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Veterinary Surgeon

Summerhill Veterinary Centre
Fakenham, Norfolk
Salary up to £63,000 FTE depending on experience
Closing date
12 Jun 2024
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Veterinary Surgeon

Summerhill Veterinary Centre, Norfolk

The salary is up to £63,000 FTE depending on experience plus a relocation allowance up to £4,000

Summerhill Veterinary Centre are on the lookout for a Veterinary Surgeon to join their team. The day-to-day duties consist of consultations, diagnostic and surgical procedures, to work within a team of motivated and skilled Vets and Nurses, and excellent Support staff.

If you have a particular area of interest this will be encouraged and supported. Experience is ideal but a new graduate would be considered as we have a very supportive team.

Your work/life balance is important

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.

The hours for this role are 36 per week with normal working days being Monday to Friday 08.30-17.30, we can be flexible within these times, days off are included, and later evening consultations are possible if wanted. We provide our own 'on call' out of hours service to our own clients. On duty times are between 17.30 and 08.30 Monday to Friday, and Weekends from 08:30 Saturday to 08:30 Monday. There are no routine consultations during these times. On duty is either a Saturday or Sunday. Frequency of on call in 1:7 Monday to Saturday and 1:8 on Sunday.

About Summerhill Veterinary Centre

Summerhill Veterinary Centre is a small animal, one site, well equipped practice and has been based in Fakenham, Norfolk since 1993. We are a rural practice in a market town in a close-knit community, close to the North Norfolk beaches, pinewoods, the Norfolk Broads and equidistant between Norwich and Kings Lynn. We are 1.75 hrs from central London by train. We are an RCVS accredited first-opinion practice, which also takes local referrals in multiple disciplines. Our aim is to provide a high quality, professional, friendly service, and all work together as a team, and with our clients, to provide the best care for their pets.

All members of our team are equally important to this process, and we are keen to ensure all staff reach their potential and find their own niche within the practice, thus external referrals are rare. Quality of life and the wellbeing of our employees is of paramount importance to enable us to deliver the best service possible. We have a low staff turnover, and are a stable, experienced team in all departments.

Join our lovely and supportive team

Currently we have 6 Veterinary Surgeons, with this vacancy bringing us to 7. We also have 11 Registered Veterinary Nurses, 2 Veterinary Care Assistants, 5 Receptionists and 4 Support staff who are responsible for administration and management. Our 2 Clinical Directors also take an active role in the management of the practice, having owned the practice prior to joining IVCEvidensia.

We have 4 certificate holders, between them holding certificates in Small Animal Surgery, Advanced Small Animal Orthopaedics, Emergency Medicine and Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, Ophthalmology and Small Animal Medicine. We have a diploma holder in Advanced Veterinary Practice Sciences, and 3 RCVS recognised Advanced Practitioners, between them, in Emergency and Critical Care, Small Animal Surgery, Small Animal Medicine and Small Animal Ophthalmology.

The candidate will become part of our Veterinary Surgeon and Nursing teams providing veterinary care to our own clients and their pets day to day in practice and out of hours on call. We would support the candidate in finding their own niche within the practice, and fully support and encourage training in their area of interest. Our Veterinary Nurses take an active role in clinics to support the veterinary surgeons. We also have nurses with certificates in behaviour and physiotherapy.

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 5 days paid 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 £1000 per annum to spend via our Care Fund
  • Infection Prevention and Control Programme
  • Quality Improvement Programme

Professional Memberships

  • BVA membership
  • VDS cover
  • RCVS fees


  • 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 be part of our exceptional team or discuss any of our clinical vacancies please contact Taylor Findlay, Talent Partner for a confidential chat on the contact number provided.

Please quote BH11635 when you apply.

To submit your application, click the apply now button.


We are a 100% small animal practice, so care primarily for dogs, cats and rabbits. In addition we treat ferrets, guinea pigs and small rodents. Our sister practice Wensum Valley Vets treats farm animals and horses.
We are close to Fakenham town centre on Queens road, near the Millennium park. The building is set back from the road, with signs to indicate our position. There is ample car parking alongside and behind the practice building. 

Company info
14 Queens Road
NR21 8DB

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