Veterinary Night Nurse - General at The University of Edinburgh

REF: AJN / AVS / 039/21

SRUC is unique in Scotland and one of the largest organisations of its kind in Europe. Our ambitious and exciting vision is to work at local, national and international levels, leading innovation and sustainable development in agriculture and rural sectors.

We are currently seeking applications for this exciting role to join the team based at The Pentlands Science Park, Roslin, Midlothian. The main purpose of this role is to provide an effective, reliable and efficient clinical pathology diagnostic service to veterinary surgeons in practice throughout UK. Key components of this work include the interpretation of results in relation to the clinical history, providing reports and liaising with clients as required. Duties will involve companion animal submissions primarily, and following appropriate training, also farm animal and exotic animal submissions

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • To gain a full understanding of the laboratory tests including analytical methods, test limitations and their performance within our ISO17025 quality system
  • To develop a good working relationship with veterinary practice clients to encourage submissions and provide top quality client support
  • To demonstrate a quality-driven approach to their duties with participation in management of Capital Diagnostic’s external quality assurance scheme (CQAS)
  • Working within a team of veterinary pathologists, to read cytology smears from all sample types, with support from colleagues for second opinions and case consultations
  • To liaise with colleagues in post-mortem centres, hubs and species sector groups to become fully familiar with farming systems, diseases and differential diagnoses in order to provide meaningful interpretation of laboratory results. The role involves working with colleagues across the whole SRUC Veterinary Services group with the emphasis on team-work and co-operation
  • To help with investigation of unusual cases of farm animal disease in collaboration with veterinary colleagues within SRUC and other specialist institutions
  • To consider opportunities for new tests and services including new product developments in conjunction with the senior scientists, subject to business case approval
  • To be self-motivated to develop in the role, acquiring specialist knowledge of one or more scientific areas applicable to furthering the expertise and standing of SRUC staff in the wider veterinary and scientific community
  • To participate in research and develop initiatives with colleagues in SRUC and other institutions, contributing to the advisory, development and research effort of other departments within SRUC as required
  • To participate in SRUC’s educational programmes relating to animal health
  • To contribute as required to SRUC’s education and awareness campaigns to promote animal welfare. To participate in disease eradication and control programme being directed by the State Veterinary Service by providing full supporting laboratory services as and when required by the Scottish Government
  • To participate in weekend working duty rotas as required by SRUC (currently a Saturday morning rota one week in four)

The post-holder will perform additional duties as directed from time to time by the Line Manager. The post holder must use their initiative in the conduct of their work and apply sound judgement at all times to ensure that they conduct themselves within the framework of SRUC regulations and procedures.


To be considered for this role, you should possess a veterinary degree and be a current member of MRCVS. A specialist qualification related to veterinary clinical pathology would be beneficial but is not essential.

You should possess significant experience of companion animal or mixed practice. You should have enthusiasm for clinical pathology, cytology, writing articles and doing oral presentations. This should combine with a reasonable knowledge of farm animal health, management, disease control measures.

A driving licence is essential as travel to remote areas not covered by public transport may be required in this role. In this role you may be required to undertake day-visits to other SRUC Veterinary Centres as necessary e.g. for CPD or to deliver training.

Further details on the requirements of this role can be found in the Job Particulars document which you must read before applying for this role. This is downloadable when you click the APPLY button.


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