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Veterinary Surgeon - Small Animal

Highcliff Veterinary Practice, Essex
Brantham, Essex, England
Up to £75,000 DOE
Closing date
11 Jul 2024

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Small Animal
Job Type
Veterinary Surgeon
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Up to £75,000 DOE, Welcome Bonus up to £7,500, plus Relocation Allowance up to £5,000

Highcliff Vets are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic veterinary surgeon to join our team on a permanent basis. Ideally you will be a small animal vet who is confident with routine medical and surgical cases and is looking to progress in their career. We see the full spectrum of first opinion (predominantly cat and dog caseload) cases so vets could expect a surgical caseload to include neutering, mass removals, dentistry, basic ophthalmic surgery etc alongside a small number of exotic pets. We actively encourage all our staff to develop their own areas of interest including support and funding to study for certificates if so desired.

Work life balance that works for you

We offer flexible working patterns that flex with you and your lifestyle. Whether you are looking to flex your rota hours to balance the school holidays, fix to navigate the school runs or just looking to strike that balance between home and work life. We can offer flexibility that actually works for you. Our vets usually work between the hours of 8:30am-7:00pm with most full time choosing to work their hours over 4 days however we believe in offering flexible working and can a range of options including but not limited to; full time / part time / consulting only roles. This role does have a share in our 1:3 Saturday morning rota however there is no OOH requirement.

Be part of delivering clinical excellence

Highcliff is a long-established veterinary practice that has been serving the local community for over 100 years. Our Brantham branch is based near the pretty market town of Manningtree. We are only a short drive from the beautiful Suffolk and North Essex coast offering opportunities for a wide range of leisure activities.

The practice is just 20 minutes from the lively riverfront town of Ipswich and the city of Colchester with its iconic Roman castle and historic city centre. London is just a short train ride away from the station in nearby Manningtree.

Our Brantham surgery is spacious and was purpose built for the practice in 1999 to serve the local area before being extended in 2016. It provides a modern clinical environment with all the latest equipment and facilities you would expect including air conditioning throughout, digital radiography & dental x-rays, ultrasound and video endoscopy, multiparameter monitoring and a therapeutic class IV laser. We are proud to be a RCVS GP status accredited practice, have achieved cat friendly status and are a Nurse Training practice.

Find your people

Our fantastic team comprises 8 knowledgeable and friendly RVNs, 1 SVN, a dedicated practice support team and our 3 highly experienced veterinary surgeons. We work closely in collaboration with our Hadleigh colleagues who include an Advanced Practitioner in Diagnostic imaging and a skilled orthopaedic surgeon. We are passionate about supporting the personal and professional growth of our staff and their wellbeing is at the core of our business. We offer high quality medicine, a varied caseload with clinical freedom in a supportive and close-knit team. One of our joint CD’s Sarah Cooper is our Area lead in Clinical Benchmarking as well as a moderator for RCVS GDP. Regular clinical meetings and in-house CPD takes place at both surgeries & we are ISFM Feline Friendly Accredited at Silver Level at both surgeries.

Because our people 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

*6.6 weeks annual leave

*Additional holiday entitlement for your birthday


*Enhanced family-friendly policies, including maternity/paternity/adoption/shared parental and surrogacy pay

*Private Medical Insurance

*Cycle to Work scheme

*Initiatives focused on employee wellbeing, including discounted gym membership

*Non-accidental injury support


*£1250 CPD allowance with 5 days paid pro rata

*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

*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

Up to £75,000 DOE


The Highcliff Veterinary Practice is a long-established reputable local practice serving south Suffolk and the Essex-border area. We offer many products and services to help domestic pets. Whether you have a hamster or a Great Dane, we are here to help!

The origins of Highcliff Veterinary Practice can be traced from the first half of the nineteenth century, from the Grimwade family of Farriers, Horse Doctors and Insurers. They lived and worked in Kersey, and as was traditional at this time, a horse's tail hung outside the house to enable clients to recognise the trade. This still remains today hanging from the eves of a house near the ford in the village. The practice moved to Hadleigh after the Second World War. Three generations of the Lemon family (George, Alfred and Donald), worked locally from 1870 until Donald retired in 1977.

By this time the practice had grown considerably. A branch in Ipswich had been established from partner Roy Hullis' home in St Johns Rd and this moved to new premises in Cliff Lane in the early 1970s. The name was changed from Lemon, Sutherland, Ryde and partners to Highcliff Veterinary Practice, the name deriving from the premises at High Street, Hadleigh and Cliff Lane, Ipswich.

The Ipswich surgeries have been under separate ownership outwith Highcliff Veterinary Practice since the Summer of 2014 meaning the practice is now composed of branches in Hadleigh and at Factory Lane, Cattawade, Brantham near Manningtree.

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