Veterinary Officer

B&K Universal Ltd
Grimston, Kingston upon Hull
Closing date
23 Apr 2023

Marshall Bioresources is seeking a Veterinary Officer to join our UK team. Marshall BioResources is a family-owned company who is proud to be a world leader in providing purpose-bred animals for biomedical research and related services. For over 80 years our animals have contributed to the development of life-saving therapies and treatments for humans and animals alike.

We hold our AAALAC accreditation and ISO quality certification which serves our commitment to animal care and welfare.

If you are passionate to maintaining high standards of animal welfare and playing a lead role to support purpose bred animals for research and related services, we can offer you:

  • An excellent salary, great pension scheme Plus, a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you. Generous holiday package Development opportunities in an animal breeding environment Opportunities to work with our other UK and European site locations

Role & Missions:

The purpose of the Veterinary Officer is to safeguard animal health & welfare, and support the breeding protocols of our purpose bred laboratory animal colonies by:

  • Part of the Marshall UK’s mission, culture, and veterinary vision.
  • Collaboration with the European Veterinary Team to review and maintain AAALAC accreditation.
  • Operating as a lead advocate in commitment to animal welfare, through openness and transparency.
  • Providing oversight to ensure Marshall’s complies with animal welfare regulations.
  • Leading, monitoring, and demonstrating Marshall’s commitment to high ethical standards and promoting a culture of care.

Main Responsibilities


  • Build, monitor and lead programs of veterinary care and health monitoring.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders, on a day-to-day basis, in safeguarding the welfare of the protected animals at the establishments.
  • Manage the health and welfare of the animals under your care by regularly visiting all parts of your establishment specified in the establishment license, ensuring veterinary reports are completed for each animal seen.
  • Work within the Marshall veterinary team, support the standardization of veterinary health care across each location.
  • Coordinate effective veterinary cover and services to ensure veterinary advice is available as and when required at the establishment.
  • Oversee pre-shipment health checks and documentation of groups of animals for exports.
  • Drive biosecurity protocols to reduce the risk of contamination and advise on quarantine requirements and health screening.
  • Administer veterinary advice and treatment, as and when requested by internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate expertise in husbandry, breeding, housing, and welfare needs of the animals kept at the establishment, including the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease and the impact of housing and husbandry systems on the welfare and needs of an animal.
  • Comply with the requirements of the Veterinary Medicines Regulations relating to the supply and use of controlled drugs, prescription-only medication and other therapeutic substances used on animals.
  • Represent and collaborate with members of the AWERB.
  • Advise the NACWO’s and the Marshall vet group, if an animal’s health or welfare is giving cause for concern.
  • Manage staff skills and abilities to conduct, train and assess Schedule 1 method end points, the impact of procedures on animals, recognising signs of pain, suffering, distress, post-operative care, Biosecurity, 3R’s awareness, animal first aid, zoonoses and Anesthesia.
  • Conduct NVS duties as defined by Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (Amended 2012) (ASPA) and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ code of practice.
  • Oversee the animal care programs and ensure the global coordination of the best standards and compliance.

Animal Breeding Protocol:

  • Oversee animal welfare and production procedures are managed to meet Biosecurity, Veterinary and ASPA standards and compliance.
  • Take ownership of the breeding colony management of small animal colonies.
  • Manage and monitor the continuity of production breeding agreed targets.
  • Drive & report on inventory levels, availability of animals and month end reports on the colony as requested.

Scientific Specific:

  • Oversee & perform postmortems as and when required.
  • Deliver scientific and veterinary technical advice to stakeholders supporting our health screening and diagnostic services.
  • Oversee and perform laboratory investigations of animal health welfare findings.
  • Share Laboratory reports to the Marshall vet group


  • AAALAC is an integral part of the processes and culture to Marshall sites
  • Management of Work Instructions on a regular basis to ensure compliance with ISO 9001.
  • Participate in Site Health and Safety Meetings.
  • Ensure that animals transported to clients are in accordance with client specifications and to Marshall’s standards.
  • Management of budget and forecast spend controls.
  • Contribute to company management meetings and support strategic planning.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Education / work experience

  • Experienced, passionate, and motivated veterinarian with a genuine interest in animal welfare, educated at a university degree level and MRCVS registered.
  • Proven track record in areas relevant for the position.
  • Experience in internal & external stakeholders’ relationships.
  • Multicultural network coordination and environment work
  • Experience to lead and develop cross functional groups
  • Home Office Personal License & Named Veterinary Surgeon (NVS) status under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

Skills and attributes

  • Strategic appraisal, sense of priorities and ability for effective decision making.
  • Comfortable to lead and cooperate with multiple stakeholders, with different mindsets and ways of working.
  • Vision leader and change enabler
  • Strong communication and influential skills
  • Demonstrating personal leadership
  • Understanding Marshall’s business priorities and challenges
  • Continually progress in the face of uncertainty and apathy, and to challenge default positions while focusing on solutions.
  • Strong sense of ethics

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