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Veterinary Surgeon

Taylor Veterinary Practice Ltd
Rutherglen, Glasgow
Competitive Salary
Closing date
2 Nov 2021

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Animal Health, Small Animal, Practice, Veterinary
Job Type
Veterinary Surgeon
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The Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Veterinary Surgeon to join our team here at Taylor Veterinary Pratice, Cathkin!

This is ideally a full-time position in our busy, first opinion practice, however flexible and part-time applicants are also welcomed. Between Monday-Friday our vets work a mixed shift pattern, including 8-4, 11-7, 9-5, 9-7 and 1-8.30. You would work 3 Saturdays in 8 with a day off in lieu in the preceding week. We are closed on Sundays and there is no OOH. We have a large surgical caseload but are also happy to accommodate solely consulting shifts for those who prefer to avoid operating.

About Us

Taylor Veterinary Practice is one of the oldest established small animal veterinary practices in the world. We are a 3-branch practice based on the Southside of Glasgow, ideal for either city-based living or more rural lifestyles. Our well-equipped Cathkin branch is our main hub, and our branches in East Kilbride and Clarkston are consulting only. You would work at all 3 branches.

Our 'TVP family' has an amazing team of 14 vets, both full and part time. We encourage CPD and have 3 certificate holders in medicine and surgery, with another working towards an ophthalmology certificate. Many of the vets have individual areas of interest, which means there is always someone to offer advice on a challenging case. We have a busy surgical caseload but are happy to accommodate solely consulting shifts for those who prefer to avoid operating. We also have a fantastic team of nurses, ANA's, receptionists and an administration department. We are a very supportive, family-friendly practice with many working parents, and we are a sociable group who can promise some fun nights out.

Applicant Requirements

We are looking for an experienced vet with high clinical standards, who thrives working as part of a team, and enjoys forming long-lasting relationships with clients and their pets.

Benefits - Subject to Pro Rata

 ·         Enhanced holiday entitlement and increasing holiday based on length of service

·         CPD paid days and allowance

·         L&D opportunities through the IVC Evidensia Academy

·         Enhanced family friendly policies, including maternity/paternity/adoption/shared parental and surrogacy pay

·         Private Medical Insurance

·         BVA Membership paid

·         VDS cover

·         Birthday leave

·         Discounted veterinary fees

·         Various discounts including retail & gym memberships

·         Cycle to Work scheme

·         Service-related company sick pay

·         Sponsorship for overseas employees

·         Initiatives focussed 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.

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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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G73 5QU
United Kingdom
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