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Veterinary Surgeon

Spring Lodge Veterinary Hospital
Witham, Essex
Salary up to £90,000 plus benefits
Closing date
13 Feb 2024
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Practice, Hospital, Veterinary
Job Type
Veterinary Surgeon
Contract Type
Full Time

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Surgically Bias Veterinary Surgeon
Spring Lodge Veterinary Group
Up to £90,000 depending on experience plus £5000 relocation allowance


Are you confident to approach a full surgical caseload?

This role would be ideal for a surgical certificate holder or someone with proven surgical ability who will be responsible for heading up and coordinating surgery within our veterinary hospital and across our branches. 

Rota patterns that work for you

Our flexible approach to rota patterns can truly enrich your work life balance. We know that everyone has demands and priorities outside of their career and we want to make it easy for you to strike the right balance. Whether you need to do the school pick up, need reduced hours during school holidays or would simply like a more flexible rota pattern we can fix or flex our patterns to suit your needs. The full time hours for this role are 41 hours per week over either 4 or 5 days however we are open to both full and part time applicants. The practice is open from 8am to 7pm, we run an overlap service for emergencies-only for our clients at weekends, from when we close on a Saturday from 2:00pm to 5:00pm and on a Sunday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. This is based on a 1:6 rota. We are a host practice for Vets Now so no out-of-hours cover is required.

Find a supportive team and a world of opportunity

We have a fantastic friendly team of Vets, dedicated qualified Nurses, and Support Staff, with a wide range of interests. Our team includes Vets who are already certificate holders, or are working towards their qualifications, in surgery, medicine, cardiology, ophthalmology and advanced general practice. We have excellent surgical and medical facilities with separate dog and cat wards and boast a comprehensive kit list, both surgical and medical that you would expect from a hospital standard clinic. Some of the Nurses are also undertaking additional nursing qualifications including ECC and anaesthesia.

We are supported by a team of 4 Veterinary Care Assistant's and a team of dedicated Receptionists at each of our six clinics. We are a close-knit team and have regular social events, not only larger group events but small team get togethers. We have qualified mental health first aiders and wellbeing champions. We aim to work sustainably as possible and have a committed group of individuals striving to make improvements in this area. Our aim is to work collaboratively with a focus on continuous improvement.

We can offer an interesting and varied caseload, a generous salary, attractive holiday, and CPD package with encouragement and support given to undertake further qualifications. Additionally, health insurance and enhanced maternity pay over and above statutory rates are provided. Being a host clinic for Vets Now, enables patient continuity and excellent patient support on-site. We are ideally located with options visit the coast for the day or jet off somewhere more exotic, as we are close to both the coast and Stansted airport.

If you fancy a trip into London, our local stations all have direct links to Liverpool Street within 40 mins. Closer to home we have the cities of Chelmsford and Colchester on your doorstop, or if a quieter pace of life appeals a variety of rural villages with very good pubs!

Are you the perfect fit?

This role would be ideal for a surgical certificate holder or someone with proven surgical ability who will be responsible for coordinating surgery within our veterinary hospital and across our branches. The candidate should be able to demonstrate the confidence to approach a full surgical caseload to include a range of orthopaedic and soft tissue surgeries. (Laparoscopic surgical experience is an advantage) with the desire to promote surgical excellence by providing support and training to our clinical team, from experienced vets to new graduates and nurses who are keen to support, develop and learn.

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 
  • 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 
  • 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

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 Taylor Findlay, Talent Partner for a confidential chat on the contact number provided.Reference BH9449.

To submit your application, click the apply now button.


Witham Centre

Powers Hall End, Witham, CM8 2HG

Spring Lodge Veterinary Hospital has been caring for animals in Witham for more than forty years, evolving from a chicken farm to a veterinary surgery in the 1950′s.

Since that time the practice has had three owners with the current owner Neil Hodson taking charge in 1992.

The main surgery at Witham gained hospital status in 1998 and has recently been re inspected and passed to ensure it still fulfils this title.

The practice has grown since 1992, from an existing staff of five to over 45 experienced members of staff. The Tiptree centre opened in 1997 and in 1999 the surgery in Great Notley Garden Village opened its doors. Spring Lodge took over the running of Mintern And Hill Vets, located in Chelmsford, in 2008.  Ingatestone Veterinary Centre is also part of the Spring Lodge Team and its purpose built centre opened in 2008.

Consultations take place at all branches. All surgical & medical cases requiring further treatment are either delt with on site or transferred to the main hospital in Witham via one of our veterinary ambulances.

There are eleven veterinary surgeons at Spring Lodge, five of which are working towards further qualifications in specialist subjects including surgery, dermatology, acupuncture and emergency and critical care. They are complemented by a team of twelve registered veterinary nurses and two student nurses. In addition we have patient care assistants to support the veterinary team. At each clinic we have dedicated veterinary receptionists who can assist and advise on how to keep you pet happy and in the best of health and of course a team of administrative staff to assist with the running of the clinics.

All members of the practice team are encouraged to continually develop their skills within the hospital through formal continuing professional development.

Our ‘out of hours’ care is provided by Vets Now Ltd.  They are an independent company who provide the equivalent of a pet A&E department for local practices  during the night and weekends.  We are lucky, as this service is run from our Witham Hospital so your animal can receive care 24 hours a day once it has been admitted to our Hospital.

Our aim is to provide a comprehensive service for all clients in a friendly and efficient manner.

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01376 513247
Powers Hall End

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