Job title: Wildlife Assistant - Vet Nurse
Location: RSPCA Stapeley Grange CW5 7JW
Salary: circa £25,000 pro rata + 4% shift allowance
Hours: Part time - 7 hours per week
Closing date: 10:00 Friday 1st October 2021
Are you looking to work on the frontline of an organisation that ends cruelty, promotes kindness and alleviates suffering to animals?
We’re recruiting a Wildlife Assistant (Vet Nurse qualified) at our Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Nantwich on a permanent part time basis.
At Stapeley Grange, we admit animals from south of the Scottish Border to south of Birmingham, into North Wales and across to Lincolnshire. In 2019 we received over 6,000 admissions, including wildlife, exotic and domestic casualties.
You will play a fundamental role in supporting the rescue, rehabilitation and release of a variety of British wildlife including orphaned and injured wild animals, from hedgehogs to seal pups. We care for our patients for as long as it takes to get them fit for return to the wild!
What you’ll be doing as an RSPCA Wildlife Assistant:
- Undertake nursing duties as directed including theatre and ward(s).
- Administer treatments (Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 Schedule 3 procedures e.g. injections, medication, fluid therapy, dressing, first aid, euthanasia) as directed, and where permitted undertake minor surgical procedures.
- Dispense drugs in accordance with professional guidelines and hospital/ clinic rules.
- Monitor and replenish veterinary supplies for consulting rooms and/ surgeries as directed by the Staff Nurse/Senior Clinician/Veterinary Officer.
- Cleaning and maintenance of all surgical areas & intensive care ward including laboratories, theatres and x ray rooms.
- Cleaning and basic maintenance of veterinary equipment and machinery (eg radiography, endoscopy and dental) and sterilisation of surgical and orthopaedic instruments.
- Feeding, cleaning and caring for sick and injured and orphaned British wildlife through a hands off approach
- Assisting with the release of wildlife including the identification, surveying and preparation of release sites as well as the transportation of the animal to the release site
- Carrying out care and rehabilitation procedures involving hands-on treatment, monitoring all sorts of wildlife species (requiring different approaches)
- Ensuring the cleanliness, hygiene and maintenance of all areas, including pens, aviaries, pools, treatment rooms, kitchen and storage areas
- Accurately recording information and assisting in the collation of statistics
- Representing the centre at wildlife meetings where required
- Contributing towards centre fundraising activities
- Either a Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing or a Degree in Veterinary Nursing
- Registration with the RCVS
- Wildlife rehabilitation experience (essential)
- Ability to plan your day effectively
- Good interpersonal skills; an excellent team player
What’s in it for you?
You'll have an opportunity to work for the largest animal welfare charity in England and Wales. Your work will have a direct impact on improving the health and safety of our people.
We value and recognise our employees' contribution and are proud to offer an extensive benefits package that includes:
35 hours standard working week, 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 30 days with service (pro rata); a generous pension scheme with associated life assurance and group income protection scheme; access to private healthcare scheme; support for professional development after qualifying period and access to our employee assistance programme.
How to apply:
To apply, please complete an online application form quoting reference WA1531 by the closing date of 10:00 Friday 1st October 2021.
Early applications are encouraged as we reserve the right to close the advert early once sufficient submissions are received.
All online information and documents are available in alternative formats, including Braille and large font, upon request from the Resourcing team.
We strongly believe in being an innovative, diverse, and inclusive organisation and recognise that diversity in all of our people will help achieve that purpose and our mission more effectively. We strongly encourage and seek applications from a wide diversity of candidates and in particular welcome applications from minority ethnic, black, and candidates with disabilities, who are currently under-represented at the RSPCA.
Ending cruelty, promoting kindness and alleviating suffering to animals.
Applicants should be aware that receipt of a Standard Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) deemed satisfactory by the Society is a condition of employment for this role. The Society complies with the DBS Code of Practice (available from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dbs-code-of-practice) and, should the event arise, will undertake to discuss any matter revealed in the Disclosure with you before making any decision to withdraw the conditional offer of employment.