Assistant Named Veterinary Surgeon

University of Glasgow - Biological Services

Job Purpose

To assist the Named Veterinary Surgeon in the discharge of the statutory role under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act (A(SP)A) which includes:

  • Providing comprehensive veterinary care to all animals used for scientific research.
  • Providing veterinary support to research projects.
  • Participating in the ethical review of research projects using animals and contributing to the knowledge and skill training of scientific and animal care staff.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Support the Named Veterinary Surgeon in providing veterinary care and advice on the health and welfare of all animals used for research by regular visits to all animal units.

As a member of the Biological Services Veterinary team you will take part in the on-call rota out with normal working hours. Ensuring that statutory obligations in veterinary care are provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Undertake assigned responsibilities in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and direction in the use of veterinary drugs. To assist with the development of programmes for preventive medicine and health screening and to include quarantine procedures for animal importation and export to ensure the protection of animal health status, maintain biosecurity and prevent the entry of unwanted diseases which could compromise research results.

Contribute to and advise animal care staff and scientists on the implementation of best practice in the provision of an appropriate environment for research animals to ensure their welfare and well-being and benefits to research.

Provide veterinary support, practical assistance and advice to scientific staff on all aspects of the humane and effective conduct of experimental and surgical procedures in order to refine them and minimise potential harms to the animals concerned.

Advise and guide senior research staff in the preparation and design of experimental protocols as part of the University’s ethical review process and monitor and review animal studies throughout their lifetime.

Participate in the Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB) as necessary.

Contribute to the preparation and delivery of education, training and continuing professional development for academic and research staff and animal care staff in order to promote best practice in animal care and research.

Assist the Named Veterinary Surgeon in providing a comprehensive Named Veterinary Surgeon Service to external establishment/s.

Contribute to the design and or refurbishment of animal facilities with subsequent amendment to the Establishment License.

Standard Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the Management, Professional and Administrative Grade level 7, £33,943 - £38,183 per annum.

This appointment is full time (35 hours/week) and open ended.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

Vacancy reference: 015407.

Applicants should note interviews will be scheduled week commencing 9 January 2017.

The University has been awarded the Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity in employment.

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