Internship in Small Animal Diagnostic Imaging

The University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Scotland

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is pleased to announce a full-time 12-month fixed-term Internship in Small Animal Diagnostic Imaging.

You will play a key part in providing the diagnostic service working under the supervision of experience specialist radiologists and contributing to undergraduate teaching. You will be trained in performing and interpreting a wide range of imaging modalities during regular business hours and out of hours.

The Easter Bush Campus has first-class clinical and teaching facilities. This allows interaction with clinicians from a wide range of other disciplines, and research colleagues. The Roslin Institute is world-class research centre with leading international scientists. Edinburgh offers a great quality of life and is one of the world’s most desirable cities to live in.

You must be, or be eligible to be, a member of the RCVS. You should have a strong interest in small animal diagnostic imaging, and some post-graduate clinical experience is desirable. This post is subject to a Standard Disclosure Check.

Benefits include a contributory pension scheme, 36 days annual leave, professional indemnity insurance, and an annual CPD allowance.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Tobias Schwarz, email:


The post-holder performs and reports diagnostic imaging studies, including radiography, ultrasound, CT and MRI under guidance and direction of a senior radiologist in small animals and ensures the efficient running of the Imaging facilities in the Hospital for Small Animals (HfSA), producing high quality diagnostic images for clinical or research purposes for all clinicians and academics. A range of species will be presented but the majority of the work will involve dogs and cats.

The post-holder works along with other staff to organise and prioritise daily/weekly workload and teaches veterinary students in all aspects of producing diagnostic images, observing radiation protection policies, interpreting diagnostic imaging studies and health and safety policies and university guidelines.


  1. To cover HfSA imaging modalities for reporting to high standards as requested by all services within departments. Must organise and prioritise workload using the electronic hospital management. Must report all diagnostic imaging studies performed in the HfSA under supervision. To apply for annual leave to service head. 50%
  2. To cover HfSA imaging modalities for performing diagnostic imaging studies to high standards as requested by all services within departments under supervision. Must observe radiation protection regulations and MRI safety policies. Must organise and prioritise workload using the electronic hospital management system and must ensure that appropriate service charges are promptly entered against client / patient accounts. 35%
  3. To teach veterinary undergraduate students in all aspects of imaging techniques and interpretation. Teach radiation protection and give advice to all. 10%
  4. To carry out administrative duties. To maintain standards of hygiene, cleanliness and tidiness in all imaging areas. 5%


Workload is assessed and prioritised daily/weekly to ensure maximum level cover is available in all supported imaging modalities. Work is a combination of planned (70%) and reactive (30%), but flexibility is required to reprioritise scheduling as work is generated on a day to day basis. Flexibility of working shifts is required to respond to support of business needs – this includes contribution to provision of imaging services out of normal office hours.

Teaching and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students in HfSA in imaging techniques and interpretation.

Post-holder is required to participate in imaging rounds for educational purposes.

The post holder will be expected to maintain skills and to undergo professional development consistent with hospital aims.


Time-tabling problems can occur, necessitating flexibility and cross-service communication from the post holder. There will be an expectation that the post holder will advise on image interpretation. The post-holder will be expected to deal with all routine issues within remit of the post. Any issues not covered by university policies can be discussed with the line manager/ operational manager.


Post-holder has overall responsibility for prioritisation of daily workload to ensure efficient service under the guidance of the head of imaging service.


Post involves daily contact with numerous staff – clinicians, academics, nurses, students and reception staff to ensure smooth running of department. Contact with outside agencies to organise maintenance programmes and offer advice. The post holder will be under the line management of Head of Diagnostic Imaging and is answerable to day to day management of Imaging Service.


  • Practising Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Veterinarian with some imaging experience
  • Interest in teaching
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work to high standard on own initiative and be a team-player.


Potential workload of 2500 cases per annum and occasional outside cases from other organisations.
Weekly contact with minimum of 30 clinicians.
Reporting of diagnostic imaging studies in radiography, ultrasound, CT and MRI.
Performing of diagnostic imaging studies in radiography, ultrasound, CT and MRI.
Supervision of about 150 veterinary students per annum in imaging techniques usually in small groups of 4 to 6.
Species will be primarily dog and cat but imaging of small mammals and exotic animals will also be required for both clinical and research purposes.
Out-of-hour ultrasound, CT and MRI image acquisition and interpretation in typically a 1-in-4 rota.


Ability to liaise effectively with clinical staff and students. Advanced diagnostic imaging interpretation skills.


The role is grade UE03 and attracts an annual salary of £18,009 to £19,612 per annum for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

This post is available on a fixed term basis, with a working pattern of 35 hours per week for 12 months.

Pension Scheme

For employees on University Grades 1-5 or equivalent there are two pension schemes available: University of Edinburgh Staff Benefits Scheme (SBS) or the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST).

This role is grade UE03 and therefore the post holder will automatically become a member of the NEST scheme if their monthly earnings are deemed to be ‘qualifying earnings’ (equivalent to the HMRC monthly threshold above which their earnings are taxable). If the post holder’s earnings are not deemed as “qualifying earnings” and therefore will not automatically become a member they can opt in to the NEST scheme.

The post holder can choose to join SBS and by doing so they will not become a member of the NEST scheme.

Further information on the different employer/employee contribution levels required for each scheme and different levels of benefits that the post holder may receive may be found at on our pensions website: departments/finance/pensions/overview

Right to Work

In accordance with UK legislation the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on right to work please visit our right to work website.

In the circumstances where the vacancy does not meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) criteria for sponsorship the successful applicant must have the existing right to work in the UK or individual circumstances which enable permission to work to be obtained.

For further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes please visit the GOV.UK website.

Closing date: 01 October 2019 at 5pm. Applications should be directed to Dr Tobias Schwarz, email:

Interview date

You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

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