Join a practice where your voice will be heard and your opinion valued, with lovely clients who voted us Best UK Vets 2021, 2022 and a special Elite Club award in 2023!!!
We’re an independent, 8-vet, family-run, RCVS-accredited, small animal practice in the Heart of the National Forest. So, if you want to join a practice where your voice will be heard and your opinion valued, please read on.
We’ve created a new role for an experienced vet with a medical bias. The role has been created to complement the strengths of our experienced team and to allow our fantastic vet and owner, Diane, a little more time to concentrate on the non-clinical areas of her role. As we have a strong surgical team, this could potentially be a medical-only role. As this is an additional vet, we can be very flexible with the hours/days and could work well as a part or full-time role, so please get in touch with us for a chat.
Our team are amazing – and we are really proud of them. We support and play to each other’s strengths, allowing us to deliver the best possible care to our patients and their owners. It’s this incredible teamwork that we believe led us to win The Elite Club Award at this year's Best UK Vet awards. The Elite Award is for practices that have won the Gold Best UK Vet Award multiple times (we were Best UK Vets in both 2021 and 2022), and we are the first recipients of this special award.
Work-life balance is essential to us, and our team have input into their working hours and helped us design our full-time rota to allow life to be fully enjoyed outside work. Our workday finishes at 3.30 pm or 4.30 pm each day for 3 weeks out of every six, and for the remaining 3 weeks, there is a late start at either 11 am or 12 pm. Time during the working day is allocated to allow phone calls to be made and to ensure everyone finishes on time. We’ve even introduced a new rule to help with this – no calls to be made to clients after 7 pm. Vets work 2 Saturday mornings in 6, finishing at 1.30 pm (last appointment at 12.30), and phones go across at 1 pm. We have no Sunday or bank holiday surgeries, and our out-of-hours are looked after by a local OOH provider.
This is how Kostas, one of our vets, described his time working as part of our team,
“For me, working at Cockburn Vets could (even) be described as a #vetlife-changing experience! If you are looking for a place to mould you as a Vet, strengthen your fundamentals and take you a step (or two) further, work with a (really!) wide variety of cases in a supportive and friendly, almost home-like, environment… well then Cockburn's is definitely the right place for you! In my six years of working at Cockburn Vets, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the experience made me a better, stronger and more equipped veterinary professional."
Kostas completed his orthopaedics certificate during his time with us and has recently set up his own orthopaedic practice in Greece.
Kian has also loved his time here; this is what he had to say about working with Diane and the team:
“I joined Cockburn Vets as a second chance to my clinical career, being on the brink of giving it up for the foreseeable future. The opportunities that I have had to re-learn and develop my clinical skills have been endless, and the team are so supportive of it all. Working alongside you, discussing aspects of veterinary leadership in our one-to-ones and the opportunity to be a VetGDP advisor opened my eyes to the non-clinical aspects of the veterinary profession.
If I can even emulate the smallest bit of your leadership style, with its drive for progress, fairness and high standards, then I hope to make a positive impact on other people's lives in the same way you have done for me. Thank you so much for rekindling my clinical career and for lighting a fire on the non-clinical aspect.”
We believe personal and professional development are crucial and have built time for CPD into our rota. We have regular vet meetings and clinical clubs to discuss cases and share our experiences and knowledge gained from external CPD events. Our team members regularly attend BSAVA, BVA Live, and London Vet Show or other CPD courses of their choice. We’re also happy to support certificates and are part of Vet Dynamics and Vetsure’s Graduate Friendly Scheme.
We’re a Gold Standard Cat Friendly and Veterinary Nurse Training practice and like to keep up to date with the latest techniques. Our experienced team have the expertise to treat most cases in-house, enhancing our job satisfaction. We pride ourselves in providing innovative care such as laparoscopic spays and have lots of equipment, including blood pressure monitors in each consultation room; an in-house lab with blood and urine machines; an ultrasound with Doppler plus linear and cardiac probes; rhino-, broncho- and gastroscopes; and a dental generator situated in our separate dental theatre. When we need to refer, we have excellent relationships with our local referral centres. We are also in the process of setting up a chronic pain clinic, which will be a great addition to the acupuncture we already offer in-house.
We have a continuous improvement (CI) board where all team members post ideas to improve our practice (no idea is too small), and our vets have a budget to allow them to purchase equipment they feel would enhance our clinical services. Niyka has a Master's in clinical animal behaviour, and Diane, who never sits still, is always looking for ways to improve the practice. Hence, as well as being an Advanced Practitioner, she completed a Diploma in Veterinary Professional Services and a certificate in Veterinary Business Management.
We believe it’s essential to be sustainable, and we’re trying to make our practice greener through initiatives such as using Tuffies mattresses in all our kennels to reduce unnecessary washing. We are also working towards our Investors in the Environment accreditation.
We’re situated in a rural area in the heart of the National Forest, close to the Peak District, but we are fortunate to have the best of both worlds, with Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, and Derby just down the road. There are also excellent road, air, and rail links with central London only 90 minutes by train, and East Midlands and Birmingham airports are nearby. We’ve also just had a fantastic new leisure centre open within a stone’s throw from the practice.
The package on offer includes:
- A salary of £45,000 up to £80,000 depending on experience and any additional qualifications
- Certificates encouraged and funded, plus weekly in-house CPD equivalent to 12 hours CPD
- Visa sponsorship available
- Company sick pay, workplace pension, VDS fees and generous staff pet discount
- Brilliant colleagues, lots of support, beautiful countryside, and LOTS of chocolates! At a recent practice meeting, we appointed a social secretary and have agreed on an annual practice ‘play fund’, which we used to enjoy a relaxing Spa day to celebrate our Best UK awards win. So, if you want to help us spend it, contact us!
Please don’t hesitate to call for an informal chat with any of our vet team or apply now.