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Registered Veterinary Nurse

Northvet Veterinary Group
Orkney, Orkney Islands
Salary range £24,946.35 to £27,436.50 (pro-rata for part time employees)
Closing date
17 Mar 2024
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Northvet Veterinary Group

About Us

Northvet Veterinary Group is a mixed, independent, RCVS-accredited veterinary practice on the Orkney Islands. Twelve Veterinary Surgeons work at the practice, 2 are small animal vets and each week 1 or 2 mixed vets also take part in our small animal work. Our nursing team is made up of 4 RVNs, a student VN, an ACA, a VCA and a trainee VCA. We have a Practice Manager, AI technicians, RAMAs’ and a team of administration staff and receptionists. Our Kirkwall branch is the main small animal hub with 2 vets in theatre each day. We have a branch in the port of Stromness open for consultations three afternoons per week and a branch in Harray for large animals. We are a fully equipped modern practice and partly due to our location, our experienced team enjoy dealing with medical and surgical cases that would often be referred elsewhere. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Theatre and Preparation room

  • Preparation of theatre, preparation area, equipment and patients
  • Pre, peri and immediate postoperative care
  • Assistance with induction and maintenance of anaesthesia (multiparameter monitors provided)
  • Assistance during surgical procedures
  • General maintenance of hygiene and equipment in and around the theatre
  • Sterilising of equipment, cleaning floors, emptying bins etc
  • Dispensing of post-op medications
  • Charging up of operations


  • Admission and discharge of patients
  • Nursing of patients
  • Drug Administration
  • Updating case histories, charging of hospitalisation
  • General hygiene of dog and cat wards
  • Washing of bedding, towels etc
  • Handling of clinical waste etc

Nurse Consultations & Clinics

  • Pre and post-op checks, bandage changes, administering regular injections
  • Puppy and kitten checks/weight clinics/parasite control
  • Assisting vets in the consulting room as required
  • Making up and checking of prescription medications
  • Assisting vets on home visits as required


  • Preparation of equipment and patients
  • Assistance with and performance of radiography procedures
  • Processing of radiographs
  • Maintenance and care of equipment
  • Radiation badges


  • Obtain blood/urine/skin samples
  • Run samples/maintenance of analysers (Idexx suite)
  • Packing and sending of samples to external laboratories
  • Disposal of samples after testing/maintenance of a clean and tidy dispensary
  • Updating of lab record books


  • Reception shifts are few and far between (holiday/sickness cover)
  • Answering the telephone and routing calls
  • Dealing with clients when they arrive for appointments / over-the-counter sales/enquiries
  • Monitoring of PetsApp messages
  • Making appointments for consultations, surgical procedures and vet visits
  • Processing payments and invoices
  • Maintaining records
  • Maintenance of a clean and tidy reception/waiting room
  • Setting up the transfer of incoming calls to the vet on duty in the evening and the reverse of this procedure in the morning
  • Assistance with other tasks as reasonably requested eg dealing with mail, stocking up shelves, vaccination reminders, insurance claims etc

Hours of work

Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm with one afternoon off per week, plus Saturday mornings as per the rota (at the moment approximately 1 in 5). Due to the nature of the job, flexibility with these hours is appreciated.


The salary is negotiable depending on qualifications and experience. Salaries are paid monthly in arrears by BACS and an auto-enrolment pension scheme is in place. We pay the annual veterinary nurse registration fees and CPD is encouraged and funded. We provide medical insurance, dental insurance and local active life gym membership. We have a discount scheme in place for staff pets and all employees receive 28 days of full pay for sickness per annum (pro-rata). Hours worked beyond 37.5 per week are considered overtime and are paid at one and a half times the basic hourly rate.


These are 26 days per year and we are closed for two days at Christmas and two days at New Year.

Please complete and forward the Application Form and attach an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae or covering letter by clicking the Apply Now button.


Northvet Veterinary Group offers a high quality Veterinary healthcare service to the animals of Orkney. 

We have 10 Veterinary Surgeons, 4 Veterinary Nurses, an Animal Nursing Assistant, a Practice Manager and 9 Reception/Administration staff. 
We all regularly under-go training and Continuing Professional Development to ensure we provide the best possible care and advice for our clients.

With 3 branch surgeries in Orkney, Northvet covers all areas including the outer isles. 
Our Kirkwall surgery is where the majority of our staff are based. 
This surgery re-opened in July 2009 after a complete refurbishment and has excellent facilities for diagnosis and treatment. 
Our large animal surgery in Harray operates from large purpose built premises. 
At this surgery we have also installed stocks where horses can be safely secured for examination and treatment. 
Our third surgery in Stromness is open for small animal consultations 3 times per week. 
We don't like to keep you waiting so both our Kirkwall and Stromness surgeries see animals by appointment. 

All 3 of our surgeries have free parking on site. 
We provide a 24 hour emergency service 365 days of the year. 
Out of office hours please call us as normal and our dedicated emergency team will respond immediately.

Company info
33 Junction Road
Orkney Islands
KW15 1AG

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