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Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

Rowan Veterinary Centre
Freckleton, Preston
Salary from £35,000 to £65,000
Closing date
21 Mar 2024
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About Rowan

Rowan Veterinary Centre is an independent small animal practice on the beautiful Fylde coast. We are expanding and are looking for a new vet to join our team of 8 vets who provide high-quality first-opinion services to our patients and clients. We have two sites: our purpose-built practice in Warton (near Kirkham) and a 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 that is so embedded in the veterinary industry. The success of our culture is reflected in our long-standing team, with 5 of our 8 vets having worked with us from either newly graduated or one year qualified. We really do love nurturing new graduates, they add a real burst of energy and enthusiasm to the practice, and we are well set up to provide excellent support for any new graduates that are interested in the role. Of our three most recent vet additions, two have joined us from other practices and have brought a wealth of experience to Rowan, including our exotics certificate holder who does the work for Blackpool Zoo.

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 a fear-free and ISFM silver cat-friendly clinic with certificate holders in surgery, ophthalmology, Zoo medicine, chronic pain management and acupuncture, along with vets currently undertaking certificates in small animal medicine and behaviour. We also benefit from a visiting certificate holder in orthopaedics and soft tissue surgery and a specialist in cardiology.

 Rowan Veterinary CentreWe are team-orientated and encourage personal and professional development. We are passionate about mental health and wellbeing, and our management team is approachable and happy to develop new processes and ways of working to support the continuous improvement of our clinical standards, client care and services offered.

What our team say about us

“I joined the team nearly 6 years ago at a time when I thought I might actually leave the profession if the job didn’t work out! My colleagues have since become some of my closest friends, and they’ve helped me flourish both personally and professionally. The vets are always encouraged to follow any interests and passions without any pressure and I’m always proud of the team for striving to constantly improve their clinical knowledge. I still maintain if I hadn’t found such a wonderful team, I wouldn’t be a practising vet today.” Leanne MRCVS

“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

“I joined the team here nearly 18 months ago and have never looked back. Rowan encourages both personal and professional growth, fostering a positive, forward-thinking environment. Team members are actively listened to and given the opportunity to contribute to an ever-evolving practice. The people you work with are the reason you want to come to work each day, supporting each other in challenging times and celebrating success. As one team, we draw on each other’s knowledge and expertise across all departments; I feel this is just one reason that Rowan provides the care and professionalism to both our customers and patients. Our commitment to our customer journey is something I’m very passionate about.” Kelly, Client Care Manager

Rowan Veterinary CentreThe Rota

Our vets work a set 4-day week with a shared weekend rota. The weekend rota is currently 1:6. We can guarantee the weekend rota will never be more than 1:5.

Monday through Thursday consists of:

  • 2 x 7.30 pm finishes, with consults finishing at 6.40 pm, allowing time for a daily debrief at the end of each day
  • 1 x 5 pm finish
  • 1 x day off

With there being no change to people’s Monday - Thursday hours, we have found that vets can better commit to things outside of work and settle well within the area.

The weekend rota consists of:

  • 1 x Friday 1 pm finish
  • 2 x Friday 5 pm finish
  • 1 x Friday 6 pm finish
  • 1 x Friday 6.30 pm finish and Saturday morning (8.30 am -1 pm)
  • 1 x Friday 7.30 pm finish and a Saturday morning (8.30 am- 1 pm) followed by inpatient care

As the practice’s own OOH is purely for our own inpatients, it is generally very quiet. There is always an RVN on-call to assist if needed. If there are no inpatients by 1:30 pm on a Saturday, you have the remaining weekend off.

Our phones are covered by the nearby Emergency Veterinary Services (EVS). As a practice we cover the OOH each Tuesday night from the EVS practice. This means each vet covers a night once a month, along with a qualified veterinary nurse and with an additional experienced vet as backup if required. You are given the following morning off after this shift.

We value our team and always aim to offer a good work-life balance, so 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. 

The local area

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, which also means you have easy access to airports for travel further afield.

Rowan Veterinary CentreThe Package

  • Salary of £35,000 for a new graduate (with enrolment on the Vet Dynamics Vet Academy) up to £65,000 for an experienced colleague. You will also get paid £220 on top for each night you do at our OOH service
  • 6.6 weeks holiday, including bank holidays
  • No fixed CPD budget as we’d rather agree with each member of the team which direction they want to go in with CPD (certificates are encouraged and funded!), and we guarantee a minimum of 5 days for CPD per year
  • Professional fees paid for specialism veterinary memberships and VDS

If you would like to come and work with our amazing vets, incredibly caring and respectful nursing team and welcoming customer care team, please apply below.


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.

Company info
01772 639800
Rowan Veterinary Centre
Hillock Lane
United Kingdom

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