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Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

Leyland Vets
Leyland, Lancashire
Salary from £35,000 to £65,000
Closing date
13 Dec 2023
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We’re expanding and are looking for a small animal vet to join our supportive 5-vet team in beautiful Lancashire. We want you to love your job, to be able to develop your skills and to have the flexibility to enjoy an excellent work-life balance.

Owners Jen and Andrew graduated from Nottingham University in 2011. After gaining experience in various practices for five years, they decided to take on the challenge of running their own practice while raising a young family. From the start, the priority was to offer an excellent work-life balance for the whole team. Andrew explains: “We're both very conscious of how we want the working environment to be, having worked in practices with great people, but where the setup runs you into the ground. We very much didn’t want that for our team. We want the environment to be as relaxed as possible, so we manage the diary to make sure we’re not overbooked, and on a day-to-day basis, each vet will have 3 hours of unscheduled time to ensure that they get their lunch and have time to catch up on admin etc. Everybody pulls together and works as a team, so we're very aware of each other’s workloads, and we regularly discuss as a group how we can improve things and look after each other. We want everyone to enjoy their job, and ensuring they have the time to do the things they need to do is crucial.”

Andrew enjoys all aspects of veterinary work, particularly soft-tissue surgery, and Jen, again, is an all-rounder but particularly enjoys medicine and imaging. Joanne first worked with us as a locum and enjoyed our friendly, supportive atmosphere so much that she became a permanent part of the team. Joanne graduated from the RVC in 2008 and can always offer a fresh perspective when discussing a tricky case.

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“I regularly locumed at Leyland for a couple of years before taking a permanent job here in 2021. I enjoy the variety of cases I see here and like working in a culture that allows me to learn and try new things. Approachable and caring owners and a skilled nursing team I trust to take care of patients were some of the reasons I chose to work here permanently. I feel valued for my work here, which is important to me. As a result of being in a supportive environment where I am not overworked, I have grown and developed as a person and a vet.” Joanne MRCVS

Nick (Mykola) graduated from Glasgow in 2021. He has been with us for 18 months and has enjoyed developing his surgical skills with Andrews' support. Laura is the newest addition to our team, and her bubbly personality has been a real hit with the team and the clients. Laura enjoys ECC, diagnostic imaging and surgery, and with lots of experience in critical care work, she is pretty unflappable!

“I've worked at Leyland for ten months now. They’ve been very flexible, allowing me to work hours that fit in with school/childcare… not always something easy to find in this profession!

It's an amazing team of genuinely lovely people who work really well together to ensure we provide the best patient (and client) care possible. They all made me feel so welcome from day one, and we have social events outside of work, which is a really nice way to get to know everyone better.

I like that the practice has regular meetings, and I've always felt that points I've made or ideas I've had have been listened to and often implemented. The diary is well managed to ensure that consults run smoothly and time is available for phone calls, reporting results, etc. It can be as busy as any other practice, but it rarely feels stressful compared to other places I've worked! All in all, it’s a very enjoyable place to work, and I'm feeling much less burnt out since starting!" Laura MRCVS

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We're a nurse training practice with a passionate and experienced team dedicated to providing our patients with the highest standards of care. Head Nurse Lisa leads our team of four RVNs and two VCAs and is also our clinical coach. Our fantastic client care team supports us every step of the way, and our Practice Manager, Abbey, keeps everything running smoothly.

Wherever you are in your career, we have a varied caseload to satisfy your clinical interests, including orthopaedics and cardiology. We can support you if you want to pursue a particular interest, develop your skills, and take on a certificate. For new grads, we will schedule time for Andrew, our VetGDP Advisor, and Jen to mentor you, whether that involves chatting through a case or helping you build your surgical confidence. We are also happy to enrol you on a new graduate scheme in addition to the hands-on support available from our vet team, with four of our vets having over ten years of experience.

We’re really flexible with the rota, so whether you’re looking for a full or part-time role, we’d love to chat about the options available. We appreciate how important work-life balance is and are happy to design a rota that works for you and around any other commitments you have. Our full-time vets work a 4-day week, with just 1:5 Saturday mornings. Our out-of-hours are outsourced to Vets Now in Preston, who also look after our inpatients, and we also benefit from having the Vets Now Hospital in Manchester nearby for critical care patients.

We have regular team meetings every 4-6 weeks to discuss cases, protocols, and any issues, as well as quarterly practice meetings. We welcome everyone's ideas and input and work together to continuously improve our clinical standards. We also have a team appreciation box where we share the things we appreciate about each other, and we take a few minutes each month to read all the lovely comments.

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We’re a friendly team who enjoy a good get-together. Along with our annual summer and Christmas parties, we love to try new things. Earlier this year, we spent a day at the Flower Bowl in Preston to try curling, which was a blast! We deliberately picked an activity that no one had done before, so we were all novices together! Being a young team, there’s usually someone organising a trip to the pub, a meal out or heading off to a gig. The local V4P has also started organising events, and it's always great to meet up with other vets and nurses and swap stories. In February, we’ll head off to the Winter Gardens in Blackpool for a day of CPD, followed by the Midwinter Ball.

Leyland is known for its automotive heritage and has been home to the Leyland Motor Corporation for over a century. But Leyland isn't just about trucks and buses. It's also a place where you can enjoy the best of both worlds – city life and the peaceful countryside. Just a stone’s throw from junction 28 of the M6, travel links are excellent, with Preston just down the road and Manchester and Liverpool easily reached within 40 minutes. Additionally, Leyland is close to some of England's most beautiful countryside, including the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.

We are offering:

  • A salary of £35,000 to £65,000
  • Five weeks holiday, plus bank holidays
  • No OOHs, Sundays or bank holidays
  • Flexible CPD budget, with certificates supported and funded
  • Happy to enrol you on a new graduate scheme
  • 4 legged friends welcome at work

If we sound like the supportive team you’ve been looking for and you’d like to know more about us, please call for an informal chat or apply now!

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