Small Animal Vet required for Lovely Practice near Colchester - No OOH. Development encouraged

Location Ipswich
Discipline: Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon
Contact name: Julie Powell

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Job ref: 7542
Published: about 2 months ago
Our clients are looking for a full time Veterinary Surgeon to join their established, friendly and supportive team.

This is a purpose-built practice overlooking the beautiful Stour Estuary, the surgery is fully equipped to enable vets to provide a first-class service to their patients. Facilities include digital radiography (including separate dental radiography in a bespoke dental suite), ultrasonography, piped gases, multi-parameter monitor, flexible and rigid endoscopy, cautery, class IV laser therapy, tonometry and forced air warming for patients. 

Currently the team is made up of 3 FTE Vets, clinically supported by 8 FTE RVNs as well as 6 support staff. Practice Management is shared with its sister site surgery just 9 miles away. The team offer 15 minute appointments as a minimum allowing their vets to provide a first-class service to their clients. Appointments are available for clients throughout the day with vets having staggered breaks throughout the day. 

Typically vets will have two sessions on "ops" each week allowing them to book in cases they have seen to operate on or work-up; seeing cases through is encouraged in an environment where plenty of support is available if required. 
The final appointments of the day are booked for 18:45 allowing ample time in the evenings to maintain a healthy work-life balance and there may be some sole-charge work, typically 4-5 vets will be working on any given week day with two on a Saturday morning.

Certificate study is encouraged, be that RCVS Cert AVP or GP Certificates; recently completed and in progress Certificates include Medicine, Surgery and ECC. Within the current team they have a certificate holder in imaging which allows internal referral for more in-depth abdominal ultrasound in particular and a monthly visit from a Cardiology Diplomate not only provides excellent care for our patients but allows up-skilling of Cardiology knowledge within the team.

The team pride themselves on our friendly, collaborative approach as they believe that allows them to provide the best care for their patients whilst allowing the whole team to be supported. They do a lot of work with local Cat Rescue Charities and regularly see Greyhound Trust dogs. And for several years they have also supported a local charity providing care and accommodation for adults with learning disabilities and like to attend local agricultural shows.

A typical day starts at 08:15 with reassessing any patients returning from Vets Now and admitting patients for ops. All patient admissions are made by the veterinary team allowing the dedicated team of Registered Veterinary Nurses to focus on caring for the in-patients and preparing the day patients for surgery. 

Salary £75,000 per annum depending on experience, plus a £7.5k welcome bonus and a £5k relocation package on offer!

The practice benefits from great independent shops, bars, pubs, bakery and restaurants as well as a supermarket and main-line rail station all within a stones throw. Nearby Ipswich and Colchester offer plenty of opportunity for sporting and cultural pursuits, between them being home to Ipswich Town Football Club, Dance East, Mercury Theatre and the fabulous Colchester Zoo. Stansted Airport is in easy reach at 50mins by car and the port of Harwich is just 15 miles away for those who enjoy travel to Europe and beyond.

Prior experience of veterinary work in UK is required and ideally the successful candidate may hold or have started a Certificate although consideration will be given to less experienced veterinary surgeons demonstrating a genuine passion for first-opinion veterinary care.

If this role sounds of interest please email your CV through to or give me a call on 01422 433900.

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