), and preferably have further qualifications and/or experience in a discipline relevant to laboratory animal sciences e.g. CertLAS, DLAS, ECLAM diploma and/or PhD. Experience in a similar role (in an academic, practice or commercial environment) and an interest in laboratory animal disease/pathology and anaesthesia would be an advantage. You will be an excellent communicator, able to communicate confidently with individuals at all levels, using both written and oral communication methods, including the ability to explain clinical and scientific data to lay-people. You will be a strong team player who is self-motivated, able to manage your own workload.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and a security check.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, 21 November 2021.
Interview will be held week beginning 29 November 2021.

For further information contact UBS recruitment team. Email:

Please quote reference AQ28674 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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The Department of Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge is at the forefront of veterinary science and education and is a centre of excellence for teaching and research. We are a large, multidisciplinary department whose scientific activities are fully integrated into those of the whole University.  Our mission is to improve the prevention and treatment of diseases of animals by defining and applying best clinical practice, by understanding and developing the science underpinning best practice, and by embedding an education programme in the veterinary sciences that delivers the best veterinary practitioners, academics and research scientists.


We educate people in the veterinary sciences so that they develop into leading clinicians and researchers. The pre-clinical, undergraduate education of veterinary students is delivered in a carefully integrated manner in basic science departments in the university and the three clinical years are spent in the department. Our relatively small size (60-70 students per year) means that we still deliver much of our teaching to small groups of clinical students. We operate a lecture free final year. The Department operates small animal and equine hospitals and equine and farm animal clinical services in order to provide clinical teaching material, as well as using the state of the art 200 cow university dairy herd and sheep flock at nearby Madingley.


We maintain and develop research excellence in basic and applied biomedical and veterinary sciences and embed our clinical veterinary training in this strong scientific foundation. There are 30-40 post-graduate students in the Department and we also offer post-graduate clinical training scholarship programmes for interns and residents in the clinical areas.


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