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Senior Veterinary Surgeon - Colchester

Colne Valley Veterinary Practice
Colchester, Essex
Salary up to £70k dependent on experience
Closing date
29 Nov 2021

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Opportunity for a senior position - Colne Valley Vets

The Role
We are currently looking for an experienced Veterinary Surgeon to join our large and friendly team. This is a full-time position, working a 4-day week with 1:6 weekend commitment and no OOH. Whilst our days can be extremely busy and varied, management are very conscious to try and provide all staff with an excellent ‘work/life’ balance.

Any experienced applicant will be considered but the position would be particularly suitable for an applicant looking for a senior position within the team and the opportunity exists for a clinical director role.

We can offer the successful candidate an excellent relocation package if required, along with an excellent salary package, commensurate with experience and up to £70,000.

Pursuing your own career interests will be strongly encouraged and excellent CPD packages and time are included.

About Us
We are an independent small animal practice based in Colchester in large and purpose-built premises.  Our practice is well equipped with an excellent range of diagnostic facilities. We are a busy first opinion practice working to a high standard of veterinary care, and we can provide plenty of opportunity for you to further your surgical and medical experience with support from our large and experienced team. We have separate dog and cat kennels. We run a range of nurse-run consultations. We also have a budget for more specified equipment to suit the applicant’s interests.

Applicant Requirements
We are seeking an experienced Veterinary Surgeon to join us on a full-time basis.  The ideal candidate will have considerable experience of first opinion practice and ideally some previous management experience, although this is not essential as further training and support can be provided.

Benefits - Subject to Pro Rata
• 6 weeks paid holiday not including bank holidays
* Generous CPD Allowance per annum
• Company bonus scheme
• RCVS membership paid
• VDS membership paid
• BVA Membership paid
• VDS cover
• Discounted veterinary fees
• Pension
• CPD/training support
• Paid bereavement leave
• Company sick pay
• Relocation packages


The Colne Valley Veterinary Practice was founded in 1947 and was initially based in a small building behind a house in Military Road in Colchester. In those early days there were two vets and their practice treated both large and small animals. The Practice steadily grew until it occupied not just the buildings behind the house but the house itself.

In 1995, we ended our services for large animals and concentrated entirely on domestic pets. We are now classed as a 100% small animal veterinary practice and we are an accredited small animal general practice  in the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons practice standards scheme.

By 1998, we had outgrown our Military Road home and we moved our main premises to a new purpose built site on Maudlyn Road in Colchester. This is where we continue to be based today. Our building is large and well equipped with five consulting rooms and a large dispensary. We have excellent surgical facilities and we are very well equipped with diagnostic tools such as an x-ray machine, an ultrasound machine and several endoscopes (cameras that allow us to look into animals' lungs, stomachs and intestines.)

We also have a well-equipped practice laboratory. Our building has separate kennel rooms for cats, dogs and exotic pets. In short, we enjoy working in a large, comfortable and well equipped veterinary practice.

We have five full-time veterinary surgeons and four part-time veterinary surgeons working at the practice. In addition, we employ nine qualified Veterinary Nurses (six of whom are full-time.) We are a vet nurse training practice. We have a full time kennel maid. We have a practice accounts manageress, nine part-time receptionists and four cleaners.

Our practice is constantly evolving and adapting to take onboard new ideas and to take on new challenges. All our vets and nurses regularly attend courses and meetings to keep up to date with new techniques and ideas in the veterinary world. 

Find Us
01206 794695
Off Maudlyn Way
The Hythe
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