Supportive and nurturing hospital practice with a friendly team who will help build your confidence and develop your skills…
My father founded Connaught House Vets in 1953, and we were one of the first practices in the country to be awarded RCVS hospital status. Since then, we have grown into a thriving multi-centre practice with 10 full-time and several part-time vets, with our hospital at the heart of the practice. We remain proudly independent, allowing us to have excellent clinical freedom and continuity of cases.
We believe in nurturing our team and can offer lots of support, so if you’ve had a tough time in the profession over the last few years like so many have and are feeling a little battered and bruised, let us pick up the pieces and help put you back together. Our friendly team will build your confidence and develop your skills. We want you to be in a place where you feel comfortable, and our current team reflects that, with many of us having been here for years or some who left and came back- twice in one case!
We are really flexible with the rota, so whether you are looking for a full or part-time role or you have other commitments to work around, please do get in touch to discuss the options available. We appreciate that everyone has their own skill set and areas of interest. If your ideal day is being elbow-deep in surgery or, equally, if you prefer seeing consults, we are happy to design a rota to accommodate this.
Our out-of-hours is outsourced to Vets Now from 7 p.m. daily, and our in-patients are cared for at the hospital site by our experienced RVN team, who provide 24/7 care. There are no routine weekends normally needed with a part-time role, and our full-time vets only do 1:8 Saturday mornings and 1:8 daytime weekends (overseeing inpatient care only after 7).
Both Shifnal and Kingswinford are standalone clinics with all the usual kit, including digital x-ray and ultrasound, and we also offer acupuncture and laser therapy and an in-house lab. You also have access to the full range of facilities available at our Hospital, along with the expertise of vets undertaking certificates in feline medicine, surgery, and cardiology.
We have a culture where you’re not alone, and we really enjoy helping each other out. But don’t just take our word for it; here’s what our team says:
“After initially visiting as an EMS student, I’ve been working at Connaught House for over 20 years! Working in this enriching, progressive, professional, yet truly supportive and friendly environment with a high level of patient care and lasting professional relationships with our loyal clients has been an amazing experience. The benefits of working in an independent practice where there is a high level of clinical freedom, a challenging and diverse caseload supported by excellent team collaboration are something I wouldn’t trade for anything.” Julie MRCVS
“Ever since my first day, Connaught has been a friendly, supportive and flexible place to work. I have been able to follow my passion for surgery and study for a certificate fully supported by the practice. The team is more like a family; the atmosphere is one of support and teamwork where you never feel like you are alone.” Zadie MRCVS
Laura started with us as a locum and liked it so much that she stayed:
"For me, working at Connaught House, Shifnal provides the warmth and security of a small, tight-knit team alongside the bustle and buzz of a busy branch clinic. Clinical freedom and some really diverse cases allow for progression and development, but there are enough routine appointments and regular clients to really build up a rapport with people and their pets. The dedicated and supportive team makes work genuinely enjoyable, and an abundance of tea also helps!" Laura MRCVS
This is what one of our former vets, Isla, who’s now completing a residency, had to say about her time with us:
“Connaught House Vets provided a supportive and nurturing environment where I could grow my internal medicine and critical care skills. Its varied and interesting caseload equipped me with both practical skills and clinical experience, thus developing my enthusiasm and knowledge. This facilitated my transition to a multidisciplinary university-based internship and ongoing training.” Isla MRCVS
There is plenty of opportunity for career development, and we will fully support this, so whether you want to improve your skills or are looking to take on a certificate, we will not only fund this but can provide the varied caseload to help you achieve this. We enjoy mentoring and watching our team thrive and have structured our days to support this. We also have 20-minute consultations for some patients, so there is no need to rush with new or more complicated cases.
We are a sociable team who enjoy spending time together, both inside and outside of work. Whether it's a practice meeting with pizza or a more ambitious challenge like cycling 100 km to raise money for Hounds for Heroes, we're always up for an adventure. We're also big supporters of various charities, hosting events like coffee and cake mornings and selling masks to support the Air Ambulance.
Situated near the beautiful countryside of Shropshire and Staffordshire, our location has the best of both worlds, being just within 20 minutes from Birmingham but a short ride to the amazing Shropshire hills. It also has great transport links and is just 15 mins from the motorway network, taking you all over the UK.
- Salary of £34,000 to £60,000+, FTE depending on experience
- 5 working weeks holidays plus bank holidays, or a day off in lieu if worked
- No OOHs after 7 p.m. (in-patient care only)
- Flexible CPD allowance, certificates funded and supported, RCVS and VDS
- Visas sponsored
- Assistance with temporary accommodation if relocating, plus a potential relocation bonus
If you would like to enjoy working with our close-knit, supportive team, please call us for an informal chat or apply now!