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Night-time Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Surgeon - Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

Sheriff's Highway Vet Hospital
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear
Competitive Salary
Closing date
5 Nov 2021

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Animal Health, Small Animal, Practice, Veterinary
Job Type
Veterinary Surgeon
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Details

The Role

We are currently looking for a night-time Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Surgeon to join our friendly team at Sheriffs Highway Vets in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. This is a full-time role working 49 hours per week, 7 nights on and 7 nights off. Part-time options are available, for example 7-on, 21-off with or without day shifts in between but we are happy to discuss alternatives. Flexibility and other part time options are also available. Accommodation can be provided away from the practice and there is also a bedroom with en-suite bathroom for the night shifts. Salary up to £60,000 DOE.

The role will involve working alongside dedicated on-site Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nurses and Veterinary Nursing assistants. Our 24-hour service and 'one team' ethos provides for exceptional continuity of care, with case handovers at the beginning and end of every day allowing plenty of time for clinical discussion. A night shift begins with a handover from the daytime hospital Veterinary Surgeon at 6pm and ends with a handover the following day at 7.45am. Our Registered Veterinary Nurses handle client calls, triage and the majority of patient care through the night allowing opportunity for the vet to sleep.

About Us

Sheriffs Highway Veterinary Hospital is an RCVS Tier 3 Hospital in Gateshead. Our night-time emergency and critical care team supports our busy hospital, 3 branch surgeries and an additional 3 partner practices. Our clinical team is led by Advanced Practitioners and Certificate holders in surgery and medicine. Several of our Veterinary Surgeons are working towards Certificates/AP status, with one of our night Veterinary Surgeons working towards an Emergency and Critical Care certificate. Our hospital is very well equipped, with dedicated and advanced surgical and medical facilities and equipment. We have a wealth of emergency and critical care essentials, including comprehensively equipped laboratory, on site and a very good working relationship with other local out of hours providers and the Pet Blood Bank. Our Gateshead location is ideal for access to the coast and countryside of the Northeast, in addition to all the culture and amenities of Newcastle and Gateshead.

We are a team of 12 daytime Veterinary Surgeons, 2 night-time Veterinary Surgeons, 16 Veterinary Nurses and 6 Nursing Assistants. We have an Advanced Practitioner in surgery and a medicine certificate-holder, with several vets also working towards advanced qualifications (including one night vet in the final year of the BSAVA ECC Certificate). The integration of our daytime and night-time teams ensures optimal patient care and fantastic teamwork. This ethos is important to us, with frequent socials and pizza fuelled in-house CPD (both lunchtime and evening). We are a host practice for the Pet Blood Bank and work with several local charities.

Applicant Requirements

Our ideal candidate will be experienced in small animal clinical work and be confident in dealing with emergency medical and surgical cases. Experience in sole-charge emergency and critical care work would be an asset. We would also welcome applications from existing certificate-holders or those working towards an advanced qualification. Recent graduate applications will also be considered for this role.

Benefits - Subject to Pro Rata

  • 5 weeks 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
  • 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
  • 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.

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Sheriffs Highway Veterinary Hospital was establish in 1948 by Mr Clark and since that time it has developed an enviable reputation for providing an excellent level of care at sensible prices.  We are proud to be a member of the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme, meaning you can be confident in our commitment to providing the highest standards of care.

We are a well equipped hospital with facilities to allow patients to be kept in overnight with 24/7 staffing.  We continue to invest in equipment and training for all of our staff to ensure their skills are kept right up to date.

Find Us
0191 487 7319
94 Sheriffs Highway
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