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Focused Anaesthesia Registered Veterinary Nurse

Dick White Referrals (DWR)
Six Mile Bottom, United Kingdom
Attractive Salary plus Benefits
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Job Title: Focused Anaesthesia Registered Veterinary N urse

Salary: £2 8 ,000-£3 1 ,000 per annum D.O.E + £3000 on call bonus payment

Location: Dick White Referrals

Job Type: Permanent

About us

Dick White Referrals (DWR) is the largest specialist multi-disciplinary veterinary referral centres in Europe, offering outstanding levels of clinical care in state-of-the-art facilities in our newly expanded hospital.

Our dedicated vets, nurses and nursing assistants, supported by the client care teams

teams, are committed to providing the highest quality surgical and medical care

for pets. Many of our clinicians are nationally or internationally recognised specialists in their field and bring unique experiences to care for pets.

We accept referrals in Anaesthesia, Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Dermatology, Diagnostic Imaging, Emergency and Critical Care, Internal Medicine Neurology and Neurosurgery, Oncology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Physiotherapy, Soft Tissue Surgery and Dentistry.

We have comprehensive and established clinical and non-clinical programmes for training, development, and CPD.

Visit this page to read about our vison, mission and values.

Your role s and responsibilities

We have an exciting opportunity for a Focused Anaesthesia Nurse to join our Anaesthesia team, working under the direction of a V eterinary Anaesthesia Specialist or Resident.

The Anaesthesia Nurse will be involved in all stages of the anaesthesia process from the perioperative planning through to the recovery period. Our anaesthesia nurses are responsible for the sedation of patients under direction of a veterinary surgeon to facilitate a wide variety of procedures . They are also directly involved in pain assessment and in the provision of analgesia with help from a supervising senior anaesthetist or resident.

The role requires rotation in and out of theatre (MRI, CT, X-rays, US) , providing the opportunity to build on your experience and skills with a variety of different cases and techniques in a supportive environment. The role will also involve helping to set up anaesthetic equipment and looking after the stock levels of anaesthetic consumables in MRI, CT and X-ray.

This position is full-time, working a 40-hour week . Our anaesthesia nurses are also required to participate in the on-call rota alongside our senior anaesthetists and residents. This comprises of 1:5 weekend s and approximately 1:14 weeknights on-call. Some additional cover of Bank Holidays will also be required .

  • Working within the anaesthesia team under the direction of a veterinary anaesthesia specialist or resident .
  • Anaesthetise patients across different disciplines by rotating as allocated between theatre and out of theatre departments.
  • Calculation, administration and monitoring of sedations under directio n of a veterinary anaesthetist.
  • Assisting with the out of hours provision by participating in the on-call rota.
  • Carry out pre-anaesthesia patient assessments prior to general anaesthesia or sedation and report findings to Veterinary Surgeon so that a treatment plan can be made.
  • Set up anaesthetic equipment and monitoring of stock levels and consumables in MRI, CT and X-ray.
  • Accurate completion of patient records and clear communication of patient treatment plans when liaising with the ward nurses for patient recoveries.
  • Work and communicate effectively with associates across all roles .
  • Display correct professional behaviours and advocate patient welfare.
  • Maintain RVCS registration and comply to CPD requirements
  • When confident within the role, to provide support and guidance to other RVNs and SVNs in relation to anaesthesia.
  • Undertake other duties as required within the remit of an RVN and assisting in other departments outside of anaesthesia as needed .
  • Follow Standard Operating Procedures at all times to include but not limited to; clinical tasks, infection control and health and safety policies.

Successful Candidate:

To be successful in this role you need to be highly organised, with great attention to detail, able to use initiative and the ability to cope with a fast-paced working environment. You should be a highly motivated team player with excellent communication skills and have the passion and drive for delivering outstanding client and patient care.

Although prior experience of anaesthesia at referral level would be desirable, we will also consider applicants with experience from general practice with a keen desire to lean and a passion for anaesthesia.

As you would expect from the UK’s largest private veterinary referral centre, we offer an inspiring and friendly working environment together with career development opportunities and an attractive benefits package.


• 5 weeks holiday plus bank holidays and Birthday Leave

• RCVS and VDS fees paid

• External CPD funded

• Extensive free online Linnaeus CPD program

• Career progression opportunities

• Staff discount schemes

• Enhanced sickness pay

• Employer contribution pension scheme

• Wellness program including:

o Employee assistance program

o Eyecare voucher scheme

o Free annual Flu jab

o Cycle to work scheme

• Recruitment referral reward scheme

At Linnaeus, we are committed to supporting the physical and mental health of all our Associates. We have an amazing team of Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) across our practices and central support office in addition to a confidential Employee Assistance Programme which is available for everyone.

If you would like to apply for this role, please click the Apply Button or for more information, please feel free to reach out directly to our Referral Nursing Talent Acquisition Business Partner - Becca Thompson at


DWR is a multidisciplinary small animal veterinary referral centre in Six Mile Bottom, close to Cambridge and Newmarket. It receives a high case load from first opinion practitioners and offers services in a  wide range of discipline, each led by Board-certified Specialists.

We are proud to have an outstanding team of highly qualified veterinarians, veterinary nurses, physiotherapists and support staff. Each one of them is completely dedicated to the comfort and wellbeing of all of our patients.

Our services are all headed by Specialist veterinary surgeons. These are qualified veterinary surgeons who have completed extensive additional training and passed an examination that evaluates their knowledge and skill. Veterinary Specialists must be re-accredited every 5 years to prove that they have maintained their knowledge of, and activity within, their chosen speciality.

Company info
01638 572012
Station Farm
London Road
Six Mile Bottom

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