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Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

Salary from £35,300 to £49,700 for a 3-day week
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26 Mar 2024
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A part-time role with no OOHs at an award-winning family-owned practice.

At Vetsmiths, we believe the veterinary profession is a craft as well as a science, and in celebration of this, we chose our practice name to reflect this.  We are an independent, family-run small animal practice in Dorset, where our team is everything to us – the absolute foundation of our practice; without them, we have nothing. We all work together in a lovely boutique-style clinic to give clients and their pets both high-standard veterinary care and the best experience they can possibly have. We’re all about building those relationships, not only with our clients and their pets but with each other, and we were really proud to win Best Independent Vets in Dorset 2021, just a year after opening, and more recently, overall Best Business in Wimborne in the Wimborne Business Awards 2023.

We opened the doors to our beautiful Grade II listed building in November 2020 in the heart of the beautiful market town of Wimborne Minster. Owners, Chris and Sam said, “We didn’t want to be like every other vet – we wanted a different look and feel to the traditional veterinary practice and have gone for the ‘wow’ factor with both our facilities and our brand-new kit".  This includes DR and dental x-ray, Imotek Esaote MyLab X5 Veterinary Ultrasound with a cardio package, high-end iM3 dental unit with additional rodent dental attachments, electrocautery unit, Casco kennelling system with in-built heating and adjustable lighting, separate dog units including walk-in kennels, cat units both ‘Gold’ and ‘Silver’ to ISFM standards – no bars in sight, and fully equipped in-house laboratory.

VetsmithsAs one of the only independent practices in the area, we are able to give you the autonomy to make your own decisions without being micro-managed. We ask for commitment, but in return give that back by trusting in our team.  Our part-time receptionist is just as important as our full-time vets - we’re all equal.  That’s why we all receive the same benefits and have a say in making decisions. Creating great relationships between the vet and client and giving both the time they need to achieve that is what’s important to us; it’s about quality, not quantity. We recently won New Business of the Year in the Wimborne Business Awards 2022 and 2023 and are an RCVS-accredited Small Animal General Practice where huge amounts of behind-the-scenes work went on, with the whole team being involved to help us achieve this.

“I love working at Vetsmiths because it’s a place where I feel I can reach my full potential as a vet. It is inclusive and supportive, with a wonderful team of dedicated colleagues. I achieve a high level of satisfaction with my cases because I have the time and consistency to do so whilst also developing a loyal following of dedicated clients. Not only is it a beautiful environment to work in but there are lovely walks and fabulous cafes on the doorstep to enjoy on your lunch break.  Joining Vetsmiths from the beginning was so exciting and definitely the right decision for me.” Lorna MRCVS

'Since recently starting here, I have been made to feel so welcome by the entire Vetsmiths team. Both the nursing team and support staff are accomplished and friendly and have made me feel incredibly supported from day one. It is so refreshing to work at a practice that is sensibly staffed, well organised, has a caring ethos and holds client care at the heart of what it does. From a veterinary perspective, I am well looked after, always get a lunch break and am provided with opportunities to discuss my caseload as well as further develop my personal interests. The facilities and equipment here are impressive and allow me to provide the best possible service for our clients. I couldn't recommend this practice more!' - Keshia MRCVS

We are a close-knit team of 3 vets, 3 RVNs, 2 ANAs, and 4 receptionists, along with our administrator. Sam, one of the directors, is an all-round people person and is our mental health first aider, regularly taking the time to check in with everyone and ensuring that everyone is appreciated not only for the big achievements but also for the little things that happen daily. In fact, we have an appreciation/thank you tin to vote for our Monthly Team Champion.  We all take the time to leave each other messages of thanks or well done's – it can be for anything from making a fab cup of much-needed tea during a busy afternoon of consults to over-hearing a telephone conversation with a client that blew us away.  At the end of the month, the team member with the most votes is our Champ and receives a small gift by way of thanks. 

Our vets have a range of experience; director Chris graduated in 1994 and enjoys all aspects of practice with a particular passion for rabbit medicine, ophthalmology, business management, and the sharing of knowledge, whether that’s a discussion about cases, clinical meetings, or mentoring. Having been with us from the beginning, Lorna is passionate about imaging, feline behaviour and medicine, and imported diseases and is currently undertaking her advanced practitioner certificate in primary care. She is also our cat advocate and helped us achieve ISFM Silver Cat-Friendly Clinic status within four months of opening. Keshia is the newest vet to join our team and is proving a massive hit with our clients and their pets. We are also fortunate to have Andy Morris, a referral orthopaedic surgeon, visiting the practice regularly, which enables us to keep the majority of cases in-house. 

VetsmithsDue to the success of Vetsmiths over a short period of time, we’re growing our team and are looking for a vet to join us on a part-time basis, ideally three days a week, including 1:4 Saturday mornings. Our out-of-hours are covered by Vets Now Bournemouth, who are based in Wimborne - just a 5-minute drive away from the practice, so there are no Sundays or bank holidays to cover.

Our days are structured so that there is one vet consulting and one vet operating in the morning, with plenty of time set aside for you to catch up on admin and phone calls. It’s important that everyone gets a lunch break to get some headspace and chill out.  We have a rule that if a member of the team chooses to take their break in our cosy kitchen area, they’re not to be interrupted, and discussing work is off-limits.  Afternoon consults start at 3.30 pm when we’ll have 2 vets consulting with regular fifteen-minute slots in the diary reserved for ‘on the day’ appointments and time provided to catch up. Our last available appointment is at 6.15pm, which is kept blocked out strictly for emergencies to help take the pressure off the end of the day. We want whenever possible for you to get out on time to enjoy your evenings.

We love being part of the Wimborne community and are passionate about supporting other local independent businesses and where possible, we will always seek to partner with them. One of our most popular partnerships is with Grounded Coffee, run by local couple Jon and Rosie who roast and supply their own coffee beans locally. We are so pleased to offer their amazing coffee to our clients (having done the in-depth taste test previously!), and many of our clients now pop in just for a coffee and a chat.  These unscheduled ‘pop-ins’ are just as important to us because it means we’re getting to know our clients and their pets, building those important relationships, and it’s great for relaxing those pets who are a little more timid about their vet visits.

We are also committed to ensuring, wherever possible, to source responsibly, reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill, monitor our energy usage, and reduce our carbon footprint year after year, which is why we have two sustainability champions in the team.  They continually look at ways we can improve and help implement practices that will have a positive impact on the environment. We are proud to be partnered with Ecologi creating our own Vetsmiths’ forest.  To date, we have planted 3,788 trees in real forests to offset the carbon footprint of each member of our team. To date, we have offset over 215 tonnes of CO2e.

We’re a sociable bunch who regularly organise get-togethers outside of work; we always enjoy the chance to catch up and have a laugh, whether we meet up for a curry night, enjoy the local bars and pubs in Wimborne, like our Christmas wreath-making workshop with gorgeous nibbles and mulled wine. We all had such a fun evening, and all had a beautiful Christmas wreath to take home for our doors. To thank the team for their commitment and hard work, we pulled out all the stops for Christmas 2022 and 2023.  We had a night of dinner, drinks, and dancing for the whole team and their partners at a boutique hotel in Bournemouth, where we provided rooms for the night so everyone got to let their hair down and not have to worry about getting home.

VetsmithsSet on the south coast of Dorset, Wimborne Minster is a picturesque historic market town surrounded by stunning countryside. There are many independent businesses and specialist shops that you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are also stunning riverside walks, and Eye Bridge on the river Stour is a great spot for paddle boarding. Wimborne is less than 20 minutes from the beautiful beaches of Bournemouth and Poole, as well as the glorious new forest in the other direction.

Here's what we’re offering:

  • A salary range of £35,300 - £49,700 per annum for a 3-day week
  • No OOHs
  • Five weeks’ holiday plus bank holidays
  • Your birthday off – a day off to enjoy yourself and celebrate PLUS cake!
  • Generous CPD allowance (no cap) – if it’s the right course for you and works for the practice, why wouldn’t we support you?  Certificates supported and funded
  • Paid Professional fees
  • Annual parking permit provided for the town centre, including evenings and weekends
  • Pet insurance premiums paid for 1 dog, 2 cats, or 2 rabbits
  • Generous staff discount scheme and workplace pension
  • Free fruit is always on offer
  • Amazing clients who want the best for their pets
  • Supportive working environment, with a fun, creative, and ethical company committed to its team, sustainability, and daring to do things a little differently

If Carlsberg did veterinary centre reviews…

5* Google Review - “Having a good relationship with our vet was always very important to me. We had dogs around my entire life, and my experiences with different vet practices varied massively.

Until we met Chris over 10 years ago! Now, we have not only an outstanding relationship with our vet but also with the entire team at Vetsmiths. It is so refreshing to see Frankie being happy to see Chris and every single member of the team when we visit.

They all take the time to say hello, give him a ton of biscuits and there is always a cup of coffee for me too! So thank you millions Vetsmiths for being this amazing!”  Ms. M Bennett-Rihova and Frankie

Like what you’ve read and want to have an informal chat? You can call us, or if you think we’re the practice you’ve been looking for, a team who really does care about the little things, then apply now.


Vetsmiths is an independent veterinary practice. We’re independent because it’s the only way we can meet our clients’ inevitably high standards. They will always see the same vets and we’ll make sure you get the right amount of time with them. We deal with everything needed under our one roof, from cutting-edge facilities to the smaller details that make all the difference. We look after the lifelong health of pets, caring for them but also for you too. We established Vetsmiths to give our patients and our team everything they need, not just some of it.

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01202 119988
14 West Borough
BH21 1NF
United Kingdom

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