Permanent Equine Veterinary Surgeon - Retford

  • Location

    East Retford

  • Sector:

    Veterinary Surgeon

  • Job type:

    Permanent Full-Time

  • Start date:


  • End date:


  • Salary:

    Up to £63,000 (DOE)

  • Contact:

    John Watchorn

  • Contact email:

  • Job ref:

    JN -012024-30409

  • Published:

    5 months ago

  • Expiry date:


Permanent Veterinary Surgeon - Retford

Type: Equine

Location: Retford

Practice Type: Part of a group

Facilities: As part of this team, you'll have access to state-of-the-art equipment and a modern battery-powered kit, including DR radiography, endoscope, gastroscope, motorized dentistry, and ultrasound scanners. They encourage you to pursue your areas of clinical interest and expertise.

Team: Across their group and four practices, they have a fantastic team of 40 dedicated individuals, including 16 vets (including 2 certificate holders), 15 registered/student veterinary nurses, and animal care assistants, with experience ranging from new graduates to 35 years. They pride themselves on maintaining a friendly and welcoming environment, where support is always at hand. Their team regularly comes together for social events and enjoys multiple annual gatherings for all practices within the group.

Role: Our client is on the lookout for a passionate and driven Ambulatory Equine Veterinary Surgeon to join their well-established practice in Retford.

  • This role offers hands-on veterinary care for a diverse range of horses and ponies, covering both routine and emergency healthcare.
  • Embrace clinical freedom and enjoy a wide and varied caseload of first-opinion ambulatory work, mostly catering to leisure and amateur competitors, with a high percentage of insured animals.
  • They've got your back! Benefit from comprehensive certificate support, a work vehicle, and a work-life balance that flexes with your needs and desires.

Duties: Your key responsibilities will include vaccinations, dentistry, lameness workups (including ridden assessments, nerve blocks, radiography, and scanning), breeding, sedation, ultrasonography, 5-stage vettings, castrations, treatment plans/visits, and working up cases.

Hours: They offer flexible rota patterns and working hours that truly adapt to your lifestyle and career stage.

  • A full-time role entails working 40 hours per week over 4.5 days, with weekday shifts from 08:30 to 17:00 and a set half-day.
  • While there is an out-of-hours rota (currently 1:6), they are open to supporting part-time applications and different shift patterns. Please note that the out-of-hours rota is non-negotiable.

Applicant Requirements: They take pride in their excellent client base, which primarily consists of leisure horses with some competition involvement. A significant proportion of their clients have insurance, making their work rewarding and fulfilling. Their goal is to deliver gold-standard veterinary care in an ambulatory environment, constantly striving for excellence.


  • A salary of up to £63,000 (FTE) p/a depending on experience
  • Relocation support of up to £5000


Work-life balance

  • 6.6 weeks annual leave including bank holidays
  • Increasing holiday allowance based on length of service
  • Your birthday as a paid day off


  • Private medical insurance
  • Enhanced family-friendly policies, including maternity/paternity/adoption/shared parental and surrogacy pay
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Initiatives focused on employee wellbeing
  • Non-accidental injury support


  • £1500 CPD allowance with 40 hours paid pro-rata
  • Certificate support 
  • Learning and development opportunities via the Group Academy
  • Access to Vetlexicon – online encyclopaedia provider
  • All Vets & Nurses can apply for research funding
  • All Vets get £1000 per annum to spend via Care Fund
  • Infection Prevention and Control Programme
  • Quality Improvement Programme

Professional Memberships

  • BVA membership
  • VDS cover
  • RCVS fees


  • Pawsome Benefits – reward gateway giving discounts and cashback with 100’s of retailers
  • Pension – 5% Employee/3% Employer
  • Discounted staff pet care

Ref: JN -012024-30409

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