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Mixed Veterinary Surgeon

Coomara Veterinary Practice
Carlisle, Cumbria
Salary from £32,000 to £50,000
Closing date
12 Aug 2024
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Are you looking to find a place where you can strike the right balance? Looking for somewhere where you can enjoy a fulfilling workday, giving the best to our lovely clients and patients, but also where you can get the best for you: time to recharge, time to spend with loved ones, time to work on your career development.

About Us

We’re an independent (and staying that way!), 6-vet, family-run mixed practice in Carlisle, on the outskirts of the Lake District. It’s been an exciting time for Coomara Vets, having outgrown our Carleton practice, we recently moved into our brand-new premises, an old Victorian manor house. We’re delighted with our modern, purpose-built facilities, including our state-of-the-art kennels and gold standard cattery, an imaging suite, dental suite, theatre, and three consult rooms. We now run the Carleton clinic as a consult-only branch. Our caseload is a mix of mainly small animal and farm (mostly dairy, some beef and sheep) with the occasional equine call.

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For Charlotte, Coomara has held a special place in her heart since she first stepped through the doors at age 14 for work experience. She completed her EMS here, and after working in other practices for a few years after graduating, she was invited to join the team in 2011. When the original owners announced plans to sell a couple of years later, Charlotte knew she had to step in to keep the special culture at Coomara alive and the fantastic team together. It’s such a supportive and relaxed environment where the whole team works together to provide the best for the patients, our clients and each other. This is what some of our vets have to say about working here.

"Coomara has given me a wide range of experience as a mixed general practice vet. A varied caseload brings you something different each day. There is room to grow in a multitude of directions, and for me, this meant being able to undertake and complete a certificate in diagnostic imaging. This is a good practice if you are ready to take on individual responsibility and learn through your experience." Harry MRCVS

“I never realised how much I could enjoy being at work until I joined the Coomara “family” team.” Sarah MRCVS

Vet Hannah emigrated to New Zealand in 2023, but this is what she had to say about her time with us: “Coomara has been a great place to start my veterinary career. The team are so welcoming and friendly, and there is always support when you need it. Everyone is happy to help each other work through cases, so you'll never have to struggle through a complicated case alone. We're encouraged to follow our interests, and I've been sent on some great CPD, including a fantastic surgical course when Charlotte noticed I was struggling with surgical confidence. There’s a good work-life balance: it's very rare that you stay late in the evening, and there's also the added bonus of a day off after time on-call!” Hannah MRCVS

Charlotte loves large animal work but also has a particular interest in small animal medicine, completing a Postgraduate Certificate (SAM) in 2021. Harry joined us after graduating in 2016 from Massey University in New Zealand and recently completed an imaging certificate. Sarah has been at Coomara since 2015 and works part-time. She particularly enjoys equine work and holds an RCVS certificate in equine practice. Jenny has a keen interest in small animal surgery and orthopaedics and is always happy to mentor someone looking to advance their surgical skills. Emily joined us as a new graduate in 2023 after graduating from the RVC and is off to a flying start; she’s already completed the teaching phase of her Vet Graduate Academy. Emma is the newest addition to the team, having recently moved from Scotland, where she honed her skills in a busy mixed practice since graduating in 2021.

We are an RCVS-accredited nurse training practice with an amazing nursing team of 3 RVNs and 3 SVNs. Our senior RVN, Alicia, has completed an advanced diploma in canine behaviour. Pete, our Practice Manager and Director, and our fabulous receptionists fully support our clinical team.

“Coomara is a lovely family-run practice that promotes high standards of nursing care." Alicia, Senior RVN

“Working at Coomara is the best move I ever made. You’re not just a number; you’re part of a family.” Alison, Receptionist

“I enjoy working in a close-knit team where everyone looks after each other.” Laura, RVN

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New Graduate Support

If you’re a new grad or a less experienced vet, we can offer you so much support with the whole team ready to share their knowledge. Charlotte is our VetGDP Advisor and enjoys mentoring new graduates, helping them build their confidence and skills as they get started in practice. We would also enrol you in the Vet Dynamics and Central CPD Vet Graduate Academy scheme.

“I started working at Coomara after graduating last summer, and I couldn’t have picked a better place to start my veterinary career.  The team are friendly, fun and supportive – no problem has ever been too big or small!  The good work-life balance gives time to explore the beautiful area.  So happy to be part of this team.” Emily MRCVS

About the role

Having started here as a new graduate and spent seven years with us, Harry is now relocating to be closer to family, so we are looking for a mixed vet to join our team. We will encourage you to develop your skills and follow your interests, so if you want to take on a certificate, we’ll be there to support you. Equally, if you have a particular expertise you’re looking to pursue, we’re always open to new ideas to improve and expand the services we offer, and with our new premises, we also have space to grow new services.

Our full-time vets work a 4-day week. We start our days at 8.30 am when the team meets for a huddle to plan the day, discuss cases, and receive any patient handovers from the OOHs. You will have two 5 pm finishes and two 6.30 pm finishes. We all have an equal share of the duties, and you’ll have set operating, consulting and large animal days, so there will be plenty of opportunity to practice and develop your skills. We also ensure you have time to take a break with an hour for lunch and time to catch up on admin and make calls.

Our OOHs rota is just 1:4, with a 3-day week after a weekend on call. There are no routine Saturday consults with this role, as Jenny and Charlotte cover our Saturday mornings. This means our on-call vet is free to handle any emergency or farm calls, knowing that the routine work is being handled and under control. For new graduates or less experienced vets, Charlotte provides backup as 2nd on-call and is available to chat through cases and provide advice or hands-on assistance when needed. We can be flexible with the rota, so if you are looking for part-time hours, we would be happy to discuss the options available, including participation in the shared OOHs rota.

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What we get up to outside of work

We all enjoy a good laugh outside of work, including getting together for a night on the town, meeting for a meal and making the most of all the area offers. We also have our annual family summer BBQ and Christmas parties, where a good time is had by all.  

We enjoy being part of our local community, participating in local shows, and raising money for charity. Charlotte took on the Lake District Mighty Hike, hiking 26.2 miles in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, and Pete completed the Montane Lakeland 100 Ultra Race—105 miles over the fells in 34 hours—as part of his year-long running challenge to raise money for Cumwhinton Primary School's forest school project.

Whether you fancy joining Charlotte and Pete on one of their hikes/runs or prefer a gentle walk around the lakes, there is so much to do here in the great outdoors to blow away the cobwebs. We are less than 30 minutes from Ullswater, where you can take part in kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and climbing. Carlisle is a lovely historic city with two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Lake District and the North Pennines) and one World Heritage site (Hadrian's Wall). We are one hour from the Northeast coastline and Newcastle and on mainline rail links to London, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

What we are offering:

  • Salary of £32,000 - £50,000
  • Vet Dynamics New Graduate Academy Scheme
  • CPD encouraged, with certificates supported and funded
  • Professional fees paid

If you want to hear more about our amazing team and our exciting plans, then call us for an informal chat or apply now!



Coomara Veterinary Practice was established in 1989, but there has been a vet surgery on this site since 1964, making it one of the longest standing vet practices in the area.

Our aim is to deliver an efficient and friendly service to promote the health and welfare of our patients at a reasonable cost.

We employ 6 vets and 3 fully qualified registered veterinary nurses, as well as our experienced and friendly support staff.  Our vets and nurses are encouraged to attend regular training courses and conferences to keep abreast of all the latest developments in veterinary medicine, in order to provide an up to date and first class service to your animals.


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