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Senior small animal clinical anaesthetist Print

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced anaesthetist to join our friendly and dynamic small animal anaesthesia team. Currently, the team consists of an ECVAA diplomate, one senior anaesthetist, two ECVAA residents (increasing to three in March 2019), 3 interns and several anaesthesia technicians and support staff. Although functionally separate units, there is close collaboration between the Small Animal and Equine Anaesthesia Department, where a further two ECVAA diplomates are employed. The small animal anaesthesia team is responsible for the sedation, anaesthesia and analgesia of orthopaedic, soft tissue, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, internal medicine, interventional cardiology and critical care patients. Our varied caseload also includes patients presented for MRI, CT, scintigraphy and radiation therapy. The majority of our patients are canine and feline although sometimes our expertise is shared with the Avian and Exotic Animals Department.

Job description

The major tasks of the appointee will consist of clinical duties and associated teaching (bachelor’s and master’s level students, interns and residents); supervision of the daily case load; and close communication with specialist colleagues from other disciplines to provide the highest standards of patient care. The Faculty also provides a 24-hour emergency service and participation in the on-call anaesthesia rota (1:9) is required.


You must have a DVM with an EU-recognized diploma and ideally be an ECVAA or ACVAA Diplomate, or otherwise have successfully completed a residency in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia and be eligible for specialty board examination (ECVAA or ACVAA). You should be interested in working in an academic environment, in teaching students and young colleagues, and have an interest in research. We are looking for a motivated, conscientious candidate with good communication skills, who likes to work in a team and shares our objectives of providing the highest quality patient care. Fluent English (both spoken and written) is mandatory and learning to communicate in Dutch is strongly encouraged, although not essential.

Conditions of employment

Utrecht University is an equal opportunities employer and provides an attractive remuneration package. We initially offer a one-year contract that will be extended, dependent on satisfactory performance. Salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities. The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, we offer an excellent pension scheme, partially-paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions.

The position is available from January 2019.


Utrecht University ranks amongst the top 100 research universities world-wide and strives to provide both the highest level education and research, as well as to actively engage in socio-economic policy making and public debate. Utrecht University’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is the only veterinary school in the Netherlands, and the first veterinary school outside the USA and Canada to be NAVLE approved. It employs approximately 1000 members of staff, is one of Europe’s leaders in veterinary education, research and patient-care and is accredited by the European, American and Canadian Veterinary Medical Associations. Over 100 veterinary clinicians are employed, with a similar number of support staff, in both small animal and equine departments. Approximately one third of the veterinarians are interns, residents and PhD students, whilst around 40 are board certified specialists. All clinical disciplines are represented, covering the full range of veterinary specialisms including neurology, ophthalmology, dermatology, radiotherapy and small animal cardiology. Together, we are responsible for the education of veterinary students, the provision of clinical services for patients from within the Netherlands and abroad (including first opinion, referral and emergency cases), as well as for research, which varies from basic clinical research to more fundamental work in the areas of regenerative medicine and stem cells, and reproduction.

This is a unique opportunity to work and live in the wonderful city of Utrecht. Utrecht is the beating heart of the Netherlands, positioned only 25 minutes away from Schiphol (Amsterdam) International Airport. It is an exciting city with unparalleled vitality, with world class festivals, modern architecture, trendy shops, and interesting museums, all of which are contained in a beautiful and historic canal-lined medieval city centre small (or ‘gezellig’) enough to explore on foot.

Additional information

Interested in joining our dedicated small animal anaesthesia team? For informal enquiries and further information, please contact Drs. Marieke de Vries CertVA DipECVAA (; +31302531680).


Applicants should submit a letter of intent, Curriculum Vitae, and the names and contact details of two references to Marieke de Vries, email address:

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