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Equine Veterinary Surgeon

Portland House Vets, Retford
Retford, Nottinghamshire
Salary of up to £63,000 depending on experience
Closing date
15 Feb 2024
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Equine, Veterinary
Job Type
Veterinary Surgeon
Contract Type
Full Time, Part Time

Job Details

The Role

Portland House Veterinary Group are looking for an enthusiastic Ambulatory Equine Veterinary Surgeon to work as a permanent member of staff within a well-established veterinary practice in Retford. The role will involve hands-on veterinary care of a range of horses and ponies, providing both emergency and routine healthcare. 

What can Portland offer you?

  • A salary of up to £63,000 (pro rata) depending on experience, along with a welcome bonus of £5,000 (pro rata)
  • Relocation support of up to £5,000
  • Clinical freedom along with a wide and varied caseload of first opinion ambulatory work in a mostly leisure/amateur competitor caseload, with a high % of insured animals.
  • Full certificate support
  • A work vehicle
  • Work life balance that flexes with you

About Us

Portland House Veterinary Group has been working in partnership with clients in and around the Retford area in one form or another for over 50 years. Our main practice is located in central Retford and consists of 12 vets and 9 RVNs/SVNs with experience ranging from new graduates to 35+ years. Our Equine department is situated in a separate building in Retford and consists of 2 full time and 2 part time vets. We are a close-knit, supportive and friendly team with a strong ethos centred on supporting each other, client care, personal progression and achieving the elusive work life balance. 

We have an excellent client base of largely leisure horses with some competition. A large proportion of our clients are insured and relatively low maintenance who appreciate our hard work. We aim to practice gold standard veterinary care in an ambulatory environment.

About the role

You’ll have access to an excellent range of equipment, modern battery powered kit, DR radiography, endoscope, gastroscope, motorised dentistry and ultrasound scanner. You’ll have the freedom to pursue your own areas of clinical interest. Key responsibilities will include vaccinations, dentistry, Lameness workups – including ridden assessments, nerve blocks, radiography, scanning; breeding, sedation, ultrasonography, 5 stage vettings, castrations, treatment plans/visits as well as working up cases.  

Our people are at the heart of everything that we do, that’s why we know that work-life balance is vital in supporting our people to be their best selves. Our flexible approach to rota patterns and working hours offers a balance that truly flexes with you and your lifestyle no matter what stage you are in your career. A full time role would involve working 40 hours per week over 4.5 days. Weekday shifts are 08:30 – 17:00, with a set half day in the week. There’s an out of hours rota which currently sits at 1:6 as well. We can support part time applications/different shift patterns. However, the out of hours rota is non-negotiable.

About the Team and Culture

Across the group and our 4 practices we have 40 members of staff including; 16 vets including 2 certificate holders, 15 registered/student veterinary nurses and animal care assistants, with experience ranging from new graduates to 35 years, and a fantastic team of support staff. We pride ourselves in being a friendly and welcoming team with a supportive environment. The team regularly attend social events together and have multiple annual gatherings for all practices in the group.

Here's what the team have to say about life at Portland

“Working at Portland House Equine has been a highlight of my career as an equine vet. It was a massive change for me to come to a practice where the culture is not "we don't do it like that here", but "that's interesting - we haven't done it like that before, but let's look at it and see if we can make it work".  It's a young team, and the small equine department really benefits from being part of a larger practice family, with cross-pollination of ideas and equipment, and the larger social benefits that a big mixed team brings. Highly recommended.” – Lindsay, Head of Portland’s Equine Department.

Applicant Requirements 

We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic, and ambitious equine veterinary surgeon to join our busy first and second opinion equine department.
•    Previous experience in an Equine role, (Essential);
•    Confident with all day-to-day routine work including castrations and PPEs/vettings (Essential);
•    Interest and experience in lameness work (Essential).
•    Confident with horses of all breeds, shapes, and sizes.
•    Happy to contribute to teaching and back-up of new graduates. 
•    Interest in promoting and growing the practice.
•    A thirst to do their best for their clients and their patients.

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 including bank holidays
Increasing holiday allowance based on length of service
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

£1500 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

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. Quote BH10192 when applying for this role. 

To submit your application, click the apply now button.


Portland House Vets has been working in partnership with clients in Retford in one form or another for over 50 years, servicing the needs of your companion pets, horses and farmed livestock. Our team work hard to offer a caring and progressive service with the aim of providing your animals with the best possible care and a long and healthy life.  

Company info
01777 703663
53 Churchgate
DN22 6PA
United Kingdom

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