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Veterinary Surgeon - Brantham, Essex

Employer
Highcliff Veterinary Practice
Location
Brantham, Manningtree, Essex
Salary
Competitive Salary
Closing date
30 Sep 2021

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Sector
Animal Health, Small Animal, Practice, Veterinary
Job Type
Veterinary Surgeon
Contract Type
Permanent
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Job Details

We are looking for a full time Veterinary Surgeon to join our established, friendly, supportive team, who enjoys the challenges of first opinion veterinary practice as well as guiding recent graduates. A typical day starts at 08:15 with reassessing any patients returning from Vets Now and admitting patients for ops. All patient admissions are made by the veterinary team allowing our dedicated team of Registered Veterinary Nurses to focus on caring for our in-patients and preparing our day patients for surgery. This is a full time position, working 4 days a week. No OOH. 1 in 3 Saturdays mornings until 13:00. You would be building up and maintaining your own client base. Salary £40,000 to £55,000 PA depending on experience. Welcome bonus and relocation package on offer!

We offer 15 minute appointments as a minimum allow vets to provide a first-class service to clients and appointments are available for clients throughout the day with vets having staggered breaks throughout the day. Typically vets will have two sessions on "ops" each week allowing them to book in cases they have seen to operate on or work-up; seeing cases through is encouraged in an environment where plenty of support is available if required. The final appointments of the day are booked for 18:45 allowing ample time in the evenings to maintain a healthy work-life balance and there is no sole-charge work, typically 4-5 vets will be working on any given week day with two on a Saturday morning.

A purpose-built practice overlooking the beautiful Stour Estuary, the surgery is fully equipped to enable vets to provide a first-class service to their patients. Facilities include digital radiography (including separate dental radiography in a bespoke dental suite), ultrasonography, piped gases, multi-parameter monitor, flexible and rigid endoscopy, cautery, class IV laser therapy, tonometry and forced air warming for patients. Situated in the heart of Constable Country, the beautiful scenery made famous by the work of John Constable is on hand for those who like outdoor life; the coast and Alton Water Reservoir is also on hand for those who enjoy life on water.

Manningtree and Mistley, just a stone's throw across the Stour Estuary from the practice, have great independent shops, bars, pubs, bakery and restaurants as well as a supermarket and main-line rail station with Liverpool Street just an hour away. Ipswich and Colchester are close by and offer plenty of opportunity for sporting and cultural pursuits, between them being home to Ipswich Town Football Club, Dance East, Mercury Theatre and the fabulous Colchester Zoo. Stansted Airport is in easy reach at 50mins by car and the port of Harwich is just 15 miles away for those who enjoy travel to Europe and beyond.

There are five FTE vets, clinically supported by seven FTE RVNs as well as six support staff. Practice Management is shared with the site surgery at Hadleigh, some nine miles away.

Certificate study is encouraged, be that RCVS Cert AVP or GP Certificates; recently completed and in progress Certificates include Medicine, Surgery and ECC. Within our team we have a certificate holder in imaging which allows internal referral for more in-depth abdominal ultrasound in particular and a monthly visit from a Cardiology Diplomate not only provides excellent care for our patients but allows up-skilling of Cardiology knowledge within the team.

We pride ourselves on our friendly, collaborative approach as we believe that allows us to best care for our patients and ourselves. We do a lot of work with local Cat Rescue Charities and regularly see Greyhound Trust dogs. We have for several years supported a local charity providing care and accommodation for adults with learning disabilities and like to attend local agricultural shows.

Prior experience of veterinary work in UK is required and ideally the successful candidate may hold or have started a Certificate although consideration will be given to less experienced veterinary surgeons demonstrating a genuine passion for first-opinion veterinary care.

Benefits (subject to pro rata)

  • 5 weeks paid holiday not including bank holidays
  • 5 days paid CPD leave
  • £1350 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 surveyFree uniform in a number of roles
  • Annual pay reviews
  • Social events
  • Sponsorship for overseas employees
  • Academy & Leadership courses
  • Focus on employee wellbeing
  • Relocation package
  • 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.

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

Company

The Highcliff Veterinary Practice is a long-established reputable local practice serving south Suffolk and the Essex-border area. We offer many products and services to help domestic pets. Whether you have a hamster or a Great Dane, we are here to help!

The origins of Highcliff Veterinary Practice can be traced from the first half of the nineteenth century, from the Grimwade family of Farriers, Horse Doctors and Insurers. They lived and worked in Kersey, and as was traditional at this time, a horse's tail hung outside the house to enable clients to recognise the trade. This still remains today hanging from the eves of a house near the ford in the village. The practice moved to Hadleigh after the Second World War. Three generations of the Lemon family (George, Alfred and Donald), worked locally from 1870 until Donald retired in 1977.

By this time the practice had grown considerably. A branch in Ipswich had been established from partner Roy Hullis' home in St Johns Rd and this moved to new premises in Cliff Lane in the early 1970s. The name was changed from Lemon, Sutherland, Ryde and partners to Highcliff Veterinary Practice, the name deriving from the premises at High Street, Hadleigh and Cliff Lane, Ipswich.

The Ipswich surgeries have been under separate ownership outwith Highcliff Veterinary Practice since the Summer of 2014 meaning the practice is now composed of branches in Hadleigh and at Factory Lane, Cattawade, Brantham near Manningtree.

Find Us
Location
96 High Street
Hadleigh
Ipswich
IP7 5EN
GB
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