Position title: Veterinary Surgeon

Company name: Red Kite Veterinary Consultants Ltd

City: West London

Country: United-kingdom

About us

Red Kite Veterinary Consultants Ltd is a small business operating across Southern England. We are a group of veterinary surgeons and research professionals, who between us have over 100 years experience in the biomedical research environment. We offer veterinary, training and support services to the biomedical research community.

Named Veterinary Surgeon

Job description

Hours: 37.5 hours per week Status: Permanent

Remuneration: From £51,000-£61,000 per annum

Location: West London/Home based with some travel required to London, and training sites in other locations within the UK

Are you committed to safeguarding animal welfare? Are you looking for something different from the norm? Do you want a good work life balance? If so then read on.

We are looking for an enthusiastic veterinary surgeon with excellent communication skills to join our team of 9 veterinary surgeons providing veterinary care to animals in research establishments across the South of England. Based primarily in London, you will work alongside experienced members of our team to safeguard the welfare of animals in science. Full training will be given to give you the tools you need to fulfill this challenging and rewarding role.

Red Kite vets act as Named Veterinary Surgeons to a number of academic and pharmaceutical research establishments in the South of England. We also deliver a range of training courses for research scientists and technicians.

Main purpose of job:

To fulfill the role of Named Veterinary Surgeon (NVS) employed in scientific procedure establishments and breeding and supplying establishments under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, 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.

The Named Veterinary Surgeon (NVS) must be a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) with expertise in laboratory animal medicine for the species being used in the establishment.

The postholder will provide expert, veterinary advice to animal carers and users on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease in animals used in research at our clients’ premises.

Main Areas of Responsibility:

Working mainly from home and supported by our team of vets, under the supervision of the Director and Head of Veterinary services, to provide a comprehensive veterinary service for our clients. This includes:

  • 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, animal technicians 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. This will include 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

Contact us for full details of this job.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £51,000.00-£61,000.00 per year


  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Flexitime
  • Sick pay
  • Work from home


  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability

Supplemental pay types:

  • Yearly bonus

COVID-19 considerations:
Covid risk assessments for all activities and measures in place to minimise risk of exposure. Remote and home working where possible and use of PPE when on site.

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • South East: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)

Application question(s):

  • Do you have any experience of working in a research environment?


  • Bachelor’s (required)


  • clinical veterinary practice: 2 years (required)


  • RCVS membership (required)

Company name: Red Kite Veterinary Consultants Ltd

Email address: info@redkitevets.co.uk