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University Biomedical Services (UBS)

 

The Named Veterinary Surgeon (NVS) –must be a member of the RCVS with expertise in laboratory animal medicine for the species being used in the establishment.
RCVS guidance on role of NVS from “Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons” This supporting guidance sets out the role of 'Named Veterinary Surgeon' (NVS) employed in scientific procedure establishments and breeding and supplying establishments under ASPA

Exceptionally, they may be able to nominate another suitably qualified expert where they can show that they are more appropriate for this role – for example, a specialist in fish health where normally consultation with the RCVS will be made to ensure no member of the RCVS is suitable. Their role under Home Office Guidelines is but not restricted to:

  • Notify the personal licensee in charge of an animal if they are concerned about its health or welfare

  • Control, supply and direct the use of controlled drugs, prescription only medicines and other therapeutic substances for use on protected animals in the establishment

  • Certify an animal is fit to travel to a specified place

  • Take an active part in the Animal Welfare & Ethical Review Body

  • Ensure that adequate veterinary cover and services are available at all times and maintain animal health records

  • Advise on implementation of 3R’s and the impact of experimental procedures on the welfare of protected animals & help minimise the severity of protocols & establish humane end points. Take appropriate clinical or therapeutic action for the welfare of a protected animal undergoing regulated procedures

  • Advise on implementation of 3R’s and the impact of experimental procedures on the welfare of protected animals & help minimise the severity of protocols & establish humane end points

  • Advise on general and experimental surgical techniques, and post-operative care

    Home Office Guidance Section 8.6 provides information on the NVS role and responsibilities, available on the GOV.UK website.