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Veterinary Surgeon - Chard, Somerset

Kingfisher Veterinary Practice
Chard, Somerset
Competitive Salary
Closing date
16 Aug 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 Veterinary Surgeon with some experience to join our first opinion small animal practice on a full-time maternity cover basis, with the potential to extend. Although experience is preferable we would consider a motivated new graduate. The role is full time, four days per week with some Saturday mornings and participation in our in-house OOH service working as part of our friendly and supportive team of vets, nurses and support staff. A generous salary, benefits and CPD package is available. Accommodation may also be available for the right candidate.

Our four branch practice is in rural Somerset with beautiful scenery and the Jurassic coastline within easy reach with transport links via motorway and rail. All the branches are well-equipped with digital radiography and in-house blood diagnostic machines. Advanced orthopaedic surgery is available to our clients via a visiting specialist and we have certificate holders in ophthalmology and surgery within our team of experienced vets.

We are seeking an experienced Veterinary Surgeon with the confidence to handle routine sole - charge consults, including routine surgical procedures, as well as managing caseloads with fifteen minute appointments. Applicants must be RCVS registered. We encourage and fund CPD including study for higher qualifications.

Benefits (subject to pro rata):

•             25 days paid holiday not including bank holidays
•             5 days paid CPD leave
•             £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, 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

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.

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Kingfisher Veterinary practice (KVP) celebrated it’s centenary in 2006. It originally started as a one-man horse practice and expanded over the years into a multi vet mixed practice covering areas as far afield as Maiden Newton in Dorset and Cotford St. Luke in Somerset.

In 2009 KVP divided its large animal and small animal sides of the business to run as independent units. The small animal side remained as Kingfisher Vets and the large animal side became part of Synergy Farm Health based in Evershot, Dorset.

Kingfisher Veterinary Practice as it stands today is a progressive 4 centre practice. We have vets from many different backgrounds contributing a wealth of experience and expertise. Many of our nursing and reception staff have lived locally for many years and have been connected with the practice for much of this time.

Veterinary support in the local community: 

We are a traditional privately-run practice that has excellent links within the local community. We visit local schools and clubs to talk about our work and encourage people to see what goes on ‘behind the scenes’. We also have strong ties with St. Margarets Hospice, a charity that we support every year with donations generated from activities in and out of work hours.

Find Us
01460 72443
Tower Hill Road
TA18 8EQ
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