House Vet/Intern Veterinary Surgeon (FTC)

House Vet/Intern Veterinary Surgeon (FTC)

  • Location

    Billericay, Essex

  • Sector:

    Veterinary Surgeon

  • Job type:

    Permanent Full-Time

  • Salary:

    Circa £16,000 p/a (DOE) - FTC

  • Contact:

    Ella Snowball

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  • Job ref:

    JN -102019-12987

  • Published:

    9 months ago

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We are working with a well-established small animal and equine practice in Billericay, Essex that is looking for a House Vet/Intern Veterinary Surgeon to join them on a full-time basis. This is a Fixed Term Contract position, where if at the end of, or during, the internship, there is a suitable vacancy within the practice, the Housevet may be invited to apply.

The Practice:

This practice is proud to award hospital status for small animal and equine by the RCVS. They are a partnership, providing clients and their pets and horses with the service they deserve. All partners are qualified vets and work in clinical practice. Their aim is to provide the highest standards of care for all their patients. Helping the partners care for animals, are 8 other veterinary surgeons and around 30 other staff members. 

They are small enough to provide personal service for animals and get to know their needs, while they are large enough to cope with the wide range of medical and surgical problems that are brought under their care.

The Role:

Our client aims to employ two Housevets at any one time, and they will, therefore, work on a 1 in 2 rota system out of hours covering each other’s absences for holidays and courses. Most of the Housevet’s out of hours cover will involve providing back up for the other vets, including veterinary care for in-patients and involvement in surgical procedures and clinical investigations.

Although this rota is intensive on time spent being available, it is their experience that it is not as heavy on time spent actually working.

The normal working day starts at 8.00 am. The daily duties and commitments will vary day by day, as detailed in the rota. When on duty, the Housevet is expected to be able to respond to the pager within 5 minutes, and they must remain within the practice area to be able to attend the clinic within 30 minutes.

The daily tasks will include consulting for small animals and equine, operations, clinic appointments and out of hours. You will be expected to meet clinical standards and proficiency at all times.

Remuneration Package:

The job is offered on a fixed-term contract. If at the end of, or during, the internship, there is a suitable vacancy within the practice, the Housevet may be invited to apply.

Salary will be in the region of £16,203.96 per annum with living accommodation (including service charges) and a practice vehicle with locally purchased fuel supplied.

There is a CPD allowance of 5 days and up to £1,000.

House vets are entitled to 28 days annual leave (including bank holidays, subject to rota requirements)

The total package has an estimated worth of approximately £31,000. 

The Candidate:

The job is aimed at giving new graduates a sound foundation in all the key skill areas of Small Animal and Equine medicine and surgery, whilst in return providing the practice with continuity in veterinary staff and a valuable backup system. The position will be challenging and requires hard work, but will provide a very rewarding foundation towards your veterinary career. It is certainly an ideal start for new graduates, wishing to pursue a career in equine or companion animal practice. The practice will provide guidance and expect high standards in clinical skills, client care, and communication.


Role: House Vet / Intern Veterinary Surgeon

Type: Small Animal and Equine

Hours: Full-time

Weekends/OOHs: As part of the rota

Salary: Excellent Salary and Benefits Package

Ref: JN -102019-12987

To qualify for this position, you must be fully registered with the RCVS and you must be eligible to work in the UK.

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