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We invite applications from an enthusiastic and experienced anaesthetist to join the anaesthesia teams of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Ghent University and the Orsi Academy in Melle. This 50/50 position allows candidates to apply their clinical and teaching skills, while at the same time having the unique ability to be exposed to state-of-the-art (molecular) imaging and surgical technologies e.g. robotic surgery.

Ghent University: You will be expected to take an active role in the small animal anaesthesia team of Ghent University (50%). Currently, the team consists of three senior anaesthetists (two of these are eligible for specialty board examination (ECVAA)), one junior anaesthetist, two ECVAA residents, one intern and support staff. Although functionally separate units, there is a close collaboration between the Small Animal and Equine Anaesthesia Department, where an ECVAA Diplomate is 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, stomatology and critical care patients. Our varied caseload also includes patients presented for imaging using MRI, CT and scintigraphy. The majority of our patients are canine and feline. More information about the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine can be found at

Orsi Academy is an inclusive surgical training centre that provides top-level education and facilitates the translation of new biomedical technologies. You will be expected to take an active role in the training centre (50%). The training workshops at Orsi academy allow surgeons to acquire the skills needed to perform precision surgery in (human) patient care safely and effectively. Training activities have a highly international character and training is offered in an ever expanding set of surgical interventions, including robot-assisted surgery, laparoscopy, cat lab technology… In addition to training, the Orsi team is increasingly focusing on catalysing innovation activities and to provide a translational stepping stone for its academic and industrial partners. F.e. innovative image guidance techniques such as fluorescence guided surgery and augmented-/virtual-reality displays are being evaluated in a real-life surgical setting. More information about our ORSI Academy can be found on

Job description

The major tasks of the appointee in the small animal department of Ghent University will consist of clinical activities and associated clinical teaching (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 rotation (1:5) is required. The appointee will be expected to actively participate in the supervision and teaching of ECVAA residents.

In Orsi Academy, you will take on an active role in the OR-team. Together with two other veterinarians and two industrial engineers (animal technicians), you will be in charge of anaesthesia and analgesia of the lab animals (currently swine & sheep) during the diverse surgical training and R&D activities. Depending on the protocol of pre-clinical trials, the animals will be recovered or euthanised. You will be directly involved in optimizing the processes both for euthanised models (harvesting of organs etc.) and animals that recover from anaesthesia (this is a new set-up for Orsi Academy). You have the opportunity to interact with surgeons, academic researchers, and industrial representatives. You will be expected to independently perform your task, while at the same time striving to contribute to the teams’ ambition to advance the quality of surgical care. Willingness to activity contribute to research activities is considered a plus.

What are we looking for

A conscientious candidate with good communication skills that holds a Master’s degree in veterinary medicine and has a “can do” mentality. For diplomas awarded outside the European Union, a certificate of equivalence (NARIC) must be submitted. The degree requirements need to be fulfilled at the start of your appointment. You should be an ECVAA or ACVAA Diplomate. You should have the ambition to provide top quality patient care. Besides you need to be a team player that is interested in working in an academic environment, in teaching students and coaching young colleagues. Given the international character of the job it is mandatory for candidates to master the English language (both spoken and written), it is not essential to be able to communicate in Dutch.

What can we offer you

We offer you a two-year 100% appointment, which will start on the 1st of May at the earliest. Your remuneration will be determined according to salary scale WM1. More information about our salary scales: All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 38 days of paid leave, bicycle commuting reimbursement, ecocheques, etc. A complete overview of all our fringe benefits (in Dutch).

About Ghent University

Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, and technical and social services on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With each of its 11 faculties and more than 100 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes that are grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its employees as well as its students.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is located next to the beautiful town of Ghent, 30 minutes from Bruges, Antwerp and Brussels.


Apply by e-mail to, and

The deadline for application is the 26th of April 2019.

Your application must include the following documents:
-a cover letter
-your CV
-a transcript of the required degree. If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages
-If applicable: add a certificate of equivalence (only for diplomas awarded outside the European Union a certificate of equivalence (NARIC) must be submitted. (This can be requested via
-Names and contact details of 2 referees

As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.

Additional information

Interested in joining our small animal anaesthesia team/Orsi Academy team?

For informal enquiries and further information, please contact for the small animal department Ingeborgh Polis (; +32 9 264 77 00) and Stijn Schauvliege (

For the Orsi Academy team please contact Korneel Vandenbroucke (; +32 468 349 198).

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