Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse

Job Description

The Role

Want to progress into management but not quite ready for a head nurse position? We are looking for an experienced Registered Veterinary Nurse to take on the role of Deputy Head Nurse based at our Chalfont St Giles and Beaconsfield surgeries. You will be expected to support the head nurse in the leadership and the day to day running of the team while continuing to uphold the high standards of nursing care. This is a full-time role of 40 hours per week including a 1:5 weekend rotation. The out of hours cover is currently very minimal being an evening on call until 9pm Monday – Friday and Saturday and Sunday after-hours on call are covered by an external out of hours provider.

About Us

We are a fully equipped and modernised RCVS accredited practice striving to achieve the highest standard of care in South Buckinghamshire. We have surgeries in Chesham, Chalfont St Giles, Amersham and Beaconsfield.

As a practice we strongly believe in providing our team members with a nurturing and caring environment. We actively encourage and fully support team members’ professional ambitions by providing opportunities to develop with regular funded CPD. The excellent care and service that we provide to our clients and their pets is very important to us. A big part of being able to provide this is through ensuring that our team are fully equipped with all the tools that they need, working in the best possible surroundings.

Across our 4 sites we have 13 Veterinary Surgeons, 21 Veterinary Nurses including Student Veterinary Nurses, 13 Veterinary Receptionists and 5 fantastic support team members. We have lots of members of the veterinary team either engaged in or achieved certificates in oncology, ophthalmology, physiotherapy, dentistry, anaesthesia, emergency and critical care, orthopaedics, small animal medicine, feline medicine, and dermatology. We also have members of the team with special interests in animal behaviour and dog training and of course wellbeing. As a practice we actively support several different charities both locally and nationally each year including StreetVet, Marjorie Nash Cat Rescue and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Applicant Requirements

The successful candidate will either have previous experience of being a Deputy Head Nurse or be an experienced Registered Veterinary Nurse who has an interest in management and is looking for the next step in progressing their career. It is essential to have excellent communication skills while being supportive, assertive, and positive. Previous experience in a similar role would be desired but not essential as we are able to offer training and support for the right candidate.

Benefits (subject to pro rata)

• 4 weeks paid holiday not including bank holidays
• 3 days paid CPD leave
• £550 CPD allowance per annum
• RCVS Membership paid
• Service based holiday entitlement increases
• VDS cover
• Enhanced maternity, adoption, shared parental leave and surrogacy pay
• Enhanced paternity pay
• Birthday leave
• Discounted veterinary fees
• My Benefits – various discounts including retail & gym memberships
• Cycle to Work scheme
• Pension
• CPD/training support
• Paid bereavement leave
• Company sick pay
• Employee opinion survey
• Free uniform in a number of roles
• Annual pay reviews
• Social events
• Academy & Leadership courses
• Focus on employee wellbeing
• Relocation packages
• Career progression opportunities
• Free flu jabs
As a BAME and LGBT+ inclusive employer, we are keen to hear from candidates from all minority and diverse groups. As a Disability Confident Employer we are keen to hear from candidates with disabilities and long term health conditions, and would be happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments needed during the recruitment process.

If this position is of interest to you then please get in touch.


Job Details

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Position Type:
Vet Nurse / Technician
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Job Location

Chalfont Saint Giles, United Kingdom

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Wheelhouse Veterinary Centre, Chalfont St Giles