Named Veterinary Surgeon: Visa Sponsorship available

University of Edinburgh

Full job description

Grade UE08: £48,350 – £59,421 per annum

Corporate Services Group/Bioresearch & Veterinary Services

Full-time: 35 hours per week

Open-ended: permanent

The Opportunity

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.

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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As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

  • A competitive salary of £48,350 – £59,421 per annum.
  • An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work.
  • To be part of a diverse and vibrant international community.
  • Comprehensive Staff Benefits, such as a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family-friendly initiatives, and flexible work options. Check out the full list on our staff benefits page (opens in a new tab) and use our reward calculator to discover the total value of your pay and benefits.

Championing equality, diversity and inclusion

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

Prior to any employment commencing with the University you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages (opens new browser tab).

The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.

Key dates to note

The closing date for applications is 18th June, 2024.

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