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Nursing Manager

Dragon Vets
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Salary up to £41,000 depending on experience
Closing date
27 Jan 2024
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Job Type
Nursing Senior Management
Contract Type
Full Time

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Nursing Manager

Dragon Vets, Prestbury Park

Salary up to £41,000 depending on experience plus benefits

Dragon Vets are looking to hire a new Nursing Manager to join the team at their busy, well-established practice in Cheltenham.

Within the role, you will predominantly manage a multi-branch team of 16 Registered Veterinary Nurses and 3 Student Veterinary Nurses with the support of a Nurse Manager and multiple branch Head Nurses. You will support the management team in implementing changes associated with new and current protocols, assist with health and safety policies and the practice standards scheme, whilst also ensuring the smooth day to day running of the practice, including stock management and rotation.

You will also carry out general nursing tasks such as lab work, theatre support, caring for in-patients, conducting consultations, providing clinical coaching, anaesthetics, complicated medical in-patient care and much more.

We are happy to consider flexible working options.

The weekly rota will consist of working full time hours (37.25 hours/week) in a four-day week pattern with 1:4 Saturday mornings. There will be requirement to cover two bank holidays per year, but no other OOH requirements, and no night work. Your time will be predominantly spent at our main Prestbury branch, with some branch visits.

However, we understand that life can be unpredictable, and we want to ensure you have the flexibility to excel in your role while managing your personal commitments. 

Join our team and experience a work environment that values your well-being and supports your professional and personal aspirations, whether you were looking for full-time or flexible working hours. 

About Dragon Vets

We are a busy, well-established multi-branch practice based in Gloucestershire, with our main hospital-type branch based in Prestbury in Cheltenham. Dragon Vets has steadily grown to become a very busy primary and referral practice whilst maintaining an excellent standard of care and caring attitude towards its patients and their owners. We are looking to continue expanding our referral side over the next few years, with many interesting operations and medical and cardiology work-ups being performed at the main branch. We also have our own dedicated out-of-hours team who provide cover for the region.

Our equipment includes CT, digital x-ray and dental x-ray, ultrasound, multiple scopes, expansive surgical kit and comprehensive Idexx in-house lab machines, and all of our branch practices run predominantly independently with their own theatres, lab machines and digital x-ray and ultrasound.

Come and join our incredible team

We are a large, dedicated and very friendly team of vets and nurses who have been providing veterinary care in the area for over 100 years!

Our team currently consists of 22 Veterinary Surgeons, 16 Registered Veterinary Nurses, 3 Student Nurses, 2 Animal Care Assistant and 8 Receptionists. We are a team of experienced general practitioners, but also have our own areas of special interest, such as medicine, surgery (both soft tissue and orthopaedic), cardiology, ophthalmology, and dentistry.

Because our employee’s matter

We recognise that our people are fundamental to the success of our business. Investing in our people, premises and processes is at the heart of what we do. In addition to a competitive base salary, you will benefit from –

Work-life balance

  • 6.6 weeks annual leave
  • Increasing holiday allowance based on length of service
  • Your birthday as a paid day off


  • Enhanced family-friendly policies, including maternity/paternity/adoption/shared parental and surrogacy pay
  • Certificate support
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Initiatives focused on employee wellbeing, including discounted gym membership
  • Non-accidental injury support


  • £550 CPD allowance for 3 days paid pro rata
  • Learning and development opportunities via the IVC Evidensia Academy
  • Access to Vetlexicon – our online encyclopaedia provider
  • All our Vets & Nurses can apply for research funding
  • Infection Prevention and Control Programme
  • Quality Improvement Programme

Professional Memberships

  • VDS cover
  • RCVS fees


  • Pawsome Benefits – reward gateway giving discounts and cashback with 100’s of retailers
  • Pension 5% Employee/3% Employer 

As a BAME and LGBTQ+ inclusive employer, we are keen to hear from candidates from all minority and diverse groups. As a Disability Confident Employer, we are keen to hear from candidates with disabilities and long-term health conditions and would be happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments needed during the recruitment process.

If you’ve got this far, thank you for your interest! To be part of our exceptional team or discuss any of our clinical vacancies please contact Gavin Gallagher, Talent Partner for a confidential chat on the contact number provided. Reference BH10185. 

To submit your application, click the apply now button.


Dragon Vets is a tier 2 RCVS accredited practice based in purpose built premises at Cheltenham Racecourse with unlimited free parking.

Everything is under one roof; the out of hours service for emergencies and hospitalised animals, Chelvets, takes the stress out of urgent situations and inpatients stay in one place.

Furthermore, there are separate cat and dog wards, which has been shown to significantly reduce any stress or anxiety involved for hospitalised animals.

Company info
01242 580324
Prestbury Park
New Barn Lane
GL50 4SH
United Kingdom

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