Veterinary Surgeon

Job Description

The Role

We are looking for an enthusiastic Veterinary Surgeon to join our friendly and supportive team. The full time role is a 4 day week with 1 in 3 Saturday mornings. The day begins at 8.15am with inpatient rounds for any patients returning from Vets Now and admitting patients for the days operations alongside our nursing team. We offer 15 minute appointments or multiples of this depending upon the case need. Clinic times run from 8.30am until 12pm with appropriate rest breaks, 2pm until 4 pm then 5pm until 6.45pm, 6pm on a Friday. Typically each vet will have at least one full operating session each week when they will start on the operation list first thing in the morning with help from the consulting vets starting mid morning. There is a real team approach to helping with the operation workload so it is completed in good time. Rest breaks tend to be taken together which engenders a good sense of team spirit. Cases can be discussed and this helps support vets with their work load and sharing of knowledge and experiences. The surgery typically has 3-4 vets working each day with 2 vets on a Saturday morning so you will never work alone. Welcome bonus on offer!

About Us

The Hadleigh clinic is situated in the heart of Hadleigh high street. Hadleigh is a small Suffolk market town with a diverse and thriving range of independent shops and amenities including, doctors surgery, leisure centre with gym and swimming pool, library and supermarkets. The surgery is a Grade 2 listed building with a modern purpose built extension encompassing two operating theatres, separate dog and cat kennelling, prep area and diagnostic imaging suite. The building is fully air-conditioned with piped anaesthetic gases. It also has a separate isolation kennelling area in our enclosed car park.

We are RCVS GP status accredited, a Cat Friendly Practice and a TP Nurse Training centre. The facilities include digital x-ray, ultrasound, video endoscopy/bronchoscopy, fully equipped laboratory facilities and multi parameter monitoring equipment, radio surgery, Class IV K laser, Tonometry and Bair Hugger. Fully trained reception team, 5 RVN's 4 of whom were trained in-house. Two full time vets, the advertised position would be to increase this to 3 full time vets. Part time vet team of 4-5 vets most having worked full time with us until having a family.

Richard Pettit is the Clinical Director in this branch having worked at Highcliff for 27 years. He has a special interest in Orthopaedics and regularly undertakes TTA and stifle surgeries and fracture repairs requiring few orthopaedic referrals. We have a part time vet who is an Advanced Practitioner in Diagnostic Imaging working each week. We actively encourage certificate study having several vets currently enrolled. We also have a visiting Cardiology Diplomat helping us improve our overall cardiology knowledge and care.

We are a friendly and sociable practice enjoying meeting up outside of work and have been lucky to have people returning to work for us over the years. Feedback from staff members always highlights the high level of support and encouragement that they have received from Highcliff during their time working with us.

We perform work for several local cat charities and regularly treat Greyhound Trust dogs. We also attend the local Hadleigh and Tendring Agricultural Shows and very much feel part of the local community with the practice having been established for more than one hundred years.
Our ethos is to provide the very best first opinion service that we can to our valued clients. We are lucky to be well served with near by referral practices with which we have long established, good working relationships.

Hadleigh is situated in rural South Suffolk between Colchester and Ipswich but is readily accessible from London via mainline train to Liverpool Street Station taking 50 minutes from Colchester. It is 20 miles from the port of Harwich allowing easy access to the continent. Stansted airport is approximately 50 minutes drive with a regular coach service from Colchester and Ipswich. The AONB of Dedham Vale and the Stour Valley are close by offering stunning countryside for outdoor country pursuits and the beautiful Suffolk Coast and towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold are less than an hours drive away.

Applicant Requirements

Our ideal applicant will have several years of UK veterinary experience and be competent at routine operations and dentistry and offer a good quality first opinion service to our very friendly clients.

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
• 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
• Sponsorship for overseas employees
• 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.


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Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom

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