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Veterinary Surgeon

Speyside Veterinary Practice
Aberlour, Moray
Salary up to £65,000 depending on experience
Closing date
21 Dec 2023
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Mixed Veterinary Surgeon
Speyside Vets, Aberlour Veterinary Centre (Large Animal base)

Salary up to £65,000 depending on experience and up to £5,000 relocation support if required, plus benefits

Welcome bonus of up to £1,000

Opportunity at Speyside vets

An exciting opportunity for a committed Veterinary Surgeon has arisen at Speyside Vets. We're looking to welcome a passionate individual to join our team, ideally in a mixed role, located at the Aberlour Veterinary Centre (our large animal base). Our status as a truly mixed practice (approximately 70% small animal, 15% farm, and 15% equine) means your role with us can be very diverse, reflecting our commitment to versatility, or tailored to your preferences. Additionally, our small animal-only practice at our Fochabers Vet Surgery can accommodate those who prefer strictly companion animal work.   

What Sets Us Apart

•    We take pride in our in-house small animal surgical capabilities, including orthopaedic procedures
•    Our progressive approach to large animal care includes comprehensive health planning with our farmers
•    Equine work at Speyside is set to a high first-opinion standard, bolstered by our advanced DR x-ray and video endoscope
•    Our fantastic nursing and support teams consistently go the extra mile for their clients and colleagues
•    We foster a culture where everyone is eager to pitch in– vets included—and there is always plenty of tea available!

Rota Patterns and Out of Hours Commitment

We understand that achieving a work-life balance is pivotal for personal and professional well-being. To that end we offer flexible rota patterns and working hours for the right candidate, however, a share of the out-of-hours rota is a must. Our team takes pride in managing our OOH services in-house—a commitment highly valued and respected by our clients. To ensure sustainability, we're working towards a 1 in 5 contribution in the long term, with our new vet helping us reach a 2 in 9 ratio initially. We always have two vets on call OOH to provide support, and the rota is arranged so no one finds themselves in an unreasonable situation. Our nurses triage phone calls efficiently and are always ready to assist when needed.

About Speyside and Our Practice

•    We operate from two branches: our mixed site at Aberlour and our small animal-only site at Fochabers.
•    Both sites boast excellent facilities, including biochem/haematology, CR x-ray (including dental x-ray), and high-quality imaging equipment.
•    Speyside offers an exceptional living environment, with access to local amenities and easy reach to city life (Inverness and Aberdeen airports are an hour away).
•    The area is brimming with opportunities for hobbies and outdoor activities, with members of our team participating in pursuits from badminton to flyball, rugby to Munro climbing, and yoga.
•    Dog lovers will revel in the fantastic dog walking opportunities.

Our Team

Our team comprises 9 FTE veterinary surgeons, 5 RVNs, a Practice Manager at each site, and 4 additional support staff. We pride ourselves on our collaborative approach, where taking ownership of your cases is encouraged, and clinical discussions and colleague support are highly valued.

Supporting Your Relocation

We understand that relocating can be challenging. That's why we offer relocation support packages and practical assistance with local landlords to help you make a smooth transition.

Because our employees 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:
•    6.8 weeks annual leave
•    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
•    RCVS fees
•    Pawsome Benefits – reward gateway giving discounts and cashback with 100’s of retailers
•    Pension – 5% Employee/3% Employer
•    Discounted staff pet care
If you're an experienced Veterinary Surgeon with a passion for making a difference in a versatile and supportive environment, we invite you to explore this exciting opportunity with Speyside Vets.
For a confidential chat or to discuss this role in more detail, please get in touch with Amelia on the contact number provided. Please quote reference BH10714 when applying for this role.

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Speyside Veterinary Practice is a modern, fully equipped mixed practice with small animal, equine and farm animal departments providing dedicated routine and emergency care throughout the Moray area. Our 8 vets are supported by excellent nurses and receptionists to enable us to deliver a caring, professional and efficient 24 service for our clients.

Small animals are seen at both our Aberlour and Fochabers branches, while our equine and large animal work is run mostly from Aberlour.

Company info
01340 871385
Aberlour Vet Centre
AB38 9NR

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