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Head Veterinary Nurse - Bathgate, West Lothian

Ayrton Veterinary Hospital
Bathgate, West Lothian
Salary is up to £30,000 depending on experience
Closing date
10 Jun 2022

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The Role

Ayrton Veterinary Hospital are looking for a Head Veterinary Nurse to lead our team. As our Head Nurse, you will be responsible for managing our current nursing team whilst working alongside them performing clinical duties as required, clinical coaching and mentoring will be  a big part of this role. Ayrton are a 1st opinion ECC hospital offering a variety of caseloads including in patient hospitalisation, OOH and ECC work meaning no day is ever the same, you will have autonomy to create protocols and make improvements within the team whilst being supported by our Clinical Directors and Practice Manager.


Working 38 hours per week (Part time hours available)

Across 4/5 days

1:5 on call OOH (entails 1 night per week on the end of the phone not in practice)

1:5 weekends (Saturday (8:30am-1pm then on call after this time & Sunday) – TOIL after weekend on with a half day the following week


Up to £30,000 negotiable D.O.E.

About Us

Ayrton Veterinary Hospital is a modern, purpose-built Veterinary Hospital situated in Whitburn, just off the M8 and almost exactly halfway between Glasgow and Edinburgh making us very convenient for travel. Our  practice consists of 4 Veterinary Surgeons and 5 registered Veterinary Nurses, together we have a wide range of clinical interests ranging from laparoscopic surgery to acupuncture and even some occasional work for the nearby Owl Sanctuary!  We also have one Animal Care Assistant who helps provide plenty of TLC to our patients and team alike. Our support team is made up of our Practice Manager, Insurance Co-ordinator and our lovely five-strong Reception team who are instrumental in the smooth running of our day.

We are proud to be a Gold Cat-Friendly Practice with medicine and anaesthesia/critical care certificate holders, and we work closely together with our local Dogs Trust Centre helping to treat and improve their resident’s quality of life.

Applicant Requirements

Must be an experienced RVN and on the RCVS register, management training and a clinical coaching qualification would be beneficial, but we are happy to help you undergo this training if you require it. We are looking for an enthusiastic and capable individual with strong communication skills and a team ethos, This role would be ideal for an experienced RVN looking to potentially move into their first management role.

Benefits - Subject to Pro Rata:

  • Increasing holiday based on length of service
  • CPD paid days and allowance
  • L&D opportunities through the IVC Evidensia Academy
  • Enhanced family-friendly policies, including maternity/paternity/adoption/shared parental and surrogacy pay
  • Birthday leave
  • RCVS Membership paid
  • VDS cover
  • Discounted veterinary fees
  • Various discounts including retail & gym memberships
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Service-related company sick pay
  • Initiatives focussed on employee wellbeing
  • Relocation packages
  • Career progression opportunities

As a BAME and LGBTQ+ 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. Please quote BH5252 when applying for this role. 

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Ayrton Veterinary Hospital is proud to serve the Whitburn and West Lothian community with the highest quality Veterinary care and to provide specialist Veterinary services, such as Orthopaedic surgery, Endoscopy and Laparoscopy (key-hole surgery), to a wider national clientele.

In 2009 Ayrton Veterinary Centre achieved the status of Veterinary Hospital - one of only 7 in Scotland. The Hospital is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). We are inspected every 4 years to ensure that Hospital standards are being maintained. Ayrton was re-accredited in 2013.

Find Us
01501 744736
Burnhouse Industrial Estate
West Lothian
EH47 0LQ
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