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Veterinary Surgeon

Ark Veterinary Centre Colchester
Colchester, Essex
Salary up to £65,000 depending on experience
Closing date
20 Jun 2024
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Veterinary Surgeon
Ark Veterinary Centre
Salary up to £65,000 depending on experience, plus £10,000 welcome bonus and £10,000 relocation allowance.

Ark Veterinary Centre are seeking an enthusiastic veterinary surgeon to join our team on a permanent basis! This role is suited to a small animal vet who is confident in surgery, diagnostics, and consulting and would appreciate working within a close-knit team.

Fix or flex – find your perfect balance

We know that everyone has demands and priorities outside of their career and we want to make it brilliantly easy for you to strike the right balance. Whether you are looking to fix or flex your work patterns, we can find the right solution for you. Our vets usually work between the hours of 8am to 6.30pm and most choose to work their hours over 4 days, however, we are happy to accept both full and part-time candidates, we can offer great flexibility within this role as we understand how important a good work/life balance is. There is a share of 1:4 Saturday morning rota (until 12pm) but no out-of-hours requirement.

Be part of delivering clinical excellence 

Ark Veterinary Centre is situated in Colchester which has just been awarded city status. We are only an hour away from London, 45 minutes from Stansted airport and on the doorstep of the coast and the Suffolk countryside so life outside of work can be enjoyed to the full! The practice is a lovely mid-sized family feel practice. We are small enough for the team to all know each other well but large enough to offer enough support for everyone. We also have the added benefit of frequent visiting specialists in orthopaedics and cardiology allowing for great case continuity. We have all the normal gadgets such as digital x-ray, ultrasound, in house blood machines and a lovely new dental machine.

Our people are at the heart

The practice consists of 4 Vets, 4 RVNs, 2 VCAs and 5 support staff including a wonderful practice manager. It is important that the candidate enjoys being part of a proactive team that strives for clinical excellence. We have a supportive and nurturing culture but still manage to maintain a good sense of humour, making it a happy and settled place to work even with the stresses and strains of small animal practice. We can offer great flexibility to achieve work life balance and we do finish on time!

Because our employee’s 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
  • Increasing holiday allowance based on length of service
  • 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. Reference BH11852. 

To submit your application, click the apply now button.


We are a specialist small animal Practice. We restrict our interests to pets. We do not attend to farm animals or horses. We are honoured to be chosen by Colchester Cat Rescue Society to be the Society's Veterinary Surgeons. We attend many local catteries and dog kennels and help many cat and dog breeders.

Company info
01206 572410
14 Church Lane
United Kingdom

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