Small Animal Associate Vet Surgeon Job, Lincolnshire, England - Lincolnshire

£30,000 - £50,000+ - Veterinarian
Ref: 7658 Date Posted: Sunday 27 Mar 2022
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Salary: 30000 - £50000+ pro rata (Depending on experience)

Package: Fantastic package available - all the usual benefits

Type of Work: Small Animal Vet Surgeon

Job Details: Our client is looking for a vet to join their team.  Read on to understand whether this role sounds like a great fit for you. 

They work hard to create an environment where everyone can perform at their best.  They're very protective of their team; their welfare is important to us, so when they opened the practice in 2014 they decided on a basic set of principles to move forward with.   They want their team to have time to do their job properly and offer excellent client care. As standard, they run 15 minute consults and schedule regular ‘block outs’ to facilitate consults running to time, giving room for more complicated consults to over-run a bit, as well as extra moments to catch up with admin, calls etc if you are running to time.   They routinely book 30 minute appointments for first vaccinations, planned blood samples and euthanasia. The diary is structured to try to ensure everyone gets a lunch break (1 hour); final morning consults are scheduled to finish 30 minutes before lunch to support this approach (with the same applying to consults at the end of your working day to enable you to finish on time).   They are also mindful of how many procedures are realistic to get through in a day and will vary available slots for this, depending on how much time is available and the experience level of the surgeon(s) on the diary for that day. They are aware that unpaid work above contracted hours is a concern for many vets. At their practice overtime is exactly that; if their team don’t manage to take a lunch break or finish late due to extra caseload, we’ll pay you accordingly – This applies across the team, including their vets.

It’s important to them that everyone has a voice and contributes in all aspects of life at the practice, so they have a short daily meeting/huddle where the whole team can get together and raise any concerns and/or share information.  All colleagues are encouraged to add any points they wish to raise to the agenda for this meeting each day. They feel this works well for them as we’re able to address and respond to any queries promptly and ensure that thoughts and ideas are shared. They are an RCVS Practice Standards Scheme accredited General Practice and an RCVS Approved Graduate Development Practice.  Overall their team comprises of 13 colleagues and clinically, they have a strong, experienced blend of part and full time vets (4) and nurses (5). 

The client base is largely made up of dogs and cats and they see some small furries including rabbits, guinea pigs and rodents. They do not routinely see birds and reptiles. Assistant vets are not expected to do any OV work. The practice has 3 consulting rooms, a separate theatre and prep area, as well as separate cat, dog and isolation wards (with isolation mostly being used for keeping the small furries away from the cats and dogs, as long as they don’t have something infectious in the building).  Using a dental x-ray is standard procedure for them and they have a brand new ultrasound machine (including Doppler and ECG), digital x-ray, electrocautery, suction, Hot Dog patient warming, blood pressure monitors, tonometer (TonoVet), ECG, capnography and a pulse oximeter.

Full time vets can work a 4 or 5 day week (depending on their preference) and share a rota of 1 in 3 Saturdays, to average 40 hours per week. The out of hours and inpatient care are covered by Vets Now. They are looking to cover full time hours, but it is more important to them to find someone who shares their values and standards than who fits into a standard 40 hour a week rota (and so they are open to applications from full or part-time candidates). They allocate £1,500 and 35 paid hours of CPD for their vets and are happy to consider funding a certificate for the right vet. CPD hours and budget is calculated pro rata for colleagues working part time as they like to keep things fair.

With their experienced team of vets and RVNs they are happy to support new graduates or colleagues returning to practice following career breaks, however they would also welcome more experienced colleagues into their team too, hence the wide salary banding.   They can also consider colleagues looking for consulting only roles. 


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