Clinical Veterinary Surgeon

Req ID #:  220441

Tranent, GB, EH33 2NE

For 75 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a veterinarian to join our dedicated team passionate about animal welfare.  We are a growing group of 5 vets plus dedicated support staff.


At Charles River, we take a passionate approach to improving human and animal health. Our motivating force is the knowledge that our high quality of work provides people with the potential to live healthier and better lives. Scientific excellence and outstanding customer service are the hallmarks of Charles River.


As one of the world’s largest Contract Research Organisations with more than 7000 employees and a market leader in the development of novel human and veterinary medicines, Charles River can offer you the chance to build on your skills and knowledge and work with world-class experts.  With more than 60 facilities in 16 countries, we have built a company uniquely designed to meet the needs of our clients in the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Veterinary Medicine, and Agrochemical sectors.


At our world class preclinical facility in Elphinstone, Tranent (close to Edinburgh), our Department of Veterinary Services provides expert advice on animal health and welfare in a diverse mix of laboratory and farm animal species.


Acting as a deputy Named Veterinary Surgeon in accordance with the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, you will provide clinical care services to the broad range species at our site in Tranent.  As a laboratory animal veterinarian, you are the advocate for the animals, you will use your clinical and interpersonal skills to ensure delivery of the highest standards of welfare, ethical consideration, and compliance in association with the Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body.


You will assist in the conduct of clinical work across site, including medical and surgical case management, as well as supporting our studies by provision of specialist veterinary services in fields such as anaesthesia, surgery, and ophthalmology.


Due to high volume of applications we are receiving if you have not heard anything from Charles River Laboratories Edinburgh regarding the next steps of our recruitment process within 3 weeks of the closing date then please conclude you have been unsuccessful.  

Job Qualifications

Eligibility for membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and a relevant clinical work experience is essential.


You will have graduated with a Veterinary degree and have good observational and fine motor skills.  You will have established skills in medicine and surgery translatable to the species you will be working with and the drive to expand your skillset.  You will have the confidence and ability to communicate effectively with internal and external clients, as well as regulatory bodies.  Previous experience in the laboratory animal field would be advantageous, although full training will be provided.


Participation in an out of hours on-call rota will be required although this is not onerous. 


In return we offer a competitive salary and benefits package and a real commitment to your training and development needs.  This includes the opportunity for undertaking, publishing and presenting relevant personal research, as we support and encourage you to develop your veterinary career.



What you can expect from us:


  • A clear career progression
  • World Class Training and a structured progression scheme
  • Competitive salary
  • Private Health Care
  • Subsidized electric car scheme open to all employees
  • Pension scheme including 8% employer contribution
  • Personal life insurance equivalent to 6 times your annual salary
  • Employee discount scheme – discounts across hundreds of retailers!
  • Paid opportunity to volunteer for one day each year
  • Free onsite fitness suite and fitness lessons
  • Discounted staff canteen
  • Free onsite parking

About Charles River

Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.


With over 20,000 employees within 110 facilities in 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. 


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.


At Charles River Laboratories, we recognize and recruit all talent. We are a company committed to the principle of diversity and inclusion and work daily in this direction.
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