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Senior Veterinary Surgeon

Avon Lodge Veterinary Group Bristol
Knowle, Bristol
Salary up to £55,000 depending on experience
Closing date
20 Jun 2022
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The Role

Here at Avon Lodge Veterinary Centre, we are looking for a Senior Veterinary Surgeon to join the team. The role comprises a mixture of clinical and leadership skills. On average we would expect 3 days a week of clinical work including consulting and operating, and 1 day a week spent on completing rotas, providing reviews and appraisals to the Vet team, providing clinical input for client complaints, and advancing clinical care and standards. As the applicant would be producing the rotas, there is flexibility to change their shift patterns to suit them best.

The rota would include working 40 hours per week, currently worked over 4 days with a fixed day off, though there would be scope to change this if a different shift pattern was preferred. There will be 1 in 4 Saturdays from 8:30am-17:30pm with no out-of-hours work.

The salary for this role is up to £55,000 depending on experience.

About Us

We are a friendly and vibrant team, with a strong focus on work-life balance and clinical excellence! There are two branches with the main branch situated on Wells Road, with nearby shops, cafes, gyms, and parks. There is a smaller branch practice at Bishopsworth just a few minutes’ drive from the main surgery. 

We have a dedicated sterile ops theatre, digital x-rays, rigid and flexible endoscopy, an excellent ultrasound machine including a cardiac probe, and in-house haematology and biochemistry machines. We have RCVS and silver Cat-Friendly accreditation.

Currently, we have a team of 6 Veterinary Surgeons, 5 Registered Veterinary Nurses, 1 Student Veterinary Nurse, 2 Animal Care Assistants, and 5 receptionists. We have two certificate holders, one in soft tissue surgery, and one in feline medicine.

Applicant Requirements

We would prefer a candidate with at least 4 years of experience in practice. A driving licence and transport are preferable as the role is split between the two practices.

Previous management/leadership experience is desirable but not essential. A positive, can-do attitude is also important!

Benefits - Subject to Pro Rata:

Work life balance

  • Enhanced holiday
  • Increasing holiday allowance based on length of service
  • Your birthday as a paid day off


  • Private medical insurance
  • Enhanced family-friendly policies, including maternity/paternity/adoption/shared parental and surrogacy pay
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Initiatives focused on employee wellbeing
  • Non-accidental injury support


  • Generous CPD allowance 
  • Certificate support
  • Learning and development opportunities via the IVC Evidensia Academy
  • Access to Vetlexicon – our online encyclopaedia provider
  • All our Vets & Nurses can apply for research funding
  • All our Vets get £1000 per annum to spend via our Care Fund
  • Infection Prevention and Control Programme
  • Quality Improvement Programme

Professional Memberships

  • BVA membership
  • VDS cover
  • RCVS fees


  • Pawsome Benefits – reward gateway giving discounts and cashback with 100’s of retailers
  • Pension – 5% Employee/3% Employer
  • Discounted staff pet care

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 BH5886 when applying for this role. 

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Avon Lodge is privately owned by Paul Vokes MRCVS, and has been since 1999. We offer exceptional care and expertise from a dedicated and animal loving team. Value for money is what you get at Avon Lodge.  Our team has over eighty years of veterinary experience so you can be confident that we will get the diagnosis right for your pet, and always do our best for them. 

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283 Wells Road
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