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Experienced Large Animal Veterinary Surgeon - Shropshire


Steph Ward
Our client in the rural town of Market Drayton are looking for an experienced Large Animal Veterinary Surgeon to join their team on a permanent basis.
There has been a vet on this site for over 100 years and the practice still have a collection of some of the old equipment and medicines that were used “in the old days”, as one of their retired partners whips them out for a gory display on open days!
This is a great location based on the Shropshire/Cheshire/Staffordshire border with easy access to the M6 and approximately 1 hour from Manchester and Birmingham.

As a practice the team are utilizing all of the usual software and equipment (Interherd, Total Vet, Easiscan, EEJ) they have a full in-house lab (culture, microscopy, biochemistry) and aim to provide a bespoke, professional service to all their progressive, friendly farm clients. Combined with the small animal practice this is a friendly, supportive and sociable team who enjoy each other’s company in and out of work.

Currently a five vet farm team looking to increase to 6 in September with the addition of a new graduate vet, these vets are supported by 3 admin/reception assistants. The vet team is led by the Clinical Director (a dairy farms son) who has a wealth of experience and is supported by other committed and experienced farm vets.

This client also has a small animal practice based over 2 sites and a first opinion horse practice. Together they employ 38 people across the 3 disciplines with various degrees of experience and training and are always happy to support any relevant CPD.

Having been established for over 100 years the practice has a long and deep connection with the area, they enjoy interacting on all levels with their clients and their stand is a regular and popular attraction at the local agricultural show.

The Role
A normal day would include fertility visits, generally in the morning, but sometimes later in the day. Farm visits for herd health planning etc. and of course the daily calls to sick or injured animals, calving’s, lambing’s etc.
They have 2 full time TB testers but vets do take on some testing or pre movement tests within the course of their day. This is a first opinion horse practice and some of the large animal vets enjoy the variety of a horse call. All office staff are very experienced, knowledgeable and supportive, with a great ability to organise the daily diary in the most effective manner, whilst keeping the biscuit tin well stocked!

Applicant Requirements
The team are looking a farm vet to complete their supportive and progressive team. Although they are looking for a full-time vet, consideration would be given to flexibility to allow the right candidate the opportunity to achieve a work life balance that allows them to excel at work whilst enjoying family life. Experience is preferred, but they do have an encouraging team who are happy to support development, their primary concern is finding the right applicant.

This is a practice who pride themselves on the building of relationships with the local community, providing an outstanding clinical service within a friendly and supportive working environment.

The right candidate will be someone who is passionate about farm practice and its progression, enjoys working as part of a team but is also able to work with their own initiative. An interest in some equine work would be welcome but not essential.

Benefits (subject to pro rata)
• 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
• VDS cover

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

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