View Vacancy -- Named Veterinary Surgeon - PNAC - Kevin Moreton - LMB 1273

Open Date
10/03/2020, 12:30
Close Date
26/04/2020, 23:55
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is one of the birthplaces of modern molecular biology and has played an important role in the development of many new techniques, most notably protein crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy, DNA sequencing and monoclonal antibodies.  The LMB has a clear goal of understanding biological processes at the molecular level, with the ultimate aim of using this knowledge to tackle specific problems in human health and disease.  We aim to tackle difficult, long-term problems, which often require investment over many years.

There are four scientific Divisions - Structural Studies, Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Cell Biology and Neurobiology.  However, scientific collaboration between the different Divisions is extensive.  Scientists are well supported by excellent scientific facilities and by the LMB Operations Group which maintains the core infrastructure and services of the institute.

The LMB provides an unsurpassed environment for both new and established researchers.  Scientists are drawn to the LMB from all over the world, thus creating a lively and international community for the exchange of ideas and technical innovation.
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MRC - 3
Ares, Babraham
£38,341 - £51,595 per annum
Technical & Scientific Professionals
Full or Part Time options
Overall purpose:

To act as the Named Veterinary Surgeon (NVS) under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 for the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB).

The LMB is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in biomedical research, with research interests encompassing fundamental basic science and translational programmes enhancing the application to human health. More information can be found at

The NVS is responsible for, monitors and provides advice on the health, welfare and treatment of animals. The NVS will report to and support the LMB Personal Establishment Licence holder in discharging their responsibilities. A key part of the role will be liaising with the LMB’s Home Office Inspector.

Main duties & Key responsibilities:

To be familiar with the main provisions of ASPA and meet the requirements of an NVS as set out in Home Office guidance documents.

To work closely with the Facility Head as part of a wider team to ensure compliance with ASPA.

To be actively involved on a day-to-day basis in safeguarding the welfare of protected animals at the LMB (rodents and fish) ensuring there is a programme of veterinary care and health monitoring. This will involve visiting all parts of the establishment specified in the establishment licence on a very frequent basis.

To ensure there is adequate veterinary care at all times.

To provide advice and guidance to licence holders and others on the health and welfare of animals including the implementation of the 3Rs.

To provide guidance to facility management and the PELh on the management of facilities in relation to animal welfare and codes of practice etc.

To serve as a member of the Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Board (AWERB) and to liaise with other AWERBs as necessary e.g. Cambridge University.

To control and prescribe the supply of controlled drugs, prescription-only medicine and therapeutic substances ensuring compliance with the requirements of the Veterinary Medicines regulations.  

To advise on biosecurity issues, quarantine requirements and health screening.

To ensure health records are maintained and kept in a proper professional standard, and that these records are accessible to those who need them.

To remain up-to-date with developments in the field including research requirements, and seek training and CPD opportunities.

To liaise with other NVSs, agencies and organisations as required.

To ensure animals are fit to travel if required.

Working relationships:

You will:
Report to the LMB Personal Establishment Licence holder (PELh).

Work closely with the Facility Head and the team.

Engage with the scientists over their training and work.

Liaise with LMB’s designated Home Office Inspector.

Have working relationships at multiple levels and across many different professional disciplines.

Additional information:

The above lists are not exhaustive and you are required to undertake such duties as may reasonably be requested within the scope of the post.  All employees are required to act professionally, co-operatively and flexibly in line with the requirements of the post and the MRC.  

Education / qualifications / training required:

Member of RCVS or eligible to be a member of RCVS.

Further specialist training appropriate to the role and/or a PhD.

Official Veterinarian status or at least working towards that qualification.

Local Veterinary Inspector status would be an advantage.

Previous work experience required:

Demonstrable experience of performing as an NVS in a hands-on role for a significant period.

Experience of working in a research related environment.

Experience of working with rodents and fish.

Greater NVS experience.

Knowledge and experience:

Sound understanding of ASPA.

Good level of understanding of the implications of research programmes for animal welfare and of experimental design.

Sound understanding of husbandry and biosecurity issues to ensure animal welfare.

Proven ability to balance the requirements of research with welfare needs.

Surgical experience and skills.

Direct experience in biomedical research.

Introduction of novel experimental requirements and techniques.

Personal skills / behaviours / qualities:

Proven ability to listen and provide solutions in a proactive and professional manner.

Well-developed interpersonal skills, and an ability to work effectively with staff at all levels.

Experience of dealing with complex situations requiring tact and diplomacy.

Demonstrated ability of working collaboratively with others in a team setting to set and achieve common goals, solve problems etc.

Ability to balance different requirements and meet conflicting, and tight deadlines.

Good presentation skills including ability to deliver formal training and assess competency.

Flexible, adaptable approach.
The MRC is a great place to work and progress your career, be it in scientific research or the support functions.The MRC is a unique working environment where our researchers are rewarded by world class innovation and collaboration opportunities that the MRC name brings. The MRC is an excellent place to develop yourself further and a range of training & development opportunities will be available to you, including professional registration with the Science Council.

Choosing to come to work at the MRC (part of UKRI) means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, as well as the chance to put the MRC and UKRI on your CV in the future.

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UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

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