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Veterinary Surgeon - FT/PT Maternity Cover - Witham, Essex

Spring Lodge Veterinary Hospital
Witham, Essex
Competitive salary
Closing date
8 Dec 2021

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Small Animal, Practice, Veterinary
Job Type
Veterinary Surgeon
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time, Part Time
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Job Details

We are looking for a Veterinary Surgeon to join us for a fixed term contract covering maternity, however there is potential for this to become permanent.

We have 6 sites working around a central, accredited Small Animal Hospital in Witham. The role involves 40 hours per week based on a 4-day week, within a rota system of 8am - 7pm. This role encompasses varying shifts and clinic duties but branch continuity is prioritised for both staff and clients. We are a host practice for Vets Now, therefore no out of hours cover is required.

We run an emergency only overlap service at the weekend for our clients only, from 2pm-6pm on Saturday once we have closed, and on Sunday from 8am to 6pm. This is based on a 1:10 rota. There is also a Saturday morning consult session, based on a 1:3/4 basis. Full time and part time applications will be considered.

We have a fantastic, friendly team of vets, nurses and support staff, that have a wide range of interests, and who provide support to each other whilst working within our busy clinic. We can offer excellent surgical and medical facilities as well as an interesting and varied caseload.

We have all the usual kit that you would expect from a hospital standard clinic and undertake in-house orthopaedic procedures alongside laparoscopic spays and other laparoscopic procedures. We have 12 FTE vets, one of which is a certificate holder in surgery, 16 nurses, with a high proportion of RVN's, including surgical nursing diploma holders. Plus 4 VCA's and a dedicated receptionist’s team.

We require an experienced, confident, enthusiastic vet, with previous sole charge experience and the ability to fully work up a full range of medical and surgical cases. They would have a clear focus on client communication and a desire to provide the best care possible for both patients and owners.

Teamwork and excellence in clinical care should be high on their agenda. You will have exceptional all-round practice skills, with the ability to work sole charge when required. Any additional skills would be very welcomed. You must have excellent customer care focus and appreciate the importance of good communication with our stakeholders.

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
  • 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
  • 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 click the apply button.


Witham Centre

Powers Hall End, Witham, CM8 2HG

Spring Lodge Veterinary Hospital has been caring for animals in Witham for more than forty years, evolving from a chicken farm to a veterinary surgery in the 1950′s.

Since that time the practice has had three owners with the current owner Neil Hodson taking charge in 1992.

The main surgery at Witham gained hospital status in 1998 and has recently been re inspected and passed to ensure it still fulfils this title.

The practice has grown since 1992, from an existing staff of five to over 45 experienced members of staff. The Tiptree centre opened in 1997 and in 1999 the surgery in Great Notley Garden Village opened its doors. Spring Lodge took over the running of Mintern And Hill Vets, located in Chelmsford, in 2008.  Ingatestone Veterinary Centre is also part of the Spring Lodge Team and its purpose built centre opened in 2008.

Consultations take place at all branches. All surgical & medical cases requiring further treatment are either delt with on site or transferred to the main hospital in Witham via one of our veterinary ambulances.

There are eleven veterinary surgeons at Spring Lodge, five of which are working towards further qualifications in specialist subjects including surgery, dermatology, acupuncture and emergency and critical care. They are complemented by a team of twelve registered veterinary nurses and two student nurses. In addition we have patient care assistants to support the veterinary team. At each clinic we have dedicated veterinary receptionists who can assist and advise on how to keep you pet happy and in the best of health and of course a team of administrative staff to assist with the running of the clinics.

All members of the practice team are encouraged to continually develop their skills within the hospital through formal continuing professional development.

Our ‘out of hours’ care is provided by Vets Now Ltd.  They are an independent company who provide the equivalent of a pet A&E department for local practices  during the night and weekends.  We are lucky, as this service is run from our Witham Hospital so your animal can receive care 24 hours a day once it has been admitted to our Hospital.

Our aim is to provide a comprehensive service for all clients in a friendly and efficient manner.

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01376 513247
Powers Hall End
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