Are you looking for a unique rota that gives you the freedom to spend blocks of time away from work? Have you ever wanted to get involved with charity work abroad? If so then read on..
How it all started
Owner Marie qualified in 1995 and started her veterinary career working as a mixed vet in the Caribbean, where tropical diseases are common, and the treatment was often too expensive for many. When Marie returned to France in 1998, she began looking into ways to provide affordable veterinary medicines in the hope of improving the health and well-being of a wide range of animals, including livestock. This led her to start her own business, Genevet Ltd, which manufactures, sells and exports generic pharmaceuticals, veterinary products and equipment, without the inflated costs. Genevet Ltd operates mainly in Africa and the Middle East, helping to control and treat most of the tropical diseases known in these regions. When political/civil unrest made it difficult to travel regularly to these areas, Marie decided to put down roots in the UK, transformed the warehouse used for Genevet into a small animal practice, Cherry Tree Vets. The client base quickly outgrew the premises and the practice moved to Diss in 2013, opening a branch clinic in Harleston in 2016.
However, charity work is so important to Marie that when possible, whilst still running the practice, she returns to Africa, and she is the first and only small animal vet registered in Chad (central Africa). She will stuff her luggage full of medicine and medical supplies and head off where she provides street clinics to treat any animals that need veterinary care and will often be found taking shelter from the sun under a banana tree while she cares for patients. This could mean providing preventative care from neutering to parasite control or treating sick animals.
Having read this far, you’d be right to assume that Marie likes to keep busy! When she’s not working at the practice or running her other business, she can be found running semi or full marathons, walking her 2 Belgian shepherds, gardening, or painting.
About the role
One of our lovely vets Izabela has relocated so we are looking for a small animal vet to join our team. Izabela loved her time with us, and this is what she said about being part of the Cherry Tree Vets team:
"It was the first practice that I worked for after graduation. Being new in my profession and also in the United Kingdom (I am polish) was very stressful. I felt anxious and lonely initially, but everyone from the team welcomed me like "their own" and shortly, they became like a family to me.
Everyone at Cherry Tree is very supportive, friendly with huge amount of empathy that sometimes lacks in our profession. Marie, my boss, always kept checking on me and my mental health as she knew how difficult it is to be 'foreign'. She provided me with an amazing life-work balance with elasticity so I could visit my family and fly to Poland when needed.
Moreover, the practice is well-equipped and organised. They have an amazing attitude to animals and always treat them professionally and like a part of the family. I recommend this practice to everyone, regardless of where and when they graduated!! I worked at Cherry Tree Vets for two years and only left due to life circumstances otherwise I would definitely still be working with them!"
Our rota is very flexible, so whether you’re looking for 4 days a week, part-time hours (even just 12 hours) or an individual rota designed to allow you to take blocks of time off between working, we’re happy to discuss the options available and design a bespoke rota that works for you and us.
We prioritise the wellbeing of our team and believe that a good work-life balance is vital. With this in mind, our vet consults start at 10am so you have time to pursue whatever morning activities you enjoy. The practice is open from 8am until 6.30pm on weekdays, and from 10am until 6pm on Saturdays, with a two-hour lunch break on the Saturday.
Although we provide our own out-of-hours, but you don’t need to be part of the rota however there is the opportunity to join the rota if you enjoy it, or would like to gain some experience. We use Moneypenny phone answering service to triage calls and we also have a practice policy to see anything within our normal working hours that could potentially need seeing OOHs, and our receptionists will always make sure the diary is rebooked to allow this. For less experienced vets wanting to get involved in OOHs, back up is always provided.
Whether you’re a new graduate or a more experienced vet looking to increase your skills, Marie loves to teach and has lots of experience mentoring; from providing veterinary training in Africa, to helping new graduates find their feet as they start their careers in practice. Marie is also currently completing the Vet GDP Advisor course. We also have big plans for the practice, and we hope in the future to set up some referral services in bespoke new premises, so we would welcome any vets wanting to develop or already having developed a specialism.
If you’ve always wanted to get involved with charity work, we can provide your next adventure; we’d love you to get involved in the charity work Marie is passionate about, and we could arrange for you to spend time abroad working with the shelter.
About the practice
We’re a small animal practice providing first opinion care, routine surgery, and emergency and critical care from our main practice in Diss and our branch clinic in Harleston. We’ll give you the clinical freedom to work up your cases as you see best, and we have a varied and exciting medical and surgical case load.
We have all the usual kit including digital x-ray, ultrasound, dental suite with dental x-ray and in-house lab. If you have a particular passion, then we are happy to invest in the necessary equipment so you can follow your interests.
Our wonderful RVN Megan runs extensive nurse clinics, seeing any routine post-op checks, 2nd vaccinations, repeat monthly injections, anal glands and nail clips, which takes the pressure off the vet appointments.
We’re also proud supporters of our local cat shelter, Feline Care, which is run by Molly and her amazing team, who are all dedicated and passionate about our feline friends.
About the local area
Diss is a picturesque market town situated in the Waveney Valley area of South Norfolk. close to both the Norfolk Broads and the Suffolk border. There is lots of beautiful scenic countryside to explore and it’s just a short drive to the coast. For the runners out there, the Great Barrow challenge is around the corner from Diss. There are also great transport links, with rail links to London in under two hours and London Stanstead and Norwich airport within very easy reach.
We are offering
- A salary of £35,000 up to £70,000 depending on experience
- Generous holiday, plus flexible rota options
- No fixed CPD budget, all requests considered, plus certificates supported and funded
- Professional fees for RCVS, VDS and BVA paid
- Visas sponsored
- Opportunity to work abroad for one week per year for a dedicated small animal charity/shelter
- Company pension
- Potential use of company vehicle
- Accommodation available
If you would like to know more, call us for an informal chat or just apply now.