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Veterinary Surgeon

Employer
RSPCA
Location
Birmingham, West Midlands
Salary
Circa £39,100 per annum (including 4% shift allowance)
Closing date
23 Dec 2021

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Job title:      Veterinary Surgeon 
Location:      Birmingham Animal Hospital 
Salary:       Circa £39,100 per annum (including 4% shift allowance)
Hours:      Full time (35 hours)
Closing date:     10:00 Wednesday 22nd December 2021

We’re looking for a Veterinary Surgeon with clinical experience to join us at our flagship charity Hospital and Animal Centre who has a keen interest in welfare work. 

The RSPCA is the largest animal welfare charity in England and Wales. Our purpose is to prevent cruelty, promote kindness and alleviate suffering of all animals. 

Birmingham Animal Hospital is based in a lovely rural setting, has excellent motorway access and is 20 minutes drive from central Birmingham. It consists of a friendly and enthusiastic team of 7 vets, 20 RVNs and 9 support staff.  

This is a shelter medicine/ surgery based role and comprises nearly 100% small animal companion work (with a small amount of wildlife). We are looking for a vet that is confident in routine small animal surgery and has a strong interest in welfare work.

We have an excellent range of equipment to support us in our welfare work including:

  • Ultrasound/cardiology probe/colour doppler 
  • Endoscope/bronchoscope
  • Tonopen
  • ECG
  • Inhouse lab
  • Multiparameter anaesthetic monitoring 
  • Independent pulse Ox CO2 monitors
  • DCP/ SOP plating systems


What’s in it for you?
 
As a team we all enjoy working to a high welfare and clinical standard and a feeling that we are working for the benefit of our animal  patients first and foremost. The Veterinary team is responsible for the health and welfare of all RSPCA owned animals presented to the Hospital.

The work consists of:

  • Emergency triage, rescue and rehabilitation of injured/ ill strays and victims of cruelty
  • Shelter medicine/ surgery for the onsite animal rehoming centre
  • Welfare case work for the RSPCA Inspectorate (clinical and report writing)
  • Surgical referrals for surrounding RSPCA branches and Animal Centres
  • Wildlife triage
  • Liaising with and supporting local RSPCA animal centres and branches via telephone consultations and email communications by answering queries relating to veterinary/welfare/rehomeability decisions 
  • Using evidence based medicine to contribute to hospital clinical governance
  • A subsidised veterinary service for the public on low-incomes 

The main bulk of work consists of 90% RSPCA generated animal work and 10% general public work.  Public clients are on means tested benefits and generally very appreciative of the service we provide.

The nature of our work involves pragmatic decision making and the ability to take a logical and cost effective approach to clinical conditions.

Clinically the work focuses on consulting/triage of Inspector generated animals (stray and cruelty cases) and members of the public (pets), diagnostics (radiography and both cardiac and abdominal ultrasonography), surgery, dentistry, neutering, emergency trauma,  shelter medicine and  preventative medicine.
 
The package provides a great work life balance, focuses on wellbeing and allows for your interests to be fitted around your work:

  • 35 hour full-time working week (8am to 3.30pm for day shifts, 2pm to 9pm late/oncall shift weekday) (quiet oncall commitments: 1:6 weekends to be worked according to an OOH rota (with 2 rostered days (Mon/Tue) off after the weekend).  This provides for a great work life balance
  • Starting salary circa £37,600 (based on starting salary) with additional 4% shift allowance and a claimable call out and standby allowance when on call.
  • 25 days annual leave (increasing with length of service) plus 8 bank holidays (time back for any BH worked)
  • 5 days CPD 
  • £1000 CPD allowance
  • Paid VDS and MRCVS registration fees
  • Generous pension scheme with associated life assurance and group income protection scheme.
  • Private healthcare scheme.
     

How to apply: 

Please send your CV quoting reference VS6859 by the closing date of 10:00 Wednesday 22nd December 2021. Should you wish to arrange an informal chat regarding the above role please contact us and we can arrange an informal chat with the Hospital Director.

Early applications are encouraged as we reserve the right to close this advert once sufficient applications have been received.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic for any part of the recruitment process requiring an onsite visit a full assessment will be carried out to ensure everyone’s safety. 

All online information and documents are available in alternative formats, including Braille and large font, upon request from the Resourcing Team.

We strongly believe in being an innovative, diverse, and inclusive organisation and recognise that diversity in all of our people will help achieve that purpose and our mission more effectively. We strongly encourage and seek applications from a wide diversity of candidates and in particular welcome applications from minority ethnic, black, and candidates with disabilities, who are currently under-represented at the RSPCA.

Ending cruelty, promoting kindness and alleviating suffering to animals
 

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Speak up  

Through our campaigns we raise standards of care and awareness of issues for the animals who have no voice.

With your support we push for laws to be changed, improving the welfare of animals on farms, in research labs, in the wild, in paddocks or in our homes.

Stand up Through investigations and prosecutions we stand up to those who deliberately harm animals to send out a clear message - we will not tolerate animal abuse.

Our highly trained officers tackle neglect and cruelty at every level and are working hard to stamp out large-scale serious, organised and commercial animal cruelty.


Be counted

We believe every animal has the right to be counted as an individual.

Animals can rely on us to rescue them when they need us most. To rehabilitate them wherever possible, provide them with the very best veterinary care and to find them new homes, either through rehoming or release.

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Wilberforce Way
Southwater
Horsham
West Sussex
RH13 9RS
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