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Small Animal Senior Clinical Director, Alnwick

Alnorthumbria Vets
Alnwick, Northumberland
Attractive salary and benefits package
Closing date
2 Jun 2021

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Small Animal, Practice, Veterinary
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Clinical Director
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Senior Clinical Director for Alnorthumbria (Small Animal Vet)

A unique opportunity has arisen to lead our small animal group, Alnorthumbria SA Vets in the scenic Northumberland. We are looking for a small animal veterinary surgeon with experience in successful small animal practice leadership to join our team as Senior Clinical Director to provide direction, to drive people engagement and development and to optimise practice performance.

The successful candidate is expected to possess inspiring leadership skills and will be collaboratively working with the Regional Director, fellow Senior Clinical Directors and support team to influence regional development and performance. Along with leadership and management duties the role also includes clinical work and therefore constitutes an opportunity to fulfil both leadership and clinical aspirations.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Working and striving towards achieving our Company Purpose, Vision and Strategy locally
  • Support and revive CVS Core Behaviours & Values by focusing on people engagement, development, motivation and career progression to improve job satisfaction, performance and attrition rates.
  • Overall responsibility for the clinical and behavioural standards within the practices ensuring they are in line with the RCVS code of professional conduct and the CVS Clinical Governance standards.
  • Work in partnership with other management within practices to optimise service to clients and patients in order to develop the business by maximising turnover and productivity.
  • Responsible for the financial performance of the practices in conjunction with the Practice management, Clinical Director/Head Vet and Regional management.
  • Responsible for control of employment costs and general overheads.
  • Provide appropriate surgical and medical care to patients, adhering to the RCVS five principles of practice.
  • Attend scheduled Regional and Hub meetings, Conferences and roadshows.

As a permanent employee you will enjoy full access to our Benefits package which includes:

  • 6 weeks annual leave. You can opt into our Buy & Sell holiday scheme offering an additional 2 weeks leave!
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • All professional fees are funded
  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity 10 weeks full and 10 weeks half pay 
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Perk Box, offering a range of entertainment, dining and retail discounts 
  • Bonus scheme
  • Relocation Packages can be discussed
  • Generous CPD allowance which includes the opportunity to complete a certificate 
  • A range of flexible benefits including Gymflex scheme and much more! 
  • Being part of a larger group which means fantastic career progression and a long standing veterinary career

Please contact Regional Director Tine McGuane on 075 394 294 66 or for further information.  To apply right away, please click ‘Apply Now' where someone from our Recruitment team will be in touch


CVS Group plc is one of the leading veterinary services providers in the UK and owns over 450 veterinary surgeries throughout the UK and the Netherlands. These surgeries include seven referral practices providing first class specialist treatment. We also operate four laboratories performing diagnostics services for the veterinary industry and seven pet crematoria. The Group includes Animed Direct, an online store selling medicines, pet food and other animal related products.

CVS (UK) Limited was established in August 1999 to acquire and operate veterinary practices which were well established within their local community and had a reputation for high quality service. It was recognised that the value of these businesses lay in the quality of their staff and the relationship they enjoyed with their existing clients. To build on this CVS provides professional management expertise in the areas of finance, personnel, practice management, Health & Safety etc, thereby relieving local staff of many administrative tasks, to enable them to concentrate on clinical care.

As the number of acquisitions increased so did the diversity of operational styles and approaches. These are shared on a regular basis at meetings where clinical directors and other key staff consider alternative approaches to common problems. The two day CVS annual conference is now a major event in the veterinary calendar providing a broad range of CPD and where new initiatives are considered and fed back to each of the businesses.

From 2001 CVS diversified into many other aspects of veterinary business. This diversification includes veterinary laboratories, veterinary crematoria, a locum and recruitment agency, an online dispensary, and own labelled products. Currently a key focus is the expansion of its own centres of excellence providing multi-disciplinary referral services to its own practices and to the veterinary profession at large. It is also expanding its network of out-of-hours emergency centres to ensure that its clients get the best possible care whatever their needs. A recent addition to this diversification is the establishment of grooming parlours at some of its larger practices.

A major feature of CVS’s practice division is the Healthy Pet Club which provides inexpensive annual cover for routine treatments such as worms and fleas and regular health checks. With over 300,000 members this now provides a significant cost saving for clients.

CVS employs an increasing number of veterinary specialists who offer invaluable advice to their colleagues and lead the internal CPD programme. Through this support for quality CPD many of the company’s veterinary surgeons have acquired new skills of value to their colleagues elsewhere in the group. The establishment of a New Graduate scheme and the MiNurse Academy are part of a fuller CPD programme which includes more formal business skills training.

CVS has selected some single suppliers for certain types of product which has enabled us to get more competitive prices and better support from the manufacturers. However care is taken not to compromise clinical judgment through our selection of products, and this is achieved by having all decisions on the choice of veterinary products decided by a team of qualified veterinary surgeons.

CVS continues to acquire more veterinary practices and associated businesses but each one is considered with care to ensure that they are compatible with the CVS culture. The key attributes of the practices are their location, their current standing in the local community, their overall performance and the willingness of the existing practice team to embrace the CVS approach to business.

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CVS Group PLc
CVS House
Owen Road
IP22 4ER
United Kingdom
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