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Registered Veterinary Nurse

Rowan Veterinary Centre
Freckleton, Preston
Salary of £29,500 to £32,500
Closing date
7 Mar 2024
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Are you an RVN looking for a supportive team? If so, then read on…

Rowan Veterinary Centre is an independent small animal practice on the beautiful Fylde coast. We provide high-quality first-opinion services to our patients and clients from our purpose-built practice in Warton (near Kirkham) and our branch surgery in Blackpool.

We have an excellent working environment established within the practice, built on the foundations of our five core values of growth, respect, courage, belonging and making a difference. Our culture is based on getting it right and we aim to learn from our mistakes, avoiding the blame game which is so embedded in the veterinary industry.

Our vision and mission for the practice is to be a hub of hope within the profession by transforming the experience for everyone we welcome through our doors. From pets to vets to reps, we want people to believe that working in this industry can be great!

We are looking for an RVN to join our growing, inclusive nursing team. Our five RVNs, along with our fantastic team of ANAs and VCAs, are all very welcoming and supportive of new colleagues. Our Head Nurse, Tom, joined the team in November. He has worked in various practices in the UK and Australia and as a tutor at Chester Veterinary Training Centre. He has a Level 3 Award in Education and Teaching and has recently started Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead course. Tom and the rest of the management team are extremely approachable and will provide lots of support and further training where needed. Tom says, “I had, like many nurses, taken a break from the day-to-day nursing and pursued other interests. I found that I was ready to come back into practice and couldn't have picked a better practice than Rowan. I have rediscovered my love of nursing and found a team that is supportive, encouraging, and so happy to listen to other points of view. Every team member is encouraged to pursue their interests and put them into practice. The level of care for the patients is exceptional, as is the care for the clients and team. I could not have found a better practice.”

Rowan Veterinary Centre

We are an RCVS Accredited, fear-free and ISFM silver cat-friendly clinic, and our nurses run regular clinics in nutrition, senior cats, behaviour and puppy classes. We are also fully supported by a dedicated front-of-house team.

We absolutely encourage both your personal and professional development, so if you’d like to continue your studies, we will support you in any area of interest that aligns with the growth of the practice. Hayley joined us as a newly qualified RVN in 2012. Since then, she has been able to develop her skills, completing both a Diploma in Feline Nursing and an Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) certificate. Having held the position of Head Nurse and being part of the senior management team since 2015, Hayley is moving to a more strategic role, implementing and driving improvements in clinical standards. She is about to start the ILM leadership and management course with VMG.

Amy has been part of the team for over 10 years, having completed her nurse training here. She has completed an acupuncture course and works with our vet, Francis, to provide pain management clinics.

“At Rowan Vets, I have been able to grow within myself and within the practice by progressing in the area of pain management, and I am currently running my own clinics alongside a vet. I have also had the opportunity to complete a small animal nutrition certificate which I use on a daily basis.” Amy RVN

Becca has a keen interest in behaviour and runs our puppy classes. She has also been working closely with vet Nicole, who is studying for a Masters in behaviour.

“I started here as a student vet nurse in 2019 and continued my journey here as an RVN in 2021. I feel extremely grateful to have started my career in such a fantastic practice with the most helpful and supportive team. Our team has such strong bonds, and we help, support and guide each other whenever we need to, which I think is such an important factor when working in this challenging yet rewarding profession. Our management team lead by example as they are extremely approachable, encouraging and motivating, and have developed an amazing practice culture and implemented a growth mindset in all of their staff. Animal welfare is at the heart of everything we do, and the veterinary care provided is second to none, as patient care is always our top priority.” Becca RVN

Rowan Veterinary CentreWe have an exotics vet joining the team soon, so this is a great opportunity for an RVN with a particular interest in exotics to develop your skills and knowledge in this area. We would also be happy to support further training or a certificate in exotics if this is something you want to pursue.

We value all of our team and always aim to offer a good work-life balance which is why we decided to outsource our out-of-hours to Emergency Veterinary Services in Lytham St Anne’s. We do look after our own inpatients with an inpatient on-call rota shared between the vets and nurses, and backup support will be provided until you are comfortable.

As we don’t have the out-of-hours phone, the on-call is for inpatients only, so you can relax at home if there are no patients. You will receive a retainer for being on-call, plus a paid call-out fee and hourly rate if you need to attend the practice. We have a system in place to submit the weekends you wish to or wish not to work, allowing flexibility for everyone when making plans outside of work.

Our RVNs work a 4-day week with a fixed day off each week.

Our weekend rota is just 1:5, consisting of the following weekend shifts:

  • 2 x Friday finishes at 1.30 pm
  • Friday finish at 5 pm
  • Friday finish at 6.30 pm
  • Friday finish at 7.30 pm and inpatient night on-call, a Saturday morning shift (8.30 am – 1:30 pm), and then inpatient only on-call.

Rowan Veterinary Centre

We’re a sociable team that enjoys getting together outside of work, whether for our Christmas party, summer BBQ or just taking the dogs for a walk! There is lots to explore locally, from the bright lights of Blackpool to sandy beaches and beautiful countryside. For a bit of city life, Liverpool and Manchester are just an hour away, meaning you have easy access to airports for further travel.

We are offering:

  • A salary of £29,500 to £32,500, with an additional retainer fee for any inpatient only nights or weekends on call, plus a call-out fee and hourly rate if called in
  • 6 weeks holiday inclusive of bank holidays
  • Your birthday off
  • CPD encouraged, with certificates supported and funded
  • Generous staff discount
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity and sick pay
  • Company pension

If you would like to be part of our amazing, caring and friendly nursing team then please call us now for an informal chat or apply now


We are proud of our strong local reputation for delivering consistently high quality service, and we never forget what a privilege it is to work with all our two and four-legged friends.

Rowan Veterinary Centre has two Small Animal surgeries in the Fylde: our main purpose-built practice is on Hillock Lane (surrounded by a beautiful meadow) between Kirkham and Freckleton, just north of Preston. We also have a branch surgery in Blackpool, on Whitegate Drive. Both practices have a long-established reputation amongst the local communities for providing excellent care to thousands of pets every year.

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01772 639800
Rowan Veterinary Centre
Hillock Lane
United Kingdom

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