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Clinical Director - Rutherglen, Glasgow

Taylor Veterinary Practice Ltd
Rutherglen, Glasgow
Competitive Salary
Closing date
13 Aug 2021

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Animal Health, Small Animal, Practice, Veterinary
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Clinical Director
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Clinical Director required at Taylor Vet Practice, Rutherglen, Glasgow

The Role

Taylor Vets are looking for a full-time Veterinary Surgeon to join our friendly team in Glasgow as Clinical Director. This opportunity is ideal for candidates looking to take the next step in their career. The role provides a combination of management and clinical work with a great work life balance, no OOH or weekend work and generous holiday allowance. You will be working closely with the existing Clinical Directors / management team and have a shared responsibility for leading and driving the practice forward. Developing the business and your own clinical work are equally important parts of the role, with the ability to pass on knowledge and direction to others.

About Us

Taylor Veterinary Practice is one of the oldest established small animal veterinary practices in the world. We have been caring for animals in the community, as part of the Cathkin Estate, Glasgow, for almost two hundred years. Our main Cathkin site is very well-equipped, and we have 2 additional branches in East Kilbride and Clarkston open for consultations only.

Our “TVP Family” currently consists of 3 Clinical Directors, Practice Manager, 14 Veterinary Surgeons, 8 Registered Veterinary Nurses, 6 Animal Care assistants, 4 Student Veterinary Nurses, 16 receptionists and 5 Practice Administrators.

We take huge pride in our team and consider that to be a vital part of what makes us a great practice. We are a caring group of individuals who genuinely pull together throughout the most difficult of circumstances and we have always enjoyed having a strong social aspect as well. We would love for someone with a similar mindset to come and join us and help drive the practice forward.

Candidate Requirements

Applicants should have extensive experience in both a surgical and medical caseload with a desire to mentor others and lead by example. You should be motivated, enthusiastic, dedicated, have great communication skills and strive for clinical excellence. Ideally you should have experience of a management role in a veterinary practice, although leadership training is available. Commitment to the practice is important, and proven ability to work as part of a team.

The Rota

Full-time role working 1 or 2 evenings. A 4 or 5 day week can be negotiated. No OOH or weekends!

Benefits - Subject to Pro Rata

•             6 weeks paid holiday not including bank holidays

•             5 days paid CPD leave

•             £1500 CPD Allowance per annum

•             Company bonus scheme

•             Private Medical Insurance

•             RCVS membership paid

•             VDS membership paid

•             BVA Membership paid

•             Service based holiday entitlement increases

•             VDS cover

•             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 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.

If this position is of interest to you then please get in touch. Please quote BH3433 when applying for this role.

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Taylor Veterinary Practice is one of the oldest established veterinary practices in the world and has been caring for animals in the community, as part of the Cathkin Estate, for almost two hundred years.

In 1826, Master Blacksmith, John Taylor (1801-1857) (1st generation) moved from Cowgate in Edinburgh to Cathkin and founded a blacksmith workshop ‘John Taylor Smithy’. This became the nineteenth century equivalent of a veterinary practice and remained so for five generations of Taylors.

In those days the blacksmiths worked in the forge, shod horses and attended farms and mines to visit sick animals. There was no Glasgow Veterinary school at this time but due to his experience with animals John Taylor often treated horses and pit ponies.

The second half of the nineteenth century saw great progress in veterinary care.

The first Professor of Veterinary Medicine to teach in the US was a Scottish man by the name of Dr James Law and in 1861 Glasgow Veterinary School was born.

John's son David Taylor (1827-1880) (2nd generation), one of ten children, followed in his father’s footsteps as a blacksmith and continued in a life of treating and working with animals at Smithy House.

John Taylor (1852-1942), who had two sisters, was the 3rd generation. He also followed the family tradition becoming a blacksmith but additionally enrolled in the fledgling Veterinary School. His qualification as a vet in 1870 firmly established Smithy House as a Veterinary Practice. John had five children, two becoming Veterinary Surgeons and one of them James Fyfe Taylor (1885 - 1931) (4th generation) continuing the practice at Cathkin.

James was also drafted as a Veterinary Officer in the First World War. He was responsible for the treatment of horses used for transporting guns and supplies, noting in his war diary 'Horses dying of exhaustion and exposure. Too many'

After the war he returned to Smithy House, expanding the Veterinary Practice and had a son James Morrison Taylor in 1920s the 5th and final generation who qualified as a vet in 1942.

Father and son worked side by side as vets for many years at Smithy House employing more vets and less blacksmiths as cars became widespread.

James Morrison Taylor was a man of vision and lay down the roots of the practice that we see today. In the 1940s and 50s few vets treated small animals, concentrating on horses and cows but James very quickly saw the satisfaction in giving pets the best treatment possible. He slowly developed small animal clinics under the radar of his father and established Smithy House as a Veterinary Practice for all animals. The Smithy was converted into a waiting room and consulting rooms and over 50 years James grew the practice steadily with commitment, hard work and a love of animals.

The surgery is now known as ‘Taylor Veterinary Practice’, a large independently owned, RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) accredited small animal practice. To this day, Taylor Veterinary Practice at Smithy House continues to work to Mr Taylor’s vision of giving each and every patient the best care possible, treating every pet as if their own.

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