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Animal Surgery Technician

Location: Middlesex
Salary: £26,000 - £29,000, depending on experience
Ref: ALS 2114

On behalf of our client, we are looking to recruit an Animal Surgery Technician to work with large farm animals and carry out a range of technical and routine duties. The successful candidate will facilitate procedures to include preparation of surgery, advise during surgical procedures, and post-operative supervision.

This is a fixed-term position for maternity cover.

Basic Requirements:

  • Hold a Home Office Licence modules 1-4
  • Life science degree/other relevant qualification or relevant experience working in a laboratory
  • Experience working with large farm animals
  • Experience with histology work is essential
  • Must be able to work unsupervised from early on
  • Experience with surgical techniques.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain the theatre suite appropriately for surgical researchers, including setting up anaesthetic monitoring and scanning equipment, preparing drugs for administration, and preparing instruments
  • Preparing and pre-medication of animals before transportation to the theatre suite
  • Anaesthetising animals by injection and inhalational techniques and supervision of anaesthesia during operative procedures
  • Giving surgical assistance where required
  • Supervising post-operative recovery period and carrying out post-operative follow up treatments
  • Liaison with veterinary surgeons on animal welfare issues and during regulatory visits
  • Liaison with Home Office Inspector during their visits as necessary
  • Assisting, participating and observing during workshops
  • Ensuring that the theatre suite is kept stocked to also include carrying out stock checks and requisitioning stock as necessary
  • Carrying out drug stock checks and ordering from pharmacy as necessary
  • Arranging for the replacement of empty gas cylinders with full ones
  • The post holder will be expected to carry out certain duties at weekends these may include routine animal husbandry as well as post-operative follow up treatments.


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.