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Mixed Veterinary Surgeon

Eden Veterinary Practice
Cupar, Fife
Package of £34,000 - £55,000 Accommodation if needed and a company van
Closing date
27 Dec 2023
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About Us

Eden Vets is an independent mixed practice in beautiful Fife, just North of Edinburgh. We are a truly mixed practice with a 50/50 split of small and large (mainly beef with some dairy and sheep). We have a separate rota for equine, but if you are interested in equine work, we could arrange your rota to include time with the equine team so you can develop your skills. We have a great reputation for developing and looking after our team and offer a good work-life balance, so you have time to enjoy this amazing part of the UK.

“We both joined Eden Vets as new graduates. It’s a great team with a mix of young and experienced staff. We enjoy a varied workload with a wide range of animals. There is a lot of freedom to explore our areas of interest and develop our skills, which is a real benefit of being an independent practice. We enjoy dog walks in the surrounding countryside at lunch and many other activities. Some of our recent events have included concerts, trips to the spa and local quiz nights. At the end of the day, there’s always someone to scrub in on an op, discuss a case with, have a pizza with, or to rate your tray bake!” Jen MRCVS & Sophie MRCVS

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“Eden Vets is a bustling, truly mixed practice with a welcoming, friendly team. Biased, we know, but it’s true! The equine work is separate (we can’t pretend to be disappointed about that), but this doesn’t limit the range of species, flexibility in the work offered, or our ability to explore our interests. We are genuinely a really close-knit team who work well together, always willing to help and to wind each other up from time to time! Although a relatively small mixed team, we have a good range of experience, which leads to an excellent chance to work together on cases, and there’s always someone to call on for support. We all work hard, but we have a laugh, and the team can be a real highlight, especially on the more challenging days. Lastly, as an independent practice with an open boss who has affordability in mind, we get to work without strict protocols and with less pressure on decisions. Certainly, no financial targets to hit here.” Andrew MRCVS & Katie MRCVS

Ainslie graduated from Edinburgh in 1998 and worked in several mixed practices before returning to his hometown in 2003 to open Eden Vets. He started it by himself and just two part-time receptionists. Twenty years on, we are now a team of 24 using our experience and knowledge to provide the highest standards of care for all animals, great and small, in Cupar and across North-East Fife.

We are looking for a mixed vet to join our experienced 13-vet team and can offer a diverse caseload to satisfy your interests and the flexibility to play to your strengths. We have three vet teams within the practice, including our six mixed vets, our three small animal vets, including medicine certificate holder Megan, and our equine team of four vets, including Pete, an advanced practitioner in equine dentistry. Having a dedicated equine team allows our mixed vets to have the choice to opt in or out of equine work, depending on their preferences. We also have a separate out-of-hours rota for the equine patients, so our mixed vets won’t be dealing with a colic emergency, apart from Ainslie, who likes to sneak onto their on-call rota for fun! We also carry out a range of fertility work for our farm and equine clients. We have all the usual kit, including dental x-ray, a variety of ultrasound scanners, scopes, a cattle-tipping crate, and more.

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New graduate support and career progression

We have two VetGDP Advisors, Ainslie and Megan, who can offer 25 years of experience and lots of support to new graduates starting their veterinary journey. We won’t throw you in at the deep end; we block off every other consult to take the pressure off as you begin building your consulting skills, and when you join the OOHs rota, Ainslie will be on-call with you to offer advice and provide hands-on support for as long as needed until you feel confident to go it alone. He has mentored many new graduates over the years, and nothing makes him prouder than seeing the smile as a vet recounts the excitement of developing their skills enough to handle their first solo cow caesarean with confidence.

We will always encourage you to follow your interests, so if you want to take on a certificate or develop your skills in a particular discipline, we will do everything we can to support your career progression. We also have monthly clinical meetings to review cases, discuss ideas and look at ways to improve our clinical standards.

The rota

Most of your shifts will be 8.30-5, with just one 7 p.m. finish each week. We all share the rota, so your week will include a day operating and a day consulting, with the remaining days on farm work or some equine if that is your interest. Our on-call rota is just 1:6, which includes a Saturday morning consulting shift (9-1). There are no additional Saturday consults, and you will get the Friday off following the weekend on-call, and we’re hoping to increase this to two days in the near future.  We have also focused on keeping our clients within a manageable distance of the practice so that you won’t spend hours travelling between calls and you can make it home from your last call at a reasonable time.

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Outside of work

We’re a close-knit, friendly team that enjoys a good get-together outside of work, whether having a drink at the local pub quiz, heading out on a dog walk or our annual Christmas bash.

If you love the great outdoors, there is so much to do here, from wild swimming and mountain biking to paddle boarding in the loch at Lochore Meadows, coasteering along the Fife coast from Shell Bay to Elie, climbing at Lomond Hills Regional Park or walking the Fife Coastal Path. We are just 20 minutes from Dundee and St Andrews, 30 minutes to Perth, and one hour by road or rail to Edinburgh.

The package

  • Package of £34,000 - £55,000. There is accommodation if needed in a 2-bed house separate to practice and a company van
  • 31 days holiday, including bank holidays
  • Flexible CPD budget, with certificates supported and funded
  • Professional fees paid
  • Free Flu vaccination

If you’re looking for a supportive team and an exciting caseload surrounded by beautiful scenery, call us for an informal chat or apply now.


Our owner Ainslie Smith is no stranger to creatures both great and small. In fact, he grew up on his father’s farm in North-East Fife and has always been interested in veterinary science and caring for animals.

"Whenever a vet came to the farm I would follow them everywhere, bombarding them with questions. I loved that they got to work with a variety of animals all day every day and I knew from a young age that that’s what I wanted to do too." Ainslie Smith Principal Vet & Practice Owner

As well as being surrounded by animals as a youngster, Ainslie was a fan of James Herriot; a famous vet who wrote a series of semi-autobiographical books about his experiences. "I started my own business to apply the ‘James Herriot ethos’ to caring for animals. I wanted to offer a friendly, local practice that offered approachable, professional care for all animals including cats and dogs, horses and cattle, and everything in between."

We have been established in our vet practice in Cupar since 2003 and we pride ourselves on being able to treat all animals. As well as looking after all small pets, our team of friendly vets and nurses also provide unrivalled care for horses and livestock. Whether it’s a check-up, pre-purchase vetting or surgical procedure one (or more) of your animals require, our team of experts are here to help.

Company info
01334 650 888
Cupar Trading Estate
KY15 4SX
United Kingdom

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