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Veterinary Surgeon - Cathkin, Glasgow.

Taylor Veterinary Practice Ltd
Cathkin, Glasgow
Competitive Salary
Closing date
15 Dec 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 veterinary surgeon to join our friendly team at Taylor Veterinary Practice in Glasgow, Strathclyde. This is a full-time role working 40 hours a week with no on call duties.

About Us
We are a friendly and well established 100% small animal practice with a high surgical caseload. We are VNTC and RCVS accredited and have a great team of 16 Veterinary Surgeons who all have Individual investigations and follow-ups which are encouraged. The practice is well equipped with digital & dental radiography, Doppler BP, Ultrasound, multi-parameter monitors, electrocautery, ECG, in-house laboratory, laser and much more.

Applicant Requirements
We are looking for an enthusiastic, experienced veterinary surgeon who is a good communicator and who enjoys working as part of a team.

•    Generous 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
•    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.

When applying for this position please quote job reference BH2987.

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Taylor Veterinary Practice is one of the oldest established veterinary practices in the world and has been caring for animals in the community, as part of the Cathkin Estate, for almost two hundred years.

In 1826, Master Blacksmith, John Taylor (1801-1857) (1st generation) moved from Cowgate in Edinburgh to Cathkin and founded a blacksmith workshop ‘John Taylor Smithy’. This became the nineteenth century equivalent of a veterinary practice and remained so for five generations of Taylors.

In those days the blacksmiths worked in the forge, shod horses and attended farms and mines to visit sick animals. There was no Glasgow Veterinary school at this time but due to his experience with animals John Taylor often treated horses and pit ponies.

The second half of the nineteenth century saw great progress in veterinary care.

The first Professor of Veterinary Medicine to teach in the US was a Scottish man by the name of Dr James Law and in 1861 Glasgow Veterinary School was born.

John's son David Taylor (1827-1880) (2nd generation), one of ten children, followed in his father’s footsteps as a blacksmith and continued in a life of treating and working with animals at Smithy House.

John Taylor (1852-1942), who had two sisters, was the 3rd generation. He also followed the family tradition becoming a blacksmith but additionally enrolled in the fledgling Veterinary School. His qualification as a vet in 1870 firmly established Smithy House as a Veterinary Practice. John had five children, two becoming Veterinary Surgeons and one of them James Fyfe Taylor (1885 - 1931) (4th generation) continuing the practice at Cathkin.

James was also drafted as a Veterinary Officer in the First World War. He was responsible for the treatment of horses used for transporting guns and supplies, noting in his war diary 'Horses dying of exhaustion and exposure. Too many'

After the war he returned to Smithy House, expanding the Veterinary Practice and had a son James Morrison Taylor in 1920s the 5th and final generation who qualified as a vet in 1942.

Father and son worked side by side as vets for many years at Smithy House employing more vets and less blacksmiths as cars became widespread.

James Morrison Taylor was a man of vision and lay down the roots of the practice that we see today. In the 1940s and 50s few vets treated small animals, concentrating on horses and cows but James very quickly saw the satisfaction in giving pets the best treatment possible. He slowly developed small animal clinics under the radar of his father and established Smithy House as a Veterinary Practice for all animals. The Smithy was converted into a waiting room and consulting rooms and over 50 years James grew the practice steadily with commitment, hard work and a love of animals.

The surgery is now known as ‘Taylor Veterinary Practice’, a large independently owned, RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) accredited small animal practice. To this day, Taylor Veterinary Practice at Smithy House continues to work to Mr Taylor’s vision of giving each and every patient the best care possible, treating every pet as if their own.

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Smithy House
G73 5QU
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