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Veterinary Surgeon

RSPCA Head Office
East Winch, King's Lynn
£44,941 to £47,000 pro rata
Closing date
25 Feb 2024

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A bit about us

2024 is a big year for us as we turn 200 years young! We are proud of our long standing history in campaigning for a better world for animal  welfare. We were the first to introduce a law to protect animals and have been working hard ever since  to ensure that all animals can live free from pain and suffering. Through our campaigns we raise standards of care, and awareness of issues, affecting animals today. Our vision is to one day live in a world where all animals are respected and treated with compassion. And that is what we work towards every day.

We are looking for a new team member as a part time Veterinary Surgeon, you will be working as part of the Veterinary team reporting into the Centre Manager.

  • Working hours: 24 hours working on a 6 week rota basis between the hours of 10:30 until 18.30, including weekends and public holidays. On-site role: Your base will be at East Winch, Kings Lynn.

We role model our values through our people culture and keep connected through regular check-in's and team meetings, your colleagues are always on hand to support or chat. It's important to us that you feel part of our team from the get go!

Are you ready to be part of our journey and make a difference?


​We offer a wide range of benefits to recognise your contributions at RSPCA.

  • We offer a wide range of benefits to recognise your contributions at RSPCA. Great Annual Leave benefits - 25 days annual leave on joining increasing each year to a maximum of 31 days (pro rata for part-time) Additional Society day around Christmas. CPD/ VDS & MRCVS: RSPCA offer 5 days CPD + £1000 CPD allowance, and also pay for VDS and MRCVS registration fees to support you in your role, and look to offer further professional development after a qualifying period. Generous pension scheme Career development through our in-house Learning & Development training Charity worker discounts: Access to hundreds of discounts across many retailers, travel, insurance & cinema tickets.

What a day might look like for you

Here at RSPCA we know it's a cliche but no two days are the same, as a Veterinary Surgeon we've added a short summary of what a typical day might look like.

The Hospital works directly with stray and unowned animals, helping those animals most in need.  We work with RSPCA's Inspectors, animal centres and branches providing essential veterinary care and advice. 

East Winch is a wildlife centre and the largest rehabilitation centre for seals in  the UK, so our Vets treat a variety of species including hedgehogs, foxes, badgers, deer and many more. This truly does mean the work is varied, and pragmatism is key to treating such a wide variety of animals.

You can also visit the East Winch Facebook page to find out more about the work they do by clicking here

What makes a great Veterinary Surgeon?

Previous experience working within a similar setting would be valuable, working to a high welfare and clinical standard and knowing that we are working for the benefit of our animal patients first and foremost.

A high level of pragmatism and the ability to work effectively in a small team to make decisions on and undertake a wide range of surgical operations and procedures. This requires competence and experience across veterinary disciplines, including soft tissue surgery, orthopaedic surgery, cardiology, ophthalmology, diagnostic imaging, clinical pathology and shelter medicine. The Veterinary Surgeon at East Winch will also be responsible for the supervision of  Vet Nurses.

Recruitment Process

Please note we will be holding face to face interviews for this role dates TBC at East Winch, which will involve; 

  • A competency based interview (roughly 30 to 40 minutes) with two panel members Followed by a tour of the site We try to provide feedback where we can following on from interview if you are successful

We are really lucky that some of our roles attract a high level of interest and for this reason we review applications as they are received, unfortunately on some occasions this means roles may close earlier than advertised; so early submissions are highly recommended.

We do try to give feedback where we can but sometimes due to receiving high levels of applications, this may not always be possible

We recognise that a diverse and inclusive workforce is essential to achieving our core mission. For this reason we actively encourage a wide diversity of applications - in particular from members of minority ethnic groups, and people with disabilities - as these candidates are currently under-represented at the RSPCA.

Should you need any support with your application or interview process please contact

Our mission is to ensure animals have a good life by rescuing and caring for those in need, by advocating on behalf of all animals and by inspiring everyone to treat them with compassion and respect


Speak up  

Through our campaigns we raise standards of care and awareness of issues for the animals who have no voice.

With your support we push for laws to be changed, improving the welfare of animals on farms, in research labs, in the wild, in paddocks or in our homes.

Stand up Through investigations and prosecutions we stand up to those who deliberately harm animals to send out a clear message - we will not tolerate animal abuse.

Our highly trained officers tackle neglect and cruelty at every level and are working hard to stamp out large-scale serious, organised and commercial animal cruelty.

Be counted

We believe every animal has the right to be counted as an individual.

Animals can rely on us to rescue them when they need us most. To rehabilitate them wherever possible, provide them with the very best veterinary care and to find them new homes, either through rehoming or release.

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Wilberforce Way
West Sussex
RH13 9RS
United Kingdom

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