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Veterinary Surgeon

Glaven Veterinary Practice
Holt, Norfolk
Salary up to £63,000 depending on experience, plus welcome bonus
Closing date
21 Jun 2024
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Veterinary Surgeon
Glaven Veterinary Practice, Holt
Salary up to £63,000 depending on experience, plus £5,000 welcome bonus and £5,000 relocation allowance

When asking the team to describe why they like working here – these are some of the responses 

‘I am grateful for working with a lovely bunch of people’

‘I’m grateful that we all work as a team’

‘All the support we give each other every day, just like a family 

’Grateful for the other people in the team making everything easier’

Do you fancy coming to join our join our supportive, close-knit team on a permanent basis in Holt, Norfolk. Ideally you may have some experience, so someone who may have been looking to move from their first practice since graduating or someone who is looking to expand their experience of small animal practice to include leadership – whatever it may be, we have a role for you. We encourage our staff to develop their specific interests and we will support you every step of the way, including the study to certificate level.

Fix or flex – find your perfect balance

Our flexible approach to rota patterns can truly enrich your work life balance. We know that everyone has demands and priorities outside of their career and we want to make it easy for you to strike the right balance. Whether you need to do the school pick up, need reduced hours during school holidays or would simply like a more flexible rota pattern we can fix or flex our patterns to suit you. A standard working day for our vets starts at 8.30am and finishes at 6.30pm with the majority of our team working four days a week with a fixed day off, however, if you have something else in mind, come and talk to us. We have the beautiful Norfolk countryside and coast on our doorstep and want you to be able to enjoy it as much as we all do!

We have different shift patterns, which are shared equally among the team:
*9am to 12pm consults then 2pm to 3pm / 4pm to 5.45pm
*9am to 12pm consults then 4pm to 5.45pm
*8.30am to 4pm in theatre (you dictate your breaks) then consult 4pm to 5.45pm.

There will be a share of 1:6 Saturday mornings which consists of consulting 9am to 12pm, if any inpatients require to be cared for over the weekend the vet is responsible for transferring these to our out-of-hours provider after consults, although this happens infrequently.

We have outsourced out of hours however alongside the nursing team there is some inpatient cover Monday to Friday. The diary is a mixture of operating and consulting time at our main branch in Holt with a couple of half days between 9am to 11am or 2pm to 6pm consulting at our smaller branch in sunny Wells-next-the-sea. This is sole charge consulting only. Admin time is provided between consulting, however, if additional is needed we will always work to accommodate our vets’ needs.

About Us

At Glaven Veterinary Practice we have a personal and friendly approach to animal care, being a part of the community since the 1960’s. Our vets have a range of experience from 3 years up to 25 post qualification. We consider ourselves to have a well-equipped surgery with the usual range of diagnostic equipment including dedicated imaging room. We have separate wards for cats and dogs to ensure minimal stress for pets staying with us. For large dogs, we have several large ‘walk in’ kennels so all pets can be comfortable whilst staying with us. 

About the Team and Culture

We are a team of 4 vets, who are supported by a couple of wonderful locums who are regulars so our permanent staff can take their annual leave allowing us to work at a sensible pace. If you have an interest in a particular veterinary area, we will endeavour to ensure you are given the support and funding to pursue those interests. We are always happy to share our knowledge and expertise.  Our nursing team consists of 7 RVNs, 2 SVNs and 2 ANAs, all of whom are dedicated to patient care and work to support the vets including undertaking consultations. We benefit from RVNs with special interests in canine and feline behaviour/medicine, ECC and breeding. 

We are a team who like to work collaboratively and support each other with a focus on wellbeing and development. Our dedicated wellbeing champions organise regular social and fundraising events for the practice, including a supper club and annual Macmillan coffee morning, as well as Wellbeing and Training mornings/afternoons. These events provide additional training but also a chance for the whole team to get together and check in with each other. Our practice management team are also qualified Mental Health First Aiders. We are also partial to socialising whether that is just drinks or participating in axe throwing!

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 this position is of interest to you then please get in touch. Please quote BH12098 when you apply. 

To submit your application, click the apply now button.


Here at Glaven Veterinary Practice we have a more personal and friendly approach to animal care, offering not only first class veterinary treatment for the animal community, but also advice and encouragement for our clients to help prevent illness in their pets. From basic vaccinations to our visiting skin specialist and from major surgery to flea treatments, we can help ensure that your pet stays healthy and happy.

Animal medicine has advanced immensely since this well-established veterinary practice began its life many years ago. We are proud to say that today our experienced, dedicated and professional team of staff are here to provide your pet with the expert care they deserve.

Glaven’s fully equipped premises at Holt offer a wide range of services that are beneficial to your pet. Our in-house laboratory, along with ultrasound, endoscopy, E.C.G. heart assessment and X-ray facilities, enable us to identify and treat your pet’s symptoms quickly and accurately. Consultation rooms, two operating theatres and nurse’s room are always available to deal with routine and emergency treatments, while our trained nursing staff will comfort and care for your pet in our kennel room while they are away from home.

Company info
01263 7132000
Oakland House
Old Station Way
NR25 6DH

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