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Veterinary Surgeon - Small Animal

Cliffe Vets Lewes small
Lewes, East Sussex, England
Up to £70,000 DOE
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

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Small Animal
Job Type
Veterinary Surgeon
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Salary up to £70,000 DOE plus, £5,000 Welcome Bonus plus, up to £5,00 Relocation Allowance

Come And Join Our Friendly And Highly Professional Team.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon to join our longstanding and established team. At Cliffe the workload is equally shared covering consults, surgeries and the three branches to offer full clinical exposure and a varied working day. This is an opportunity to work amongst a supportive and encouraging team and to live and work in the beautiful South Downs.

We are always very keen to invest in our employees and would endorse and support certificates and further post graduate study if you have a chosen interest. Helping to teach and mentor our newer graduates is an important part of the role therefor we are looking for vet with at least five years’ experience. A desire to consult and operate is preferred and driving licence is necessary to travel between the local practices.

There is no out of hours on call but some weekend consults and inpatient care will be required on a rota basis. We believe in providing a stable work life balance to our team, so following a weekend on call, you will have a 3.5 day working week.


Salary for the role is up to £70,000 per annum depending on experience.

Welcome bonus of up to £5000 (paid at 6 and 12 months 50/50).

Relocation allowance of up to £5000.

Who We Are

Cliffe Veterinary Group is a large mixed practice with dedicated Small Animal, Farm and Equine departments. We are a progressive, well-equipped (TTA, TPLO, ASIF, laparoscopy, digital radiography, dental x-ray, endoscopy, ultrasound/doppler to name a few), RCVS accredited practice with a varied surgical and medical caseload. We have a full-time laboratory technician who will run a very large range of diagnostics “in-house” to provide an exceptional level of care for our patients. We are located in the vibrant, historic market town of Lewes. We are just 10 miles from Brighton, one hour by train to London and a short drive or train of 30 minutes to Gatwick airport.

A Team Dedicated To Continuous Professional Development

We have an exceptional team at Cliffe Vets, and you’d be an integral addition. Our Small Animal team comprises 10 Vets, 11 Nurses, and 14 Support Staff. We are a friendly and diverse team, with several of us who have been here for many years. We are certainly a social and close-knit team that strive on our working environment being one that is a pleasure to be a part of.

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 including bank holidays

*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


*£1,250 CPD allowance with 5 days paid pro rata

*Certificate support

*Learning and development opportunities via the IVC Evidensia Academ

*Access to Vetlexicon - our online encyclopaedia provider

*All our Vets & Nurses can apply for research funding

*All our Vets get £1000 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

Up to £70,000 DOE


We offer our own in-house emergency service to registered Cliffe Vets clients and patients only, day or night, staffed by our team of dedicated staff who know your pets.

Your enquiry is welcome in the event of an emergency, all non-emergency enquiries should be directed to the practice in normal working hours. Please telephone your regular Cliffe Vets clinic to be directed through to our emergency service.

For clients not registered with us we recommend that you use the out of hours emergency service of your usual vets.

Outside of our normal opening times, a charge is made for all telephone enquiries out of hours and an additional surcharge above normal consulting fees will apply.

We appreciate your understanding that we are a “pay at the time” practice, including emergencies, and we can help you with this by providing an estimate of costs on request.

Company info
Cliffe Veterinary Group Ltd
21 Cliffe High Street
East Sussex
United Kingdom

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