Programme Coordinator (Ophthalmology)


Salary: £7,204 per annum, on an ongoing basis, subject to the agreed schedule of services which may be amended annually.

Closing date: 29th November, 2023

Hours: Part-time as an independent consultant – Approximately 100 across the year


The role:

We are seeking a veterinary practitioner to act as Programme Coordinator on an independent consultancy basis, for our Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) programme in Small Animal Ophthalmology.

We have significant support available within the team, so applications are welcomed from individuals who have relevant clinical experience but limited experience in education. This would be an ideal role for someone wishing to gain experience of veterinary education and can be undertaken alongside a clinical role.

The primary function of the role is to assist the Academic Manager in the delivery and ongoing development of the PGCert programme, by:

  • Acting as chief internal examiner for the programme (assisting in the creation of balanced exam papers, editing exam questions, supporting both marking and moderating).
  • Sitting on both the Examination and Award board and the Academic Award board and attending relevant meetings.
  • Providing feedback and guidance on curriculum content and assessment processes.
  • Assisting in the selection of appropriately qualified teaching staff and carrying out their ongoing peer review via lesson observations and review of student feedback.

The Programme Coordinator will work closely with the Examination and Assessment Officers, and the Academic Manager. The work undertaken in this role will be monitored by the Academic Manager, or, in their absence, the Head of Education.

The post holder should expect to work approximately 100 hours across the year, with these hours mostly concentrated around the exam periods (February – Early April, May – July). You will have significant flexibility to choose where and how you work, with the full role able to be undertaken remotely (including meeting attendance and lesson observations). Limited evening/weekend work may be required during exam periods (depending on your availability during the week at these times), and there are 3 fixed date remote meetings during the year where attendance is expected.


Skills and experience:

You must hold a veterinary degree and be registered as (or eligible to be) a Member of the RCVS (MRCVS). You must have clinical experience of working as an RCVS Specialist (or equivalent) in Ophthalmology within the UK. Excellent communication skills, team working abilities, and an ability to organise work to meet deadlines are essential.

Previous experience working within undergraduate or postgraduate academic settings, experience of examination processes and/or writing exam papers/questions, and/or a post graduate qualification in education are all desirable but not essential as training will be provided.


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.


How to apply:

To find out more about this opportunity or to submit your application, please send your CV and covering letter to Laura Haddock,


Closing date: 29th November, 2023

Interviews to be held: 14th December, 2023 (unless otherwise arranged)

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

 Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) underpins our belief that we can make the Association stronger through the unique contributions we can all bring.  We create inclusive teams aligned to our values and encourage applications from a diverse range of suitably qualified candidates.