Permanent Exotics Veterinary Surgeon - Derbyshire

  • Location


  • Sector:

    Veterinary Surgeon

  • Job type:

    Permanent Full-Time

  • Start date:


  • End date:


  • Salary:

    Competitive Salary & Benefits

  • Contact:

    John Watchorn

  • Contact email:

  • Job ref:

    JN -022022-24164

  • Published:

    12 days ago

  • Expiry date:


Permanent Exotics Veterinary Surgeon - Derbyshire

We are currently working with a leading veterinary care provider in Derbyshire that is looking for an enthusiastic Exotics Vet to join their team working in their hospital.

The Practice:

This is an exciting opportunity for an Exotic Veterinary Surgeons to expand their knowledge and improve their skills by working closely with an Exotic double diplomate (ECZM-SM and ABVP-ECM). The successful candidate will be able to work efficiently, understanding the time constraints and fast pace of a busy private small animal hospital and with other members of the Referral Team.  

The Exotic Pets and Zoological Medicine department currently consists of one clinician [a double diplomate (ECZM-SM and ABVP-ECM)], a First Opinion Exotic Vet and 2 Exotic Nurses (soon to be 3 Exotic Nurses). 

Their current caseload for Exotic Pets and Zoological Medicine varies between 20 and 25 new cases a week, between 1st Opinion, 2nd Opinion and Referral Cases. They are seeing approximately 50% small mammals, 25% reptiles, 20% avian, and 5% zoological and wildlife species. The service works alongside various disciplines: internal medicine, surgery, neurology, anaesthesia, ophthalmology, dermatology, imaging, oncology and cardiology.

The Role:

This role is solely focused on exotics and is a full-time position working 40 hours per week. You will take part in their exotics weekend rota, when you work the weekend, which includes two lieu days the week after, on a rotation schedule basis.

The Candidate:

Required skills and experience:

  • Experienced in exotic animal work (ideally a minimum of 2 years of exotic/mixed animal practice)
  • Good communication skills, punctuality, ability to work and think clearly under pressure, good interpersonal and enthusiasm for exotic pets and zoological medicine
  • Be able to work efficiently, understanding the time constraints and fast pace of a busy private small animal hospital
  • Ability to make decisions, prioritise and delegate.
  • Commitment to continuous development
  • Be a member of the RCVS
  • Good English language both verbal and written

 Would be good to have:

  • Certificate/Exotics Internship or a desire to enroll


Salary: Competitive - £30,000 - £40,000 DOE

Professional Perks and Benefits:

  • Develop your own career plan and path: clinical vet, internships, and residencies.
  • Attractive remuneration package
  • A 40 hour week allows a great work/life balance
  • No out-of-hours
  • Excellent CPD allowance of £1,250 per year
  • In-house training: weekly clinical clubs, weekly to monthly journal clubs, monthly CPD evenings, online learning portal
  • RCVS and VDS membership paid plus 2 subscriptions of your choice.

Personal Perks:

  • 6 weeks holiday plus Bank Holidays and birthday off work
  • Private health care
  • Death in Service cover
  • The practice focuses on health and wellbeing
  • Discount pet health scheme
  • Company Sick Pay
  • Enhanced Maternity/Paternity Pay

Ref: JN -022022-24164

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