Paws Pet Health Club

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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.

Whether you are an experienced vet looking for your next challenge or a more recently qualified or new graduate, we can provide (or support you through) the training to fulfil your career ambitions.

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: 8 Veterinary Surgeons (including Director-owner and Clinical Director), 6 RVNs, 2 experienced Veterinary Nursing Auxiliaries, 5 Receptionists, a Practice Manager and Mia our practice cat.

Shifts follow a fixed 4 week rolling rota: 3 weeks of 3 x 09:00-19:00, 1 x 09:00-17:00, 1 x 09:00-13:00; 4th week (after w/end on call) 2 x days off (Mon & Tues), 1 x 09:00-19:00, 1 x 09:00-17:00 & 1 x 09:00-13:00.

15 minute consultations.

We are very proud to provide an out of hours service for our registered clients so you will be part of a 1:4 rota. This means one night on call a week (with a half day off the next day) and one weekend in four on-call with the Monday and Tuesday off after it. When on call, you will triage the emergency calls and you will have a nurse on call to assist with in-patients, surgery, euthanasia and work ups.

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 mid March 2020 with some flexibility.

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.

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, even out of hours.

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 4 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.

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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