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Veterinary Surgeon - Small Animal

Apollo Vets, Black Notley
Braintree, Essex, England
Up to £75,000 DOE
Closing date
5 Jul 2024

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Small Animal
Job Type
Veterinary Surgeon
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Salary up to £75,000 DOE, Welcome Bonus up to £5,000 plus Relocation Allowance up to £5,000

Are you a veterinary surgeon who is looking for a large case load of dogs and cats with a view of seeing more exotic pets too. If so, Apollo Vets have a fantastic opportunity for you! This role is perfect for someone with good communication skills, a positive can-do attitude and willing to learn more. You will be supported by our very experienced team including our head vet, who is an exotic certificate holder with many years’ experience and diagnostic imaging focused vets too, as well as our fantastic nursing team and support staff.

At Apollo Vets, we see all animals, big or small including exotics - we will not turn away any animal in need of care!

Work life balance that works for you

We are open to all possibilities, so if you require shorter hours 5 days a week or longer hours 4 days a week or even part time, we are very flexible. We know work-life balance is very important at Apollo. 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. Our opening hours at our main branch are Monday to Friday 8am - 7pm and our branch clinic are open 8:30am - 6:30pm Monday to Friday. You will also work a share of 1:5 Saturday mornings between 8am - 1pm, with no out-of-hours requirement at our main site in Black Notley, Braintree.

Develop your skills with us

We are a three-site practice with a very family-friendly atmosphere. Our main site is set in the semi-rural village of Black Notley, surrounded by open fields and glorious countryside. Located just off the A120 a 15min car journey will take you to Stansted Airport and we have direct train services into the City of London. We also have a branch clinic in Maldon and Dunmow. We would ask you to cover all three sites on a rota basis.

Our facilities include digital radiography including dental, Ultrasonography. By far the best part about working for us is getting to be part of our amazing team, we have 3 Veterinary Surgeons including the head vet. They are supported by 6 registered veterinary nurses who have many years of experience and a wealth of knowledge, there are also 2 student veterinary nurses, a veterinary care assistant, 6 reception team members and a Practice Director who is also a registered veterinary nurse so you are never short of support! Across the team, we have an exotic certificate holder, diagnostic imaging focus vets, and an anaesthetic certificate holder nurse.

Because our employee’s 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


*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 CPD leave 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 £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

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.

Up to £75,000 DOE


Welcome to Apollo Vets in Essex, where our teams use their wealth of experience and expertise to care for a wide variety of pets. Aside from cats and dogs, which tend to be amongst our most popular pets, we also have a special interest in treating rabbits, guinea pigs and various other pet rodents.

We pride ourselves on providing a more personal approach to animal care, and offer a friendly, professional service to pets and their owners. When possible, you can see your choice of vet on your visit, and as a quick diagnosis of their illness is critical to the effective treatment, it is our charter to offer same day appointments for non-routine cases. Our staff undergo continuous development to ensure the provision of the latest treatment techniques. You can feel confident that from clipping your hamster's nails to major surgery on your dog, we are here to provide your pets with the expert veterinary care they deserve.

Company info
45 Witham Road
Black Notley
CM77 8LQ

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