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Veterinary Surgeon Role, Durham

Rare opportunity to join an thriving first opinion practice in Durham with low staff turnover that places work/life balance and happiness of their team at the heart of everything they do!

This is a truly rare opportunity for a Veterinary Surgeon to join a well-established multi-site practice of over 30 years. The main and original site is in Durham, with two additional branches within a 20 minute drive.

Durham is one of the most picturesque cities in the UK boasting historic attractions and surrounded by beautiful countryside along with modern restaurants, bars and shops.

As the practice take such good care of their team, it is not often a vacancy pops up here. The team currently consists of 10 full time vets and 1 part time, led by the Clinical Director who has been with the practice for over 15 years.

The CD holds a GP Certificate in Exotics, the highly skilled lead surgeon within the team is studying towards a Certificate, and the lead medicine vet is studying towards a Certificate in Behaviour. Supporting the vet team are 7 RVNs, 3 of which have been with the practice almost 20 years, and 1 SVN.

The main site is well equipped for surgery and consultations and includes 2 ops rooms, a central prep area, digital x ray, cat ward, dog ward, exotics ward, recovery ward, 3 soon to be 4 consult rooms, one of which is currently being developed into a dedicated euthanasia room. Along with all the usual veterinary toys there is endoscopy, bronchoscopy and the practice are happy to consider new equipment if a vet has used it in the past and feels it would be useful for practice.

Key Duties

  • The role is advertised as 36 hours over four days with nine hour days - however this includes a paid one hour lunch break which the practice fully encourage everyone to take.
  • This includes 1 in 4 Saturdays. The practice are very supportive and inclusive of personal circumstances so can be flexible on rota to suit you.
  • Although the practice use an OOH provider they do sometimes keep inpatients if the animal is too poorly to go home but not critical, however this is quite rare. Consultations are 15 minutes as standard with half an hour blocks for exotics, euthanasia, and more complex cases.
  • There is some flexibility in terms of surgical/medicine split however typically vets will have one full surgical day with the rest of the week consulting.
  • Typically you will spend three days a week at the main site and one day at one of the branches per week.

Package and Benefits

  • £35,000 - £50,000
  • Five weeks holiday plus bank holidays
  • Buy and sell holiday
  • £1,750 CPD allowance + five day study leave
  • Certificates fully supported and encouraged
  • Visa support
  • Health Shield plan
  • Comprehensive sick pay
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Staff pet discounts

Key Skills, Qualifications and Client Requirements

  • Ideally you will be confident in routine consulting and surgery.
  • Being comfortable with sole charge and an exotics interests would be beneficial but certainly not essential.
  • There will always be support on hand to help you develop.

What Happens Next?
If you are interested in finding out more about this Veterinary Job please click the 'Apply' button. On submission of the job application form, an email alert is sent to the specialist consultant handling this role to register your interest.
All dialogue with us is in the strictest of confidence, without any obligation and we will NOT send your details to the relevant practice without your consent.

Alternatively, to find out more about this role or any other roles that maybe relevant, you can email us at [email protected] or call our Veterinary team on 01423 813453

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