We are working with an independent small animal practice in the heart of the Chiltern Hills. Their strapline sums up the ethos of the clinic; “Modern Healthcare, Traditional Values”. They offer the highest level of patient care combined with good, old-fashioned customer care. They are looking for a Registered Veterinary Nurse to join them on a full-time permanent basis.
The main surgery is in the centre of High Wycombe and there are three satellite branches in Flackwell Heath, Marlow Bottom and Holmer Green. They currently have ten vets (eight full time and two part time) and 10 nurses.
- Ten vet small animal practice. Traditional partnership with two partners.
- Main surgery in High Wycombe and three branches approximately 4 miles apart in Marlow Bottom, Flackwell Heath and Holmer Green.
- RxWorks computer system with live link to branches
- Five consulting rooms at main branch (High Wycombe), two at Flackwell Heath and Holmer Green and one at Marlow Bottom.
- 2 ‘clean’ operating theatres at High Wycombe, one each at Flackwell Heath and Holmer Green.
The Role and Candidate:
The nurses at the group of practices work Monday - Friday on a variable shift pattern starting at either 7:30 am, 8 am, 9 am, 10 am or 11:30 am. They also cover the OOH emergency service up to 10 pm at the High Wycombe surgery after which the emergency calls go through to Vets Now. Any patients seen between 7 pm and 10 pm are charged an OOH nursing call out fee which is claimed by the nurse. After closing, at 7 pm, one nurse per evening is on call with a vet until 10 pm in case any emergencies come in. The nurse then spends the night in a spacious, modern, comfortable flat which is part of our Grade 2 listed building. The overnight nurse is paid a set fee to spend the night on call plus extra payments are made for any visits to the kennel area which are necessary to care for inpatients that may have been kept in for observation.
The rota also required the nurses to work some weekends on a rota basis, Saturday 8 am – 4 pm and Sunday 9 am - 11:00 am. The nurse is then on call until 10 pm and spends the night in the flat. The evening and night work is paid (as above), Sunday hours are paid at time and a half and a day off is given in lieu of working a Saturday or Bank Holiday.
The weekend rota is currently 1:7 and the night call rota about 1:7.
In return, they offering a excellent salary of £18,000 to £24,000 p/a which is reflective of skills and experience.
As part of the package on offer you will receive 4 weeks annual holiday - they are happy that longer holidays can be taken provided that this is taken as unpaid leave. They also have an ongoing commitment to CPD, and this is provided externally and in-house.
Role: Permanent Veterinary Nurse
Type: Small Animal
Weekends: 1:7 Saturday & Sunday mornings
Out of hours: As above
Salary: Excellent package depending on experience and skills
Ref: JN 072018 4609
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