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Veterinary Surgeon

Belmont Veterinary Centre
Hereford, Herefordshire
Salary up to £65,000 FTE depending on experience
Closing date
10 Feb 2024
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Experienced Veterinary Surgeon
Belmont Vets, Hereford
Salary up to £65,000 depending on experience plus up to £5,000 Relocation Allowance

Discover a place to make a difference

A fantastic opportunity for an experienced small animal vet to join our amazing team of vets, RVNs, SVNs and support staff at our single site practice in beautiful Hereford. This is a permanent position for someone looking for full or part time hours. You will work closely alongside the rest of the team, providing clinical support and guidance where needed, as well as managing your own cases. The role will primarily involve clinical work; however, there is scope for some managerial involvement should you be interested in this.

You will be required to work 2-3 days a week for the part time position or the full time role involves working 4 days and having a set day off in the week. Our usual day length is 8 am to 7 pm, however, there is flexibility in these hours. You will be involved in a weekend rota, working no more than 1:5 weekends (8:30 am to 5 pm on Saturday and availability for inpatients on Sunday). There will be 2-3 additional Saturday mornings per year required, 9 am to 1 pm but no out-of-hours work is involved in this role.


State-of-the-art equipment...

We are a single site practice situated in beautiful Hereford, a small market city, surrounded by lovely countryside and on the doorstep of the Wye Valley. We have our own in-house laboratory, digital x-ray, multi-parameter anaesthetic monitoring equipment, ultrasound, ECG, doppler blood pressure machine and K-laser. We have regular cardiology clinics, undertaken by a visiting cardiologist and our orthopaedic surgeries are performed by a visiting orthopaedic surgeon.


...And a phenomenal team

Our team consists of 6 vets, 8 RVNs, 2 SVNs, 1 ANA, as well as our wonderful support team. Our team takes pride in our collaborative and supportive approach to cases and always strives to give the best possible care we can to our patients and clients, while looking out for each other. We are very supportive of advanced learning programmes such as certificates, or just helping to develop our colleagues by support in house with medical or surgical cases. Two of our vets are currently undertaking certificates, one in surgery, another in oncology. As a practice, we like to get involved in local events, such as judging the local dog show, giving talks at local schools, running stalls at events or even just litter-picking in a nearby park.


Are you the perfect fit?

We are looking for an experienced and confident vet who is willing to support and teach their colleagues and to assist in the development of their clinical skills. An ability to stay calm in potentially difficult situations and to communicate clearly with others is important, as is an understanding of the importance of confidentiality. You must be able to work well within a team and have the confidence to lead that team in its clinical development, whilst working closely with the senior management team.


Discover your wellbeing as our priority

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

  • 5 weeks annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Your birthday as a paid day off


  • Private medical insurance
  • Enhanced family-friendly policies, including maternity/paternity/adoption/shared parental and surrogacy pay
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Initiatives focused on employee wellbeing
  • Non-accidental injury support


  • £1250 CPD allowance with 40 hours paid pro rata 
  • Certificate support 
  • 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
  • All our Vets get £1000 per annum to spend via our Care Fund
  • Infection Prevention and Control Programme
  • Quality Improvement Programme

Professional Memberships

  • BVA membership
  • VDS cover


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

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 this position is of interest to you then please get in touch.

To submit your application, click the Apply Now button.


The practice was originally based at 1, St Peters Square, (previously, St. Owens Street) in the centre of Hereford (now Keith St Peters Hairdressing) The register of Veterinary Surgeons first records, Captain John Barker and John Procter, as vets at this address in 1921.  However the practice was purchased from a S. Beeson in 1919.

The practice has had a continuous link of vets with overlapping careers ever since with every partner in the practice so far starting and ending their careers in the practice-( but some with time elsewhere in between).  Hereford has a strong attraction.

Captain Barker worked in the practice until his death in 1956.  He was joined by his son, Ian who continued the family tradition and remained at 1, St Peters Square.  Firstly working with David McCracken, and then being joined by Brian Watkins who became a partner in January 1970  to form the partnership Barker and Watkins.

Brian remembers that “Mr Barker went to work in a navy suit and a bowler hat and would inspect the animal
over a gate while smoking a cigarette in a cigarette holder.  His bowler hat would remain on his head whether calving a cow or foaling a mare! And if asked what time he was expected to visit would say “I’ll be there before or after lunch”!

In January 1974 the partnership was expanded by the addition of a new partner Alan Fleming and then Neil Newton in January 1977- to become Barker, Watkins, Fleming and Newton.  Brian retired at the end of 1984 and Ian at the end of 1986.

By 1987 the practice had changed a lot from its very traditional farm animal workload to include a lot more companion animal work and was out growing its premises. Also being in the centre of Hereford was becoming increasingly difficult for access of farmers with animals in trailers! 
Although seeing the size of the M&S lorries that travel East Street perhaps that’s not so!

So in December 1987 the practice moved out to 94 Belmont Road a house that has been extended and converted to provide operating theatre, an x-ray suite, laboratory and extensive inpatient care facilities. At this point the partnership became Belmont Veterinary Centre.

William Main joined the partnership in January 1990 and Neil retired at the end of 2001. In 2001 the practice was modernised and extended again to reflect the increasing work load and need for space

Alan retired at the end of December 2003. At this point Matthew Pugh joined the partnership.

Bill and Matthew are the current directors and over the years the practice has grown from 2 vets and a receptionist to the current practice of 13 full time vets, 5 part time vets and 20 support staff comprising veterinary nurses and receptionists and a practice manager.

In 2003 the practice decided to have species specific veterinary teams- this means that there are a team of vets who only do companion animal work- cats, dogs and “small furries” and a team who work with the farmers and horse clients.  We feel this means we are able to give all our clients the expertise they deserve- in this fast changing world that we live in you need to keep up to date.

As further commitment of the practice to the farming community we opened a farm animal and equine branch in Bromyard in January 2006 to help provide a better service to our clients in north Herefordshire and beyond.

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01432 370269
94 Belmont Road

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