Job Details

Clinician in Veterinary Infectious Diseases

Reference Number
Garscube Campus
College / Service
Job Family
Research And Teaching
Position Type
Full Time
Salary Range

Job Purpose

To join our enthusiastic Infectious Diseases group in Veterinary Diagnostic Services (VDS) within the Division of Pathology, Public Health and Disease Investigation (PPHDI) in delivering a wide range of clinical and scholarly activities. This includes contributing to the delivery of an infectious diseases diagnostic service with a focus on companion animals and teaching undergraduates and postgraduates. To carry out associated tasks as requested by the Head of Division/Clinical Director to contribute to the School/College objectives and to achieve national and international excellence in clinical service, teaching and research.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. To contribute to the delivery of the Infectious Diseases service within Veterinary Diagnostic Services by providing a high quality service as detailed in client service agreements. This includes offering appropriate advice to veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and veterinary students in the University of Glasgow and to external referring practices and research clients thereby continuing to attract the clinical diagnostic workload necessary to support the commercial, teaching and research activities of the School.

2. To assist in the development of an administrative framework to facilitate systematic, consistent reporting of infectious disease results to internal and external clients.

3. To develop the international reputation of the companion animal infectious diseases component of the veterinary diagnostic service.

4. To support the training of clinical scholars (residents in infectious disease/veterinary public health), with a view to their successful completion of appropriate examinations.

5. To undertake continued personal development, in compliance with requirements of the RCVS.


6. To take responsibility for the organisation and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activities, as directed by the Head of Division in consultation with the course and module leaders.

7. To contribute to the on-going development and design of the curriculum, in a manner that supports a research-led approach to student learning.

8. To support the development of creative and innovative approaches to teaching and learning, in accordance with the University’s Quality Enhancement Strategy, so that the educational opportunities available to students are maintained or improved.

9. To lead and engage in the delivery of a range of assessment activities and engage fully in the examination process as appropriate, using a variety of methods and techniques, and provide effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students to support learning.

10. To actively contribute to the training programme for the Clinical Scholar (Resident in Infectious Diseases/Veterinary Public Health).

11. Delivering teaching, including CPD courses (nationally and internationally).

12. Taking responsibility for course reviews as appropriate and participating in the summative and formative assessment of students within the undergraduate curriculum.

13. Participating in undergraduate student mentoring.

Clinical Research:
14. To collaborate in clinical/diagnostic investigations and evidence based medicine of an external reputation, publishing in high quality refereed clinical/veterinary pathology journals and/or textbooks.

15. To attend and participate in national/international events/research seminars/conferences relevant to the service area.

16. To contribute to external funding applications required to under-pin the long-term growth of the field of infectious diseases, ideally from a ‘One Health’ perspective.

17. To contribute to UG (summer projects) and PG student/resident supervision.

18. To undertake Divisional and School-level administration as requested by the Head of Division/Head of School.

19. To contribute to the Performance & Development Review process as appropriate and in accordance with University strategy.

20. To participate in promotional activities and events related to Veterinary Diagnostic Services and Division of Pathology, Public Health & Disease Investigation.

21. To develop new ideas and participate in the delivery of continuing professional development (CPD) for practitioners or researchers in the UK and overseas.

22. To contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the Strategic Plan, Inspiring People - Changing the World.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



A1. Veterinary degree registerable with the RCVS.

B1. Postgraduate research qualification in a related area or evidence of research training.
B2. Eligibility to sit the qualifying examination for a specialist postgraduate veterinary infectious diseases qualification (i.e. Diploma of the American College of Infectious Diseases, or Royal College of Pathologists) within 1 year of appointment.
B3. A good track record of development and delivery of teaching.
B4. Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).



C1. Expertise across the field corresponding to training and qualifications, and the ability to provide expert advice to internal and external clinicians and researchers.
C2. Excellent communication skills both orally and written.
C3. Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills.
C4. Time/project and people management skills.
C5. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
C6. Self-motivated, able to plan for contingencies and think strategically.
C7. Ability to accept collegiate responsibilities and act accordingly.



E1. Experience of veterinary clinical practice
E2. Evidence of conducting and publishing research.
E3. Evidence of involvement in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Job Features

Our integrated clinical services (Veterinary Diagnostic Services - VDS), first and foremost underpin our teaching mission but they also serve an important role in generating significant income. VDS generates an income of over £1million annually, with the infectious disease service contributing £350K of this. This activity is required to sustain both the postgraduate residency training programme and undergraduate teaching.

Planning and Organising
Effective organisational skills to efficiently manage time and prioritise as appropriate clinical diagnostic, research, teaching and administrative duties.
Self-generation of work through scholarly pursuits, diagnostic service commitments, clinical research, plus innovation in teaching and administration.
Reactive - Daily queries from hospital staff/external veterinary surgeons/researchers/students.
Assisting in VDS business development and implementation of business plans, in collaboration with colleagues, ensuring that this accords with the Academic Head of Infectious Diseases.

Decision Making
Prioritise own work, taking consideration of the full breadth of the job description.
Decisions on diagnostic testing and interpretation.
Take and review decisions on degree programmes/course aims/course content/intended learning objectives, syllabi and schemes of assessment.
Responsible for organisation of resources as appropriate.
Clinical research direction, experimental design, grant submission, journal choice.

Internal/External Relationships
Head of Division/Clinical Director and the Academic Head of Infectious Diseases for exchange of information, clinical service strategy, and learning and teaching strategy, to ensure School and College objectives are met.
Associate Head of School (Learning and Teaching) and BVMS Programme Board for management of BVMS Infectious Diseases teaching.
Colleagues in VDS, including laboratory technical staff, for information exchange to facilitate effective diagnostic activity, research and teaching, including the collaboration between SVM and SRUC on farm animal disease investigation/surveillance.
Clinical scholars to mentor, advise and motivate.
Undergraduate students – to optimise student learning and teaching support.
Academic support services for appropriate advice and for exchanging information.
Student support services, to exchange information, refer/support students.

Other institutions.
Clients, charities and donors (income generation).
Journals (publishing).

Problem Solving
Infectious Diseases test result interpretation.
To resolve issues of an academic nature arising in research and scholarship.
Assist undergraduate and postgraduate students and junior clinicians with problems relating to interpretation of infectious diseases testing results.
Act as first point of contact for problems/enquiries from students involved with area of teaching/clinical research/diagnostics.
To propose alternative strategies and negotiate alternative arrangements in overcoming crises.

To oversee UG student summer research projects.
Mentoring staff as appropriate.

Additional Information
A UK-wide Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. Overseen by the Equality Challenge Unit, the charter was expanded in May 2015 to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

The University is fully committed to tackling gender inequality in its work, learning, teaching and research environment and to support this currently holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award at institutional level.
A number of Schools and Research Institutes currently hold Athena SWAN departmental awards including the School of Veterinary Medicine, with others working towards recognition at this level.

The University has a range of initiatives to support work-life balance and to promote a family friendly culture. This includes:

- Flexible Working Policy and policies on staff leave covering adoption, maternity, paternity, shared parental leave; time off to care for dependents; and bereavement leave:
- Nursery provision:
Gilmorehill Campus -
- and a range of other benefits, including childcare vouchers:

Standard Terms & Conditions

The salary will be on the Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £35,845 - £40,322 per annum.

This post is full time and is to cover maternity for at least 6 months until the substantive post holder returns from maternity leave.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

Vacancy reference: 029324; Closing date: 24 October 2019.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.