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Named Veterinary Surgeon

Job Type: Clinical Full time Part time Work from Home/Remote Employer: Red Kite Veterinary Consultants Ltd Sector: Research/ Academia
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  • Post Date: 22/05/2023
  • Apply Before: 16/06/2023
  • Salary: £51,000.00 - £65,000.00 / Annually
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Job Description

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Red Kite Veterinary Consultants Ltd are looking for an enthusiastic colleague to join our team working as Named Veterinary Surgeons in research establishments. As a qualified MRCVS with a minimum of two years’ clinical experience, you will have good communication and problem-solving skills.

The Named Veterinary Surgeon (NVS) is responsible for safeguarding the welfare of animals held and used in research establishments.

As an NVS, you will fulfill the role of ‘Named Veterinary Surgeon’ (NVS) at a scientific procedure establishment as specified in section 24 of the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct and the Home Office Guidance on the Operation of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

You will provide expert, veterinary advice to animal carers and users on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease and ill-health in research animals held at our clients’ premises.

Upholding our values of integrity, expertise, professionalism, flexibility and excellence, you will lead by being an outstanding and positive example to others.

  • % Travel 40
  • Qualifications MRCVS/ DVM / VMD (Veterinary degree)
  • Benefits Private pension plan/401K/RRSPCE/CPD allowance/tuition waiverPaid parental leave (top up)
  • Flexible Work Yes
  • Will support visa sponsorship Yes
  • Role Purpose To fulfil the role of ‘Named Veterinary Surgeon’ (NVS) at a scientific procedure establishment
  • Bonuses / Salary Uplifts On call bonus paid monthly and additional bonuses paid twice yearly
  • Working Hours Full time (37 hours/week) or part time. 1 week per month on call (mainly remote support)
  • Key competencies
    • MRCVS with at least two years’ clinical experience
    • Laboratory animal veterinary experience desired
    • Enthusiastic, self-motivating, able to work in a team or individually, with a commitment to improving animal welfare
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication and influencing skills
    • Proactive and flexible
    • Able to deal with unforeseen circumstances and problems
    • Able to solve problems and make decisions
    • Ability to organise, plan and prioritise, including under pressure and meeting deadlines
    • Act professionally at all times in accordance with expectations of RCVS
    • Proactively manage requirement for continuing professional development
    • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision while recognising limitations of own abilities
    • Recognise the importance of client confidentiality and adherence to Data Protection principles
    • Extensive skill and experience in building relationships, with respect and inclusivity for all.
  • Responsibilities + duties

    Main Areas of Responsibility:

    Supported by a team of NVSs, under the supervision of the Director and Head of Veterinary services, you will provide a comprehensive veterinary service for our clients. You will work mainly from home and travel to client sites in either London, the midlands or southern England approximately two days each week.

    The duties include:

    • managing day-to-day health problems of animals
    • establishing and overseeing health monitoring programmes
    • visiting animal facilities regularly to ensure comprehensive veterinary care to all animals used for scientific research is applied
    • participating in the out of hours rota for veterinary cover
    • 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 Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body.
    • 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)
    • working with the 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

    Full training and mentorship will be provided.

  • Candidate Suitability/Qualifications

    You must be an MRCVS or be eligible to apply to become and MRCVS, with a minimum of two years’ clinical experience.

  • Benefits- additional details

    Joining our team offers a unique opportunity for career development in an exciting research environment. We offer a competitive salary, 5 days’ fully funded CPD, 28 days’ annual leave plus those all-important bank holidays.

    • VDS/RCVS fees paid
    • Company pension scheme
  • Flexibility and/or remote work options

    Full-time, compressed week or part-time working patterns will be considered.

    The role involves working mainly from home with travel to client premises approximately 2 days each week.

    One week on-call per month (mainly remote support – visits are very infrequent). Hours are flexible and open for discussion.

  • Interview process details

    Virtual interviews will be held on 21st June, following which successful candidates will be invited to attend an in-person visit.

    Candidates are welcome to contact us for an informal chat at any time.

  • Position role reports to

    Director and senior management team

  • Workplace supports to work life balance

    Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is very important to us. Much of our work can be done from home, and flexible working options are available, including part-time and compressed week options.

    We invest in the quality and development of our people to ensure we deliver a quality service. We encourage personal development and support each other to achieve our potential, both collectively and as individuals. We prioritise flexible work patterns to promote a healthy work life balance. Red Kite Veterinary Consultants Ltd has signed up to the Mental Health at Work commitment, and we recognise the importance of looking after and improving the mental wellbeing of our team.

  • Support for global/foreign candidates

    We will consider applications from overseas candidates with relevant experience and will support them in obtaining a visa if successful.