We are looking for a full time Veterinary Surgeon to join our established, friendly, supportive team, who enjoys the challenges of first opinion veterinary practice as well as guiding recent graduates. A typical day starts at 08:15 with reassessing any patients returning from Vets Now and admitting patients for ops. All patient admissions are made by the veterinary team allowing our dedicated team of Registered Veterinary Nurses to focus on caring for our in-patients and preparing our day patients for surgery.
This is a full-time position, working 4 days a week. No out-of-hours. 1 in 3 Saturdays mornings until 13:00. You would be building up and maintaining your own client base.
We offer 15-minute appointments as a minimum allow vets to provide a first-class service to clients and appointments are available for clients throughout the day with vets having staggered breaks throughout the day. Typically, vets will have two sessions on "ops" each week allowing them to book in cases they have seen to operate on or work-up; seeing cases through is encouraged in an environment where plenty of support is available if required. The final appointments of the day are booked for 18:45 allowing ample time in the evenings to maintain a healthy work-life balance and there is no sole-charge work, typically 4-5 vets will be working on any given weekday with two on a Saturday morning.
Up to £60,000 per annum depending on experience. Welcome bonus and relocation package on offer!
A purpose-built practice overlooking the beautiful Stour Estuary, the surgery is fully equipped to enable vets to provide a first-class service to their patients. Facilities include digital radiography (including separate dental radiography in a bespoke dental suite), ultrasonography, piped gases, multi-parameter monitor, flexible and rigid endoscopy, cautery, class IV laser therapy, tonometry and forced air warming for patients. Situated in the heart of Constable Country, the beautiful scenery made famous by the work of John Constable is on hand for those who like outdoor life; the coast and Alton Water Reservoir is also on hand for those who enjoy life on water.
Manningtree and Mistley, just a stone's throw across the Stour Estuary from the practice, have great independent shops, bars, pubs, bakery, and restaurants as well as a supermarket and main-line rail station with Liverpool Street just an hour away. Ipswich and Colchester are close by and offer plenty of opportunity for sporting and cultural pursuits, between them being home to Ipswich Town Football Club, Dance East, Mercury Theatre, and the fabulous Colchester Zoo. Stansted Airport is in easy reach at 50mins by car and the port of Harwich is just 15 miles away for those who enjoy travel to Europe and beyond.
There are five FTE vets, clinically supported by seven FTE RVNs as well as six support staff. Practice Management is shared with the site surgery at Hadleigh, some nine miles away.
Certificate study is encouraged, be that RCVS Cert AVP or GP Certificates; recently completed and in progress Certificates include Medicine, Surgery and ECC. Within our team we have a certificate holder in imaging which allows internal referral for more in-depth abdominal ultrasound and a monthly visit from a Cardiology Diplomate not only provides excellent care for our patients but allows up-skilling of Cardiology knowledge within the team.
We pride ourselves on our friendly, collaborative approach as we believe that allows us to best care for our patients and ourselves. We do a lot of work with local Cat Rescue Charities and regularly see Greyhound Trust dogs. We have for several years supported a local charity providing care and accommodation for adults with learning disabilities and like to attend local agricultural shows.
Prior experience of veterinary work in UK is required and ideally the successful candidate may hold or have started a Certificate although consideration will be given to less experienced veterinary surgeons demonstrating a genuine passion for first-opinion veterinary care.
Benefits (subject to pro rata)
- 5 weeks paid holiday not including bank holidays
- 5 days paid CPD leave
- £1350 CPD Allowance per annum
- Private Medical Insurance
- VDS Membership paid
- BVA Membership paid
- Service based holiday entitlement increases
- Enhanced maternity, adoption, shared parental leave and surrogacy pay
- Enhanced paternity pay
- Birthday leave
- Discounted veterinary fees
- My Benefits - various discounts including retail & gym memberships
- Cycle to Work scheme
- CPD/training support
- Paid bereavement leave
- Company sick pay
- Employee opinion survey
- Free uniform in a number of roles
- Annual pay reviews
- Social events
- Sponsorship for overseas employees
- Academy & Leadership courses
- Focus on employee wellbeing
- Relocation package
- Career progression opportunities
- Free flu jabs
As a BAME and LGBT+ 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 BH5060 as a reference when applying for this role.
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