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Head Registered Veterinary Nurse

Forest House Veterinary Group
Windsor, Berkshire
Salary is negotiable depending on experience
Closing date
5 Jan 2024
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Small Animal, Locum, Hospital, Veterinary
Job Type
Head Nurse
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We are looking for maternity cover head nurse to take on this important role at our friendly, supportive, independent practice in Windsor.

About Us

Forest House is proud to be a truly independent practice and we have been established in Windsor for over 120 years.  Martin Watson is the Principal Vet and sole owner.  He came down from Scotland over thirty years ago as an assistant vet and the rest is history.

We also have small branch surgeries in Ascot and Egham, both around 15 minutes away.  All our branches have free parking.

We were one of the first practices in the country to be awarded Veterinary Hospital status in the 1970’s.  As a team, we have continued to be dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of care and facilities ever since.  We encourage new ideas and have continued to invest in the most up to date equipment and treatments available.  Being privately owned gives us the freedom to make the best decisions to provide the highest levels of care for the animals we look after.

We have a progressive team of 7 vets, including two certificate holders, and we always open to new ideas and take pride in offering a high standard of care to our clients and our patients.  Our vets are fully supported by an excellent team of 11 nurses together with an experienced team of receptionists and admin staff.

Many of our team have been with us for over 10 years, some over 20!  A good understanding of the practice and the standards we want to achieve has enabled us to refine many protocols over the years but change and evolve as does the profession as a whole.

We are friendly group and support each other at work and outside of work too.

A Locum recently commented – ‘These guys are GREAT!  A really lovely, fun bunch to work with and working to high standards.  One or the best practices I have Locumed for’

Our facilities are some of the best around.  Why not take a tour here! 


Mainly based at our Windsor hospital with some visits to our branch surgeries in Ascot and Egham. A semi-rural location near the beautiful town of Windsor with plenty of green space for outdoor activities and easy access to London and Heathrow Airport.

The Role

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated RVN to join the team in delivering the highest quality of care to our clients and patients. The ideal candidate will be confident with all areas of nursing and ideally with experience of stock management, an understanding of the maintenance and running of hospital equipment and some experience in supervising a team.

You will be working at Windsor Hospital where our surgical and hospitalisation facilities are situated. There are also times where visits to our branch surgeries in Ascot and Egham, around 15 minutes away are required.

·       Full Time – 8am to 4.30pm weekdays

·       Responsible for the smooth running of the hospital and the upkeep and maintenance of related equipment

·       Responsible for management and training of nursing team and holding regular meetings

·       Responsible for stock control and management of orders and deliveries

·       Responsible for production of nurse rota to ensure necessary cover in place

·       Maintain relationships with drug companies and other related suppliers

·       Update and maintain all product pricing information and communicate as necessary

·       Attend weekly management meetings with Practice Principal and Practice Manager

After 9pm weekdays and 5pm at weekends, emergencies are handled by our OOH partner. We do have a nurse on site 24hours, and we keep our inpatients at our Windsor hospital overnight. Our nurses will also collect any patients admitted overnight to our OOH partner so that they can be brought back to the hospital for ongoing care.

Successful Candidate

Ideal candidate should have at least 3 years’ experience working as an RVN. We ideally would like someone who has had involvement in assisting with or being responsible for the running of a large veterinary surgery or hospital. Some team supervision or experience in a senior role is also required.

The perfect candidate would be organised, enthusiastic and flexible.

The Package

  • Excellent salary dependent on experience
  • 20 days holiday plus bank holidays per year or pro rata
  • Pension
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Additional staff benefits plan – covers eye tests, therapies, money towards dental treatment
  • Staff pet scheme
  • Free parking

To submit your application, click the apply now button.


Forest House Veterinary Group offers a professional healthcare service for all animals – large and small – with practices in Windsor, Ascot and Egham.

We provide the highest standards of veterinary and client care and focus on protecting the health of all animals under our care.

We offer a 24-hour emergency service every day of the year and one of our veterinary surgeons, supported by a resident nurse, is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year should your pet require emergency treatment.

Our practices are staffed by experienced veterinary surgeons and qualified veterinary nurses, who regularly undergo continuing professional development to maintain and reinforce their skills for the benefit of your pets.

Company info
01753 858877
28 Clewer Hill Road

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