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Veterinary Surgeon

Belmont Veterinary Centre
Hereford, Herefordshire
Salary up to £55,000 FTE depending on experience
Closing date
18 Jul 2022
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About the practice

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time Vet to join our single site Small Animal practice in beautiful Hereford. We are located on the outskirts of the city with convenient access to the town but a scenic dog walk or hill climb are also only minutes away.

As a part of IVC, we pride ourselves on the ability to provide the highest standard of care to our patients, in part through intragroup clinical discussion boards and active communication on relevant veterinary developments. We are passionate about career progression and are constantly striving to further our knowledge base and share this amongst our peers. We offer the usual CPD allowance but are always keen to support further study; as such we have 2 vets currently studying for their certificates in Cardiology and Oncology.

We have up to date practice equipment including digital x-ray, ultrasound (including ECHO), laser therapy, IDEXX in house lab machines and multiparameter anaesthetic monitoring equipment. We regularly recruit the expertise of a visiting orthopod and ultrasonographer with the aim of keeping cases in house to ensure continuity of care for our patients and clients.


About the role

We are looking for a full or part-time vet but the opportunity for a shared clinical director role is also available for the right candidate. You will work alongside our friendly team of 7 vets, 9 nurses, 1 SVN and a dedicated support team to assist you.

The role involves working 4 days a week and a 1:5 participation in an ‘in-patient rota’. Our OOH is outsourced to Vetsnow meaning our vets and nurses get a better work-life balance without the worry on an on-call phone, but we have an option for stable patients to stay with us. We are happy to offer a salary of up to £55,000 FTE depending on experience. 

Day-to-day work consists of a variation of consults, which are shared with other vets who are all supportive and have many years of experience, at least one full day in theatre and admin time.

Our consults are 15 minutes as a minimum and vary in length dependent on the type of appointment. We also have plenty of ‘on the day and emergency slots available to help with busy practice life. What makes us stand out is that we are a genuinely supportive and close-knit team who enjoys each other’s company inside and outside of work. We have excellent relationships with some regular locums who enjoy coming back to work with us.

Don’t just take our word for it. We would be happy to arrange a call or show you around in person so you can meet the team!


Applicant Requirements

We are looking for a highly motivated veterinary surgeon who can thrive in our practice, you will be confident and professional with the ability to work seamlessly alongside our practice teams to provide a quality experience for our clients and pets alike.
You will need to be RCVS registered, have strong communication skills, can work well in a team, be comfortable to work sole charge (only at weekends), and have a passion to deliver great clinical care and fantastic client service.


Because our employee's matter

We recognise that our people are fundamental to the success of our business. Investing in our people, premises and processes is at the heart of what we do. In addition to a competitive base salary, you will benefit from:

Work-life balance

  • 5 weeks annual leave plus bank holidays
  • 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


  • £1250 CPD allowance with 5 days paid pro-rata
  • 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 can be taken out of CPD allowance


  • 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 please get in touch. Please quote BH6329 when you apply.

To submit your application, click the apply now button.


The practice was originally based at 1, St Peters Square, (previously, St. Owens Street) in the centre of Hereford (now Keith St Peters Hairdressing) The register of Veterinary Surgeons first records, Captain John Barker and John Procter, as vets at this address in 1921.  However the practice was purchased from a S. Beeson in 1919.

The practice has had a continuous link of vets with overlapping careers ever since with every partner in the practice so far starting and ending their careers in the practice-( but some with time elsewhere in between).  Hereford has a strong attraction.

Captain Barker worked in the practice until his death in 1956.  He was joined by his son, Ian who continued the family tradition and remained at 1, St Peters Square.  Firstly working with David McCracken, and then being joined by Brian Watkins who became a partner in January 1970  to form the partnership Barker and Watkins.

Brian remembers that “Mr Barker went to work in a navy suit and a bowler hat and would inspect the animal
over a gate while smoking a cigarette in a cigarette holder.  His bowler hat would remain on his head whether calving a cow or foaling a mare! And if asked what time he was expected to visit would say “I’ll be there before or after lunch”!

In January 1974 the partnership was expanded by the addition of a new partner Alan Fleming and then Neil Newton in January 1977- to become Barker, Watkins, Fleming and Newton.  Brian retired at the end of 1984 and Ian at the end of 1986.

By 1987 the practice had changed a lot from its very traditional farm animal workload to include a lot more companion animal work and was out growing its premises. Also being in the centre of Hereford was becoming increasingly difficult for access of farmers with animals in trailers! 
Although seeing the size of the M&S lorries that travel East Street perhaps that’s not so!

So in December 1987 the practice moved out to 94 Belmont Road a house that has been extended and converted to provide operating theatre, an x-ray suite, laboratory and extensive inpatient care facilities. At this point the partnership became Belmont Veterinary Centre.

William Main joined the partnership in January 1990 and Neil retired at the end of 2001. In 2001 the practice was modernised and extended again to reflect the increasing work load and need for space

Alan retired at the end of December 2003. At this point Matthew Pugh joined the partnership.

Bill and Matthew are the current directors and over the years the practice has grown from 2 vets and a receptionist to the current practice of 13 full time vets, 5 part time vets and 20 support staff comprising veterinary nurses and receptionists and a practice manager.

In 2003 the practice decided to have species specific veterinary teams- this means that there are a team of vets who only do companion animal work- cats, dogs and “small furries” and a team who work with the farmers and horse clients.  We feel this means we are able to give all our clients the expertise they deserve- in this fast changing world that we live in you need to keep up to date.

As further commitment of the practice to the farming community we opened a farm animal and equine branch in Bromyard in January 2006 to help provide a better service to our clients in north Herefordshire and beyond.

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01432 370269
94 Belmont Road
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