Permanent Veterinary Surgeon

  • Location

    West Sussex

  • Sector:

    Veterinary Surgeon

  • Job type:

    Permanent Full-Time

  • Salary:

    £28,000 - £45,000 per annum (DOE)

  • Contact:

    Sue Hanson

  • Contact email:

  • Job ref:

    JN -022018-435

  • Published:

    10 months ago

  • Expiry date:


  • Consultant:

    Sue Hanson

We are currently recruiting on behalf of a friendly, independent RCVS accredited practice based in the historic county of Sussex, within commuter distance of London or the south coast & close to Gatwick airport.  Our client is currently looking to recruit a permanent veterinary small animal surgeon to join their compassionate veterinary team.

The Practice:

This is a well-established, busy, independent, forward-thinking, first opinion practice with the clinical freedom to provide the very best care and treatment plans tailored to each individual patient & client.    The position would involve working in a friendly, happy environment with 8 vets, 11 nurses and a great support team.  The practice covers their OWN OOHs.   They are not an emergency clinic and they have a nurse on site to care for in patients & help the vet. The on call is not 'awake' all night & can be at home if local or they have accommodation onsite. The vet can sleep & take emergency phone calls, only seeing clients in an emergency. The vets say that their night duties are quiet, they are rarely called out. The weekend days are however busy.  The practice has modern, up-to-date facilities including endoscope, laser, digital X-ray, brand new Idexx catalyst and procyte in-house lab, baer hugger and other toys. Nurses also do their own clinics including, weight control, parasitic advice, laser theory, diabetic advice, nail clips etc. the practice also offer a visiting service with 1 vet and 1 nurse one day per week. 

The Role:

This is a full-time permanent small animal veterinary surgeon position working Mon- Fri 8.00- 19.00 on a varied shift pattern - to compliment on call & day off -  4/5 days per week.  1:6 full weekend including on call – Sat surgery 9.00-12 noon & emergency OOHs appointments between 14.00 – 15.00 hours - emergencies only are seen on Sunday. 

The Candidate:

The ideal candidate will be passionate about veterinary care, keen to grow and possibly take a certificate plus have good communication skills including a good standard of verbal and written English.  The successful candidate will have a proven track record gained working in practice although our client would also consider a recent graduate who is keen to develop.  Forward thinking, flexible, compassionate and understanding for the owners and their pets plus a good team player would all be considered prerequisites for this post as the practice will be able to provide ongoing progression prospects.

Role: Permanent Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

Hours: Full Time -  4/5 days per week

WE: 1:6 including on call

OOHs/On call: Yes

Salary: In return, the practice can offer a competitive salary, CPD including studying for certificates, RCVS membership & VDS, private healthcare – accommodation allowance.


What happens next:

To qualify for this position, you must be fully registered with the RCVS and you must be eligible to work in the UK.

Please call or email our team to discuss the specific details for this role such as practice details, exact location, salaries or any other queries you may have.

Please also quote the reference SH/26077 when enquiring about this vacancy.

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