Permanent Veterinary Surgeon - Kettering

  • Location

    Kettering, Northamptonshire

  • Sector:

    Veterinary Surgeon

  • Job type:

    Permanent Full-Time

  • Start date:


  • End date:


  • Salary:

    £31,000 - £39,500 p/a (DOE)

  • Contact:

    Ella Snowball

  • Contact email:

  • Job ref:

    JN -102019-13068

  • Published:

    about 2 months ago

  • Expiry date:


Permanent Veterinary Surgeon - Kettering

We are working with a well-equipped small group of practices in the Kettering area of Northamptonshire that is looking for a Junior Veterinary Surgeon to join them on a full-time permanent basis. This role would suit a vet that is looking to gain substantial experience whilst developing their clinical skills and capabilities and applies to an individual with at least 2 years' experience.

The Practice:

As you would expect from a tier 3 hospital, our client is well equipped to deliver high standards of clinical care. Their key services are delivered via equipment that is maintained and constantly modernised to provide 24-hour emergency care for their patients. They possess equipment that provides services such as endoscopy, arthroscopy, ultrasonography, dentistry, digital x-ray & full orthopaedic facilities.

Recently a new exciting addition to the Practice is that of Laser therapy, and their extensive library gives guidance with those complicated rare cases. They have an in-house laboratory that is extensive and allows the turnaround of quick results for Biochemistry, Haematology, Electrolytes, Hormones, coagulation and blood gases. The main hospital is situated in Kettering which is an affluent town in the rose of the shires, Northamptonshire. They benefit from many beautiful villages with lovely pubs for eating out, multiplex cinemas, a sports academy, theatre groups, and many other leisure and pastimes to take advantage of. Being virtually in the middle of the country Kettering offers good links to the A14, M1 & M6 so that when you are looking to shoot off you can get anywhere quickly by either road, rail or plane, maximising relaxation. London is only 50 minutes by train.

The Role and Candidate:

This is a permanent full-time position for a Veterinary Surgeon, working an average of 44 hours per week. TThe weekend rota will include working 1 in 8 full 'hospital' weekends, with two days given back in lieu, and 1 in 3 weekends days (either Saturday or Sunday).

As the Junior Veterinary Surgeon will be expected to have a greater level of autonomy and responsibility compared to those individuals that have recently graduated.

The list of skills is once again extensive, but the most significant areas are covered below:

  • carry out their work in line with the RCVS guidelines and seek advice from their Clinical Director or the RCVS if they feel these guidelines are being compromised.
  • perform work with relative autonomy and seek advice from more senior staff when required. Once help has been sought, individuals should seek to continue to manage their cases whenever possible.
  • act as an initial ‘go-to’ point for more junior colleagues, reception and nursing staff when required
  • to develop their surgical skills in line with the practice ‘competency sheet’. This sheet creates a reference point for which procedures individuals should be undertaking and how long they should take. Accurate recording of these procedures is required to enable progress to be tracked as well as targeted guidance/training where required
  • competent taking blood samples and interpreting the subsequent results. Interpretation of more complex cases should be achieved through personal research creating a list of differential s which can then be discussed with a more senior clinician.
  • gain an understanding of the context in which all the technical aspects of their role are practiced. All patients are the responsibility of an owner and thus communication with these individuals is paramount. Pre-authorising work, keeping owners up to date with both costs and their animals' clinical progression is essential.
  • be aware of the commercial impacts of their work and ensure that they are responsible for the billing of all their work either directly or through other staff
  • accurate note keeping in line with the suggested methods used by the practice
  • perform sole-charge work and, where appropriate, on-call work
  • report any mistakes or potential problems to a senior member of staff in the unlikely event that they occur
  • take full responsibility for their CPD and all other mandatory training

Remuneration Package:

In return, our client is offering an excellent package that includes:

  • Starting salary of £31,000 - £39,500 (DOE)
  • Company pension offered above the government guidelines.
  • CPD is paid by the company at an initial £1000 per annum but we are happy to increase this for certificate training.
  • RCVS Membership paid by the company.
  • One over veterinary membership of their choice.
  • The holiday allowance is 5.6 weeks per year. (Including bank holidays)


Role: Permanent Junior Veterinary Surgeon

Type: Small Animal

Hours: Full-time, an average of 44 hours a week

Weekends: Yes, on a rota basis

Out of hours: No

Sole charge: Yes

Salary: Excellent Salary and Benefits Package

Ref: JN -102019-13068

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

What happens next:

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