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Veterinary Surgeon

Cherrydown Vets
Basildon, United Kingdom
£65,000 per annum, Up to and dependent on experience
Closing date
16 Apr 2024

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Job Type
Veterinary Surgeon, Surgeon
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Cherrydown Vets are looking for an experienced Vet Surgeon to join their team in Basildon, Essex.

Are you looking to join a team of progressive and forward-thinking clinicians?

Are you looking for a great work/life balance as well as delivering outstanding care?

We are looking for an experienced Vet, with a keen interest in all areas of small animal first opinion work. We believe in supporting and investing in our staff, investing in our facilities, and ensuring that our clients and their pets receive only the very best, modern first opinion. We are very proud of our achievements and our reputation in the veterinary profession.

Our Vision - "To be recognised as an exceptional and trusted provider of primary veterinary care to our patients and clients within the communities that we serve. "Every patient, every client, every visit".

Hours and package
  • 4-day week, however, genuinely flexible for the right candidate
  • 1 in 3 Saturday clinics
  • No OOH or bank holidays
  • Salary up to £65,000 (dependent on experience)

Our hospital and practices are very popular with an excellent variety of cases. We have a great clinical and non-clinical team dedicated to ensuring the needs of animals and clients are met and the customer journey is excellent. Our vets are based at our Basildon hospital where they would be on a rota for either consults, ops or hospital vet days. We have a digital x-ray, new ultrasound machine, new endoscopes and a designated dental suite.

Why join us
  • Highly experienced nurse team
  • Varied caseload
  • Excellent facilities to provide excellent, round-the-clock care
  • Certificates encouraged and supported
  • Genuine family feel
  • Great rotas
  • Cat-friendly status.
  • We have a focus on recognition and awareness, most recently furthering our mental health and menopause support

Our vets ideally need to be proficient in both medicine and surgery but special interests are catered for. Career progression opportunities are available dependent on experience. Our staff are motivated and encouraged to gain additional certifications across all levels, we have a high SA caseload so interests in small animal surgery, internal medicine, ophthalmology, and diagnostic imaging are most welcome.

Cherrydown is "collaborative" with a focus on continuous improvement, achieved through open conversations with a supportive, no-blame culture.

For Vets looking to join an excellent nursing team, you can find no better than here at Cherrydown. A lot of the ideas are nurse-driven and we respect our nurses as they help drive forward those changes, with support from an experienced team of PCA's. This is exemplified by the cat-friendly status we have achieved at the clinic because of the dedication of two of our nurses in particular. We are now looking at working towards rabbit friendly Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) award. It has also led to procedural changes to improve patient care and overall standards.

Benefits include
  • 5 weeks holiday plus bank holidays and Birthday Leave
  • RCVS and VDS fees paid
  • External CPD funded
  • Extensive free online Linnaeus CPD program
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Staff discount schemes
  • Life Assurance
  • Enhanced sickness pay
  • Enhanced equal family leave
  • E-car salary sacrifice scheme
  • Employer contribution pension scheme
  • Recruitment referral reward scheme
  • Wellness program including:
  • Employee assistance program
  • Eyecare voucher scheme
  • Free annual Flu jab
  • Cycle to work scheme

About us

Cherrydown Vets are a progressive, forward-thinking, premium veterinary group with an excellent reputation thanks to our 60 Vets, Nurses, Patient Care Assistants (PCA), Receptionists and support staff. We are based across three sites which include the main hospital, Basildon, and two practices in Stanford and Wickford, serving as preventative clinics.

We genuinely are like a family, celebrating and encouraging diversity through a culture that allows everyone to be themselves. It's a friendly, supportive environment with a focus on no-blame with a very caring and driven team.
  • Delivering a high level of clinical and patient care in line with the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme
  • Delivering an exceptional level of client care. Make sure client interactions are focused on delivering value and great service with warmth
  • Working within the team to contribute your skills, efforts, and personal strengths to help ensure a harmonious team ethos.

We are situated in an ideal location, with the option to enjoy outdoor hobbies (many of our staff are keen horse-riders) in a picturesque location, but with perks of city living, such as Lakeside shopping centre a short distance away and great transport links into London.
We have plenty of parking on-site with easy access to public transport.

At Linnaeus, we are committed to supporting the physical and mental health of all our Associates. We have an amazing team of Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) across our practices and central support office in addition to a confidential Employee Assistance Programme which is available for everyone.

To apply , please complete the quick application form below. Alternatively, for more information please contact Lissa at lissa.semerdak or call 07523268918.


At Cherrydown Vets, your pets are treated as one of our family and their health and well being is our number one priority. Led by Director Jonathan Nurse, our experienced vets make sure your special friends get the best possible treatment. And with our own dedicated nursing team on site 24 hours a day, you can be assured their every need is catered for.

To make sure your pet stays fit, healthy and active for a longer happier life we offer a range of free health clinics to monitor their wellbeing and development.  Starting with free puppy and kitten checks, through to our vaccine for life program, you can give them the best possible start in life.

From our excellent parking facilities to the large modern air-conditioned reception areas, your needs are catered for, to guarantee your visit is as stress free as possible. Our team of friendly reception staff ensure your wait is as short  as possible, while separate areas for dogs, cats & small furries ensures both yours and their comfort is assured.

From our spacious and comfortable kennels, through to our bright, sterile operating theatres, your pet receives professional care from staff who are passionate about what they do. Coupled with our 24 hour emergency service, this means we can be there for you whenever you need us; 365 days a year. We know how special each of your pets is to you, so our hospital visits allow you to give your pet that special love they need that is all important to their recovery and emotional wellbeing.

With competitive pricing across all our products and services, we aim to look after your pocket with exceptional value while providing friendly service, superb facilities and a proven track record of outstanding veterinary & nursing care. As well as our main Basildon hospital practice, we are here for you at our branches in Wickford or Stanford-Le-Hope, so feel free to pop in and find out more. Or if you would like a tour of our facilities, then please contact reception who will be happy to book this for you.



Company info
01268 533636
The Paddock
53 Cherrydown West
SS16 5AW

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