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Veterinary Nurse

Employer
RSPCA Head Office
Location
Birmingham, West Midlands
Salary
Salary £22,000 per annum
Closing date
8 Jun 2022
Phone number
0300 XXXXXXXX
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Job Details

We’re looking for a Veterinary Nurse to join our small  RSPCA team at our flagship Birmingham Animal Hospital.

RSPCA Birmingham cat picture

About Us

The RSPCA is the largest animal welfare charity in England and Wales. Our vision is a society where no animal suffers unnecessarily.  Some animals that come to us have been mistreated, kept in awful conditions or left without free access to food or water. Our hospitals play a big part in providing veterinary care for animals to help start their rehabilitation.

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. 

The Role

We’re looking for a Veterinary Nurse to join us at our flagship charity Hospital and Animal Centre.  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.

Our provision of high-quality veterinary care within a non-commercial environment results in a rewarding veterinary role with a direct, positive impact on animal welfare. As a Veterinary Nurse you will carry out nursing duties to a unique variety of animal welfare cases predominantly cats, dogs, and wildlife species. 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.

Our hospital provides essential veterinary care around the clock and our Veterinary Nurses work on a shared seven-hour rota basis.

What you’ll be doing as a Veterinary Nurse:

  • Emergency and critical care nursing, including primary triage
  • Working with the RSPCA Inspectorate to protect, treat and care for animals in severe welfare need
  • The role is focused on direct medical and surgical patient care, utilising your nursing capabilities in both medical and surgical roles
  • Maintain up to date and accurate clinical records
  • Dispense drugs in accordance with professional guidelines clinic rules
  • Cleaning and maintenance of all surgical areas, wards, theatres, and x ray rooms
  • Cleaning and basic maintenance of veterinary equipment and machinery (eg radiography, endoscopy and dental) and sterilisation of surgical instruments
  • Check machinery and other equipment as part of pre-ops and provide assistance to the vet as necessary during operations
  • Undertake continuing professional and personal development associated with the role

Successful Candidate:

What you’ll have:

  • Either a Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing or a Degree in Veterinary Nursing
  • Registration with the RCVS
  • Good communication skills
  • A professional approach to veterinary nursing and clinical care
  • Self-motivation and be able to manage your own time
  • The ability to demonstrate teamwork with veterinary animal centre and Inspectorate colleagues

Our values:

We are compassionate * We are inspirational *  We are committed *  We are expert * We act with integrity.

What's in it for you:

You'll have an opportunity to work for the largest animal welfare charity in England and Wales.

We value and recognise our employees' contribution and are proud to offer an extensive benefits package that includes:

  • 35-hour week with flexible working
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 30 days with service
  • A generous pension scheme with associated life assurance and group income protection scheme
  • Access to private healthcare scheme
  • Support for professional development after qualifying period and access to our employee assistance programme.

If you’d like to join our team and make a real difference to animal welfare, we would love to hear from you!

If this position is of interest to you then please get in touch. Please quote VN1587 when applying for this role.
 

To submit your CV and covering letter, click the apply now button. 

Company

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.

Find Us
Website
Location
Wilberforce Way
Southwater
Horsham
West Sussex
RH13 9RS
GB
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