Permanent Veterinary Surgeon

Permanent Veterinary Surgeon

  • Location

    Chester Le Street, County Durham

  • Sector:

    Veterinary Surgeon

  • Job type:

    Permanent Full-Time

  • Salary:

    Starting from £32,400 per annum DOE

  • Contact:

    Ella Snowball

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  • Job ref:

    JN -012020-14016

  • Published:

    5 months ago

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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 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 although can be 100% small animal if preferred.

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. Large animal cases are few and far between and the new vet can avoid this side of the practice if preferred

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 covering inpatients Saturday/Sunday, one Friday night care/Saturday surgery per month. The rota is sympathetically drawn to try to suit specific requests where possible. There are many nights and weekends when they have no hospitalised animals requiring care, and the ‘covering in patients’ role is actually just supporting the duty nurse – phone advice and occasionally helping with drips etc. As most inpatient care is pre-planned, this does not disrupt personal time very much. Out of hours cases are covered by an outside service.

Regular working hours are from 08:30 to 18.00 (one vet until 18.30 to see any late arrivals) 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 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. Home visits are part of the role, so there is a practice car or car allowance if you have your own transport and work mileage allowance,

In return, the practice can offer a competitive salary, which starts at £32,400 (including housing allowance) for a new graduate then raising to £40,190 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
  • Certificates are supported
  • Genuine partnership opportunities for the right candidate
  • Paid sick leave for 6 weeks in any 12 moth period once employed for 12 months
  • Annual pay reviews have exceeded inflation for the last 10 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 out 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. The ideal candidate will be happy and confident to take on all routine surgical cases and will have perhaps attempted simple orthopaedics. An interest in exotics would be of interest. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a happy, friendly, and established team with an excellent salary and benefits package on offer, depending on experience.


Role: Permanent 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 -012020-14016

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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