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Veterinary Surgeon

Cogges Veterinary Surgery
Witney, Oxfordshire
Salary up to £65,000 depending on experience
Closing date
7 Jun 2024
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Veterinary Surgeon- Maternity Cover - Cogges Vets, Witney

Salary up to £65,000 depending on experience

We are looking for a small animal veterinary surgeon to cover a maternity leave with our experienced, dedicated, and lovely team. The role will be for a minimum of 12 months, with the possibility of a permanent job at the end of it.

We care about your work/life balance

We offer flexible working patterns that flex with you and your lifestyle. Whether you are looking to flex your rota hours to balance the school holidays, fix to navigate the school runs or just looking to strike that balance between home and work-life. We can offer flexibility that actually works for you.

Your working day consists of 2 x 2/2.5 hour blocks of consults with dedicated admin time in the middle and at the end of your shift and one operating day a week. The only sole charge is at weekends or occasional evenings when you have 2 or 3 Registered Veterinary Nurses and back up if needed. We work 1:6 weekends with TOIL the week before and after but this isn't an essential part of maternity leave cover. There is no out of hours.

Want to know more about Cogges Vets?

Cogges Veterinary Surgery is a well-established, community practice in West Oxfordshire. Our single site, small animal practice was first set up in 1993 and we joined IVC in 2019. We have all the necessary equipment to provide a high level of clinical care including digital x-ray, dental x-ray, ultrasound and in house Idexx machines.

Our clients are some of the nicest you’ll find - many have been with the practice since its inception, and we get a good uptake of services.

Witney is a thriving market town with great links to Oxford and London, but also stunning countryside walks all around.

Come and join our friendly and supportive team!

We have a fantastic team of 6 experienced Vets, 10 experienced Registered Veterinary Nurses, 1 Student Veterinary Nurse, and a fully staffed Reception team - many of our team have been with us over a decade.

Our Vets have over 80 years of experience in clinical practice between us as well as ophthalmology and internal medicine certificates and two working towards diagnostic imaging certificates. We have been nominated as our areas’ Centre of Clinical Excellence and Centre of Operational Excellence. We were IVC's 2nd Positive Pawprint partner and won the IVC QI award in 2023.

Our successful candidate

We would like a Vet to be confident with all routine procedures including consulting, neutering and basic surgery. Dental x-ray training can be provided if this isn't something you have used. Fear free animal handling and great communication skills with both team members and our clients are important to us. A team approach to working is essential.

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 paid pro rata
  • 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

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.

If you’ve got this far, thank you for your interest! 

To submit your application click the apply button. 


Cogges Veterinary Surgery was established in 1993. It is a strongly independent practice with a firm commitment to the local community.

Karen Kappen first opened Cogges Veterinary Surgery in May 1993.

We have been growing ever since and have built a reputation for being friendly and professional, whilst working hard to form an integral part of the community. In addition we  reach out to other communities (Botswana, Egypt) to help those who live under difficult circumstances.
We have also succeeded in remaining completely independent.

Everyone who works here loves animals and has pets of their own.

Company info
The Neighbourhood Centre
Cogges Hill Road
OX28 3XY

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