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Registered Veterinary Nurse (Maternity Cover)

Spring Lodge Veterinary Hospital
Witham, Essex
Salary up to £23,500 depending on experience
Closing date
20 Jun 2022
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The Role

We are looking for a Registered Veterinary Nurse to join our team of 18 nurses on a fixed term maternity cover basis and would consider an experienced second year student. The role is a 40-hour week over 5 days Monday - Friday. There is a Saturday morning rota split between our Witham Hospital and Beaulieu Square branch. We also offer an additional out of hours service to our clients at the weekends, which is additional pay for all our nurses and only requires either a Saturday or Sunday 8-5pm. The shift patterns vary from the earliest starting at 7:30am and the latest finishing at 7:30pm. Our shifts consist of a mixture of admits, wards, lab, surgery, and late shifts. This role is based mainly at our Witham Hospital but may require cover at one of our branch practices in Essex.


The salary for this role is up to £23,500 depending on experience 

About Us

We are a small animal, first opinion hospital based in Essex. The main hospital is situated in Witham with close links to London with a train station close by. Our other 5 branches are based in Broomfield, Beaulieu Square, Ingatestone, Tiptree and Great Notley. We can offer ultrasonography, endoscopy, and laparoscopic surgery. We have a brand-new DR x-ray machine, in house lab machines, and separate cat, dog and Isolation wards. We have been accredited silver status cat friendly practice.

About the Team and Culture

Our team consists of 13 Veterinary Surgeons, 18 Veterinary Nurses, 4 Veterinary Care Assistants, and a large team of Receptionists. We work very closely as a team and strive to support another in our work. We have a Vet that specialises in soft tissue, orthopaedic and laparoscopic procedures. We also have a Vet currently doing a certificate in internal medicine.

Applicant Requirements 

The successful candidate will ideally be a qualified veterinary nurse, but we would consider an experienced second year student.

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. 

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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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