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Veterinary Surgeon (Maternity Cover) - Portishead

Vale Referrals
Portishead, Bristol
Competitive Salary
Closing date
14 Jul 2021

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Animal Health, Small Animal, Practice, Veterinary
Job Type
Veterinary Surgeon
Contract Type
Fixed Term
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We are looking for a confident and enthusiastic Veterinary Surgeon to join our team, in a progressive, busy and well-equipped hospital, with a pride in high clinical standards. This is a part time position (maternity cover) working every Thursday 8.30am – 6.00pm (8.5 hours with an hour for lunch) and 1 in 3 Saturdays 8.30am - 1.00pm.

Whilst working at the main hospital you will have support from our veterinary team; however you must also be confident to take sole charge of cases when required e.g. branch surgery consulting, emergency work etc.

We are Portishead’s only veterinary hospital with a team of vets and qualified nurses who are available 24/7 with round the clock on-site care. We provide out-of-hours (OOH) emergency service for our own clients, as well as for other local practices, which ensures a varied caseload. We offer a high standard of patient care in a clean and professional working environment, and we are proud to have consistently achieved Tier 3 Hospital Status. The hospital offers veterinary consultations every day, including weekends and evenings. Vale Vets is committed not only to treating illness but also preventing it, and so we run a pro-active Nurse Clinic service four days a week overseen by our Senior Clinic Nurse, advising owners on preventative health care and nutrition, and offering services such as 2nd vaccinations, weight consultations and senior health checks. We have our own health care plan, which is regularly reviewed to promote the best options for preventative health care. We also offer a fully-equipped ambulance and visiting service.

We are proud to have been awarded Gold in the ICC cat friendly clinic awards and pride ourselves on our feline friendly approach - the hospital has separate cat and dog waiting rooms for clients, separate inpatient wards for cats / dogs / isolation, and dedicated consulting times during the week for cat-only appointments.

Running alongside the hospital is our branch practice in Pill, which offers veterinary consultations at various times throughout the week. OOH work, hospital inpatients, and surgical / medical procedures are all managed at the Portishead hospital. The hospital is also home to a fully-equipped dog grooming salon, run by our qualified Dog Groomer.

We are equipped with various diagnostic and clinical tools, including laparoscopy, endoscopy, ultrasonography, digital radiography (including dental radiography), in-house laboratory, multi-parameter monitoring equipment, and much more!

The hospital is staffed with eight Vets, 10 Veterinary Nurses, two Veterinary Care Assistants and a qualified dog groomer. Working alongside the day team we have qualified Night Nurses who provide 24 hour care of our inpatients. We are also a registered Training Practice for student nurses, and a registered EMS centre for student vets from the Langford Veterinary School.

Alongside our clinical staff, we have a Practice Manager committed to customer care, who is supported by a Reception Manager and 6 receptionists, an Insurance Administrator, and a Financial Administrator. We also have a dedicated Pet Bereavement Counsellor to support our clients during difficult times following the loss of their pet.

The team is a very friendly, welcoming and supportive family. Everyone has a real ‘team player’ attitude, and looks after each other whenever possible. There is also a great social side to our team with regular dog walks, pub visits etc. As a Practice we regularly get involved with local events, including the Raft Race, Soapbox Race, Newfoundland Rescue, Flower Show, Lido Doggie Swim and Christmas Victorian Evening.

We are proud of our progressive standards and are looking for a cheerful, new member of the team with a can do attitude and a willingness to learn with us. The ideal candidate will also be a good communicator, as you will be required to carry out veterinary consultations. You must feel comfortable promoting our in-house services and practice ethos.

Benefits (subject to pro rata):

•             5 weeks paid holiday not including bank holidays
•             5 days paid CPD leave per annum
•             £1250 CPD Allowance per annum
•             Private Medical Insurance
•             VDS Membership paid
•             BVA Membership paid
•             Service based holiday entitlement increases
•             Enhanced maternity, adoption, shared parental leave and surrogacy pay
•             Enhanced paternity pay
•             Birthday leave
•             Discounted veterinary fees
•             My Benefits - various discounts including retail & gym memberships
•             Cycle to Work scheme
•             Pension
•             CPD/training support
•             Paid bereavement leave
•             Company sick pay
•             Employee opinion survey
•             Free uniform in a number of roles
•             Annual pay reviews
•             Social events
•             Sponsorship for overseas employees
•             Academy & Leadership courses
•             Focus on employee wellbeing
•             Relocation packages
•             Career progression opportunities
•             Free flu jabs

As a BAME and LGBT+ 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.

If this position is of interest to you then please get in touch.

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Vale Referrals is a service for vets to refer complex cases for our expert team to diagnose and treat.

Our veterinary surgeons include diploma and certificate holders across a range of disciplines, but our prices are realistic. We have a wide range of diagnostic tools at our disposal, including video endoscopy, laparoscopy, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, and computed tomography (CT).

The combination of skills and experience offered by our soft tissue and orthopaedic surgeon, cardiologists, internal medicine vets, ophthalmologist and dermatologist means that we are able to offer a truly multidisciplinary and complementary service. We also offer combined expertise in oncology (medicine and surgery).

We are conveniently located just minutes from the M5 between Gloucester and Bristol, easily accessible from the South West, South Wales and the Midlands.


Find Us
01453 547934
The Animal Hospital
GL11 6AJ
United Kingdom
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