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Night Veterinary Surgeon

Dragon Vets
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Salary up to £70,000 depending on experience
Closing date
20 Jun 2024
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Night Veterinary Surgeon

Dragon Vets, Chelvets

Salary up to £70,000 depending on experience, plus a relocation allowance up to £5,000 and welcome bonus up to £5,000

Chelvets provides night cover for Dragon Vets (based on Cheltenham Racecourse) and several other practices in Gloucestershire. Due to an increase in client flow we are now looking to recruit an additional night Veterinary Surgeon to join our team! Duties will include providing our ECC service alongside inpatient care.

Work life balance that works for you

Our flexible approach to rota patterns and working hours truly tips the scale on your work life 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.

The rota will include working from 7:00pm to 8:15am (weeknights, 9am on Sundays). Flexible shift patterns are available. 

The salary for this role will be up to £70,000 depending on experience.

Our practice

Chelvets is based at Dragon Vets on the Cheltenham Racecourse. We are an air-conditioned practice with an in-house lab (including on-site blood gas analysis) and high-quality diagnostic and surgical facilities. We are fortunate to have access to on-site CT, DR and high-end ultrasonography, ECG, plus a selection of video-endoscopes. Our theatres are equipped with multiparameter monitoring (including capnography), ligasure and laparoscopic facilities. We have a staff room for relaxation on the quieter nights, plus two air-conditioned bedrooms.

Join our experienced and collaborative team

At night, you will have support from 2 Registered Veterinary Nurses and an additional 'twilight' Vet. Dragon Vets is the largest practice in Cheltenham, and we are fortunate to have around 20 vets working within the practice. Several vets are RCVS Advanced Practitioners in medicine, surgery, and cardiology, meaning that there is a wealth of experience available to team members both during the day and night. We hold clinical team meetings regularly, and there are several whole-practice social events held throughout the year.

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

  • One of the benefits of OOH work means that there is a large amount of time off to enjoy life's pleasures. Therefore, holiday is to be taken during time off. Birthday leave is always provided.
  • Increasing holiday allowance based on length of service
  • Your birthday as a paid day off


  • Enhanced family-friendly policies, including maternity/paternity/adoption/shared parental and surrogacy pay
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Initiatives focused on employee wellbeing, including discounted gym membership
  • Non-accidental injury support


  • £1250 CPD allowance for 4o hours 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
  • Infection Prevention and Control Programme
  • Quality Improvement Programme

Professional Memberships

  • 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
  • Relocation allowance up to £5000

For a confidential chat or to discuss this role in more detail please contact Hannah Williams, Talent Partner, on the number provided in the contact details. Reference: BH10801.

To submit your application, click the apply now button.


Dragon Vets is a tier 2 RCVS accredited practice based in purpose built premises at Cheltenham Racecourse with unlimited free parking.

Everything is under one roof; the out of hours service for emergencies and hospitalised animals, Chelvets, takes the stress out of urgent situations and inpatients stay in one place.

Furthermore, there are separate cat and dog wards, which has been shown to significantly reduce any stress or anxiety involved for hospitalised animals.

Company info
01242 580324
Prestbury Park
New Barn Lane
GL50 4SH
United Kingdom

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