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Part-Time Night Veterinary Surgeon

Coombefield Veterinary Hospital
Axminster, Devon
Salary up to £70,000 FTE depending on experience
Closing date
9 Jun 2024
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Part-Time Night Veterinary Surgeon
Coombefields Veterinary Hospital, Axminster
Salary up to £70,000 FTE depending on experience

Exciting opportunity to complete our night team, offering flexibility in a role while delivering high standard of emergency and critical care.

What’s on offer at Coombefield Veterinary Hospital?

  • This part-time role is 4 nights on (7pm to 8am) every 3 or 6 weeks – more flexible roles can be accommodated
  • This part-time role completes our team of permanent and experienced night vets who are bonded to the practice.
  • £58,000 to £70,000 per annum, depending on experience
  • £5,000 welcome bonus, and £5,000 relocation package
  • RCVS, BVA and VDS membership included
  • £1000 a year to spend per year on patients using the ‘Care Fund’
  • A generous CPD allowance with certificate support
  • Other benefits include private medical insurance, enhanced family friendly policies, cycle to work scheme, initiatives focused on employee wellbeing, discounted staff pet care and 'Pawsome' Benefits (a reward gateway giving discounts and cashback with 100’s of retailers)
  • Pension – 5% Employee/3% Employer

Coombefield Veterinary Hospital is a long-standing practice in the community

  • Coombefield Veterinary Hospital (CVH) is a long-standing practice in the community, and has grown from the 'James Herriot' ideal of mixed practice, to an RCVS accredited, purpose-built hospital practice in the same town - with still growing aspirations and ambitions.
  • We are really proud of our practice's foundations, and it is still really important to us that we are there for the community and their pets

What is Three Counties Veterinary Emergencies?

  • Three Counties Veterinary Emergencies (3CVE) is a branch of CVH, working out of the main hospital site at night, set up in May 2022.
  • We currently have a team of 4 night vets and 3 night nurses.
  • There are 6 member practices that contribute to the night service

Where are Three Counties Veterinary Emergencies?

  • The hospital is based in Axminster, Devon – an area of outstanding natural beauty with wonderful countryside, historic towns and the Jurassic coast on our doorstep (England’s only natural World Heritage Site). All of this AND we have great transport links with the M5 nearby and a mainline train service to London.
  • Come to work for 3CVE and feel like you’re on holiday in Devon!

Why are Three Counties Veterinary Emergencies different to other out of hours providers?

  • 3CVE was set up to future proof the way we work at CVH and to improve the wellbeing of local veterinary teams.
  • We also wanted to do OOH provision the CVH way – with our team at the heart.
  • 3CVE has grown and developed in a way that we are really proud of, and developed a service that everyone will want to be a part of.

Night vets are part of our team!

  • 3CVE is a branch of CVH and not a separate business (like other OOH providers) – we are all part of one team.
  • This also means it is possible to be personalise the role to even deliver a combination of both day and night work if like the best of both worlds.
  • There are hospital rounds at the start and end of your shift with the day team, and all will be familiar faces.
  • We look after one another, and wellbeing initiatives are encouraged and seen through by our ‘Wellbeing Champions’ in the team.
  • We have an open culture, encouraging diversity and our team relationships are based on respect.

What can Three Counties Veterinary Emergencies give me as a night veterinary surgeon, that other OOH providers cannot?

  • Opportunity to be involved in the growth and development of the OOH provision.
  • CPD and further training with certificates actively encouraged.
  • Accommodation between shifts is available enabling some downtime locally between night shifts. Or better still, take the leap and move - with a £5K relocation allowance and fantastic work-life balance when you get here you won’t regret it!
  • We are not an OOH provider run by locums – we have a steady and consistent team with a wide range and depth of experience.
  • We have fantastic facilities, and can work-up cases to a high standard.

Who would suit a night role at 3CVE?

  • Someone not quite ready to take the leap into ECC and want the best of both a day and night role.
  • Someone who is looking to take on the challenge of moving from day to night work.
  • Someone with some experience of ECC already, who is wanting a wider case load but with the time to be able to work-up cases and deliver a really high standard of patient care.
  • Someone with some experience of ECC and aspirations to complete a certificate
  • An experienced clinician, who is looking for a unique opportunity to be part of a start-up OOH provider and be involved in its development.

As a BAME and LGBTQ+ inclusive employer, we are keen to hear from candidates from all minority and diverse groups. As a Disability Confident Employer, we are keen to hear from candidates with disabilities and long-term health conditions and would be happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments needed during the recruitment process.

Please get in touch to talk more about how we can kickstart your career in Emergency and Critical Care while giving you a fantastic work-life balance in a beautiful part of the world!

Please quote BH11380 when you apply.

To submit your application, click the apply button.


We are a dedicated small animal veterinary practice in Axminster with a small branch in Seaton.

Run by friendly small animal vets who care about you and your pets. We are all pet owners ourselves and know what its like to have your furry (or scaly) friends as part of the family. It can be stressful for everyone when your pet is under the weather, and that is why our goal is to always offer the very best treatment to your pet to get them back on their feet as quickly as possible.

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01297 630500
Coombe Lane
EX13 5AX

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