Animal Welfare and Compliance Advisor

Location: Cambridgeshire Salary: £27,030 – £32,707 Ref: ALS 2299

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On behalf of our client, we are looking to recruit an experienced Animal Welfare and Compliance Advisor to join a team ensuring the animals within their facility receive the highest level of care in accordance with Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act.

The facility will be closing in 2021-2022 due to the client’s scientific strategy, and due to this all staff are eligible for retention payment up to £10,000 depending on start date.

Basic Requirements

  • IAT Membership or equivalent experience
  • Detailed knowledge of ASPA legislation and relevant sections of the guidance
  • Knowledge of husbandry needs of mice and of common experimental procedures
  • Experience as a trainer/assessor is essential, being an accredited assessor under ASPA is desirable
  • ASRU EU Module 1, 10, 50
  • Knowledge of HSE and COSHH regulations and experience working to GLP or AAALAC standards
  • NACWO certificate is desirable

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assess trained individuals for competence in accordance with ASPA to ensure the highest animal welfare standards
  • Advise researchers and staff in the principles, practices, and regulatory standards for the care and welfare of animals used in research
  • Coordinate the delivery of experimental work on animals and support the institute in fulfilling all obligations under ASPA.
  • Liaise with the NACWO and facility manager on monitoring animal welfare and adherence to Standard Operating Procedures by researchers and staff
  • Develop and recommend changes to policies, guidelines and standard operating procedures related to animal use for scientific purposes
  • Provide support and expert advice for Home Office “Named Persons” with legal responsibilities, i.e. NACWO, NIO, NTCO and Named Veterinary Surgeon
  • Support other staff, including Head of Division, in developing processes to improve the openness of animal work by means of liaising with Agency Comms staff, social media and maintaining links with supportive organisations

Due to the biosecurity restrictions, unfortunately our client cannot employ anyone that owns or comes into regular contact with rabbits, mice, rats, guinea pigs or ferrets.

Agenda and its clients only recruit people who are passionate about animal care and welfare, people with integrity who are honest and trustworthy and who have a great work ethic.  To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment screening as an essential part of the recruitment process.


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