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Veterinary Surgeon - Witham, Essex

Spring Lodge Veterinary Hospital
Witham, Essex
Competitive Salary
Closing date
20 Jun 2022

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The Role

Here at Spring Lodge Vets, we are looking for a Veterinary Surgeon to join our team in Witham. The role will involve a mix of consulting and surgery, within one of our 6 clinics. There may be some movement between branches, but branch continuity is prioritised to limit travel and allow you to build your own relationships with our clients. 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. We 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.

The rota involves working 41 hours over 4 days a week between the hours of 8:00am-7:00pm. We are a host practice for VetsNow so no out of hours cover is required. We run an overlap service for emergencies only for our clients at weekends, from when we close on a Saturday at 2:00pm to 5.00pm and on a Sunday from 8:00am to 5:00 pm. This is based on a 1:9 rota. There is also a Saturday morning consult session, based on a 1: 3 to 4 basis.

About Us

We are ideally situated with easy road access to the coast, London, and Stansted airport. We have a fantastic friendly team of Vets, dedicated qualified Nurses, and support staff, with a wide range of interests. Our team includes Vets who are already certificate holders or are working towards their qualifications, in surgery, medicine, cardiology, and advanced general practice. We have excellent surgical and medical facilities with separate dog and cat wards and boast a comprehensive surgical kit that you would expect from a hospital standard clinic. We can offer an interesting and varied caseload, a generous salary, an attractive holiday, and CPD package with encouragement and support given to undertake further qualifications. Additionally, health insurance and enhanced maternity pay over and above statutory rates are provided. Being a host clinic for Vets Now enables patient continuity and excellent patient support on-site.

Applicant Requirements

You will have good all-round practice skills in the areas of consulting and surgery, 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:

  • Enhanced holiday entitlement and 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
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • BVA Membership paid
  • VDS cover
  • Birthday leave
  • Discounted veterinary fees
  • Various discounts including retail & gym memberships
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Service-related company sick pay
  • Sponsorship for overseas employees
  • Initiatives focused 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 use BH5306 as a reference when applying for this role. 

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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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