Veterinarian/Animal welfare officer (1.0 FTE)




University of Groningen

The University of Groningen (UG) holds a permit to conduct animal experiments for the purposes of academic research and teaching. Together with the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), the UG maintains two laboratory animal facilities, within which animal experiments are carried out and animals are being bred. Animal testing is also conducted outside on free living animals. Within the two animal testing facilities, laboratory animals are bred as well as raised. The research conducted is both fundamental and applied, involving a broad range of topics. More information on the numbers of animal experiments and laboratory animals, the research fields, and alternatives to animal experiments, can be found on the public website:

Job description

At the University of Groningen, a combined position has become available for the position of Veterinarian and Animal welfare officer. The University of Groningen is looking for a veterinarian who can also carry out tasks in the position of animal welfare officer. These positions are described in Article 14.1 and Article 13f.3.a of the Experiments on Animals Act.
Together with two colleagues, the veterinarian will contribute to the health and welfare of the laboratory animals and to the responsible use of animals in experiments, in the broadest possible sense.
The UG will provide a tailor-made and extensive training and supervision programme.

This position is organizationally placed under the Office of the University. This position is accountable to the President of the Board of the University in his role as permit holder, in accordance with Article 2 of the Experiments on Animals Act.

Our new colleague will issue advice to:

• the Animal Welfare Body at the University of Groningen
• the management team of the Linnaeusborg animal facility (for life sciences and ecological research) and the Central Animal Facility (for pharmacological and UMCG research)
• researchers, with respect to the health and welfare of laboratory animals and the implementation of animal experiments.


We are looking for a qualified veterinarian with:

• a practical mindset and an open and facilitating attitude
• the motivation to achieve the best for laboratory animals (rodents, birds, fish) and for research
• the ambition to play a powerful role in dialogue with other involved parties
• good spoken and written communication skills in Dutch (at least level B2 of the CEFR after one year) and English (level C1 of the CEFR)
• an affinity with teaching, to train students and researchers in regard to their role in animal experiments
• curiosity and energy to gain relevant, specialist knowledge in the areas of laboratory animal medicine and laboratory animal science.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary based on qualifications and experience of between € 4,629 and € 5,943 (salary scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position
• an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus over the annual gross income
• an appointment initially offered for a period of one year. After a positive evaluation, the appointment may be converted into a permanent one. An appointment of less than 1.0 FTE may be discussed.

The position does not involve weekend or evening hours. Holiday leave must be scheduled in consultation with colleagues.

Job Application

Please send your application to us, by submitting the following documents:

• letter of application
• curriculum vitae.

You may apply for this position until 19 May 11:59pm / before 20 May 2022 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:[…]/
Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP):

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Dr Catriene Thuring
+31 (0)50 3616340

Drs. Miriam van der Meulen-Frank
+31 (0)50 3616344

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 222221E

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