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Mixed Veterinary Surgeon

Morris and Plumley
Alnwick, Northumberland
Salary from £40,000 to £75,000
Closing date
19 Jul 2024
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Stuart and I set up our independent mixed practice based in Alnwick in beautiful Northumberland in 2017. We started with two nurses and two receptionists and have grown steadily since.  We’re now a 6-vet practice (including ourselves) with 4 nurses, 1 VCA  and 5 receptionists. We are very lucky - being a relatively young practice that started with a blank canvas – that we have been able to establish things pretty much as we want.  We always had a clear idea of how we wanted the practice to develop, and we have been lucky to realise that vision with our amazing team. We are genuinely a nice place to work, and we can support you with whatever level of experience you have.

Our approach is that the most important thing is the service we provide to our clients, and not how much "stuff" we can sell them, and as such, we have no merchandise in the waiting room. All our team members are very invested in the business's success - providing a friendly, personal approach with great clients who fully appreciate this, and this, combined with complete clinical autonomy, means we have great job satisfaction. On top of that - we are located in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK, just 2 miles from a breathtaking coastline. In fact, this part of the Northumberland is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering stunning scenery right on your doorstep.

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Here's what a few of our team have to say…

Rosanna started working at Morris and Plumley as a new graduate: “I found the whole team extremely friendly and helpful from the get-go. Clinically, I received the perfect balance of support and autonomy. The clients were lovely (and often brought cake!) I also thought the location was great with hills, beaches and Newcastle all within easy reach.”

“I started here last year after graduating and have felt fully supported in the early days of my career. I love the autonomy I have to make clinical decisions, but there's always someone around willing to talk through my thought process. Being away from friends and family has been tough, but I've been made to feel so welcome, and working with such a close, friendly team has made it much easier. It's so rewarding to be part of a practice that puts clients and animals first and allows me to pursue what interests me.” Rachel MRCVS

Milly, an experienced vet, also enjoyed working with us. “Working for Morris and Plumley was an absolute pleasure, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.  I was part of an exceptional team - supportive, caring and friendly. The caseload was varied and interesting, and I felt I had clinical freedom but also knew I had support if needed. Working for an independent practice with outstanding values makes Morris and Plumley stand out, and I would thoroughly recommend this practice to anyone looking for a new venture.”

“The team at Morris & Plumley is sociable, friendly, and supportive, and they work brilliantly as a team. The OOH is neither busy nor onerous, but it does allow continuity of care. Being an independent practice, there's a real family feel, and we get to know many of our clients on first-name terms.” Adam MRCVS

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Our caseload consists of small animal and farm work but no equine. The farm work is beef and sheep and consequently quite seasonal, with busier parts of the year (spring and autumn) but other periods when it will be more dominated by small animal work. We also work closely with Marine Life Rescue, and it’s not uncommon to be called to treat distressed seals.

We are ideally looking for a full-time vet who is happy to do mixed, but it could also suit someone who mainly enjoys small animal practice and only does large animal OOHs. Someone with a special interest would also be welcome, and your interests would be encouraged and supported. For new or recent graduates, we are a VetGDP-approved practice, and there is always plenty of support available from the whole team as you find your feet.

We listened to our team's ideas to improve work-life balance and recently moved to a 4-day week. Our consults are 20 minutes, and our last consults are at 6 pm. Within the 6-week rolling rota, you will work 5 x 4-day weeks and 1 x 5-day week, with just 1:6 weekends, which includes Saturday consults (9 am - 12.30 pm). This new rota has enabled us to schedule a long weekend (Friday- Monday) every six weeks, which the team loves. We are also happy to chat about part-time work.

We’re always looking for ways to improve our services and recently completed our brand-new dental suite. We’re also talking to a charity in Greece about offering our services for their neutering clinic, which is a great cause and the perfect excuse for a fully funded week in the sun.  

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We’re a sociable practice; most Fridays, we have drinks together after work. We also sponsor the local rugby team and often get together to cheer them on at their Sunday matches. You can bring your dog to work, and there are lots of lovely walks near the practice. Our Christmas parties and summer BBQs are lovely family affairs and a great opportunity to get the whole team and their families together. For a spot of serious shopping and nightlife, you can be in Newcastle in 30 minutes, and Edinburgh is just over an hour away. Newcastle Airport is only 40 minutes away, making it convenient for international travel.

  • Salary package of £40k for a new graduate and up to £75k for an experienced vet, with regular salary reviews
  • Five weeks' holiday, plus bank holidays, and this increases a day each year of working with us, up to a maximum of 6 weeks
  • We have a generous CPD budget and are happy to support your interests
  • We fund RCVS, VDS, BVA, and one other professional membership of your choice
  • Great staff discount scheme
  • Happy to sponsor visas
  • Bring your dog to work

If all this sounds interesting, please call for an informal chat or apply now.


We are committed to providing the highest level of first-opinion veterinary care for all pets, a service based on the solid foundation of clinical competence, case continuity and, most important of all, care. Our 20-minute appointments are longer than the industry standard – though we will take as long as is required to build a strong rapport with patients and clients alike. 

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01665 600060
Morris and Plumley
South Road
NE66 2NZ

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