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Veterinary Surgeon - Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

Riverside Veterinary Care
Abergavenny, Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)
Salary commensurate with experience, with total package in the range £38,000- £50,000.
Closing date
4 Jan 2022

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


  • Riverside Veterinary Care are looking for a genuine GP Veterinary Surgeon to help us grow our practice.
  • We are a proudly independent surgery with a strong ethic of looking after our team and supporting each other to provide a caring and personal service.
  • Our flexible and forward thinking approach has enabled us to thrive last year. None of our staff were furloughed and our client base is bigger than ever.
  • We have exciting times ahead as we extend our opening hours and continue our refurbishment.
  • Are you a great all-rounder looking for a new challenge? Do you want to get involved in improving services and developing the practice, as well as providing a complete veterinary service to our friendly clients? Future shareholder/ownership prospects available for the right person.
  • If you have attributes such as a genuine team spirit, excellent communication skills and a commitment to do what is best for the animal, we would love to meet you. Ideally you will already be competent in medicine and surgery and able to cope with a busy workload and some sole charge.
  • We can offer a satisfying role within a progressive, team driven workplace. We live in a beautiful rural area within easy reach of Cardiff, Hereford and Bristol. We have loads of ideas to grow the practice but we can't do it without more vet power.
  • Full time or part time considered, but must be able to do some weekend and evening shifts.
  • Emergencies are dealt with by Vets Now after 10.30pm during the week and after 6pm at weekends.
  • Rather than being 'on-call', vets do one shift a week from 1pm until 10.30pm, running an evening surgery and fielding any emergencies.
  • Nurses do the majority of our in-patient care with vet back-up when needed.
  • All vets consult and operate on most days.

Clinical Features

  • Two fully equipped sites, one in the lovely market town of Abergavenny in Monmouthshire, the other 10 miles away in the Welsh Valley Town of Ebbw Vale.
  • Both sites have ultrasound, digital Xray, Idexx Lasercyte and Catalyst Biochemistry, lab facilities.
  • We use SmartFlow paperless systems for in-patient and anaesthetic monitoring
  • All anaesthetic machines are Humphrey ADE circuits with oxygen generation on-site.

Team Features

  • Currently 4 full time vets and 1 part-time locum.
  • We have 4 RVNs, 3 SVNs, 2 ANAs and 6 admin/reception staff.
  • We are a VN Training Centre, and an RCVS Tier 2 Accredited General Practice.
  • We hold monthly meetings (currently via Zoom)
  • We utilise a profiling system called Contributions Compass, to help us to understand each other's strengths, communication styles and skills. This helps us to work as a team and get the most out of the staff whilst maximising their job satisfaction.
  • We are members of the Vet Dynamics Mastermind group- a business mentorship group which provides guidance and support as we develop the practice.
  • We have over 600 clients registered on our Paw Club- a monthly direct debit scheme covering preventative healthcare and giving discounts.


  • Salary commensurate with experience, with total package in the range £38,000- £50,000.
  • Higher salaries would be considered for Certificate holders or additional skills
  • RCVS  and VDS fees paid, as well as other subscriptions if appropriate.
  • Pension paid at 8% of salary.
  • Generous CPD salary
  • Evening and weekend hours paid at 1.25x basic rate
  • 1 late shift per week, and a 1 in 5 weekend rota.
  • Some flexibility in working hours- 4 day week is popular

Daily Routine

  • Your working hours will be made up of the following units:
  • Normal Day- 8.30am-6.30pm
  • (consult 9.00-10.30, tea break, operate 11.00-1.00, lunch, paperwork/messages 2.00-3.30pm, consult 3.30-6.00pm.)
  • Late Shift 1.00pm- 10.30pm
  • (finish any outstanding ops 1.00-2.00pm, paperwork/messages 2.00-3.30, consult 3.30pm-6.00pm, break, consult 7pm-9pm, tend to in-patients, emergencies, tidy up, finish 10.30pm) Responsible for in-patients overnight.
  • Weekend Shift 8.30am- 6.00pm
  • (consult 9.00-10.30am, and 3.30pm-6.00pm. Middle of the day free for emergencies/urgent ops)
  • Responsible for in-patients overnight

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A dedicated small animal practice on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, with a strong ethic of treating animals as part of the family. We are Tier 2 RCVS Accredited and a VN Training Practice.

Riverside has 5 vets, 6 nurses and 6 support staff, spread over 2 fully equipped surgeries 10 miles apart in South Wales.

We share on-call with a neighbouring practice, making the OOH rota more manageable.

We believe that the best animal and client care comes from the happiest team and have a supportive and friendly environment to work in.

Visiting cardiologists, ophthalmologists and dog trainers enhance our referral network.

We run a Pet Club Scheme for preventative healthcare, and will soon be using SmartFlow in both our branches to manage in-patients and surgery.

We use Laser Therapy for managing arthritis and post-operative healing.

Find Us
01873 857544
60 Brecon Road
South Wales
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