Permanent Veterinary Surgeon - Ipswich, Suffolk

  • Location

    Ipswich, Suffolk

  • Sector:

    Veterinary Surgeon

  • Job type:

    Permanent Full-Time

  • Start date:


  • End date:


  • Salary:

    Excellent Package

  • Contact:

    Cathy Grimshaw

  • Contact email:

  • Job ref:

    JN -062021-20941

  • Published:

    3 months ago

  • Expiry date:


Permanent Veterinary Surgeon - Ipswich, Suffolk

Our client is looking for a Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon with some post-graduate experience to join their established veterinary practice in Ipswich on a full-time permanent full-time basis. Their ideal applicant will have several years of veterinary experience and be competent at routine operations and dentistry and offer a good quality first opinion service to their very friendly clients.

The Practice:

The surgery is a Grade 2 listed building with a modern purpose-built extension encompassing two operating theatres, separate dog and cat kennelling, prep area, and diagnostic imaging suite. The building is fully air-conditioned with piped anaesthetic gases. It also has a separate isolation kennelling area in our enclosed car park. 

They are RCVS GP status accredited, a Cat-Friendly Practice, and a TP Nurse Training centre. The facilities include digital x-ray, ultrasound, video endoscopy/bronchoscopy, fully equipped laboratory facilities, and multi-parameter monitoring equipment, radiosurgery, Class IV K laser, Tonometry, and Bair Hugger. Fully trained reception team, 5 RVN's 4 of whom were trained in-house. For two full-time vets, the advertised position would be to increase this to 3 full-time vets. Part-time vet team of 4-5 vets most having worked full-time with them until having a family.

The Role and Candidate:

Our client is looking for an enthusiastic Veterinary Surgeon to join their friendly and supportive team. The full-time role is a 4 day week with 1 in 3 Saturday mornings. The day begins at 8.15 am with inpatient rounds for any patients returning from Vets Now and admitting patients for the days' operations alongside the nursing team.

They offer 15-minute appointments or multiples of this depending upon the case need. Clinic times run from 8.30 am until 12 pm with appropriate rest breaks, 2 pm until 4 pm then 5 pm until 6.45 pm, 6 pm on a Friday.

Typically each vet will have at least one full operating session each week when they will start on the operation list first thing in the morning with help from the consulting vets starting mid-morning. There is a real team approach to helping with the operation workload so it is completed in good time. Rest breaks tend to be taken together which engenders a good sense of team spirit. Cases can be discussed and this helps support vets with their workload and sharing of knowledge and experiences.

The surgery typically has 3-4 vets working each day with 2 vets on a Saturday morning so you will never work alone. Welcome bonus and relocation package on offer!

The Package:

Benefits (subject to pro-rata) 

  • Competitive salary of between £40,000-£55,000 p/a (DOE)
  • 5 weeks paid holiday, not including bank holidays
  • 5 days paid CPD leave
  • £1250 CPD Allowance per annum
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • VDS Membership paid
  • BVA Membership paid
  • Service-based holiday entitlement increases
  • Enhanced maternity, adoption, shared parental leave, and surrogacy pay
  • Enhanced paternity pay
  • Birthday leave
  • Discounted veterinary fees
  • My Benefits - various discounts including retail & gym memberships
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Pension
  • CPD/training support
  • Paid bereavement leave
  • Company sick pay
  • Employee opinion survey
  • Free uniform in a number of roles
  • Annual pay reviews
  • Social events
  • Sponsorship for overseas employees
  • Academy & Leadership courses
  • Focus on employee wellbeing
  • Relocation packages
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Free flu jabs

Ref: JN -062021-20941

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