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University of Liverpool, Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences, School of Veterinary Science, Department of Equine Clinical Science

Location: Leahurst Campus

Salary: £35,327 - £40,928 pa Grade 7 £42,149 - £53,348 pa Grade 8 £54,944 - £67,538 pa Grade 9 (plus OOH, CPD allowance & Employers Pensions contribution to the value of approximately £11,000 - £20,000 pa) Working Hours: Full-time. Tenure – Permanent


The Department of Equine Clinical Science, School of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool seeks to appoint an experienced veterinary surgeon (MRCVS or eligible) with specialist knowledge, or interest and experience in, Equine Anaesthesia and an interest in clinical research. Applications will be considered from clinicians with a keen desire to develop their anaesthesia knowledge and training, as well as from Certificate or Diploma holders. This is an academic position with the primary role around clinical teaching and the caseload on which it is dependant. You will have a genuine interest in an academic career, and an interest and experience in both teaching and clinical research. The role is to provide and develop clinical services in equine anaesthesia in the Equine Hospital, to maintain and develop excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate student experience and carry out clinical research to support clinical and teaching activities. Other roles will include service duties including hospital or academic administration aligned with the School of Veterinary Science and University of Liverpool.


The University of Liverpool, Equine Hospital, Leahurst is part of the clinical teaching facilities at the School of Veterinary Science. Based at the Leahurst Campus on the Wirral, it is a large, well-equipped hospital offering a range of clinical services to diagnose and treat a variety of equine disorders to a high standard. It has an international reputation for its clinical work and research and provides high quality teaching material for fourth and final year undergraduate veterinary students at the University. The hospital also provides a high quality referral service to the University’s first opinion equine practice and to the hospital’s referring veterinary surgeons. Around 1,600 horses are seen at the hospital each year including elective and emergency cases admitted from a wide geographic range. The hospital clinician team comprise of a large multidisciplinary team of Diploma holders and RCVS recognised specialists in equine surgery, medicine, veterinary anaesthesia and equine sports medicine and rehabilitation together with 5 residents, 5 interns and an ACPAT Cat A physiotherapist. The clinical team are supported by nursing, technical and administrative staff. Facilities include stabling for 39 in-patients, including an intensive care unit with 8 standard intensive care stables, 4 isolation stables/ treatment area housed in a standalone unit and 2 mare & foal stables. There are several diagnostic units including stocks areas, two operating theatres and three anaesthetic recovery boxes. Equipment includes state-of-the-art digital radiography (Sound Eklin Sprint Air DR system) including additional portable DR system, fluoroscopy, ultrasonography (GE Logic e, S7, S8 and vivid i Ultrasound Scanners), nuclear scintigraphy (MiE camera/ Southern Scientific), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Hallmarq) and state-of-the-art large Bore Computed Tomography (Canon Large Bore) on a sliding gantry system unique to the UK.

In addition, the clinic has 3 digital video-endoscopy units (Olympus) with a range of endoscopes including gastroscopes, and an over ground endoscopy unit (Optomed) for dynamic assessment of the upper respiratory tract. The operating theatres are equipped with a full complement of surgical instruments, as well as a 980 nm diode laser, CO2 laser, arthroscopic (fluid and CO2), laparoscopic and AO/ASIF internal fixation equipment, a MEEK micrografting kit and a Versajet 2 machine. The hospital also has a full range of dentistry equipment including a rigid oral endoscope, equipment for oral extraction of teeth (including MTE extraction kit) and for performing endodontic treatment.


This is an academic position with the primary role around clinical teaching and the caseload on which it is dependant. The successful applicant will provide and develop clinical services in equine anaesthesia and maintain and develop excellence in student experience in the Equine Hospital. You will be registered with the RCVS (or be eligible to become an MRCVS), and be able to evidence significant experience of anaesthetising horses. Applicants with significant equine experience, who may, or may not, hold a Certificate, will work under the supervision of a Senior Clinician who is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, or a colleague who is Board eligible. Applicants who already hold a Diploma (ECVAA or equivalent) will be expected to act as a Senior Clinician who can run and maintain (and develop for level 9) a referral anaesthesia service independently. Additionally, you will foster excellent working relationships within the multi-disciplinary hospital team and with referring veterinary surgeons and their clients, as well as the equine industry. You will have demonstrated excellent teamwork and an excellent ability to work well with multidisciplinary teams including veterinary colleagues, support teams and students. The successful applicant will provide high quality, evidence-based management of the elective and emergency anaesthetic caseload, with the appropriate support from colleagues depending on experience and qualifications of the applicant. The successful applicant will be expected to join the hospital’s rota for outof-hours work (shared on an equal basis with other colleagues- currently on a 1 in 5 rota) for which a contribution is paid on top of the salary. You will also be expected to provide excellent undergraduate and post-graduate teaching including small group and lecture based teaching of undergraduate students on the Leahurst and Liverpool campuses, associated administration and assessment duties, project supervision and supervision of hospital residents, depending on your experience, qualifications and grade of appointment. During weeks on clinics, the role will primarily involve small group teaching of fourth and final year students on clinical rotations at the hospital on the Leahurst campus. We expect the appointee to appreciate the importance of high quality student teaching and to have a desire to provide this and to maximise the student experience. Evidence of prior teaching experience is desirable but not essential and the appointee would be required to undertake formal training and attain qualifications in teaching and learning in higher education if not already attained.

The appointee will also be expected to undertake post-graduate teaching and Institute CPD activities in conjunction with the Institute’s Veterinary Postgraduate Unit for which a contribution is paid to support research and travel. This would involve participation in teaching on the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cert AVP) relevant to equine anaesthesia including participation in courses run by the unit and in teaching/assessment on the online modules.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to David Bardell (david.bardell@liverpool.ac.uk).

A full job description can be found by following this link: 046146 - Job Description.

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