Scientific Content Editor (full time, permanent)

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Join the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and help promote excellence in the veterinary profession.

The role:
The British Small Animal Veterinary Association, based near Gloucester, has a fantastic opportunity for a Scientific Content Editor to lead and coordinate the creation, curation, communication and promotion of our scientific output. The role will form a key part of the Association’s strategy to disseminate evidence based scientific information on small animal topics to our members and the wider profession.

Skills and Experience:
The successful candidate will have a degree in life or health sciences – veterinary qualifications, or a PhD or Masters degree in life or health sciences, will be a definite advantage – and must possess excellent communication and organisational skills. A key factor will be the ability to digest and summarise complex content and create or commission communications in a variety of styles and formats as appropriate for the intended audience (e.g. veterinary practitioners, pet owners, those interested in clinical research). The successful applicant should also be able to multi-task and prioritise their workload, paying meticulous attention to detail.

The ability to exercise personal initiative and work as part of a team is essential, as is confidence in dealing with senior colleagues, volunteers and contributors. An awareness of the processes of scientific research and publication would be advantageous, as would familiarity with a variety of communication channels including print and digital content, media communications, podcasts etc.

The Person:
The successful candidate will display natural affinity, integrity and diplomacy for communicating with diverse stakeholders. In addition, they will have a track record of excellent time management, the ability to work independently and on their own initiative.

About the BSAVA:
The BSAVA is a professional membership association which exists to advance care for companion animals. With a membership of more than 10,000 veterinary surgeons, vet nurses and students, we work in the UK and internationally to promote excellence in small animal practice through education and science, by facilitating training, conducting research and developing policy. Each year we deliver numerous education courses, host the largest small animal Congress in Europe, and publish books, manuals, apps and magazines.

This post sits within the Publications department and reports to the Head of Publishing.

Our reward package for this role includes a basic salary of between £27,000 – £30,000 per annum (depending on experience), and employer pension contributions starting at 7% and increasing up to 10% with length of service.

We also offer:
• Holiday starting at 25 days (plus bank holidays) rising by 1 day each year up to 28 days.
• Hybrid working for 2 days per week at home.
• Free onsite parking.
• Life assurance of 4 x annual salary.
• Health and wellbeing support, including an Employee Assistance Programme, available 24/7 365 days and a network of mental health first aiders. Plus, Company sick pay, access to private medical insurance upon completion of 12 months’ service, occupational health service and annual flu vaccinations.
• A cycle to work scheme for the purchase of a bicycle and equipment for healthy, low carbon travel.

And we are:
Community friendly – offering paid leave to volunteer for a charity or not for profit organisation.

Committed to supporting sustainability in our work and in the veterinary profession. The Association has completed a certified carbon audit and has been awarded Bronze accreditation with Investors in the Environment.

So, if you are bold and innovative, strive for excellence whilst taking ownership and accountability of your work, show passion for what you do and work effectively in a team – then you’ll be a great fit for the Association.

How to apply:

Please submit your CV and a cover letter detailing how you meet the requirements in the person specification, addressed to Ian Mellor at

For documents relating to the advert, such as the person specification and the role description, please visit the vacancies page on our website.

Closing date: 11th December

By applying for this position, you are consenting to the information on your CV being held by the Association for six months.

More information:

Role description

Person specification