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Head Registered Veterinary Nurse

Delaware Veterinary Group
Castle Cary, Somerset
Salary up to £34,200 depending on experience 
Closing date
29 Mar 2024
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Small Animal, Veterinary
Job Type
Veterinary Nurse
Contract Type
Full Time, Part Time

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Head Nurse 
Delaware Veterinary Group, Castle Cary 
Salary up to £34,200 depending on experience 

We are looking for a Head Nurse to manage the daily operational organisation of the small animal clinical team to ensure excellent teamwork and the highest level of clinical care. Your duties are broadly but not restricted to:
• Continuing to set a clear standard of professional conduct at all times, treating colleagues and customers with courtesy and respect 
• Maintaining a weekly nurse and vet rota for day shifts and inpatient out-of-hours cover 
• Responsibility for HR tasks such as timesheet administration, return to work discussions and individual performance reviews. 
• Working with other teams to set out our business plan to meet practice performance metrics.
• Encouraging and supporting CPD amongst the nursing team. Being responsible for the training and development of the nursing team
• Implement and ensure compliance with the Royal College Practice Standards Scheme of core and general practice

About Our Exceptional Practice 

Our Castle Cary practice is home to a team of 4 experienced RVNs (including a Deputy Head Nurse) and a new VCA who provides support to our 5 strong vet team. The practice sits at the heart of the local community and has provided veterinary care for over 100 years. The practice has a strong ethos around maintaining a healthy work/life balance and supporting each other’s wellbeing. We do not operate an out-of-hours rota however on rare occasions, inpatient care may be required during the week for hospitalised patients. We have an open culture built on respect and accountability and a supportive and accessible leadership structure.

Who We Are Looking For 

Leading a team is about appreciating individuals and bringing them together to create a functioning team capable of achieving set objectives. Working alongside our other Team Leaders, you will become pivotal in the two-way communication between clinical and practice directors and your team on the ground and will be working to create and maintain an environment in which it is possible to be the best nurse you can be. You will be an experienced, qualified RVN who has worked in busy practice. 

Your Shift Pattern

This is a full-time shift pattern, however, we can offer flexible working patterns for the right candidate. You will work 40 hours across 5 days between 8 am – 7 pm, including 1:5 Saturday mornings, inpatient care out-of-hours only.

Because our employees 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
⦁    Increasing holiday allowance based on length of service
⦁    Your birthday as a paid day off
⦁    Enhanced family-friendly policies, including maternity/paternity/adoption/shared parental and surrogacy pay
⦁    Private Medical Insurance
⦁    Cycle to Work scheme
⦁    Initiatives focused on employee wellbeing, including discounted gym membership
⦁    Non-accidental injury support
⦁    £550 CPD allowance with 5 days 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
⦁    Infection Prevention and Control Programme
⦁    Quality Improvement Programme
Professional Memberships
⦁    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

Please quote BH10971 when you apply. 

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Delaware Veterinary Group has been established for over 100 years. The original surgeries were at Delaware House, Castle Cary and Market Street, Yeovil.

The new purpose-built premises were opened in Castle Cary on a green field site in July 1999 with facilities for companion, equine and farm animals. The new surgery in Yeovil was established in 1979 on Hendford Hill and has been expanded to meet the demands of Veterinary Practice well into the new millennium.

In October 2000 a new branch surgery was opened in Stoke-sub-Hamdon to extend and improve the service offered to the area by holding daily surgeries in the village.

The Practice employs eleven veterinary surgeons at Castle Cary and five at Yeovil. Together we provide a broad base of experience and expertise, which enables us to offer first class treatment and advice for all species of animals.

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Fulford House
Torbay Road
Castle Cary

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