Animal Scientist

Pharming is a global, commercial stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative protein replacement therapies and precision medicines for the treatment of rare diseases and unmet medical needs. The company is poised for further scientific, technological and new product development and additional commercial roll-outs. The company is based internationally and growing quickly. As a result of this growth, we are looking for a Animal Scientist

We are a dynamic company with a culture that is characterized by team effort and a friendly and helpful atmosphere. Transforming the future of our patients and developing medicines for the treatment of rare diseases and unmet medical needs is always our top priority. This combination is the basis for an interesting and challenging environment.

About the role:
The scope of the function covers the biosecurity of the (SPF) colonies/herds, animal breeding, male and female reproduction and zootechnical aspects like housing and feeding. The Animal Scientist supervises the health and welfare of the animals and provides the Director Transgenic Platform Support with recommendations regarding specifications for animals and animal related products. Furthermore, the Animal Scientist reviews individual health reports and signs off health certificates on the basis of the microbiological status of the colonies/herds. The Animal Scientist liaises with academic institutions, universities and CLO’s to keep the knowledge updated and to get the required support for the execution of studies.

The Animal Scientist may be appointed as member of the Animal Welfare Body (IvD).


  • Animal health and welfare: control and maintenance of animal health (SPF) status. Take care of the execution of health management programs. Review health screening reports and sign off health certificates. Review and approve individual health records (where applicable in collaboration with the local practitioner), provide recommendations for treatment (where possible) and monitor progress. Provide recommendations for the refinement of animal procedures. Support the review and approval of facility specifications pertaining the biosecurity principles of new animal facilities.
  • Animal products: provide recommendations of specifications for animals, germ cells, feed, veterinary drugs and instruments.
  • Animal reproduction: in collaboration with Transgenic Platform Development control and monitor the stability, quality and availability of semen (MTB and MWTB) and embryo’s to ensure the continuation of the animal platforms. Monitor breeding programs for compliance with the breeding strategy
  • Basic Quality System: prepare, review and authorize SOPs, Work Instructions, test protocols and – reports related to animal aspects of the rabbit and cattle platform. Ensure timely preparation of change requests, deviations and CAPA’s and ensure these are managed according to defined timelines. Ensure readiness for inspections by authorities
  • Compliance: ensure animals are housed and treated according to relevant (inter)national legislation (EU directive 2010/63, Wod, GMO) and guidelines (e.g. FELASA).
  • Studies/projects: prepare study protocols and reports pertaining improvement of animal health and welfare. Monitor execution of studies. Lead or participate in projects related to the improvement of health, welfare, productivity and product characteristics of animals.

Required skills and qualifications in order to be successful in this role:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Analysis
  • Self-development
  • Quality Orientation
  • Initiative


  • Masters degree in animal (veterinary) science or equivalent
  • Strong understanding of biosecurity and principles
  • Good command of written and spoken English
  • Adequate knowledge of (inter)national legislation and guidelines with respect to laboratory animals
  • Good grasp of principles of colony and herd health and milk production management
  • Understanding of GMP principles
  • Preferably Article 9 WOD certification, including species specific ruminant and rabbit modules


  • Preferably at least one year work experience

Do you have questions?
For questions please contact Anita Kok, Talent Acquisition Officer by email:
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