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Veterinary Surgeon - Small Animal

Greenside Veterinary Practice
Melrose, United Kingdom
£45,000 - £60,000 per annum, depending on experience
Closing date
26 Apr 2024

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Veterinary Surgeon, Surgeon
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Job Title: Veterinary Surgeon (Small Animal)

Salary: £45,000-£60,000 pro rata dependent on experience

Location: St Boswells, Scottish Borders

Job Type: Permanent

Hours: Full time; 4 days per week (36hrs if contributing to the 1:5 OOH rota or 40hrs with no on-call). Part-time considered for the right candidate. We welcome discussions regarding the ideal rota for you and we do have flexibility in our shift patterns.

Here's a shot clip to show just how amazing our team is:

Your role and responsibilities

This is an opportunity for a permanent vet to join our super friendly, family feel practice where we pride ourselves on prioritising a good work-life balance along with the camaraderie of supporting and encouraging our colleagues. The successful applicant should be passionate about providing a high-quality service to our clients and their pets through good communication, compassion, and attention to detail. We have lovely clients who rate our service highly with an average net promoter score of 83.9% in 2023.

Our team expects an open and honest management style and we encourage regular feedback from our associates to get the very best working environment for everyone. We also like to enjoy ourselves outside of work with social events organised by our “fun squad”.

Our out-of-hours work is well supported with a dedicated nurse on call with the vet to assist where required. Our nurses expect to be called in! We have no routine weekend consulting and we give you Friday off after your weekend on call.

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

About us

Due to an upcoming retirement, we are looking for an experienced small animal vet to join Greenside Vets. We are fortunate to have a wonderful team at Greenside Vets and any new associate joining us would be warmly welcomed.

The vet team comprised of 10 vets split across small animal, farm animal and our regenerative medicine service. We also have 10 RVNs to support the vets, 4 student RVNS and 2 PCAs along with an excellent team of reception and support staff.

As veterinary professionals we value the ability to enjoy our working days together and are very supportive of each other. We have team members with lots of different interests and fully support ongoing study. We have vets who hold further qualifications including an Internal Medicine certificate holder, a DBR holder and nurses also studying for further qualifications.

Greenside Vets is a mixed practice that provides a high-quality first opinion companion animal service and has a solid farm animal base. Our main site is well equipped with all the usual gadgets; DR x-ray, ultrasound, full in-house laboratory suite and endoscopy. At Greenside we also have a standalone purpose-built rehabilitation and stem cell referral unit which includes a hydrotherapy underwater treadmill and qualified veterinary physiotherapists within the team. This is the only one of its kind in Scotland and presents a huge opportunity to benefit our clients and their pets.

The practice is based in St Boswells in the stunning Scottish Borders, which is only 50 minutes from Edinburgh and an hour from Newcastle; all the access but without the price tag for property and with a wealth of amazing outdoor pursuits on your doorstep. We are fortunate enough to be able to bring our dogs to work and have a beautiful local walk along the River Tweed to enjoy!

Don’t just take our word for it

Rebecca joined us in February 2022 as we have had a baby boom here at Greenside, she says:

“It’s honestly the best practice I’ve ever been to, including for EMS. Everyone is so nice and supportive, I genuinely couldn’t believe it was true at first. Literally, everyone asks everyone else for help with no shame or being made to feel lacking, from new grads to the clinical directors. And don’t forget the regular socializing outside of work, the parties are legendary but also you’re not made to feel left out if you’re not into that and instead want to wait to hear the stories the following week.”

We would love to hear from you, please contact if you have any questions about the role or to apply, please complete the application form below.

Closing date: 29th February 2024


Greenside Veterinary practice at the heart of the St Boswells community.

We have 2 practices in St Boswells and in Jedburgh. Greenside Vets offer bespoke animal care in the region of the Scottish Borders. We cater to the needs of small and large animals from all parts of the UK, who travel to St Boswells in order to access veterinary diagnostic treatment options not available elsewhere. Clinical directors Morven Coutts, Neil Cameron and Andrew Armitage endeavour to keep the vet practice working for and with the St Boswells's community whilst striving to offer the highest quality of veterinary care to our clients and their animals. We are your local vets, book your next appointment with us today.

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