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We are currently looking for a full-time Veterinary Surgeon and a full-time Registered Veterinary Nurse or Veterinary Care Assistant with potential to train as a veterinary nurse for the right candidtae.

Please select the appropriate advertisement below:

FULL TIME VETERINARY SURGEON REQUIRED

Do you want to work in an independent practice with clinical freedom and where your opinion counts?

Do you like helping people by giving advice on their new puppy/kitten and building a relationship with them so you can keep their pet healthy and comfortable into old age?

Do you engage well with clients and have the ability to explain things clearly and simply?

Are you able to add value to the team beyond your clinical skills and help those around you to have a good day and get better at what they do?

Do you want to work somewhere where you are supported, valued & listened to by the management team?

…….  If so, then please read on as we may just be what you’re looking for.

The fundamentals

100% small animal, first opinion, proudly independent, rural practice.

Situated in Upper Caldecote in Bedfordshire, just off the A1 with easy access to Luton Airport, London and Cambridge.

Our Team: 7 Veterinary Surgeons (including Director/owner and Clinical Director), 6 RVNs, 2 experienced Veterinary Nursing Auxiliaries, 6 Receptionists and a Practice Manager.

Shifts follow a fixed 3 week rolling rota: 9am – 7pm four days a week with a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday off each week.

Saturdays 1:8 9am – 5pm sole charge.

15 minute consultations.

Salary from £31,118.55 for new graduates, increasing depending upon skills, experience and advanced qualifications.  RCVS fees paid and an annual CPD budget of £1500 plus travel/accommodation.  Certificates fully funded.  Benefits include: 32 days holiday (including bank holidays), two weeks paid sick pay, Statutory Maternity Pay, Pension and cost price veterinary treatment for your own pets.

Ideal start time is May 2021.

The role

You’ll be expected to consult, perform medical workups, dentals and soft tissue surgery. We undertake some first opinion orthopaedic operations as well - all aided by our in-house laboratory, dental and digital x-ray and ultrasound (including cardiac), with a team of experienced vets and nurses for support.

You’ll have good time management skills and the ability to prioritise and get work done each day.

You’ll manage your own cases to achieve better clinical outcomes, greater satisfaction and establish bonded clients which we strongly encourage.

What we can offer

A friendly working environment where you can make a real difference.

Clinical freedom to try new drugs or techniques.

Support and guidance of a senior vet at all times.

Encouragement to undertake special interests, further qualifications and certificates, as we’d love you to develop and share your new skills with us.

Continuous access to managers to put forward suggestions, discuss concerns, chat with, laugh with and cry with. 

Regular all-staff and departmental meetings and annual reviews.

A good work-life balance and a set 3 week rolling rota for the year ahead, so you can plan your all-important time off and holidays well in advance as well as known consulting times/op days etc.

Time to sit down and eat your lunch and unexpected emergencies aside, leave on time too!

About you

You’ll be the type of vet who can work with and help to advance our standards of care to improve patient outcomes and client consistency

You’ll enjoy working with the public and be confident in yourself and not embarrassed to discuss money, as although it isn’t our priority, it is a necessary conversation. 

We are looking for someone who ‘gets’ what we are trying to achieve and can fit our team culture and values because team harmony is very important to us.  We want you to be able to have a drink with us or go for a dog walk or party with us at Christmas.

We need someone who can work effectively with colleagues; someone who builds trusting relationships with ease; someone who can help clients understand what the right things to do is by communicating clearly and simply; and someone who likes to learn and help others grow too.

Equally, we want you to be able to accept that you will make mistakes and that’s ok, as long as you are honest and reflect and learn from them.

Ultimately, the owner and management team here care deeply about our staff and helping them to achieve their career ambitions.  If you like the sound of what we have to offer and you have what we’re looking for, then please get in touch by emailing your CV and covering letter to Elizabeth (Libby) Ambrose (nee Smith) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone Libby and Farah on 01767 627317 for more information.

Full - Time Veterinary Care Assistant with the view to Train as a Veterinary Nurse

 Or

 A Full – Time Registered Veterinary Nurse

Do you want to work in an independent practice where your opinion counts?

Do you have the hard work and motivation that it takes to train as a Veterinary Nurse?

Are you able to add value to the team beyond your clinical skills and help those around you to have a good day and get better at what they do?

Do you want to work somewhere where you are supported, valued & listened to by the management team?

Are you a positive, forward-thinking RVN or someone who has longed to be a VCA with a goal to qualify as a veterinary nurse ?....... If so, then please read on as we may just be what you’re looking for.

The fundamentals

100% small animal, first opinion, proudly independent, rural practice.

Situated in Upper Caldecote in Bedfordshire, just off the A1 with easy access to Luton Airport, London and Cambridge.

Our Team: 7 Veterinary Surgeons (including Director/owner and Clinical Director), 7 RVNs, 2 experienced Veterinary Nursing Auxiliaries, 6 Receptionists and a Practice Manager.

The hours make for a healthy work/life balance and the shifts are as follows:

Monday – Friday either 8am-4pm or 11am – 7pm

1:5 Saturdays 9am-5pm with the following Monday off.

No out of hours or on call duties.

Benefits include: 32 days holiday per annum (including bank holidays), two weeks paid sick pay, Pension and cost price veterinary treatment for your own pets, RCVS registration and VDS fees paid, £750 (ex VAT) CPD paid.

To start immediately.

The role

This is a varied role where you will undertake all general first opinion nursing duties. These include consultations, inpatient care, nurse clinics, running lab tests and assisting the vets in theatre and x-ray.

 You’ll have good time management skills and the ability to prioritise and get work done each day.

You’ll manage your own cases to achieve better clinical outcomes, greater satisfaction and establish bonded clients.

As a VCA you will be required to work alongside the Vets and RVN's, this will include restraining animals for treatment, exercising, animal husbandry and many more. 

You'll need to demonstrate the dedication, drive and motivation needed to embark on training as a Veterinary nurse if that is your ambition. If successful you will be required to attend college one day a week

What we can offer

A friendly working environment where you can make a real difference and are encouraged to develop special interests.

Support and guidance from senior vets at all times.

If you progress to become a nursing student you will have your very own clinical coach to help support you through your training once you have started.

Continuous access to managers to put forward suggestions, discuss concerns, chat with, laugh with and cry with.

Regular all-staff and departmental meetings and annual reviews (Pre-Covid !!)

A good work-life balance and time to sit down and eat your lunch and unexpected emergencies aside, leave on time too!

About you

You’ll be the type of nurse/ VCA who can work with and help to advance our standards of care to improve patient outcomes and client consistency

You’ll enjoy working with the public and be confident in yourself and not embarrassed to discuss money, as although it isn’t our priority, it is a necessary conversation.

We are looking for someone who ‘gets’ what we are trying to achieve and can fit our team culture and values because team harmony is very important to us. We want you to be able to have a drink with us or go for a dog walk or party with us at Christmas.

We need someone who can work effectively with colleagues; someone who builds trusting relationships with ease; someone who can help clients understand what the right things to do is by communicating clearly and simply; and someone who likes to learn and help others grow too.

Equally, we want you to be able to accept that you will make mistakes and that’s ok, as long as you are honest and reflect and learn from them.

Ultimately, the owner and management team here care deeply about our staff and helping them to achieve their career ambitions.

We will consider VCA's who are already working within that role, or somebody that is hoping to start out on their career in animal care.

For more information about the practice, please visit our website at www.esmithvet.com. 

If you like the sound of what we have to offer and you think you have what we’re looking for, then please get in touch by emailing your CV and covering letter to Claire Daniels at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or if you have any questions please get in contact.

Caring for pets

As many of us are pet owners ourselves, we understand the importance of pets truly being part of the family. We do our best to offer the best care for your pet, with a comprehensive preventative healthcare programme and a range of medical services and surgical facilities to help when everything doesn't go to plan.

We are now in our brand new premises at Ickwell Road, Upper Caldecote, Bedfordshire SG18 9BS. Please see our "Contacts" page for further details.

Payment Options

Payment can be made via cash, cheque or debit/credit card.

Account payments can also be made by debit/credit card over the telephone or by BACS.

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