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Veterinary Surgeon

Christopher Carter Veterinary Surgeons
Southampton, Hampshire
Salary up to £75,000 depending on experience
Closing date
5 Jun 2024
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Veterinary Surgeon Opportunity 
Salary up to £75,000 per annum depending on experience
Welcome Bonus of up to £5,000
Relocation Allowance of up to £5,000

Find a place to progress 

Here at Christopher Carter Veterinary Surgery, we are hoping to find an enthusiastic Veterinary Surgeon to join our dedicated team. We pride ourselves in offering our Vets excellent clinical exposure alongside versatility. Therefore, you will have a varied case load of consultations and surgery. You don’t need to worry if Surgery is an interest of yours, but you’ve not yet had much exposure, our experienced and supportive team are eager to invest in training and aiding in developing your existing skill set. We also have the opportunity for some sole charge working if you are a more experienced Vet.

Finding a balance that works for you

We can offer you flexibility in your rota, our people are at the heart of everything that we do, that’s why we know that work-life balance is vital in supporting our people to be their best selves in and outside of work. Our flexible approach to rota patterns and working hours offers a balance that truly flexes with you and your lifestyle no matter what stage you are in your career.  

We are a single site practice, and our current running times are between 9.00am and 7.00pm across 4.5 days a week. As standard we offer a half day off on a set day each week. We also cover 1:4 Saturday mornings with no OOH required as this is covered by our sister company Vets Now. 

Why work for us? 

We are a single site practice with an array of equipment from in-house laboratory machines, digital x-ray, E.C.G, capnography, blood pressure and ultrasound machines.

We are a friendly experienced team who strive to give the best patient care to all our clients, but also consistent support to each other. We are keen to share ideas and knowledge and particularly enjoying training nurses and new Graduates. We have a loyal client base that has been established over the last 40 years and have therefore gained a respectful local reputation. We are invested in each other as much as our animals and pride ourselves on being a stable team with a low turnover.

Southampton is a vibrant city with great links to the rest of the country by car, train, and air. We are on the doorstep of the beautiful New Forest and the Solent, so excellent opportunities for hiking and all water sports if you enjoy being outdoors. We are keen to house internal progression and as a result there may be an opportunity to further your career to Clinical Director level in the future.

Join Our Excellent Team

Our experienced team of 5 Veterinary Surgeons includes a certificate holder in surgery who is keen to support those with the same interest. We pride ourselves on creating an environment that encourages professional growth, our nursing team attest to that, comprising of 8 RVNs who have all been trained and then qualified whilst at Christopher Carter. We have an excellent Animal Care Assistant, a dedicated Practice Manager (who is also an RVN) and two wonderful Receptionists.

We are invested in our local community and with this in mind, the surgery looks after the local Blue Cross branch and a Vet and Nurse operate on our premises one day a week.

Because our employees matter

We recognise that our people are fundamental to the success of our business. Investing in our people, premises and processes is at the heart of what we do. In addition to a competitive base salary, you will benefit from -

Work-life balance

  • 6.6 weeks annual leave
  • Your birthday as a paid day off


  • Private medical insurance
  • Enhanced family-friendly policies, including maternity/paternity/adoption/shared parental and surrogacy pay
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Initiatives focused on employee wellbeing
  • Non-accidental injury support


  • £1250 CPD allowance with 40 hours per annum pro rata
  • Certificate support 
  • Learning and development opportunities via the IVC Evidensia Academy
  • Access to Vetlexicon – our online encyclopaedia provider
  • All our Vets & Nurses can apply for research funding
  • All our Vets get £1250 per annum to spend via our Care Fund
  • Infection Prevention and Control Programme
  • Quality Improvement Programme

Professional Memberships

  • BVA membership
  • VDS cover


  • Pawsome Benefits – reward gateway giving discounts and cashback with 100’s of retailers
  • Pension – 5% Employee/3% Employer
  • Discounted staff pet care

Please quote reference BH11627 when applying for this role.

If this position is of interest to you then please contact Bartosz on the contact number provided. 

To submit your application, click the apply now button.


Established in 1982, the surgery employs a range of fully trained and qualified staff, including five veterinary surgeons, seven veterinary nurses and two trainee nurses.

The surgery at all times adheres to the highest standards set by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and is a Tier 2 Accredited Practice. It is also an Approved Training Centre for Veterinary Nurses.

As a long established practice, we are proud of our reputation for providing friendly, high standard services. We have a comprehensive range of services available which are very competitively priced and we never, ever compromise quality. Our surgery is continually updated to reflect advances in veterinary medicine, and all our staff undergo continuing education to help them keep up with the latest developments. We understand how important each and every one of your pets is to you and your family, and that they are individuals with their own needs.

As a practice, we support and work with local animal charities. We provide the veterinary services for the Blue Cross, Southampton and work with Guide dogs for the blind.

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224 Winchester Road
SO16 6TL

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