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Farm and Equine Veterinary Surgeon - Truro, Cornwall

Kenwyn Veterinary Centre
Truro, Cornwall
Competitive Salary
Closing date
9 Nov 2021

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Animal Health, Large/Farm Animal, Practice, Veterinary
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Veterinary Surgeon
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We are currently looking for a farm and equine veterinary surgeon to join our friendly team in Truro, Cornwall. This is a full-time role working 40 hours a week over 5 days with one afternoon off from 1pm. There is a shared rota of nights and weekends currently 1 in 4 with informal reserve system. Relocation assistance is available and we can offer visa sponsorship.

Serving a wide range of farm and equine clients the majority of work is ambulatory with clinic support for some further investigations, treatment and standing surgery. Farm is a good mix of modern dairy clients, beef and sheep farmers and small holders. We perform routine fertility work, herd health planning, bull testing, Tb testing, and attending to ill individuals and outbreaks in a compact area allowing us to maintain long term relations with our friendly clients. Equine mix is a broad range of pleasure and competition work. We perform health exams, motorised dental work, AI, vetting’s, and lameness exams. At the clinic we can work up lameness with x rays and US scans, more advanced dental work, standing surgery and medical hospitalisations. Tb testing is performed and shared equally between the vets to support our on-farm service, though plenty of time for quality clinical work remains.

We work from a purpose-built clinic on the edge of the county`s capital equally accessible to the north and south coast. Our area is lovely Cornish country and coast, with Truro being the cultural and business centre. Beaches and surfing to the north, creeks and sailing and swimming to the south, and trails and hills between for walking, riding, running, and cycling. With stabling for horse`s and farm animals we can either work in the practice or provide services on farms. The clinic has cattle surgical stocks and pens for smaller patients, and farmers often bring in their animals to see us. For horses we have a sand school for lameness exams and stabling for treatments and investigations with experienced assistance and lovely support staff. We focus on a joint approach to cases and our clients, and a personal and friendly service. Case back up and advice is important to us to help our clients get the best service possible.

We have a team of 5 Veterinary Surgeons who all cover farm and equine work but also have areas of particular interest and skill. Some may bias farm or equine and all can provide input to those difficult cases. We have the support of local and regional referral services where required, though like to resolve cases ourselves where possible. A friendly and open approach is key to the team with each member valued and supported. We have lovely support staff to assist with admin and organisation of the day, and are an important part of providing our clients with a prompt and effective service .

The role would suit someone with some experience and wanting to develop skills and experience in farm and equine practice, but equally a capable new graduate can be supported into the role. A professional caring approach is required with some organisation and ability to think through situations. Back up is always provided to give our clients confidence in the service, but equally someone with self-reliance and confidence would relish the problem-solving nature of the role. We can offer relocation assistance for the right candidate 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, 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
•             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.

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Kenwyn Veterinary Centre is located on Kenwyn Hill, on the outskirts of Truro, and covers most of the mid Cornwall area, from St Austell to Helston and from St Mawes to Porthtowan. The practice was established in 1991 from Highertown Vets by Patrick Hunt, and has taken on the large animal work from other practices since. We have a team of dedicated farm and equine veterinary surgeons all of whom have additional areas of interest and have strong ties with the farm and equine community.

Whilst the majority of our work is carried out on farm or at stables, we have on site hospitalisation and surgical facilities for the more complex investigations and treatments, and the ability to examine and treat animals at the clinic rather than visit should it be preferred.

Kenwyn Veterinary Centre is a RCVS accredited practice and we have built up a very good reputation for delivering a first class service. We work with number of allied professionals and specialists both locally and nationally to provide a complete care package tailored to the individual needs of every client.

We supply Prescription Only Medicines - Veterinary (POM-V) products from our practice for clients or we can provide written prescriptions so that clients can obtain these medicines from other veterinary surgeons or pharmacies. We only prescribe POM-Vs for animals under our care, so that we can ensure all animals are being treated with the best product to suit their individual needs.

All the staff at Kenwyn Vets have personal experience of the many of the problems and pitfalls that you may have to deal with on a first hand basis, when dealing with animals, and are committed to working for the best outcome possible.

We have a support team of dedicated nurses and reception staff to deal with your enquiry and orders quickly, efficiently and to help try to diagnose any problems and then, if needed, to dispatch a vet to you as quickly as possible.

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