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Veterinary Surgeon

Spring Lodge Veterinary Group - Broomfield Road
Chelmsford, Essex
Salary up to £60,000 depending on experience
Closing date
11 Sep 2024
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Veterinary Surgeon 
Spring Lodge Vets, Beaulieu Square 
Flexible salary from £60,000 depending on skill set and experience
Plus a relocation allowance up to £5,000!

Here at Spring Lodge Vets, a rare and exciting opportunity has become available for an experienced Vet with excellent GP Vet skills to join us on a permanent basis. We are a dynamic multi-site group, based around an accredited hospital.

You’ll have a unique chance to work independently at a standalone clinic equipped with state-of-the-art surgical facilities, all while benefiting from the support and collaboration of our larger team. Across our six sites, you'll find a robust and experienced support network comprised of skilled Veterinarians, Registered Veterinary Nurses, Students, Veterinary Care Assistants, and front-of-house team members. Each individual in our team plays a crucial role in shaping the daily life of our branches.

This position offers a fantastic opportunity for someone eager to take the reins of their own clinic, providing autonomy to manage the practice according to their vision. Alternatively, if you prefer a balanced approach, splitting your time between the branch and our main hospital, we are more than willing to accommodate your preferences. Don't miss this chance to be a key player in a thriving veterinary practice and contribute to the ongoing success of Spring Lodge Vets.

Rota patterns that work for you 

Our people are at the heart of everything that we do, that’s why we know that work-life balance is vital in supporting our people to be their best selves. Our flexible approach to rota patterns and working hours offers a balance that truly flexes with you and your lifestyle no matter what stage you are in your career. 

The working hours are 41 hours per week over 4 days. The hours are from 8/8:30am – 7pm Monday to Friday. There is a Saturday morning rota where we complete standard consults from 8am to 2pm on a 1:5 basis. We also run an overlap service for emergencies only for our clients at our hospital, from 2pm-5pm on a Saturday and from 8am-5pm on a Sunday. This is based on a 1:9 rota. As we are a host practice for Vets Now, no on call or night work is required.  

Your future starts here

We are ideally located with options to visit the beach for the day or to jet off somewhere more exotic, as we are close to both the coast and Stansted airport. Also, if you fancy a trip into London our local stations all have direct links to Liverpool Street within 40 mins. Closer to home we have the cities of Chelmsford and Colchester on your doorstop, or if a quieter pace of life appeals a variety of rural villages with very good pubs! 

Our practice has been accredited internally as the centre of excellence in our region. This accreditation recognises clinics that work to the highest standards, offering the client and their pets the very best in customer service and patient care.  We have excellent surgical and medical facilities with separate dog and cat wards and boast a comprehensive kit list, both surgical and medical, that you would expect from a hospital standard clinic. We can offer an interesting and varied caseload, a generous salary, attractive holiday, and CPD package with encouragement and support given to undertake further qualifications. Additionally, health insurance and enhanced maternity pay over and above statutory rates are provided. 

Come and join our fantastic team! 

Currently we have 14 Veterinary Surgeons, which include a mix of full and part time clinicians, 15 Registered Veterinary Nurses, 4 Student Nurses, 4 Veterinary Care Assistants and dedicated Veterinary Receptionists. Our team includes Vets who are already certificate holders, or are working towards their qualifications, in surgery, medicine, cardiology, ophthalmology and advanced general practice. 

Some of the Nurses are also undertaking additional nursing qualifications including ECC and anaesthesia. We aim to work as sustainably as possible and are continuously striving to make improvements in this area. Being a host clinic for Vets Now, enables patient continuity and excellent patient support on-site. We are a close-knit team and have regular social events, not only larger group events but small team get togethers. We have qualified mental health first aiders and wellbeing champions.

Because our employees 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 weeks annual leave 
  • 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 £1250 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 proved. Please quote BH12067 when you apply.

To submit your application, click the apply now button.


We took over the clinic in April 2009 and have enjoyed getting to know many of the previously registered clients and meeting new ones who have joined since we took over.

The clinic has been present for over 20 years and has been updated to provide full diagnostic and surgical facilities, which include a surgical theatre, x-ray facilities and dental ultrasonic scaler.

We are currently enrolled on the RCVS practice standards scheme and have achieved Tier Two Status.

Our goal is to provide a gold standard of treatment at all times. To do this we often have to stay one step ahead of many other veterinary practices even in our routine procedures. That means that your cat, dog or rabbit gets treated to the best possible care - before, during and after their visit.

If your pet needs to go undergo a procedure within the clinic you can be assured that your pet will receive appropriate pain relief in combination with modern anaesthetic agents. The operation will be performed in a dedicated theatre, by a surgeon wearing a mask, a hat, a sterile gown and gloves. A trained veterinary nurse will continuously monitor the patient throughout the procedure.

When necessary, we are able to refer patients to our Witham Hospital where our diagnostic and surgical facilities are more extensive. Spring Lodge’s Witham Hospital is the only practice in Mid-Essex that has achieved the prestigious ‘RCVS Veterinary Hospital accreditation from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for which we are independently inspected every four years.

Patients requiring overnight hospitalisation are transferred to our hospital where on-site nursing and veterinary care is administered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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01245 250925
295 Broomfield Road

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