Senior Clinician (Full-time position but Part-time job share considered) - Frankley, Birmingham

Frankley, Birmingham
Salary Circa £50,000
17 Apr 2019
15 May 2019
Jo Szkutnicki
Contract Type

The majority of the animals that we work with are brought into our care via the RSPCA Inspectorate team as strays or welfare cases.  We also provide a veterinary service for local RSPCA branches, Animal Centre and a small proportion of members of the public who qualify for financial assistance.  The position would suit a veterinary surgeon who is confident with general surgery and enjoys supporting other team members in their development.

The Practice

Our hospital is purpose built situated in a lovely rural setting, has excellent motorway access and is only 20 minutes drive from central Birmingham.

It has great facilities: two theatres, a broad range of surgical equipment, multiparameter monitoring, capnography, two imaging rooms, cat / dog / wild-life / isolation wards and is well-equipped with digital x-ray, colour doppler ultrasound, endoscopy and in-house lab.  We are a friendly, cheerful and enthusiastic team currently consisting of 6.5 vets and great, friendly, experienced nurses.  As a team we all enjoy working to a high welfare standard and the feeling that we are working for the benefit of the patient first and foremost.

The Hospital is based in a lovely rural setting, has excellent motorway access and is 20 minutes drive from central Birmingham.

The Role

The veterinary team supports the RSPCA Inspectorate, RSPCA branches and Animal Centres and a small proportion of low-income clients who qualify for a subsidised service which provides for a uniquely interesting and variable case load:

  • Shelter medicine/ surgery for the onsite animal rehoming centre
  • Rescue and rehabilitation of injured/ ill strays
  • Welfare case work for the RSPCA Inspectorate
  • Surgical referrals for surrounding RSPCA branches
  • Wildlife triage
  • Subsidised service for low-income clients

We are looking for an experienced vet with good surgical skills to assist the Hospital Director and other Senior Clinician in supervising the veterinary team.

Alongside clinical duties, the vet in this role will:

  • Supervise and guide the veterinary team, pursuing good clinical standards utilizing EBM.
  • Oversee the surgical veterinary caseload, ensuring excellent welfare of the stray animals in our care
  • Guide the decision-making with regards to the suitability for re-homing of rescue animals
  • Opportunity to line manage vets

Successful Candidate

We envisage the successful candidate to be an experienced, self-reliant and confident veterinary surgeon. She/he will have a broad range of surgical experience, both routine and emergency. The successful candidate will have experience in and be confident to deal with small animal emergencies, as well as be capable of advising others (eg. diaphragmatic hernia, splenectomy, urinary obstructions, multiple RTA injuries  etc.) Experience in basic orthopaedics (FHNE, patella surgery, cruciate surgery, fracture repair, etc.) would be beneficial.

A good all round medical knowledge will aid the candidate in being able to assist colleagues when asked for help.  We are looking for a candidate who remains calm under pressure of having to prioritise work load and is always approachable to colleagues.

The nature of our work involves a lot of pragmatic decision making and the ability to take a logical approach to clinical conditions as well as helping others to do likewise.

Above all, we need someone with a friendly, confident disposition and an ability to get along with the rest of the team.

The Package

  • 35 hour working week. 8am to 4pm for day shifts, (quiet oncall commitments: 1:5 late shift/on-call weekday and 1:6 weekends to be worked according to an OOH rota)
  • Starting Salary: £47,370.87 additional 4% shift allowance, including out of hours payments ie circa £50,000pa
  • 2 week days off after weekend on call
  • Holiday 25 days plus 8 bank holidays(time back for any BH worked)
  • 5 days CPD pro rata
  • £1,000 CPD allowancepro rata
  • Paid RCVS/VDS membership
  • Subsidised vet fees

All this makes for a pleasant work-life balance.

Closing date: 24th May 2019

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