Bioresearch and Veterinary Services, University of Edinburgh

  • Sectors Research/ Academia
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  • Flexible work environment Boundaries for end of day
  • Support for global candidates/visas Potentially
  • Remote/work from home Yes some, must be based in Edinburgh to come into the office also
  • Benefits Pension, 8 weeks holidays, continuing education opportunities
  • Company overview

    Organisational background

    BVS oversees the care and welfare of animals used in biomedical research at the University of Edinburgh. Our team of Named Vets works closely with researchers and animal technicians to advise on animal health, welfare, and models used in research. They also ensure that all work is compliant with relevant legislation and adheres to the principles of the 3Rs (refinement/ replacement/ reduction).

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    Organisation aims & mission

    BVS is dedicated to providing an excellent service that prioritises animal welfare whilst supporting our world-leading research.

    Compliance with care.

    We have a strong culture of Openness about our work. More information can be found on our public website.


  • Company values

    BVS values are based on C.A.R.E.:

    • Caring for animals
    • Active communication
    • Respecting others
    • Excellent service
  • What makes your organization a great place to work?
    • We have a large team of enthusiastic Named Vets who share the workload, have specific areas of responsibility but work closely together and support each other.
    • There are many opportunities to develop your own interests, including a variety of species and research areas.
    • Our vets are involved in improving animal welfare and research quality on a daily basis. This is an organisation that makes a difference to the lives of our animals and to our researchers whilst having a great team spirit and unity of purpose.
    • We drink a lot of tea and eat a lot of cake.


  • Describe an ideal employee at your organization
    • We are looking for someone who has the enthusiasm to learn and enjoys a role that combines clinical hands-on and desk-based tasks.
    • There is a requirement to engage with legislation (which is more interesting than it sounds!) so they need to enjoy the challenge of reviewing documents in order to support the university’s goal to improve welfare and research practice.
    • They need to be good communicators with strong people skills, ideally people who are positive influencers and good negotiators!
    • We would prefer some clinical experience, particularly with large animals, as this is an area we would like to strengthen.
    • Otherwise, we are more interested in personality and a genuine interest in the field than NVS experience.
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