Permanent Veterinary Surgeon

Permanent Veterinary Surgeon

  • Location

    Chester Le Street, County Durham

  • Sector:

    Veterinary Surgeon

  • Job type:

    Permanent Full-Time

  • Salary:

    From £32,400 (new Grad) raising with exp

  • Contact:

    Cathy Grimshaw

  • Contact email:

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  • Salary low:


  • Job ref:

    JN -082019-12285

  • Published:

    11 months ago

  • End date:

    2020-04-03 00:00:00

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We are working with a fantastic independent practice in a lovely area of Washington, County Durham who is looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated Veterinary Surgeon to join their wonderful team on a permanent basis.  This is a full-time role to work in a mixed practice, 95% small animal and 5% large and equine.

The Practice: 

This friendly practice is well equipped, having recently undergone expansion, and operates from a purpose converted building close to the town shops. They have a quiet ward and waiting room, and a dedicated euthanasia room. The practice has state of the art equipment including ultrasound, in-house laboratory, digital radiography and much more. They are a Vet Nurse training practice with plenty of nursing staff with nurses always on hand to assist the vets. This is a mixed practice but mainly small animal which amounts to approximately 95% of the caseload. The practice does home, farm and equine visits. 

The Role: 

This is a full-time permanent position, usually working 4 days per week with Fridays or Mondays off tied together to give a long weekend off approximately every 4 to 6 weeks depending on holidays. Bank holidays are shared with days off in lieu. There is one night on call most weeks, as well as one weekend in four on-call with Saturdays in surgery. The rota is sympathetically drawn to try to suit specific requests where possible. Although occasional nights and weekends are busy, the on-call workload is usually reasonable. 

Regular working hours are from 8:30 am to 6 pm, or 6:30 pm if on call from Monday to Friday. Saturday morning surgery times are 8:30 am to 12 pm on a rota for 2 vets, with one vet able to leave once surgery finishes (around 10:30) if there are no operations or visits.

The Duties:

The practice sees varied interesting caseloads with a vet interested in exotics and another in acupuncture. Very few surgical cases are referred out, but there are good local referral centres for both small and large animals if needed. Vets can follow their own cases, and professional development such as operating skills are encouraged and supported within the practice. 

The joining vet will need to be willing to see an occasional large animal out of hours but would always have support at least via telephone from the more experienced large animal vets. They can participate in sharing any day farm or horse visits if desired. 

Home visits are part of the role, so there is a practice car or car allowance if you have own transport and work mileage allowance,

Remuneration Package:

In return, the practice can offer a competitive salary, which starts at £32,400 (including housing allowance) for a New Graduate then raising with experience. Benefits include:

  • CPD is encouraged and funded with allowance and time off (£500 + 5days)
  • Holiday entitlement is 4 weeks plus bank holidays (lieu days if on in-patients).
  • Bank Holidays are shared between all of the vets.
  • Additional days off for time of service
  • Professional indemnity insurance is paid by the practice
  • Workplace pension.
  • Annual pay reviews have exceeded inflation for the last 9 years and include an experience weighting for the first five years qualified.
  • A happy, friendly established team that helps each other, goes for lunch together if time allows and organises several nights each year.

The Candidate: 

The role could suit a more experienced vet looking to spend more time working with small animals while keeping in contact with the large animal side. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a happy, friendly and established team with an excellent salary and benefits package on offer!


Role: Veterinary Surgeon

Type: Mixed but predominantly Small Animal 

Hours: Full-time

Weekends: 1:4

Out of hours: 1 night per week

Salary and benefits: From £32,400 (new Grad) raising with experience and an excellent benefits package!

Ref: JN -082019-12285

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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