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Mixed Veterinary Surgeon

Employer
Chaseview Veterinary Clinic
Location
Hildersley, Ross-on-Wye
Salary
Salary from £42,000 to £70,000
Closing date
10 Jun 2024
Phone number
07708XXXXXXX

Job Details

A mixed vet role with a great work-life balance? No really! How about a 4-day week, working 9-5 with a fantastic, supportive team, and over six weeks’ annual leave?

Chaseview Vets is an independent mixed practice that has been caring for the animals of the beautiful Wye Valley for over a century. In that time, we have grown to be a progressive practice with an amazing 11-vet team and superb facilities, enabling us to provide high-quality care from lambing to laparoscopy and orthopaedics. We believe the key to our success is providing a happy environment for our team with plenty of support, opportunities for clinical progression and an excellent work-life balance.

We all work well together and are always happy to share our knowledge and experience. Support is at the heart of everything we do, and we will always make time to help each other out, whether that’s to discuss a tricky case or scrub in to assist with surgery. If you have a particular area of interest or want to take on a certificate, we will do all we can to support you. If you’re looking towards the future, there is also the potential for long-term partnership options.

“I started working at Chaseview 4.5 years ago. You will not find a practice with a better ethos and team, with the partners ensuring a very fair work-life balance. The practice has supported me with anything I have wanted to pursue in the veterinary field and are always keen for us to continue our learning and development. There isn't a better mixed practice to work at which is why I am still here.” James MRCVS

Chaseview Veterinary Clinic

About our team

Nigel joined the practice in 1989 and became Director when the three stalwarts retired. He is mortified to have changed from ‘the young man’ to ‘the old codger’ but pleased that he is surrounded by a fantastic team that means he can do as little work as possible. When he does turn up, he enjoys orthopaedic surgery and interfering with all aspects of mixed practice while moaning about how much better it was in the old days before we had all this fantastic new equipment.

Will joined the practice in 2016 as a new grad and completed his CertAVP, focused on small animal medicine, in 2020. He also enjoys all surgery, including orthopaedics, and recently took the step to become a Director in 2023. Having bought a house in Ross on Wye, Will is usually busy attempting DIY projects (with varying levels of success) or hurting himself on his mountain bike.

Kate qualified from Bristol last century, in 1999 to be precise, but is not quite as ancient as Nigel. Chaseview was her first job, and she loved it so much that she’s still here! Now that she has handed the Director reins over to Will, Kate is often found in theatre, where she is happiest elbow-deep in complex procedures like BOAS, orthopaedics including TTAs, laryngeal tie-backs and PDAs.

James joined us as a new grad in 2019. Having been brought up on a farm, he enjoys all aspects of mixed practice and has a particular interest in dentistry. James can light up any room with his smile and has quite a reputation for making excellent plum jam. He also enjoys making cider, but trust me, don't ask to try it!

Before joining us in 2003, Claire spent five years working at Worcestershire Equine Hospital, where she gained her GPCert (EM). She has now completed her CertAVP in Equine Medicine and is our go-to vet for any equine questions.

Sophie C loves large animal work, with a particular fondness for sheep and goats. She is a regular at our farmer talks and is determined to grow our large animal caseload. Despite her limited general knowledge, she is always up for a good pub quiz and isn’t bad at answering the animal questions.

Hannah also joined us as a new grad and has enjoyed getting stuck into all aspects of mixed work. She is a member of the local Young Farmers Club and gets involved in various competitions, including stock judging and tug of war, along with enjoying the social side.

Sophie G graduated in 2022 and joined us recently after relocating from Gloucestershire, she must like it here as she is already buying a house. She’s Welsh, but we try not to hold that against her.

Steph and Kate, our recent graduates, are the team's newest members. They have such enthusiasm for all aspects of the job and are off to a flying start with the support of the whole team, including the mentorship of our three VetGDP Advisors.

Chaseview Veterinary Clinic

We have an experienced nursing team of 9 RVNS, 2 SVNs and 1 ANA, and our brilliant reception team who keep everything running smoothly. Our fantastic Practice Manager Nadine, is passionate about looking after us all. She always checks in to ensure we’re all okay or shoos us out of the building when it’s time to head home.

About the practice

Our caseload is approx. 70% small animal and 30% farm and equine. Our large animal work comprises beef, sheep and some dairy, with no routine TB testing, only small numbers of premovement tests and some regular equine work. We also look after smallholders with sheep, goats, donkeys and alpacas.

We are really proud of our modern purpose-built premises and continually invest in our facilities, including plans to install CT within the next 12-18 months. We are an ISFM Gold Standard Cat-Friendly and Fear-Free practice with separate dog and cat wards and waiting rooms. We have all the diagnostic equipment you could ever need for medical workups and the facilities for everything from routine surgery and dental imaging to more advanced procedures such as TTA and Z-Lig™ cruciate repairs, tiebacks, lap spays, and PDAs. We also have extensive rehab facilities, including therapeutic laser therapy, stem cell therapy, stance analyser, and hydrotherapy on site. If you have a particular interest in this area, there is enormous potential to develop your skills. We also have an on-site lambing room, stables, stocks and paddock for the large animal side.

About the role

One of our lovely vets, Freddie, is relocating, so we are looking for a full-time mixed vet, ideally with some experience. We are also happy to consider a purely small animal vet or support a particular species bias and are happy to chat about the options available.

Our vets work a 4-day week (9-5). We schedule our days so that three vets consult each morning, plus a fourth vet free to see any emergencies or go out on farm visits. We also have one vet operating and one on dentals daily, so there is always someone on hand to help our less experienced vets.

We provide our own out-of-hours, which is shared between the whole team. We have a 2nd on-call system in place, so there is always support available, and we also have an RVN on-call to assist and help look after any inpatients. Our OOHs rota is just 1:8 weekends, which includes Saturday morning consults (9 - 11.30 am). The 1:8 weeknight on-call has a later consult slot, which finishes at 6 pm, so you’ll still be out the door at a reasonable time.

Chaseview Veterinary Clinic

Outside of work

We love raising money for good causes, and this year, we’ve set the goal of raising £5,000 for Hereford & Worcester Animal Rescue. We have planned fundraising events for each month of 2024, and January’s Cake sale was a fantastic way to get us started; not only did we raise over £750, but we also got to sample some of the delicious bakes! Our upcoming events include hosting an outdoor cinema night at the practice with dogs welcome too, and in August, Will is heading off to the Alps to take on the challenge of climbing the Matterhorn.

We’re a really friendly bunch that genuinely enjoys spending time together. There’s always something going on outside of work, and everyone’s invited, whether we’re off to the pub at the end of the week, enjoying Bonfire night celebrations or heading for a weekend away in Devon.

Ross on Wye is a market town set in the stunning Wye Valley, one of the most beautiful parts of the UK and a great place to live and work. There are many outdoor activities on the doorstep, including mountain biking, climbing, canoeing, paddle boarding, rowing, wild swimming, and fabulous walks in the countryside. There are excellent travel links, with easy motorway access to Cardiff, Bristol, and Birmingham for a spot of shopping or nightlife.

The package

  • A salary of £42,000 - £70,000
  • 6.25 weeks holiday, plus bank holidays based on a 4-day week, with time off in lieu of the shared bank holidays
  • CPD actively encouraged, with certificates supported. If it benefits you and us, then go for it!
  • Professional fees paid for RVCS, VDS & BVA
  • Bring your dog to work

If you love being a mixed vet and are looking for a fun, friendly and supportive team but also want time to enjoy life outside of work, then look no further. Call us for an informal chat, or apply now.

Company

We are an independent veterinary practice in Ross on Wye providing a local high quality first opinion service for pets, farm animals and horses. Our practice is an integral part of the local community serving our clients and their animals for well over 100 years.

Our hard working, friendly team of vets and nurses look after all animals great and small. We understand that your pet is a very special member of your family and our aim is to offer a friendly, caring and compassionate professional service for our patients throughout their life. We continuously invest in our facilities and expertise to offer you an exceptionally high standard of veterinary service but above all else we really do care. We are here for you and your pet 24 hours a day 365 days of the year whenever you need us.

We are quite unique in our use of Fear Free Veterinary Visits. We understand that many owners and their pets can find veterinary visits stressful. Commonly owners are worried about the traveling, the examinations and the treatments we may need to do. We are taking lots of measures to make every effort to reduce any fear, anxiety and stress related to our veterinary examinations and procedures. We want you and your pet to have the best and most enjoyable experience that we possibly can  by taking care of their emotional needs as well as their medical ones. It is amazing how well these techniques work.

We are extremely proud to be an ISFM Gold Standard Cat Friendly Clinic. Under this rigorous program we have proven to have facilities, standards and attitudes to reduce stress in our feline patients.

We have an advanced practitioner in equine medicine and our equine facilities include stables, stocks and paddocks on site as well as the usual visiting service.

Our practice has been successfully serving the local farming community for decades. We are proud of our working relationship with our farming clients which has been enhanced by our in depth understanding and involvement in preventative health schemes as well as our emergency ambulatory work.

Company info
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Telephone
01989 562251
Location
Chaseview Veterinary Clinic
Hildersley
Ross-on-Wye
Herefordshire
HR9 7NJ
GB

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