Biomedical Scientist – Biochemistry

Biomedical Scientist – Biochemistry Watford, Hertfordshire Medivet Lab Services Full Time, Permanent

About us

We are a small, friendly diagnostic laboratory, and place a strong emphasis on client care and service quality. We are UKAS-accredited to the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard, and provide diagnostic services in clinical pathology, microbiology and molecular biology.

Our laboratory is staffed by trained and experienced biomedical scientists and three veterinary clinical pathologists 

Our clients are predominantly first opinion companion animal clinics,  the workload is interesting and varied.

The role

We are recruiting for a Veterinary Biomedical Scientist to join our Biochemistry team on a full time basis, on an initial 6 month contract, to potentially permanent contract at our Lab in Watford, Hertfordshire.

This is a full-time role,  40 hours per week on a rotating roster alternating Monday to Friday or Tuesday to Saturday every second week.

Duties include but are not limited to:

·         To participate in the successful delivery of tests across the section


·         Specimen arrival: Have knowledge of modes and times of specimen arrival into the laboratory; have knowledge and understanding of the sample processing steps in SPR


·         Data entry: accurate and prompt entry of information into LIMS. Be competent to interrogate LIMS to retrieve pertinent information


·         Recognise and troubleshoot problems as they arise, including with analytical equipment, specimen and reagent issues.


·         Retrieve specimens from SPR.  Sort and prepare specimens for diagnostic analysis according to the laboratory request


·         Handle and action additional test requests from clients for specimens already received


·         Document management: scan, file, send to shred in line with our GDPR commitments and laboratory policies


·         Scrutinise and release results through the LIMS


·         Assist Section Head in stock control and ordering

·         Maintain a tidy, clean, and safe working environment, with use of appropriate cleaning materials.

·        Analyser Maintenance:  upon being trained and competent carry out required maintenance on the Biochemistry analysers, including running, advanced troubleshooting and reviewing iQCs, to ensure they are fit for analysis.

·         Sample analysis using automated systems: Load & unload samples on the relevant analysers.

·         Manual Assays: Carry out testing using the manual assays

·         Referral Specimens: Decant samples for external analysis, package accordingly and ensure they are given to SPR in a timely manner.

  • EQA: Assist the Head/ Deputy of Department in participating in the relevant EQA schemes by preparing and running relevant EQA samples according to schedule.





Role accountabilities


  • Ability to prioritise tasks
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Strong attention to detail; organised and able to multi-task
  • Resilience: ability to work under pressure in a busy environment
  • Ability to work co-operatively in a team environment
  • Flexibility and versatility to ensure the smooth operation of the diagnostic service

Your skills and experience


  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in a high throughput diagnostic laboratory focusing on clinical chemistry
  • Experience in the validation/review and release of reports
  • Experience working within a quality management system
  • Experience with the following, or similar, chemistry analysers would be an advantage: Siemens Immulite 2000 XPi and Beckman Coulter AU680/DxC700AU
  • Experience processing veterinary specimens would be an advantage.



Job number: SCR00871